This week I went on a tour of street art in Shoreditch (London). I’ve always found street art sort of interesting as a medium. It definitely takes talent to create street art. The first thing our tour guide did was to define what is street art and what is graffiti.
Street Art: Street art is visual art created in public locations, artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues.
Grafitti: Written letters, generally illegal.
There is a lot to see, and I took quite a few pictures (55 actually.) I don’t remember most of the artists names but some of the pieces were really amazing. A gallery called Stolen Space frequently exhibits street artists work as well.
I particularly liked the French street artist C215.
There were some very big pieces (I believe these were all commissioned, or if not, at least allowed to remain by the neighborhood community), but I don’t remember some of the artists names:
I found this website that provides biographies and links to some street artists, Street Art Bio. There were other examples, some called paste-ups (essentially posters), and other forms of art like mini sculptures.
Some of the funniest ones were street signs (Do Not Enter signs) that an artist reinterpreted (and subsequently got arrested for). can’t remember the name of the artist but I will be forever looking more closely at street signs now!
I highly recommend a street art tour because you learn so much about the different artists and some of the motivations behind their work. Even if you don’t take a tour, look around at what you do see. The work can truly be art.