John Dolan RIP

Here at The Street Art Directory we were very sat to read on social media that John Dolan passed away on Friday 21st October 2022. We were never fortunate enough to meet John but his fun portraits of his beloved dog George have been a familiar sight on the walls and pavements of Shoreditch. We have updated John’s gallery page on The Street Art Directory website with more photos of his work as a lasting tribute.

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New galleries: Stephen Hiam & David Gersch

During our recent wander round the streets of Shoreditch the work of two artists seemed to pup up on every corner. Here at The Street Art Directory we were previously unaware of Stephen Hiam‘s work. His monochrome stylised head pasteups are certainly very striking, their simple bold form making them stand out on even the busiest wall. We were really pleased to be able to photograph over 20 of Stephen’s works and these now populate his gallery page on the website. Stephen does not (yet) have a website but you can find more of his works on his Instagram page: @stephen_hiam.

Stephen Hiam

The other artist that has obviously had a prolific streak around East London is David Gersch. David’s pixellated self portrait pasteups and stencils are spread widely around Shoreditch. We’ve added those we stumbled across to David’s gallery page on the website. David’s instagram (@thedavidgersch) and website inform us that he is a “World Renowned Artist & NFT Creator” and we look forward to seeing more of his work.

David Gersch.

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New galleries: Benson Koo, Brager, Benzi Brofman, Sven, Lobogordo Grolou, Emmalene Blake, Driper, Cry, Anonymouse, Alethea, Brickflats

This update to The Street Art Directory includes another new suite of artist galleries. We have BragerDriper and Cry from Southend-on-Sea which include works from the recent street art jam there; we will be bringing you another selection of work from the Southend City Jam shortly. Also added are Benson KooBenzi Brofman, Alethea and Brickflats from a recent visit to London’s Shoreditch, Anonymouse from last year’s London International Pasteup Festival and an Emmalene Blake mural from Hit The North in Belfast. Finally we include a wall photographed in San José in Costa Rica with a Lobogordo Grolou work partially painted over by Sven.

Benson Koo pasteup.
Brager wall from the Southend city Jam 2022.
Benzi Brofman‘s Salvador Dali from Brick Lane in London.
Sven over Lobogordo Grolou in Sân José, Costa Rică.
Emmalene Blake tribute to Lyra McKee.
Driper‘s pigeon mural from Southend.
Cry‘s excellent 2021 work from Southend.
Anonymouse for the London International Pasteup Festival 2021.
Alethea in Allen Gardens.
Brickflats flat in miniature in Shoreditch.

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New galleries: Griff, Greg Abbott, Goldloxe, Glen Molloy, Gerry Norman, Gaute Haugland, Gakusel, Fem Sorcell, Faigy, Eugène Barricade, DragoSteaArt, Doink

Some more new artist galleries have been added to The Street Art Directory. We have the decorative little head sculptures by Griff that have been found around Shoreditch, Greg Abbott‘s painted finger nails from Hackney Wick, and Goldloxe and Eugène Barricade pasteups from last year’s London International Pasteup Festival. There’s also Glen Molloy, Gerry Norman, and Faigy murals from Belfast, Doink mural from Hackney Wick, and stickers from Fem Sorcell and DragoSteaArt. Finally we have an old piece from Cheltenham by Gakusel and a Gaute Haugland mural from Bergen in Norway.

More new artists coming soon!

Griff sculpture
One of a couple of Greg Abbott pieces we found in Hackney Wick.
Goldloxe pasteup for London International Pasteup Festival in 2021.
Glen Molloy in Belfast.
Gerry Norman mural in Belfast.
Gaute Haugland in Bergen.
Gakusel in Cheltenham.
Fem Sorcell sticker.
Faigy in North Belfast.
Eugène Barricade for the 2021 London International Pasteup Festival.
DragoSteaArt sticker in Manchester‘s Northern Quarter.
Doink in Hackney Wick.

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New galleries: Amuk, Amed, Catherine Chinatree, Candie, Carl Kenz, Brave 1, Ster, Voyder, Dan Leo, Yeko, Soma359

Here’s the latest selection of street artists who have their own gallery page on The Street Art Directory website. We have added a few that we photographed at the recent Southend City JamAmuk, Amed, Brave 1, Ster, Voyder, Dan Leo and Yeko. We’ve got loads more artists to add to the site from the Southend jam and will share more in the coming days and weeks. There’s also work by Catherine Chinatree from Leicester and a couple from Soma359 from The Wirral, one of which was also featured in our review of street art featuring Boris Johnson.

The Dan Leo gallery brings together pics of a few of his wildlife murals. As well as the impressive crab from Southend there’s also a Black Guillemot from Bangor – an iconic bird of the town’s harbour. Slightly less geographically relevant but equally impressive is the Palm Cockatoo from Australia and New Guinea which was painted in Belfast.

Amuk‘s piece for Southend City Jam 2022.
Amed working on his mural in Southend-on-Sea – round the corner from Amuk.
Candie‘s Union Jack shutter next to Otto Schade‘s face mural in London’s Brick Lane.
A work by Catherine Chinatree which we found in Leicester.
“Love, loss n beyond” – Carl Kenz‘s contribution to Belfast’s ‘Hit The North 22’ street art festival.
Another from the Southend City Jam 2022 – this one by Brave 1 on the adjacent wall to a large mural by Dan Kitchener.
Ster, one of the organisers of the Southend City Jam, added this work to the event.
Slightly tucked away from the other murals completed for the Southend City Jam, Voyder‘s portrait of Ster was well worth seeking out.
Dan Leo working on his crab mural at the Southend City Jam.
Not quite finished, but this Yeko mural for Southend City Jam is already a bit special.
The beating heart of Liverpool captured in this Soma359 pasteup which we snapped across the Wirral in New Brighton.

