When visiting London last summer, a friend brought me to the East London neighbourhood of Shoreditch, which for the last couple of decades has undergone a process of gentrification and hipsterfication, with galleries, cafes, dot.com entrepreneurs and fashion boutiques moving into this formerly working class area.
Shoreditch is well known for its street art and you can take tours (Shoreditch Street Art Tours) with guides who are knowledgeable about the artists and themes.
A lot of the street art is done with permission, so artists can take their time and produce larger-scale and more detailed works. Many of the pieces around the district are eye-catching and well-executed. I particularly like the vibrant and cheerful colours of the works by Jekse and Cines of the Chilean crew Un Kolor Distinto (image at the top of the page).
Shoreditch Street Art
Artist ALO, originally from Italy, has a distinctive style, making his portraits easily recognizable:
There were a few pieces created in tribute of people that had recently passed away, including Ben Slow’s large portrait of a well-known and loved local man, Charlie Burns, who lived his whole life in the Spitalfields area near Shoreditch before passing away last year at the age of 96 (Charlie Burns of Bacon Street: spitalfieldslife.com/2010/05/11/charlie-burns-of-bacon-st)
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Here is a large mural painted in memory of novelist Terry Pratchett (www.terrypratchettbooks.com), who wrote the Discworld series of fantasy novels, and illustrator Josh Kirby, who was a frequent collaborator.
I’m not crazy about the busy style, but the mural is remarkably faithful to Josh Kirby’s illustration style.
Though murals and pieces dominate the Shoreditch street art scene, there are also plenty of wildstyle works like the one shown below, as well as more basic throw-ups (like the white text on the building in the background of the photo) and graffiti tags.
This section includes links to online photo galleries, website and a video.
- Interactive Street Art Tour (by the Hackney Post)
- Shoreditch Street Art Tours (blog posts and tour information)
London Street Art: Shoreditch, East London (by vagabrothers), an interesting video that gives some background information on the area’s street art scene and that features interviews with local artists and street art experts.
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~photos and text by longzijun
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