This sensational piece, which was part of the Ferdinand estate initiative organised by Global Street art and Camden Council, is by Bristol’s very own Andy Council. So good to see an artist’s work in London that I am very familiar with.
This has all the hallmarks of a great AC piece: An animal (in this case a horse with a flowing mane), a fantastic colour palette and the whole being composed of architectural elements and local landmarks.
I remember seeing this on social media when he first sprayed it and thinking that I would probably never see it. When I found it, I certainly hadn’t been looking for it. If I had done my homework properly I would have known where to look. Somehow though I prefer to wander around places using my instinct to track down potentioal street art spots. It is like a sixth sense.
When I saw this piece in the Chalk Farm housing estate I instantly recognised the artist as Jerry Rugg or Bird0. He painted a fabulous piece for Upfest 2016, which is still there and looks like it will remain permanently.
Bird0 has a great skill for fusing abstract shapes and designs with wildlife forms to create these otherworldly creatures. His pieces are characterised by the use of bright vibrant colours, lots of oranges and yellows.
This is a spectacular piece, but I had limited access to it, and took the pictures through some railings. I couldn’t work out how to get the other side and I was unsure about whether I was permitted to be there in the first place. I will go beck again and get some better shots.
This was the first piece I saw from the Global Street Art organised set of walls at the Chalk Farm housing estate. Looking like a giant billboard, it caught my eye from the end of the road, and even from a distance I thought it might be a piece by Pref ID. I must be getting quite good at this, because I was right.
Pref ID creates brilliant pieces incorporating clever word puzzles. The one in Bristol for Upfest 2017 was very tricky. This one is a little more straight forward…’Upwards and Onwards’.
It is a cleverly constructed and beautifully painted piece – if only the light hadn’t been fading and that blooming car wasn’t in the way. But as with so much street/graffiti art, it is located in a car park, and cars are an occupational hazard. I do like his work, and hope to find some more.
Sometimes wandering around, taking a look around just one more corner or walking another 100 yards further up a road can bring huge rewards, and so it was with my discovery of the Chalk Farm housing estate makeover organised by Global Street Art.
I had been aware of the gathering of artists in a North London estate and had seen some images on digital social media, but on the day I was walking round Camden Town I was not seeking out this treasure trove, I just kind of came upon it, after glimpsing a distant piece by Pref ID.
This is a remarkable piece by Sokar Uno, who wowed the crowds at Upfest 2016 in Bristol with his stunning piece there. Both of these works have an extraordinary quality about them, and the subjects appear to be made of stone or asleep.
His pieces contain a lot of symbolism, often featuring chairs, and in this work an hour glass. Time seems to be passing and some grass and flowers have grown through the checkerboard floor – how long has this giant been lying there and why?
Sokar Uno creates interesting movement in this work, as shown by the left hand of this figure which can be seen in three positions and the right hand with a white outline around it. And then there are the drips! An exquisite piece.