Street Art that’s Trapped in Zone One on Instagram

Shoreditch is renowned for it’s ever changing outdoor art scene when it comes to street art and graffiti in this part of London in Zone One.

So here are a few stand out murals which can see in Shoreditch right now, featured on Instagram.

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Dale Grimshaw on Hanbury Street. Image: @monoprixx

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Fanakapan in Brick Lane. Image: @ugz

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Dave Bonzai on King John Court. Image @globalstreetart

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Mr Cenz on New Inn Broadway. Image: @sugar4mysoul

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Kid Acne on Jealous Gallery Rooftop, Curtain Road. Image: @hookedblog

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Saturno and Dave Bonzai on Great Eastern Street. Image: @saturnoart

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Ben Eine on Ebor Street. Image: @einesigns

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Vibes on Great Eastern Street. Image: @vibes_ldn

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Elian and Alexis Diaz create a stunner in London

When it comes to art on the streets in London, it has been rather (pardon my french) p*ss poor in my opinion this year with way too much repetitive artwork going up. It may be due to the fact that artists have become comfortable in their surroundings and as a result not challenging themselves enough in creating new exciting body of work, and clearly it doesn’t help when there’s even more so-called photographers and bloggers than ever before on the streets who are happy to document and plug anything that goes up on a wall giving some an ego to carry on producing work that should be kept indoors without interacting with the public eye sight.

Anyway, enough of my rant… On the flip side thankfully it was a good to see two of the biggest artists right now within the street art scene gracing the iconic Hanbury Street wall in East London this weekend. Elian and Alexis Diaz from Argentina and Puerto Rico respectfully together joined forces to create as per the title of this post a stunning mural which I’m sure will eventually become the most photographed piece of street art in London this year.

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Image courtesy of MYA gallery

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The mural consists the trademark styles of both artists overlapping one and another which was perfectly executed. The bright colours creating a background by Elian with the centre piece hand painted with black ink by Alexis Diaz depicting a heart with an eye in the middle, and I’m sure you’ll agree the work looks superb from the photo below captured by Fifth Wall TV.

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This couldn’t be possible without the help of  Tina Ziegler from MYA Gallery, 31 thirteen and Fifth Wall TV for their continued support in bringing the best in Urban art to London and may that continue.

And if that wasn’t enough, both of these artist are also exhibiting work as part of the ENTRE MUROS – Urban art from Latin Amercia. Curated by Maximiliano Ruiz, the exhibition is a collection of works by urban artists from Latin America. As mentioned both Elian and Alexis Diaz have pieces in this show along with Curiot and Saner from Mexico, Rodrigo Branco and Rafael Hayashi from Brazil, Jaz and Doma from Argentina, Decertor from Peru, Stinkfish from Colombia as well as Inti and Cekis from Chile.

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ENTRE MUROS – Urban art from Latin Amercia is on until August 2015 at MYA Gallery, 105 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NU. Entry to the exhibition is free. For more major art exhibitions see my listings for July.

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Nothing Lasts on Hoardings

Only last weekend Manchester based artist Akse P19 was in Shoreditch painting a realism piece of street art, using his unique style and technique which we all have come custom to seeing over the past few years.

Having said that the subject for a piece of street art lasting in Shoreditch came up in the conversation when I caught up with the artist whilst he took a break from painting a portrait of Samuel L. Jackson from the cult movie Pulp Fiction.

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Painting on hoardings has a short term life span in this part of London, because like the boards itself nothing lasts on there either. And to think it would, you are just deluding yourself.

The reason for this blog post, unlike others right now who are just doing it for the sake of doing it in my opinion I thought it would be appropriate to say that when an artist paints on a hoarding in Shoreditch they should remember that, if you want your work to last it would be better to paint on a permanent wall instead of a temporary board next to a building site that’s only there for a glass tower to rise up in the coming months.

