Lots of new artists added to The Street Art Directory

We have made another attempt to fill some gaps in The Street Art Directory and have added lots more artist galleries. Many of these we found had created works in London but we also feature pieces from New Brighton, Belfast, Southend, Costa Rica, Norway and more.

There’s too many new artists to feature works by each in this one post but we will give you links to their gallery pages. New artists include: 33wallflower33, Luax, Lucie Flynn, Lotte, Lobster Robin, Bruna Alcantara, Ernesto Romano, Iljin, Guccini, Wafa Love, Love, Smug, Manual Halftone, Cleon, BadBelfast, Ollystudio, 2onetwo, Rot, Rory O’Connor, Robski, Annisower, AlieNadia, Alex Rubes, Acter, Glafira Severianova, Alexander Menukhov, 3ZETAS, Bozek One, Asem, Aroe, Plannedalism, Nexlev and Nute.

Here’s just a small selection of pics by these artists:

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Top 10 street artist galleries of 2022

When we created The Street Art Directory website we set out to produce the sort of site we’d love to have stumbled across when we began taking a more detailed look at the cities’ walls. The site has continued to evolve and grow through 2022 and now features over 1,500 artists from around the world.

As in previous years we have checked which have been the 10 most-visited artist gallery pages on the site during the last year. We are again surprised (and encouraged) that the top 10 is not dominated by what may be considered the household names of the art world.

We are already working on further improvements for The Street Art Directory in ’23. We have acquired more capacity so will be able to share more photos of street art without fear of running out of space and have almost 6,000 photos and many artists waiting in the wings to be added as well as updating existing galleries.

Anyway, back to the most popular artist galleries on the site in 2022…

NUMBER 1 – Nicky Nailed It
The most visited gallery this year is that of Nicky Nailed It. We have found several of this artist’s child face pasteups around London’s Shoreditch. According to the artist’s 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.” Nicky Nailed It can be found on Instagram at @nickynailedit.

East London’s LT66 has been active as a street artist since 2019 and we found the first of his works in the following year. He has been prolific with his pasteups around East London in 2022. LT66 is a self taught artist working with spray paint applied by brush to vintage newspaper. He shares very well observed and executed paintings of his female muses. Original artwork can be purchased from his website and he can be found on Instagram at @lt66art.

NUMBER 3 – Jake Ghost
The third most visited artist gallery in 2022 was Jake Ghost. This is another artist whose work we have found around East London. His pasteup works featuring celebrities including Amy Winehouse, Boris Johnson, Kate Moss and Pete Docherty have been a fixture since 2019. Jake Ghost is on Instagram at @_ghostgallery.

NUMBER 4 – Mantra Rea
French artist Mantra Rea is well known for his ultra-realistic large scale pinned butterfly murals which incorporate excellent use of shade to convince you that you are actually looking at a massive entomological cabinet rather than the side of a building. On our site we feature two of Mantra’s works, both from Jaco in Costa Rica. Check out Mantra Rea’s Instagram account @mantrarea.

NUMBER 5 – Cliff Phillips
Cliff Phillips has featured regularly in The Street art Directory’s ‘Top 10s’. A very talented artist, his pasteups have been encountered mainly in Manchester’s Northern Quarter but also in London. We interviewed Cliff a couple of years back and you can read this here. Cliff remains popular despite the lack of a social media presence.

NUMBER 6 – Bluntroller
Bluntroller is a talented stencillist who has a running (bouncing?) space hopper theme. The first works we found of his were of a policeman on a space hopper. In 2022 Bluntroller’s gleeful Queen Elizabeth on a space hopper took on an added an added poignancy with her passing. He doesn’t have an online shop or website that we could find but Bluntroller can be contacted via his Instagram: @bluntroller87.

NUMBER 7 – Helch
The artist known as Helch is perhaps the only truly ‘famous’ graffiti artist in this year’s Top 10. Helch’s fame (infamy?) stems from a 20m ‘HELCH’ tag on a railway viaduct in Windsor back in 2019 which left the late Queen Elizabeth “extremely upset”. Helch has since adorned a number of motorway bridges around London including amending the popular ‘Give peas a chance’ over the M25 to ‘Give Helch a chance’. Helch has since widely decorated east London with his undoubted roller talents. He has recently launched his first (and very quickly sold out) print and retains a low profile on social media.

NUMBER 8 – Thierry Jaspart
We don’t know a lot about Thierry Jaspart. We know he is a bilingual visual artist who lists his skills as including ”illustration, photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, video shooting and editing”. His pasteups have been prominent around East London for some time now. Thierry is on Instagram as @thierryjaspart and he has a website.

NUMBER 9 – Jean Peut-être
Jean Peut-être, produces modern screen prints on old paper – blueprints, accountancy papers, maps and more. His highly detailed single colour works of fish, lobsters, unbrellas, etc. are very distinctive and the bold designs stand out on any city wall. We have a large collection of Jean Peut-être’s work on The Street Art Directory. Find Jean Peut-être on Instagram at @jeanpeutetre and via his website.

NUMBER 10 – Marco Polo
Marco Polo is a talented Essex/London-based urban artist and painter who has worked on walls on the streets of London, New York, Los Angeles and Barcelona. He works in acrylic, oil paint, spray paint and stencil. It is perhaps a surprise to see Marco Polo in The Street Art Directory‘s Top 10 as we have not found any works of his on walls since 2015, after which time he put his efforts into gallery works. In fact he seems to have vanished without trace. Hopefully Marco Polo will resurface with a new body of work, either on walls or canvases, in due course.

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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 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: 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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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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Many thanks to all the artists and website visitors for your support. We are looking forward to exciting 2022 full of new and vibrant street art.

Banksy HAS paid a visit to the East Anglia coast!

