Though there are some well-established street art pieces in London, all of which can be appreciated on one of our street art London tours, the scene is constantly in flux. With artists travelling all around the world, new art works frequently pop up when they are back in town. So, without any further ado, here are some of the most notable additions to London’s streets from 2013.
This latest piece from world renowned Invader is in his signature pixelated style. Known for his cheeky little space invaders that he leaves in cities all around the world, the French artist was in Europe for a good portion of last year and in May he paid a visit to London. This large piece in Shoreditch depicts an intense battle between Luke Skywalker and his father turned nemesis, Darth Vader. When asked about his unique choice of material, Invader said, “I use extra-strong cements. Nothing lasts for ever, but if a thing’s worth gluing, it’s worth gluing well! It has been known for a disgruntled building owner or the council to tear down an Invader. As for “Invader thieves”, nine times out of ten they end up with a few broken tiles; they’re too fragile to be prized off in one piece.” Here’s hoping we will see the eccentric Frenchman in the capital again soon!
Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz has a couple of pieces dotted around the continent and he was kind enough to leave this epic piece on Hanbury Street, just off from the world renowned Brick Lane in July. This octopus-elephant hybrid, like much of his artwork, was created using thousands of individual brush strokes and took about a week to complete. Odd combinations of the inanimate and the organic are a running theme throughout all of his work and there’s no doubt that we will see some more impressive large scale pieces from this guy in the coming year.
Though most areas of London have a few hidden street art gems stencilled on them, the East End is a treasure trove of art work from both aspiring and established street artists as shown by this piece by Brooklyn-based artist, Swoon. Having been involved with street art since 1999, Swoon has a style all of her own. She takes portraits of everyday people and depicts them alongside artwork of local and historical significance. Her work is frequently seen pasted on abandoned buildings and other derelict looking structures and there are examples of her handiwork all over London. Hopefully this piece she left behind in October is the start of a larger installation of work in the capital.
When they say she has a face like a stack of bricks they are only half true. Australian artist RONE continued his trend of depicting larger than life beautiful women in November last year and this piece can be found on Leonard Street in Shoreditch. The artist’s glamorous Jane Doe has become a fixture in his native Melbourne and has spread across the globe, with a particularly sizeable example appearing in Berlin. I don’t think anyone has a problem with beautifully painted attractive women; hopefully we will see more of RONE in the future!
This next piece, by the talented Spaniard Sr. X, actually appeared in January this year. A very clever piece of art work that uses the street itself, the piece is in the artist’s signature stencil style. It just goes to show that the street art scene is very much alive and growing in London and there will without doubt be dozens more of creative embellishments on our streets before the year is out.