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 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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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?

Top 10 street artists of 2021

OK, the title of this article may be a bit misleading given that all art is subjective and everyone will have their favourite street artists but bear with us. As 2021 drew to a close we had a look at the stats for our The Street art Directory website to see which artist gallery pages were visited most often during the year. Just as we found in 2020 the top 10 was a a varied and interesting mix of artists and not just the ‘big hitters’ that one might have expected would dominate the popular searches. With over 1400 artists now featured we give all street artists a platform and exposure, not just the big names. It is great to brilliant see up and coming artists and those not yet on everyone’s radar taking some of the top spots.

So here we go – the most visited artist gallery pages of 2021 in the time-honoured tradition of reverse order…

10. Savant

In 10th place we have the ever busy Savant. Each time we venture to East London we can guarantee there will be new selection of his printed or spray-painted pasteups on display. We particularly like the ongoing series of stencilled text character works, such as the one below, which are instantly identifiable and enhance any wall.

Savant is on Instagram at @savantart.

9. Aydar

Aydar describes themselves as “Just a simple Parisian street artist” but their artworks are anything but simple. When this native American figure appeared on East London it caused quite a stir and has been much appreciated – and thankfully (last time we looked at least) has not been tagged over or otherwise ruined.

Aydar has a presence on Instagram at @a_ydar.

8. Fuer Panda

Simple but endearingly attractive panda pasteups started to appear in London during COVID lockdown. The design was originally created early on during the pandemic to bring a smile to the people of London but the Pandas can now also be found further afield in Britain – Bristol, Brighton & Exeter at least – as well as overseas in Lisbon, Barcelona, Porto, Kraków and Riga. The panda invasion started our with fairly small wheatepaste designs but over time the portfolio has expanded and there are now much larger stencils and painted works hitting the walls whilst retaining the delightful panda graphic. The panda design is also, commendably, being used to raise money for charity. We have to agree with the artist that these pandas do indeed bring a smile to the face.

Find out more on Instagram at @fuer.panda.

7. Emanuela Montorro

Italian artist Emanuela Montorro is our 7th placed artist for 2021. Her works, largely presenting the female form, are very much in demand and a number of pieces are available for sale via the excellent Secret Art Gallery in London. We feature a few of her lips pasteups on our site.

Emanuela can be found on Instagram at @montorroemanuela.

6. Fosh

Fosh hit our list at number 2 last year. With a limited range of wheatpastes and stencils centred around either the portrait depicted below or the “Have you seen Fosh” motif, Fosh’s work became instantly recognisable. A number of people contacted YouTuber Max Fosh so see if the street pieces were his (they aren’t) and Max contacted us to find out more about the artist. We couldn’t help much other than to point him to Fosh’s Instagram: @forshurr.

5. Nicky Nailed It

We don’t know a lot about Nicky Nailed It either but these child’s face pasteups have been quite prominent in East London at least for some time now and have landed the artist at No 5 in this year’s most visited galleries list. According to their website, “Nicky Nailed It has been created to encourage the spirit of childhood in the sense of curiosity, freedom and the innocence that drives us to do what makes us happy regardless of outside influence” and the Instagram page @nickynailedit indicates the brand embraces ‘carpentry, skateboarding, creativity, adventure, and good vibes’.

4. Jake Ghost

Ghost is a self-taught artist originally from South Wales. He has a fondness for portraits and there’s an anti-establishment theme to many of his pasteups which we have photographed on the streets of East London.

Ghost is on Instagram at @_ghostgallery.

3. LT66

Lee Tokeley, the artist behind the LT66 moniker has been nothing short of prolific over the last year. We probably have added more work by this artist to the website than any other (with the possible exception of Oddo!). LT66’s stencil portraits hit the walls as wheatpastes, typically on newsprint. Usually, but not exclusively, illustrating female characters – from unknown faces to celebrities (Amy Winehouse and Emma Raducanu make an appearance) – the style is very bold and distinctive. LT66 can be found on Instagram at @lt66art.

2. Humor

Although we only feature one piece by Humor on the website he has been consistently popular, taking 6th place in last year’s list and up to the silver medal spot this year. The piece we feature is a tribute to the late artist Pow and was to be found in a prominent position in Allen Gardens, off Brick Lane in London. Humor is a very talented portrait artist and we love his recent painting of the much-missed comedian Sean Lock in Brighton (which we’ve not been able to get to the south coast to see yet). Humor’s Instagram account indicated on the mural is now defunct but he can be found at @humorstreetart.

