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This week, we were treated to a new and striking street art mural on Hanbury Street by Dale Grimshaw. Dale Grimshaw had previously painted (in collaboration with Mark Hat) this same wall a years ago with the same humanitarian cause and a similar portrait. More recently, he has also painted the Village Underground wall. This humanitarian cause is to help the people of Papua New Guinea. (I originally covered Dale Grimshaw's earlier work in my blog post here.)


The mural is created because Dale Grimshaw has a new exhibition at Well Hung Gallery called 'Pride and Prejudice'.


This is a colourful work with the subject painted in bright red and yellow body and face paint and colourful jewelery. The background is painted in black with gold pattern, which makes the subject the highlight. It can be found at the corner of Brick Lane and Hanbury Street.

A few weeks ago, street artist Ant Carver pasted a few new portraits up around Brick Lane. The artist did the same last year with his series of paste-ups in the dreary month of January (and also continued to add a few more during the course of the year), and I covered that work in my post here. Carver, based in London, normally uses oils to paint. His choice of subject is portraits, and these are finished off with bright colours. The photographs below are of the most recent works by Ant Carver. Sadly, most of these have been pasted over or have been weathered now.






Carver only pasted a few pieces around this time. Redchurch Street, Sclater Street, and Brick Lane were the areas where the works were pasted up. Hopefully, we will see more work from Ant Carver later in the year.

The finalists for the Fourth Plinth for 2018 and 2020 have been launched at the end of January this year, and they are on display at the National Gallery until 26 March. The winners will have their artwork displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for a couple of years. Visitors can vote for their favourite sculpture. In 2013, a similar unveiling of the finalists took place with the two winners having their designs displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. I covered this in my blog post here, and the designs from that year included the current Fourth Plinth design (Really Good) and a skeleton horse


This time, we have five different commissions.

Michael Rakowitz: The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
A winged bull diety used to exist at the entrance of the date of Nineveh from 700BC until February of 2015 when it was destroyed by terrorist group ISIS along with other important artefacts and the museum. This was a destruction of art, history, and culture. This work rebuilds the Lamassu winged bull.

Damian Ortega: High Way
Inspired by public sculptures being created on a monumental scale to be seen from a distance, this work features an imbalance. The objects include a Volkswagen van, ladders, scaffolding and oil drums. These are imbalanced and raised high, showing that these everyday objects can be used to create art when the budget is tight. 

Heather Phillipson: The End
The cherry and cream on top features parasites (a fly and a drone) perched on top. This also relates to Trafalgar Square being a shared experience where protests can happen and people come together. The work offers movement, noise, technology, and video. 

Huma Bhabha: Untitled
Bhabha explains that the work begins with a process of revealing the concepts buried in the materials. In this piece, the artist finds a science fiction character or superhero. It is made of cork and polystyrene.

Raqs Media Collective: The Emperor's Old Clothes
The artists conceptualised that plinths are created to elevate powerful people. This sculpture depicts draped robe as a reminder of power, empty echoing the clothed figure. 

Previous Fourth Plinth installations that materialised into reality include:

2016: Really Good
2015: A horse skeleton with a stock ticker tape
2014: A giant blue rooster
2012: A boy on a rocking horse
2011: Ships in a bottle
2009: members of the public were encouraged to do their own 'thing' on the plinth
2005: limbless pregnant female

One of London's newest permanent art exhibits is "Paper Aviary", located in St. James' Market off Jermyn Street and Regent Street, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus. "Paper Aviary" pays tribute to the exotic birdcages that used to line Birdcage Walk in St. James' Park. The tradition of birdcages and the aviary in St. James' Park was started by Charles II who installed the aviary here in the 1600s. Today, St. James' Park continues with the bird tradition in that pelicans and other colourful birds can be seen in the parks; however, the aviary and birdcages themselves no longer exist. 


The installation "Paper Aviary" was created and designed by dn&co in collaboration with Argentinian studip Guardabosques. It captures the bright green hanging parrots, red and yellow lories and lorikeets and huge cassowaries as paper creations. In the 17th century (before the Internet and photography), many people would never have seen these exotic birds, so I had trouble imagining how magical a visit to the aviary would have been for them.


Keeping in line with the fashion design that is regarded highly in this area of London (St. James), the birds have been created out of paper with fashionable patterns. They are all unique and going about their 'life' behind the glass in their little boxes. Some fly, and some hold onto a branch; others dive while others stand or perch.


When inside the aviary (or standing just outside), the experience is heightened further with birdsong. Birds chirp happily while examining the collection.




