1164. Chalk Farm (1)

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.

Sokar Uno, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017
Sokar Uno, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017

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.

Sokar Uno, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017
Sokar Uno, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017

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.

Sokar Uno, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017
Sokar Uno, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017

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, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017
Sokar Uno, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017

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.

Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
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491. Upfest 2016 (65)

This is one of the most beautiful and sensitive pieces that I saw at Upfest this year. The artist, Sokar Uno has created something really touching and outstanding. This is without doubt one of my favourite pieces from this year’s festival.

Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Sokar Uno is a young German artist who has been painting and illustrating since he was twelve. Clearly he is very talented.

Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

There is a wonderful explanation of the approach he takes to his art on his excellent website which is really worth a visit.

Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I am thoroughly taken with his ‘classical’ style and would really love to see more of his work. I fear I might have to travel to Berlin to see it though. It is a real privilege to see him at work in Bristol.

Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Sokar Uno, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016