From Graffiti to Celebrity: Jean-Michel Basquiat
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From Graffiti to Celebrity: Jean-Michel Basquiat

The most comprehensive retrospective to date in the UK on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opened today at the Barbican Centre in London. The opening was heralded by two brand-new pieces by street artist Banksy in celebration of Basquiat. Banksy’s tribute couldn’t be any more fitting as Basquiat didn’t only start his career as a graffiti artist, but his colourful and ‘freestyle’ drawings have clearly influenced so many graffiti writers and street artists ever since. Continue reading

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Interview with Claude Crommelin: East London’s Most Renowned Street Art Photographer
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Interview with Claude Crommelin: East London’s Most Renowned Street Art Photographer

When photographer Claude Crommelin moved from Amsterdam to Shoreditch (East London) in 2008, he was overwhelmed by the amount of astonishing street art in the area. Motivated by the short lifespan of most of the works he bought his first digital photo camera and started to document the vibrant street art scene. In 2013 he published his book ‘New Street Art’ which was completely sold out in just three months. Read more about Claude and his book in the interview and also how you can win a copy of his recently re-issued book! Continue reading

When the Old Masters Are Taken to the Streets: Dulwich Outdoor Gallery
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When the Old Masters Are Taken to the Streets: Dulwich Outdoor Gallery

In 2013 street artists from all over the world were invited to Dulwich, an area in South London, for the Dulwich Festival. The artists visited the Dulwich Picture Gallery, one of the area’s main attractions, and were encouraged to recreate paintings from the Baroque period by the Old Masters on display in the gallery. This was the … Continue reading

Same Wall Different Street Artist #1: Restaurant Kinkoa, Pedley Street (Shoreditch)
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Same Wall Different Street Artist #1: Restaurant Kinkoa, Pedley Street (Shoreditch)

Going through my street art photo archive recently inspired me to start a new blog post series: Same Wall, Different Street Artist. As the name suggests, this series will show you how exactly the same wall is transformed by different artists over time.

Let’s kick off this series with murals on Thai restaurant Kinkao on Pedley Street in Shoreditch, one of the spots I always visit on my street art wanderings around Brick Lane. Continue reading

Walthamstow Street Art Trail with Wood Street Walls
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Walthamstow Street Art Trail with Wood Street Walls

In the last year the London street art scene has expanded over the entire city, even into areas previously hardly known to the average Londonder or tourist. While Shoreditch in east London is still the most significant go-to area to see the best works on display, there’s also a fine selection of excellent art in Walthamstow in far north-east London. In this post I lead you along the amazing street artworks in E17. Continue reading