The "Paper Aviary" is on display from 15 February until 3 May and features 118 birds in red, yellow, green, orange, and blue paper - all decorated with their unique patterns from Turnbull & Asser to modern zebra print from Tiger of Sweden's latest collection.

Last month, the streets around Brick Lane in London received some colour in the form of new paste-ups by Donk, Ben Rider (Zombiesqueegee), and Aida Wilde. All of these paste-ups appeared together overnight. Ben Rider is an illustrator who has worked on high-profile works for television, music, and consumer brands. His illustrations are eye-catching and comic style, and he often prints with flourescent ink. Donk uses photography to create paste-ups. Some of these are images with historical context and imagery, which are often placed with new graphics and inks on the sepia-toned background. Others are collages (such as the radio and man's portrait with the pattern over the top) or an image of a young woman painting a model of a house. Aida Wilde's work is primarily printing, and she creates work with bright typography (the "Daddy I Want" series) as well as portraits of animals (the tiger).


Many of the paste-ups can still be seen, although some of them have been ripped slightly. Check around Star Yard and the streets that intersect with Brick Lane.


I hope to be seeing more work by these artists in the future.

Dan Kitchener on Goswell Road

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I recently discovered a large mural by street artist Dan Kitchener on Goswell Road in Clerkenwell, London. Dan Kitchener is one of London's busiest street artists. He paints street scenes illuminated at night, and a lot of his street scenes feature the streets of Tokyo, Japan (and other Japanese cities). This is one of the largest walls that I have seen with Dan Kitchener's work. It features a crowd of silhouttes carrying umbrellas in a night-time scene of a Tokyo street.



This work is located on Goswell Road near Clerkenwell Street.

My previous post featured the work of Otto Schade and his "Elephutterfly" mural on Hanbury Street. The end of last week brought a new mural at the end of Hanbury Street off Brick Lane. This work by Chilean artist Otto Schade (or Osch as he signs his art) is completed in the arti's ribbon style of painting. The subject incorporates street furniture into the artwork and features a giant hand pinching a CCTV sign (which is the actual CCTV survelliance sign). The work is titled "The CCTV Camera Sign". Finding street art that incorporates some detail of the street or wall into the piece is always fun.



Additonal posts on this blog with Otto Schade's work are:

Peace and Love on the Streets
Zany Zebras and Street Art in Southampton
Winter 2015 - 2016 Street Art Round-up
New Street Art (Portraits, Meercats and More)
Spring and Summer 2015
Bristol Upfest 2015
Summer 2014 Street Art
Early Spring 2014 Street Art Round-up
Horror Crew, Otto Schade, HIN and others
Street Art: Otto Schade

Otto Schade: Elephutterfly

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At the end of last year, street artist Otto Schade painted a wall on Hanbury Street off Brick Lane. The artwork is painted on a wooden wall inside a courtyard just off Brick Lane. Originally born in Chile, Otto Schade now lives in London and is one of London's busiest street artists. He has two main styles of work. One of these is an orb of bright orange or purple with a silhouette showing a social message. The other style of his work are portraits and other subjects that are created using his ribbon effect. His latest work is a new style of its own. It is titled "Elephutterfly", which appears to be a large Monarch butterfly at first glance. However, when looking closer, the butterfly's wings are the side profiles and trunks of elephants.



Additonal posts on this blog with Otto Schade's work are:

Peace and Love on the Streets
Zany Zebras and Street Art in Southampton
Winter 2015 - 2016 Street Art Round-up
New Street Art (Portraits, Meercats and More)
Spring and Summer 2015
Bristol Upfest 2015
Summer 2014 Street Art
Early Spring 2014 Street Art Round-up
Horror Crew, Otto Schade, HIN and others
Street Art: Otto Schade

Fanakapan recently returned to Star Yard to refresh the wall that he has been painting on for awhile. The latest piece replaces his large chrome 'X'. The latest piece is a large chrome balloon dog. The background is black, but it has been tagged with silver paint. The piece is a really fun one when examining it closer and spotting the items inside the reflection, such as the viewers and buildings. The artist had painted "Power Tools" on the large Village Underground wall at the end of last year.


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

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

Marie Curie's "Garden of Light" is an art installation featuring a garden of glowing daffodils located in Paternoster Square near St. Paul's Cathedral. There are 2,100 daffodils in this garden, and they symbolise a nurse that helps approximately 32,000 patients with terminal illness a year. The garden also contains an area of memory where visitors can leave notes and make donations. The "Garden of Light" has been in place since the beginning of March, and it will be available to see until March 12. After this date, it will appear in Edinburgh for a few days before going to Wales for a few days.






 Charity locators were located when I visited earlier this evening, so do not forget to bring some spare coins. Remember that there are only a couple of days left to see this installation.


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