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A few weeks ago, London-based street artist Otto Schade painted two new murals in his silhouette style. One is located off of Brick Lane, and the other is located off Shoreditch High Street. Although Oschade enjoys re-creating his stencil-based murals, both of these pieces are brand new. These murals always have a political or social theme.

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The first mural features a scarecrow made of paper money with many hands reaching out at it. It is titled "The Believers". According to the artist's Instagram account, it is meant to symbolise those people who only believe in money. The second mural, pictured below, shows two cowboy-esque figures on horseback but with spears and shields in the foreground with two smoke towers in the distance. It is titled "WTF (Don Quijote)".

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I've previously posted about Otto Schade's work in the following posts:

Otto Schade 'Peace and Love on the Streets'
Street Artist Otto Schade Paints Southampton 'Zany Zebra' for Charity (and other work)
Street Art Round-up: Spring & Summer 2015
Otto Schade's New Street Art (Meerkats, Portraits, & More) in East London
New Street Art from Horror Crew, Swoon, Otto Schade, HIN, and others
Street Art: Otto Schade

Nerone Paints Great Eastern Street

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Nerone is an artist from France who is influenced by graphic design and paints bold and colourful designs on walls. The theme of much of his work is cocktail parties or flowers with bright and bold colours contrasting against dark backgrounds. I originally covered the artist here after seeing many pieces go up on London's walls in the past couple of years. The most recent addition to London's streets by the artist is on Great Eastern Street where he has painted four panels with a flower design and his tag, which is painted to glow like a neon sign.

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Do Not Trust Robots

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Several science fiction stories, television shows, and films portray robots as being unfriendly and wishing to destroy the human race. In the 1960s with the invention and advancement of machines and robots, people believed that robots would be taking all of the jobs in the future. Robot characters became more popular in television, books, and film. The neon sign below simply reads "Do not trust robots". It made me smile.

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I discovered this sign on my walks around Shoreditch during my lunch break earlier this year. 

Street artist Wasp Elder was born in the UK but now lives in Berlin. The artist has painted in Cardiff and also paints as a duo with fellow street artist Helen Bur. In fact, both artists collaborated on a mural on Hanbury Street at the end of last year. Wasp Elder's paints figures who appear to have been in some sort of disaster, and the style used is impressionistic. The figures express emotion while keeping the background a blur and using the impressionist style and muted colours.

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The new artwork appears on Hanbury Street and features three figures that appear to be running from something unknown. The figure at the back looks as though he has been pelted by yellow eggs. The other figures are covering their faces.

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This spring, Wasp Elder is hosting a show with 1963 Gallery titled "Victims of Circumstance".

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In January, Wasp Elder and Helen Bur collaborated on a mural on another wall on Hanbury Street (virtually opposite of the newly-painted wall). The figures show emotion and expression, and they appear slightly out of focus, as does the background. Each figure is looking a different way but appears to be looking "within". 

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The new mural on Hanbury Street is especially stunning and painted on a large scale on a wall popular with great street art.

Fanakapan Paints Shoreditch Clowns

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Street artist Fanakapan recently painted a new wall in Shoreditch last week. The wall is between off Hoxton Square and features two glass clowns holding a foil smile balloon. Fanakapan started out painting items out of sweets and balloons before mastering the silver foil balloon over the past couple of years. He has recently expanded to painting glass items and using colour in his artworks. The new mural features two glass clowns, and both are painted using bright colours.

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Below is a zoomed-in photograph to see the detail and shadows.

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I've zoomed further into the balloon to see the artist's technique with colour, light, and shade.

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I also forgot to post the artist's "X" (made in his silver balloon style), which appeared in Star Yard in January.

