Inspiration: Street Art

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.

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Artist: Zabou

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Artist: Dale Grimshaw

I particularly liked the French street artist C215.

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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:

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Artist: SHOK-1

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Artist: Phlegm

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Artist: Phlegm

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Artist: SHOK-1

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.

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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!

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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.

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