1. Cliff Phillips

In fourth place last year but it is top spot this time round for Cliff Phillips. Cliff is one artist we have aways admired and we have have enjoyed finding his pasteups. We have photographed Cliff’s work mainly in Manchester’s Northern Quarter but have also found a few pieces in Shoreditch. We were really pleased to catch up with Cliff during the year and publish an interview with the artist which you can read here. Cliff does not currently have an active presence on social media.

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Bentoghoul collaborations

In our ramblings we have come to love Bentoghoul‘s skull-design stickers and paste-ups. As well as his solo work Bento has also collaborated with a number of other street artists and we share a selection here. Most of these were photographed on the streets of Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the the Brick Lane area of London.

Here we share with you collabs with Dacarter, Doesthepope, Werck1, Tsmoke, TRP613, Deadpixels, Cannakilla, Mycutecreatures and Herr Eifel.

Bentoghoul x Herr Eifel
Bentoghoul x Cannakilla
Bentoghoul x Deadpixels
Bentoghoul x Werck1
Bentoghoul x Mycutecreatures
Bentoghoul x Tsmoke
Bentoghoul x Doesthepope
Bentoghoul x TRP613
Bentoghoul x Dacarter

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New galleries: Karla-Chan, Noxious Bastards, Metraeda, LeveyAngeles, From The Moon, Deadpixels, Caroline Dowsett, Benjamin Harrison, Raze, Just Jack, Liskbot

Prior to the excitement caused by the Banksy East Anglia ‘Sprayctation‘ we brought you a bunch of new artist gallery pages based on works photographed in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter. We are now pleased to be able to bring you another update from the city and share with you another eleven artists who are new to The Street Art Directory, again with works from the streets of Manchester.

Click the links to visit the galleries for Noxious Bastards Metraeda LeveyAngeles From The Moon DeadpixelsCaroline DowsettBenjamin HarrisonRaze Just Jack Liskbot The Trash Bandit and Karla-Chan.

A Noxious Bastards sticker.
LeveyAngeles sticker.
Metraeda paste-up.
This stencil is one of two works that we feature by From The Moon.
A sticker by Deadpixels.
Typically colourful (though tagged over) work by Caroline Dowsett.
Benjamin Harrison.
Raze sticker.
Just Jack sticker.
Karla-Chan sticker.

New galleries: One Slut Riot, Ogni Donna Una Madonna, Mr Mentalhealth, Cnobs571, Baloki Boy, Systa Eaz, Vector Meldrew, Ink! 1980 Baby

As lockdown begins to ease the have been out and about in search of new street art and there was plenty to be found in East London last week. We have much more to come but for now here are eight new artists added to The Street Art Directory website. We bring you One Slut Riot, Ogni Donna Una Madonna, Mr Mentalhealth, Cnobs57, Baloki Boy Systa EazVector Meldrew and Ink! 1980 Baby.

We have also added lots of new pieces to the galleries for other artists, including Dan Kitchener, Anna Laurini, Benjamin Irritant, Gerdy Harapos and Neon Savage.

Cnobs571 paste-up
Sadly defaced paste-up by Ogni Donna Una Madonna.
Mr Mentalhealth
Baloki Boy sticker.
Systa Eaz.
Vector Meldrew sticker – scan the code for a cute animation.
Tel-lie-vision by Ink! 1980 Baby.

Top 10 most viewed artist galleries in 2020

Last year we did a run down of the top 10 most visited artist gallery pages on The Street Art Directory website and thought it would be a good thing to do again for 2020. Before sitting down to compile this year’s list we were expecting it to end up being a who’s who of household names – those street artists who seem to be never too far from media attention – Banksy, Stik, Ben Eine, Shepard Fairey and the like. Instead what we found was these big hitters nowhere to be found at he top of the list. So here they are, in reverse order, this year’s most popular artists on the website.


First up, and in 10th place, we have Anne McCloy. Anne is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the visual and multimedia arts and design. She trained at Central St Martins College of Art and Design where she now lectures on the BA Fashion course. Anne McCloy works in music and design under the moniker ‘Some Product’ under which banner she can be found on Instagram.

On The Street Art Directory website we feature a large mural which used to reside at the junction of Great Eastern St and Old St in London. The building (which has also hosted works by Phlegm, Invader, Thierry Noir, Roa and many more over the years) has now been demolished.