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Previous posts with Fanakapan's work on this blog are below:

Chrome Balloon Dog in Star Yard
Fanakapan Paints "Power Tools" on Village Underground Wall

Fanakapan Paints "Drunk Glass Elephants"
Fanakapan, Horror Crew, & Jerry Rugg
Louis Masai and Fanakapan: "Freedom?"
New Chrome Street Art Mask by Fanakapan
Balloon Animal Street Art
Cranio & Fanakapan
Fanakapan and Horror Crew

Alex Senna Paints Wall on Hackney Road

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Last week, I covered Alex Senna's recent work on Hanbury and Bacon Streets (off Brick Lane). The South American artist is back in London to support his solo show at Unit 5 Gallery off Hackney Road, and this is around the corner from his latest large-scale mural. Senna's work is characterised by thoughtful and/or witty black and white illustrations, and he often paints a stylised bird with long legs. 

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This new mural shows a group of three people in a huddle. This looks like a family to me, and it appears that they are supporting each other as a unit. The wall is located on Ion Square off Hackney Road and virtually opposite the Unit 5 Gallery where the artist's work is on display.

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A smaller wall outside the Unit 5 Gallery also bears a mural by Senna. This time, it is a lone figure of a man walking across a zebra crossing.

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Previous work by Alex Senna can be seen in the following posts on my blog:

Alex Senna Paints Hanbury and Bacon Streets
2013 Alex Senna work here

Ant Carver Portraits of Models

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The week before last, London-based street artist Ant Carver painted the art wall on Great Eastern Street with four panels featuring models. The four pnanels were under construction for a few days, and by the time I took my lunch on Monday in order to glimpse the finished work, one had already been painted over. Of course, all of them have been painted over by now. I do wish that work would last a bit longer on this wall. Each of the portraits are based on photographs.

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Brazilian model Cindy Mello is on the blue background.

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Canadian model Meghna Lall is painted on a pink background.

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Kenyan model Giannina Oteto is on a teal background. The one that I missed photographing as it was being painted over when I saw it was on a yellow background and featured Grace Hodge.

I have previously covered Ant Carver's work here:

Street Art: Ant Carver
Ant Carver Pastes New Portraits on East London Streets

Street Art: Dr. D

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Dr. D is a political street artist who places his works guerrilla-style by taking over advertising boards and re-purposing them with his signs. I've seen his work in east London dozens of times, but I've never posted about the artist. Dr. D mocks the government, celebrities, and popular media. Below are two of the artist's common styles. The first is the "Curfew" sign, which mimics the vehicle congestion charge signs; if you weren't really paying attention, you'd miss the sign as they are so common. The curfew sign mentions "social cleansing".

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The "H.M.P. London" (Her Majesty's Prison) sign is also a popular one. I've seen this before with additional accompanying text, but this one is placed on an abandoned building on Sclater Street. It seems to suggest that London is a prison. It works well on the building (which I wish I would have gotten a fuller photograph of) in its abandoned state with bars across the windows and doors.

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These paste-ups are a great find because many people just walk by and accept the official-looking signage or advertising across the city. It is only when doing a double-look that you realise that it is a political message.

Airborne Mark is a street artist based in London, and I have seen his work evolve over the past several years from grafitti-style characters with fantasy overtones to a new origami style that he's adopted over the past couple of years. Airborne Mark started painting the walls in his home country of Poland before coming to the UK in 2005. His latest work is a range called "Origami Riots", and new murals based on this range are added to the streets from time to time. The newest of these appeared in Star Yard, off Brick Lane, a couple of weeks ago. It is called "Paper Sprite". He paints this range based on music he is recording.

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For those interested in seeing more form the artist, I previously covered some of Airborne Mark's work, in with a round-up of other artwork in early 2014 here, a round-up in 2015 here and here, in early 2016. The artist's official website is here: http://airbornemark.com 

Greek street artist SER (Argiris Ser) is the latest artist to paint the large mural on the Village Underground. I had previously covered the artist's work in my round-up in 2015-2016 and a collaboration with Captain Kris. SER's work is based on fantasy lands and creatures, and he names this land "Popartia". Bright colours are used, and the fantastic characters always catch the eye. This newest addition to Shoreditch is named the "Sea of Knowledge" and features a mother "Chipac" with three babies floating in water. The artwork supports education objectives, namely the "Education is Not a Crime" campaign to support education against all people denied it in Iran.

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This is a fun piece and works really well in this spot, so do have a look before it's painted over.

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