The world of street artistry is one of competition, feuds and rivalries (and art of course) built up over years, regrettably however (as history suggests) even the littlest of squabbles can end in tragedy.
Artists from all corners of the street art world have come together to pay tribute to one of the greatest and most-loved street artists in the world, King Robbo, according to the Telegraph. Well-known for being one of Banky’s rivals, King Robbo has been painting the walls with his brand of influential artwork since 1985 however; sadly he passed away on the 31st of July this year.
The street artist’s representatives released a statement saying “it’s with very great sadness that we have to announce that King Robbo passed away on 31 July 2014, due to health complications.”
It is thought that the artist “sustained a life-threatening head injury” in 2011 and that this could have contributed to his passing.
King Robbo’s site said “Peace and respect to Robbo’s close family and friends, the crew of Team Robbo and WRH and all his many fans and supporters around the world…”
Following Robbo’s introduction to the art scene, he designed and created an astonishing piece of work beneath the London Transport Police Headquarters. This piece of artwork later became a long-lasting display while others were being scraped off the capital’s walls.
However, in 2009, Banksy decided to paint over King Robbo’s artwork; this is when the feud between the two street artists first began.
The Guardian states that “a documentary, graffiti wars, depicted how each party would destroy the others work.” But, in 2011, Banksy put his best efforts into attempting to bring the feud to an end and “pay tribute to Robbo” who sadly remained in a coma after his accident. His efforts went into covering a mural Robbo had created with a can of spray paint, a hazard symbol and a crown.
He also paid tribute on his own website with the words “Robbo WRH WD PFB”. According to The Guardian, “the letters after his name stand for the crews Robbo used to paint with.”
If you’d like to see examples of King Robbo’s work in the East End or you’d like to gaze in wonder at Banksy’s own creations, why not book yourself on a street art London tour! This tour will take you all around the East End so you can marvel at the wonders created by big name artists and subtle street art wanderers who prefer to design and create in private. On this tour, you will see a number of bizarre and thought-provoking art works that will leave you hungry for more.
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