393. Chance Street, Shoreditch, London (1)

I think it is safe to say that Roa must make it into most street art/graffiti art enthusiasts’ top ten, particularly those interested in wildlife and nature. On my latest work trip to London, I had another overnight stay and took advantage by finding a hotel not too far from Shoreditch.

Roa, Chance Street, London, August 2016
Roa, Chance Street, London, August 2016

I walked towards Brick Lane and found this wonderful, enormous hedgehog. Roa’s work is almost always in black and white tones and is picked out especially well on brickwork. The style is unmistakable and unique, sometimes a difficult thing to achieve in a crowded and growing scene.

Roa, Chance Street, London, August 2016
Roa, Chance Street, London, August 2016

When I was a youth, hedgehogs were abundant, so much so that they were very regular victims of road kill, even in cities. I even used to feed a family of them in my London back garden. Now alas, they are very much in decline. In fact this Roa depiction is the only hedgehog I have seen for about twenty years. It is a wonderful reminder of the splendour of this little creature. Thank you Roa.

28. Baffins Lane car park, Chichester

My mother told me I really should go and check out a beautiful bird mural in the centre of Chichester when I was visiting a week or two ago, so I did.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015

The mural, which overlooks the Baffins Lane car park, is by ROA, and was created during the Chichester street art festival in 2013.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015

Although his work appears throughout Europe and beyond, little is known about the artist from Ghent, Belgium.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015

He specialises in pictures of animals, often gracefully contorted in death poses. These birds however, are very much alive. I will have to look out his work in Bristol.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015