Find out more about Anne on her website.


Next we have Deranged Elf in 9th place. Anyone who has spent time wandering the streets around Brick Lane is likely to have stumbled across Deranged Elf’s diverse range of paste-ups, stencils and stickers. The artist’s work sometimes make political comment such as this Boris Johnson/Pinnochio portrayed here and other works which highlight environmental issues. Deranged Elf can be found on Instagram here.


We’ve found a few of Eiknarf’s paste-ups in East London, including the above typical “Crying but still punk” piece. On Eiknarf’s website you can purchase similar herpetologically-themed paintings, prints and T-shirts and you can also see more on their Instagram page.


The 7th most visited gallery is that of the prolific Atomic Hercules. Looking for interesting information about this artist we found this on their Twitter page: “As snake oil salesman, I prefer to shows off my quaint quirkiness with quackery. A practitioner of Choas Magik, Graphic Design & Linocut.” Atomic Hercules’s snails, beermat-style pasteups and stamp designs are to be found widely across East London at least and we feature a good selection on the website.


Humor (Hugh Whitaker) is represented on the website by just this one piece – a tribute to the street artist who painted under the name Pow. This work, in Allen Gardens in London, is one of many tributes to Alex that have hit the walls since he passed away in 2019.


Captain Eyeliner is the 5th most visited gallery and an artist that describes themselves as “a wheat paster, culture jammer, and an occasional pain in the ass“. We’ve captured a few of their cat skull images around London for the site. Captain Eyeliner has a presence on Instagram.


Our number 4 is Cliff Phillips. Born in 1975, Phillips comments on contemporary social behaviours through his vibrant portraits. As well as powerful works on the streets of Manchester and London he works in acrylic on reclaimed canvas, boards and found objects. We can’t find a website or social media profile for Cliff Phillips.


Our Number 3 is London based Cyborg iconoclast, Hallidonto whose “Cyborgia Manifesto” art, is created through the use of a variety of media, including virtual reality, crypto, digital, painting, drawing and poetry. On his website he explains his cyborg obsession:

“The cyborg image has been an integral part of my childhood. The cold war had just ended – the cultural landscape of the 80’s, was very much rooted in the future, the inherent feeling of that time was dystopia from the cartoons/films I watched as a kid, the advent of console gaming: Nintendo, etc. The image of man was always his metamorphism into the machine, or the machines taking over. I identified with the cyborg image, I wanted to be one. I identified with the concept of such a being and it has informed my work to date. They are infantile and simplistic in their appearance but not in their construction, being drawn in one continuous line. My visual discourse is motivated by transcribing the sociological constructions of our age, the evolution of the flesh its reflection of the coming state of mankind, flesh anxiety, the departure into a new being.”


Fosh topped the list last year and is still ‘up there’ this time around, taking the 2020 number 2 place. Fosh’s Instagram page doesn’t give away a lot about the artist behind the tags, paster-ups and stencils. Some seem to have wondered if Fosh the artist was Max Fosh the London-based YouTuber though this appears not to be the case.


The 2020 most visited artist gallery is that of the artist who goes by the name Bedroom. Several works by this text-based artist have appeared in Ipswich over the last year. The first of these doffed its cap to the highly successful ‘Sound City‘ music event in the town whilst subsequent stencils and plastic lettering pays homage to Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed. Bedroom appears not to have a website or social media profile currently.

So there we have it – The Street Art Directory‘s most viewed artists of 2020. We have many more artists in our archive still to upload to the site but very much look forward to the post-vaccine freedom of being able to wander the streets and find more new and interesting art.

New galleries: Stickerzworldwide, Shem, Spray Saint, Marian Calle, LT66, Kid30, Jimmy Jasik

New artist gallery pages have been added to The Street Art Directory with works collated from the walls of Shoreditch. we are pleased to be able to include Stickerzworldwide, Shem, Spray Saint, Marian Calle, LT66, Kid30 and Jimmy Jasik.

We have also added lots of photo to existing galleries including those for Ben Eine, Endless, Stra, Dark Evil, Hello The Mushroom, The Postman, Wrdsmth, A.CE, Luap, Ben Rider, Bentoghoul, Benjamin Irritant, Neon Savage, Ueya and Dan Kitchener.

A worn piece by Stickerzworldwide.
Spray Saint mural in Allen Gardens.
Marian Calle paste-up in London.
Paste-up by Kid30.
Jimmy Jasik in Allen Gardens.