2906. Shoreditch, London

Another piece from Shoreditch in November 2018, this time in the distinctive guise of Osch. Part of his yellow circle series, this one adopts his ribbon work with a map of central London and a smiley face, although the Thames mouth is a little crooked.

Osch, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
Osch, Shoreditch, London, November 2018

Finding pieces like this by Osch is always a complete pleasure and because of their distinctiveness, they feel like a ‘collectable’ series. I have found a few before, but not living in London I guess each one discovered is very special indeed. I may have posted this one before, but I think it was in a different place. How is that even possible?.

Osch, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
Osch, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
Osch, Brick Lane, London, August 2016
Osch, Brick Lane, London, August 2016
Osch, Old Street, London, August 2016
Osch, Old Street, London, August 2016

1891. Shoreditch, London (9)

I really did get lucky on my recent trip to Shoreditch with fresh pieces, and this is a lovely new one from Osch. The artist is known for two main presentations of his art, this theme of orange circles with silhouetted scenes, usually with a clever take, and his characters (often animals) created from ribbons (not real ribbons you understand).

Osch, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
Osch, Shoreditch, London, November 2018

In this piece it seems the crows are having some kind of revenge moment as a drone is contained within a cage. This is a thoughtful and distinctive piece and so wonderfully crisp, sharp and fresh. I love his work…I think he needs to come to Bristol again.

Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
Osch, Hawley Street, Camden, September 2016
Osch, Hawley Street, Camden, September 2016

 

547. Camden Town, Stables (1)

Those of you who who have read this blog before will probably recognise this piece instantly as the work of Osch. This is one of a series of works characterised by a frame of an orange/yellow circle with some kind of scene, usually silhouetted going on inside the circle.

Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
In this case it looks like the character is Guido Fawkes, although exactly what story the piece is telling I am not so sure. The other trademark style used by Osch is using painted ribbons to create the illusion of solid forms as can be seen from the face of Guido. He uses this technique to great effect in his rhinoceros piece nearby.

Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
Osch, the Stables, Camden Town, September 2016
Another compelling piece by this adopted son of London.

473. Hawley Street (1), Camden

Continuing for a little while with my Camden adventure, just around the corner, from the Fanakapan flies was this amazing rhinoceros by Osch. Both Osch and Fanakapan are unbelievably prolific. Hardly a week goes by without one or both of them creating something new.

Osch, Hawley Street, Camden, September 2016
Osch, Hawley Street, Camden, September 2016

In this piece, Osch uses his unfurling ribbon style to create the illusion of a solid creature, which is clever as painting itself could be considered to be an illusion. Layers. The rhino is superb, and reminds us (it’s function) about the plight of these creatures in the wild.

Osch, Hawley Street, Camden, September 2016
Osch, Hawley Street, Camden, September 2016

Rounding off the picture, and something that is a part of photographing street art, is the context of the piece, and in this particular piece there are some discarded flower pots that somehow add to the whole scene. A street art photographer’s dilemma is always to balance the perfect clean image, with the actual image in its context. I, like others, try to get both…but parked cars are a real menace!

447. Brick Lane (1)

It is not so long ago that I hadn’t come across Osch. Now it seems he is popping up in my blog rather regularly. This is another in his series of orange/yellow circles with a scene going on inside. This particular piece incorporates another of his trademark styles, which is to have an unfurling ribbon effect.

Osch, Brick Lane, London, August 2016
Osch, Brick Lane, London, August 2016

I like this piece for several reasons, but particularly for its location and subject that reflect the adjacent tourist shop.

Osch, Brick Lane, London, August 2016
Osch, Brick Lane, London, August 2016

422. North Street, No. 274

This amazing Tiger is no longer there; the wall has since been painted by Jody for Upfest 2016 (more on this to come). The tiger was painted for the Upfest 2015 festival and I never really got round to posting about it.

Osch, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
Osch, North Street, Bristol, September 2015

It is funny how things come about. I didn’t really know the artist, Osch (Otto Schade), until fairly recently and now I seem to be coming across his work all over the place in London. In fact I think I mentioned in a recent post that he hadn’t done much in Bristol. I was wrong, he did this.

Osch, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
Osch, North Street, Bristol, September 2015

The tiger is captivating and uses Osch’s unraveling bandage style of artwork. This work was something of a landmark on North Street and was part of a campaign to raise awareness for the Save Wild Tigers charity.

On the downside, this is one of the most difficult Upfest walls to photograph. It is very high and in a narrow lane and the best views are from a privately accessed roof. I’m afraid I didn’t have access, so my pictures are a little distorted.

402. Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare (3)

A recent trip to W-s-M resulted in seeing much more street art than I had prepared myself for. I knew I would find a few stencils by local artist JPS, but wasn’t too sure what else I might find.

Osch, the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
Osch, the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016

The Tropicana was the site of Banksy’s Dismaland last year, and this year the venue hosted the Hazy Days festival, which looks likely to be repeated and expanded for 2017. At the Hazy Days festival this year, several artists, including Dan Kitchener, My Dog Sighs and Osch gathered at the Tropicana and created some wonderful works. This is the piece by Osch, and shows a rather different style to the one in my previous post.

Osch, the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
Osch, the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016

Osch is a highly accomplished artist with an incredibly distinct style. Plenty more of his works will feature in this blog before long.

401. Old Street, Shoreditch (1)

During my strolls around the Shoreditch area, I have come across several of these striking pieces by Osch (Otto Schade). Instantly recognisable with their trademark yellow/orange centre and silhouetted scene, often funny or political in nature. This one highlights a pole dancer and CCTV camera watching her.

Osch, Old Street, London, August 2016
Osch, Old Street, London, August 2016

Osch, originally from Chile, trained as an architect but is equally at home with his art, which is inspired by the Surrealists. He now lives and works in London, where many of his fine works can be seen.

Osch, Old Street, London, August 2016
Osch, Old Street, London, August 2016

Osch’s work has another distinct style in which he creates figures or scenes out of long strips of ‘material’, reminiscent of Egyptian mummies unraveling. More on this in my next post. I haven’t seen any of his work in Bristol yet, but am hoping he will visit sometime…it is only a couple of hours away after all.