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Southend City Jam

Between 2nd at 4th September 2022 over 100 artists descended on Southend-on-Sea to take part in the first ever “Southend City Jam“. Great weather helped to bring out the crowds and the painting frenzy in and around the city’s High Street had a true festival feel. We only left ourselves a couple of hours to try and see as much of the street art as possible and missed a whole load but wow – what a great event! As well as a large number of works adorning existing buildings, there were specially erected temporary walls and hoardings to decorate. Along High Street itself a massive temporary wall had been erected, with artists working on both sides through the weekend.

With such a large number of artists from around the world the festival offered something for everyone. Many of the artists were familiar to us at The Street Art Directory and we have seen their works many times around the UK, artists including Woskerski, Spray Saint, Curtis Hylton, 616, Curiouser, Dan Kitchener and Aches. Others were new to us and we will be adding gallery pages on the website in due course.

The Southend jam has been facilitated by artists Ekto and Ster – the latter of which was immortalised in the impressive large mural by Voyder.

With the obvious success of this year’s event we hope that this will be the first of many paint jams in Southend.

Here’s a small selection of photos of this year’s art work. We’ve got LOADS more that we will add to the website at a later date.

Voyder‘s portrait of Ster, who was one of the artists behind the Southend City Jam.
Woskerski busy completing on his excellent ostrich mural under the railway bridge on High Street.
Dan Leo’s huge crab mural – one of many pieces in Alexandra Street Car Park.
Detail from Curtis Hylton‘s awesome and very large owl piece on Royal Mews.
Yeko‘s mural off Elmer Approach (work in progress).
One of a couple of Spray Saint works completed for the Jam. This one under the railway bridge on High Street opposite Woskerski’s ostriches.
Lovely wall from Aches in Clarence Road Car Park, where you can also find pieces by Dan Kitchener and others.

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Boris Johnson, Prime Minister – a reflection

As the 32nd longest serving Prime Minister in UK history Boris Johnson certainly provided plenty of material to fuel the imaginations of street artists in his 3 years and 44 days in charge of the country. On 6 September 2022 Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson stepped down from the role and handed the metaphorical baton to Liz Truss. Now seems a good time to bring together a selection of the many and varied pasteups, murals and other artwork he inspired that has been shared on our streets over the last few years.

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New galleries: Vlek, Voidnumber6, Wild Wonder Woman, Won ABC, Wilf Dessent

Hot on the heels of our addition of new artists for the ‘Z’ section of The Street Art Directory we today bring you another selection of new artists. We bring you an excellent Vlek stencil from Bergen and Voidnumber6 and Wild Wonder Woman works from London. There’s also a Won ABC mural from Leicester and a series of colourful pieces by Wilf Dessent brightening up the Withington district of Manchester.

Vlek mural on a street cabinet in Bergen, Norway.
Voidnumber6 sticker in London’s Ely’s Yard.
This Wild Wonder Woman pasteup appeared as part of the London International Pasteup Festival in Shoreditch at the end of 2021.
The partially obscured Won ABC mural in Leicester.
Shop shutter decorated by Wilf Dessent in for Withington Walls.

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New galleries: Zurdie, Zezão, Zone Two, Zippy

We’ve been busy photographing art over recent months and it is now time to let some of these loose on the website. We have just added three new artist galleries which help flesh out the rather impoverished ‘Z‘ section of The Street Art Directory. Two of these – Zurdie and Zippy were snapped in Belfast earlier this year are works completed for the ‘Hit The North 2022’ street art festival. Alongside these we include Zezão‘s beautiful piece from under a bridge in Hackney Wick and a series of new pasteups from Shoreditch by Zone Two.

Zippy mural in North Belfast.
Zurdie piece from Kent Street in Belfast.
Zezão mural in Hackney Wick, London, north of White Post Lane.
One of a series of Zone Two pasteups that we discovered around Bethnal Green Rd and Brick Lane in East London.

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New gallery: Aches

On a recent visit to Merseyside and Northern Ireland we were really pleased to be able to admire three murals by the very talented Irish muralist Aches. Aches is based in Dublin and specialises in large scale murals and graffiti. Born in 1992, he graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a degree in Visual Communications since when he began to fuse his knowledge of graphic design and graffiti.

Aches uses computer software to help design his murals, with overlapping single-colour “CMYK” images merging to form a brightly coloured and dynamic visual display where the images and colours blend together.

In the Wirral the excellent New Brighton Street Art project funded by Rockpoint Leisure which has been brightening up the town’s Victoria Quarter as part of the town’s regeneration. Aches’s fabulous “Guide Dogs” mural was is one of several large-scale works to be found on Virginia Road in New Brighton on the northeast tip of the peninsula.

‘Hit The North’ is Northern Ireland’s largest street art festival. The recently completed 2022 iteration, coordinated by Seedhead Arts & Hennessy, covers Union Street and Kent Street in the Cathedral Quarter with murals from local and international artists, and there’s a couple of works by Aches to see.

The first one we saw sits at the west end Union Street which is thick with street art. This baseball cap-clad face sits part hidden in a derelict yard behind locked gates. Bristol artist Inkie has added an ‘Aches’ label to the work on an adjacent wall.

Walking east along Union Street then taking a left up Kent Street you come to the Kent Street Car Park. Overlooking the car park is another imposing multicoloured CMYK face. We have not yet identified the subjects of these murals but will update this post with more information as and when we get it.

As well as Aches gallery on The Street Art Directory you can also find him on Instagram at @achesdub and visit his website.

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