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.”

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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.

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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?‘.

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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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London International Pasteup Festival – November 2021

The walls of Shoreditch have for some time been the epicentre of London’s street art scene and the go-to place to find murals, stencils, pasteups and other delights. Until recently pasteups have been largely relegated to quiet cul-de-sacs and side streets where they can be installed without drawing attention and often being pasted over in a matter of hours or removed (sometimes within minutes) by fans selfishly wanting a piece of the damp artwork for themselves. A few months ago, in a breath of fresh air for the genre, there was a well publicised legal pasteup event on Cheshire Street, just off Brick Lane. Here the wall alongside the Secret Art Gallery was covered in colourful work from a range of artists, organised by the gallery itself with help from prolific paster Subdude.

The very colourful curated pasteup wall in Cheshire Street back in May 2021.

Step forward a few months and pasteups got another boost with the announcement of the first London International Pasteup Festival (LIPF) curated by Art House Project and Outside The Zone (OTZ). A request was published for artists to submit works to be added and the project was inundated envelopes from artists from around the world.

The LIPF was held from 4th to 7th Nov 2021. With the help of many of the artists a series of dedicated street locations in East London were covered with an amazing array of paste up artwork. All these locations were conveniently just a short walk from the Hoxton Gallery, which hosted the event, and held an exhibition of selected artists’ original artworks and a pop up store selling prints and the like. The festival also included a guided walk around the sites and live pasteup sessions.

LIPF pasteup wall in Braithwaite St
The ‘monster’ LIPF-curated wall in Dereham Place with its almost overwhelming array of pasteups
A fun evening was had by all at the London International Pasteup Festival launch at Hoxton Gallery on the evening of 4th November.
LIPF launch at Hoxton Gallery

The artists involved in the festival included: Donk, Luap, Wrdsmth, Dr Cream, Ben Rider, Carla Mata Hari, Shuby, Hellothemushroom, Endless, Subdude, Apparan, Tweet, Apparan, ‘Orrible, AKC, Morgazmik, Neon Savage, Oddo, Mort, Werck1, The End Of Animals, Ezura Forest, Bentoghoul, DD Regalo and Lucie Flynn – along with very many more. We have already uploaded some of the work from the LIPF to The Street Art Directory and we have lots more to add in the coming weeks.

Live pasteup session at Hoxton Gallery

A massive well done to everyone involved in making the festival a huge success. We are now looking forward to the next LIPF – is 2022 too soon?

New gallery: Carla Mata Hari

Carla Mata Hari has been creating street art in Cologne, Germany, since 2018 and her work can now be found in many cities in Germany and around the world. True to the principle of “form follows function”, she constantly finds new forms of expression to shape the current content. The evanescent nature of street art provides continuity and opens up spaces for new ideas and concepts. Sometimes with pen, paper and paste, sometimes on a mirror or on tape, she forms questions, thoughts and emotions. Enjoy GiGi … G.G. … GunGirl … the Gun Girl – with words instead of bullets, for love against hate.

We were pleased to find several of Carla Mata Hari’s fab pieces at last year’s London International Pasteup Festival and are now pleased to include them in The Street Art Directory.

Carla Mata Hari can be found on Instagram with accounts @carla_mata_hari and @liebesfragebuch.

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New gallery: Iain Macarthur

We’ve just added Iain Macarthur to The Street Art Directory. Iain is a London-based artist and illustrator and we found some of his black-and-white tiger pasteups in Hackney Wick. The artist’s biography suggests that his pieces are made from chaotic elements of patterns and nature and depict a sense of beauty and surrealism. We think these impressive tiger heads fulfil the remit.

Iain can be found on Instagram at @iain.macarthur.

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New gallery: Cali O

We’ve just added Cali O to The Street Art Directory. Cali O is a London based Designer and Animator who creates digital and print designs, animations and ceramics.

The 8″x8″ ceramic tile featured here was photographed in East London. It is one of 40 of this design which were liberated on the streets of London and Paris. Titled ‘Diamonds’ it is produced with laser printed ink (inset glaze) and was for sale as a (now sold out) limited edition of 6 pieces with 3 artist’s proofs.

Cali O can be found on Instagram at @cali_o_ and he has a website: calioart.com.

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