611. Code Street, Shoreditch (2)

The light was fading fast by the time I got to this wall. Had I known of its existence I would probably have tried to get to it earlier and benefit from better light. One of the pitfalls of wandering around aimlessly I suppose. All the pictures have been adjusted to make them less gloomy, but they really don’t convey the magnificence of this collaboration.

Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

Louis Masai and Fanakapan, two of the best street artists in the UK right now, collaborated to paint this wall as part of the Meeting of Styles, London event in May 2016.

Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

The patchwork style of Louis Masai and the helium balloon chrome style of Fanakapan work surprisingly well together and when the subject matter is wildlife conservation, what it there not to like about this piece?

Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

There is a very good piece by London Calling which shows the collaboration at work, in rather sunnier conditions than when I went to visit, which is well worth a gander.

Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

The theme for the event was ‘absolute freedom’ and this piece is entitled ‘Freedom?’. This was a pure joy for me at the end of a very long walk in Shoreditch…the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fanakapan and Louis Masai, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

610. Code Street, Shoreditch (1)

In my wanderings through the streets and alleyways of Shoreditch it was comforting to come across a familiar sight. So much of the artwork was unknown to me and then this…a piece by Bristol graffiti artist Voyder. All of a sudden I felt quite at home and rather pleased with myself that I could identify an artist in the heart of London’s graffitiland.

 

Voyder, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Voyder, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

I have to say though that I don’t think it is his best work, and not a patch on the stuff he has bee producing in the last few months (in my view). This wall was produced for the Meeting of Styles festival June, 2016. The photographs are a bit dodgy because the daylight was fading, and my crappy little camera was fussing about the light levels. I think I just about got away with it.

Voyder, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Voyder, Code Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

609. Cheshire Street, Shoreditch (1)

Street artists are like busses…nothing for ages and then two come along together. This is a small piece by Fin DAC tucked away in Shoreditch and when I took the photograph I didn’t know who it was by. Then, recently I posted a piece by him from Bristol’s Upfest and I recalled this picture and can post it now.

Fin DAC, Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Fin DAC, Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

The two pieces are very different, and the Shoreditch one is more typical of the Geisha that one normally associates with the artist. In both instances though it is the painted eye mask that gives away the artist’s identity – his signature if you like. At the time I took this I thought it was worth a snap. It was a good decision.

608.Sclater Street, Shoreditch (1)

I am enjoying my journey into the world of┬ástreet/graffiti art and learning about the talented artists who brighten up our urban environments. Not so long ago, I didn’t know about Himbad and images of his work just sat in my archive waiting for a positive ID. Now I know who he is and can recognise his work – that is a good thing.

Himbad, Sclater Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Himbad, Sclater Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

This piece is rather large and very impressive when looking down the street at it. If you are wondering how it was painted, there is a great explanation on the London Calling blog which has images of the artist in progress. All done with rollers and a very long pole! This is a wonderful piece, full of character.

607. Rivington Street, Shoreditch (5)

Just to mix things up a bit, I am going to write a few posts about some street art I photographed last Summer/Autumn when I was working two days a week in London. I thought I’d start with this rather eye-catching piece from Thierry Noir at the East end of Rivington Street in the archway by Cargo.

Thierry Noir, Rivington Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Thierry Noir, Rivington Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

Thierry Noir’s pieces are simple and colourful, almost falling into the category of ‘well I could probably do that’ art. Well I probably couldn’t and the idea and style are his and he executes them brilliantly. The more of his work that I see, the more I like it.