The time and effort an artist puts into a work, doesn’t get appreciated in Shoreditch because too many are in it for themselves without taking the feelings of an artist to consideration.

What happened to Akse throughout this week is a perfect example how some artist are treated. A permission was given to paint a hoarding in Shoreditch to Akse, which he did over a two day period taking up an entire weekend. Within a few days of its completion, it got tagged which wasn’t too bad considering the majority of the artwork was still visible to see. But within 24 hours of the artwork being attacked, to make things worse it got painted over by something which just even thinking about it gives me a migraine so you can imagine what I think of that particular piece of artwork that replaced Akse’s work.

So the moral of this story is that if you paint on a hoarding don’t get too emotionally attached, it may be good for short term exposure which we all know it can be but do consider the fact that it may last an hour, even a day, if you’re lucky a whole week or maybe longer because the effort you put into creating that piece of work won’t get appreciated by other’s in this part of East London as the turnover of artwork on the streets is sometimes just ridiculous.

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Flying visit from Mateus Bailon to Zone One

It’s been over a year since we last saw Mateus Bailon in Zone One of London, so it was rather a pleasant surprise when I caught up this talented Brazilian artist few weeks ago in London’s Shoreditch area.

Bailon passed through London via Manchester, where he was invited by the Blackout Gallery to paint a gigantic mural over 5 days, and it was his biggest artwork to date in the UK thus far.

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The results of his hard work was a gift to Manchester, a huge tropical bird on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Blossom Street, and  from what the Blackout Gallery have said it seems this creation has now become a new landmark in the City of Manchester.

After which, he headed down to London where together with Global Street Art and few of his artist friends Sokar Uno and Zadok, our friend Bailon managed to paint a further two murals in Shoreditch over that weekend back to back.

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And lastly to complete his World wind trip of the UK, Bailon headed to Walthamshow where he was invited to paint an indoor mural for a friend which as you can see below outdoor or indoor the end result is always stunning.

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It was fun while it lasted, and let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 12 months to see this artist creating more masterpieces in the UK and more importantly in Zone One of London.

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Amara Por Dios takes on Village Underground

This month saw Swedish artist Amara Por Dios paint her biggest mural to date in the UK, by taking on the iconic Village Underground wall in Shoreditch. With a little assistance along on the way from Zina and Himbad the end result like all her work, in my opinion is just eye-catchingly superb.

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Videographer Whitesao followed Amara’a progression from start to end, see what she got up to by checking out their first in a series of Whitesao Disclosed Vlog below.

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City of Colours, Beyond Zone One

It’s not everyday I can be tempted to travel outside of London (well Zone One to be exact) to attend an outdoor event… but last weekend (6-7 September 2014) I decided to make the bold trip to Digbeth and check out the first ever City of Colours – Street Art Festival in Birmingham.

With a line-up consisting of over 100 artists with the likes of Vibes, Odisy, Jim Vision, Title, Inkie, Dank, SNUB23, Alex Senna, The Lost Souls, Philth, Tizer, Pref, Inkfetish, Mr Cenz, Epok, 3DOM, Gent 48 & Newso 48, painting across 10 venues, it’s fair to say my journey to the Midlands was certainly worthwhile.

Below are some of the photos I took while on location featuring some of my favourite artworks from the event, but for a more detailed account of the festival do check out Urban Nerding for their in-depth coverage of the City of Colours Festival 2014.

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Rolling with PMT at Hamswell Festival 2014

Last weekend myself, @monoprixx and a group a London based artists hit the road on the Super Cool James Astral Mysterious Bus to take part in a graffiti jam at the annual Hamswell Festival. The line up included Seeds One, Himbad, Captain Kris, TonyBoy, Saki and Bitches, Amara Por Dios, FleshFanakapan and all the way from Bristol SPZero76.

Check out these photos courtesy of Trapped in Zone One and Urban Nerding to see what these talented artists got up to whilst they were there.

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