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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New galleries: Alaa Satir, Agit8d1, Abraham.o1, Uhoh, Canevil, Bilag, Beirdo, Bee, Beart11, Bates, Balloon Boy, 8bit, 3DUK?, 2TailDog

In the first update to The Street Art Directory for a while we have added a selection of new artist galleries. From our recent visit to Norway we include Canevil, Bilag, Beart11 and Bee who were all snapped around Bergen. We also include Uhoh and Bates with murals we found in Leicester last year. The remaining artists – Alaa Satir, Agit8d1, Abraham.o1, Beirdo, Ballooon Boy, 8bit, 3DUK?, 2TailDog – are all included based on works from the walls of East London.

Canivil’s take on Maria from The Sound of Music by the harbour in Bergen, Norway. Facing the water this of one of a couple of great stencils that can be seen well from the hotels on the opposite shore
A small piece by Bilag on a street cabinet in Bergen.
This chimpanzee by Beart11 in a rustic frame sits amongst many artworks on the wall along Kong Oscars Gate in Bergen.
These green electric scooters are ubiquitous around Bergen and it is no surprise to see an artist embrace one in a stencil – this one by Bee.
One of a couple of works by Uhoh side by side in a wall in Leicester.
This large smurf-related mural in Leicester by Bates makes quite a statement.
Large monochrome paste-up by Alaa Satir off Brick Lane in London.
Agit8d1’s Oscar Wilde paste-up from the London International Pasteup Festival.
Detailed and very well observed Abraham.o1 mural in Allen Gardens.
Beirdo putting the finishing touches to a street piece.
Some of the Ballooon Boy pasteups which we have found in the Brick Lane area of London.
Banksy-inspired stencillist 3DUK?’s piece in Star Yard, London.
A charming mosaic owl in London by 8bit.
2TailDog has recently installed some expressionist dog pasteups around Brick Lane.

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Dan Kitchener updates

We’ve just completed and overhaul of Dan Kitchener‘s gallery page on The Street Art Directory. Showcasing his amazing mural works with photos going back to 2015 we have now arranged the photos by year and to bring it right up to date have included Dan’s painting in Colchester, Essex, which was completed just a few days ago.

A town pretty much devoid of street art, this new piece by Dan is hopefully the start of good things happening on the walls of Colchester.

As well as Dan’s gallery page you can also find him on Instagram at @dankitchener and visit his website.

New gallery: TAXED

Having collected a decent stash of photos of pasteups by TAXED we are now pleased to be able to publish a gallery page of street works. TAXED a London based street artist who is influenced by abstract contemporary & pop art and started hitting the streets in 2020.

Visit Taxed‘s gallery in The Street Art Directory.

You can find Taxed on Instagram at @taxedtaxedtaxed.

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New gallery: Alicedalilart

We have just added Alicedalilart to The Street Art Directory. Alicedalilart is a London-based Italian artist who was born in Milan.

Her art focuses primarily on characters set in a world of blue shades, combining colours that inspire a peaceful atmosphere and invigorate a sense of calm and wellbeing. She uses a variety of techniques to create her artwork and tries to make use of eco-friendly materials and fabrics.

Visit Alicedalilart‘s gallery in The Street Art Directory.

You can find Alicedalilart on Instagram at @alicedalilart and he also visit her website.

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New gallery: Ztenzila

The next new addition to The Street Art Directory is Ztenzila who hails from East London. He describes himself as “a struggling cartoonist, film maker, graffiti artist, so called fighter, skater, toy maker and merchandiser trying to make ends meet.”

Visit Ztenzila‘s gallery in The Street Art Directory.

You can find Ztenzila on Instagram at @ztenzila and he also has a website.

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New gallery: Carla Hodgson

Following a trip to Northern Ireland back in December we are pleased to be able to add multi-disciplinary artist Carla Hodgson to The Street Art Directory. Carla is based in Co Down and graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA Honours degree in Fine and Applied Arts in 2001. Through her training she has been able to explore all avenues of art and she regards herself as an artistic allrounder able to work across all media.

In the biography section of her website Carla says:

A growing part of my practice is large scale murals, indoor and outdoor. I am growing more and more committed to making socially engaging art, involving local community to create projects that have a positive impact on the public. I feel it is vital in these times to animate dead spaces and bare walls.

Whilst in Bangor, Co Down, before Christmas we found one of those dead spaces with a bare wall that had been well and truly animated with a stunning purple octopus reaching a tentacle across the footpath and round a nearby rock.

Visit Carla Hodgson‘s gallery in The Street Art Directory.

Carla can be found on Instagram at @carlahodgsonart.

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New gallery: Soul’D

The latest addition to The Street Art Directory is London-based stencil artist Soul’D. We’ve found Soul’D’s work pasted around Shoreditch and she also collaborated with Background Bob in his second lockdown project ‘Background Bob and his amazing friends – guess who’s back?‘.

Visit Soul’D‘s gallery in The Street Art Directory.

Soul’D can be found on Instagram at @sould_art. you can also visit her website where you can read a more complete biography find a range of limited edition and hand-finished pieces for sale.

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Background Bob and his amazing friends – guess who’s back?

In 2021 we wrote about Noah whose art project, choreographed by his stepdad Nathan, during the first COVID-19 lockdown became a media sensation. Noah, a young teenager who paints under the name Background Bob, was born with hydrocephalus and he also has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The art project was a way to provide a focus and some structure during the COVID restrictions. 

The idea was that ever smiling Bob – Noah – would paint some A4 cardboard (easily sourced, easy to post) backgrounds and invite artists to collaborate by adding their work. A simple yet great idea that snowballed into an international project with contributions from many established street artists. The resulting exhibition – Background Bob and his Amazing Friends – held at Firstsite in Colchester, displayed all 240 of the works. There was a sellout book with proceeds going to his local children’s ward and the works were all sold in a frantic eBay auction and raised almost £100,000 for the Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity. A truly amazing achievement and a proper good news story to come from the pandemic.

The project went so well and was so well received that Noah and his family decided to do it all over again in 2021. The new exhibition, again at Firstsite, has just finished its run. Taking the title “Background Bob and his amazing friends – guess who’s back?” it is the product of another 250 artists, care workers and members of the general public who responded to the call in spring 2021 to team up with Noah. The lineup this time is no less impressive than the first time around with a whole host of street and urban artists clamouring to be involved. In a wander round the gallery last weekend we were met with a smorgasbord of works including collaborations with 7th Pencil, RX Skulls, Ben Eine, Zabou, Fanakapan, Akut, Lost Hills, DS, Jay Sharples and Alice Pasquini. Once again there is a book cataloguing the artwork (available here) and the pictures will all be auctioned at the end of March 2022 to raise, we hope and expect, lots more money.

There aren’t enough superlatives to express what Noah has achieved over the last couple of years. In the future we will hopefully have COVID-19 behind us and we will remember the tough times we and our loved ones have had to endure. But we will also remember the good things that were catalysed by the pandemic. The enthusiasm of Noah and his family, along with the almost 500 artists who have contributed to date, Firstsite for hosting the exhibitions and those involved in producing the books are right at the top of that list.

Check out Noah’s Instagram account @background_bob to find out more.


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New gallery: Mort

We are pleased to be able to add Mort to The Street Art Directory. Mort is an NYC based artist who tries to use art to make people stop and think but mostly chuckle a bit during their daily commute. He supplied lots of works for the London International Pasteup Festival at the back end of 2021 and we snapped a good selection of these to add to the website.

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Mort can be found on Instagram at @mort_art you can also visit their website where prints and original works are for sale.

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