In our last post to The Street Art Directory website we shared photos of a selection of new pieces of street art that have appeared, seemingly overnight, in the Suffolk and Norfolk coastal towns of Lowestoft, Gorleston-on-Sea and Great Yarmouth. These excellent works have been widely attributed to the mysterious street artist Banksy in the local and national media.

At least partly in disbelief we weren’t convinced that these were the work of Banksy. I mean, Banksy – in Suffolk?? And hitting multiple locations??

As if just to prove The Street Art Directory wrong (and we are very happy in this instance to be proven wrong) Banksy has posted to his Instagram feed on Friday to confirm that all the works that we snapped in the three towns are his. Banksy’s ‘spraycation’ video also confirms three further pieces are his handiwork:

  • a fabulous hermit crab stencil in Cromer with shell-less crabs being shown a sign saying “Luxury rentals only” in front of a collection of empty shells,
  • the statue of Frederick Savage – steam engineer and mayor of King’s Lynn between 1889 and 1890 – in the town now holding an ice cream cone (made from the top of a traffic cone with insulating foam ice cream) and with his pink tongue sticking out ready to give it a lick.
  • a rare signed addition to the Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth. A new miniature stable building has appeared in the village featuring a stencilled rat, the spray painted slogan “Go big or go home” and “Banksy” sprayed across the front. Alongside the stable a young girl has dropped her basket of apples in surprise at the graffiti.

So that’s a total of nine new Banksy works popping up at the same time if our maths is right, and surely the biggest drop by the artist since his audacious 2013 month-long residency in New York.

Banksy’s gull eating insulating foam chips from a skip.

This has to be great news for the towns concerned and will further increase the interest in the street art and lead to more people visiting from out of the area and contributing more to the local economy than the purchase of two ’99s’ that we mustered last week. I expect the local merchants of perspex sheets are already rubbing their hands at the prospect of the undoubted upturn in their profits before of the local taggers fire up their spray cans. The Nicholas Everitt Park stencil in Lowestoft has already been covered in perspex and has had part of the work removed by council contractors (not, as we had suspected, local ne’er-do-wells) for fear of its siting being a flood risk – it’s not often a boat can be considered a flood risk!.

“We are all in the same boat”, minus the boat, in Nicholas Everitt Park.
Boy with crowbar and sand on the Lowestoft high street.
The fairground grabber crane overlooking the beach in Gorleston-on-sea.
Relaxing rat by the Links Road car park in Lowestoft.

By complete coincidence we had already planned to be soaking up the rays in Cromer this week so with a short stroll east of the pier were able to add the hermit crabs to our website.

“Luxury rentals only” – hermit crabs on Cromer beach.

A further addition to the Banksy East Anglian collection is another stencil that has appeared in Gorleston on the wall of the model yacht pond. It shows a drunk man over-inflating a rubber dinghy and propelling it, complete with small children, into the air. This one doesn’t seem to appear in Banksy’s video but is confirmed on his website.

So a week on from the initial flurry of excitement what do we know about the long term prospects for these Banksys?

  • The council in Lowestoft is considering protecting all the works and now that they have been confirmed as genuine we can expect decisions to to be made sooner rather than later. It is expected that the corrugated metal ‘boat’ will be returned to the Nicholas Everitt Park piece though we expect this may be on a limited time or seasonal basis to prevent flood problems or theft.
  • The grabber crane in Gorleston has had teddy bear stencils added by local artist Emo along with along with the text “Banksy Collaboration Emo” and a supposed Banksy signature stencilled in red. This work has sadly since been defaced. We await a decision on whether and how the drunk/dinghy stencil will be preserved.
  • Now that the Great Yarmouth bus shelter work has been claimed by Banksy we expect efforts will be made to preserve it but have yet to see confirmation of this. In the Merrivale Model Village the new Banksy building has already been encased in perspex and is only being put on show to visitors between 1pm and 3pm. It is being stored securely away from the model village to prevent theft (a wise move given that the tiny thatched stable probably has a value in excess of the average full-size Great Yarmouth house). The model of the small girl with the dropped basket of apples appears to have been removed from display (possibly by a light-fingered visitor?).
  • Cromer‘s hermit crabs are to be found on the beach and we understand that the decision has already been made to allow the public to continue to enjoy this piece until high winter North Sea tides remove it.
  • The ice cream cone and pink tongue added to the statue of Frederick Savage in King’s Lynn, have already been removed due to complaints from unappreciative members of the public (echoing Clacton’s far-too-quick decision to buff Banksy’s pigeon stencil a few years ago). We hope they can remember which bin they threw the cone into.
Dancing on the bus stop roof in Great Yarmouth.

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New galleries: Mstar / Mats, Jim Connolly, James Croft, Julian Wright, Jupiterfab, Marquis De Rabbit, Nathan Sassen, Nicola Fernandes, Ibukun Baldwin, Folie

Visits to Manchester and Sheffield in the last few weeks have probed extremely productive and our street art photo vaults have been topped up nicely. Works by a quite a few artists not currently showcased in The Street Art Directory were duly snapped and we are pleased to share with you the first batch of these.

From a brisk walk around Sheffield’s Kelham Island district we include a trio of decorated junction boxes by Jim Connolly James Croft and Julian Wright. There’s also a lovely mural by Jupiterfab depicting racial harmony and a lack of reliance on smart phones and tablets to communicate. We also include a superb stencil by Marquis De Rabbit which can be found on the side of the Native fish and seafood restaurant in nearby Gibraltar Street. From the south of the city centre in Sheffield we include a mural by the artist known as Mstar or Mats who sadly passed away in 2019.

There is lots of great street art around Stevenson Square in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. In this update we include just a few new pieces from here by artists Nathan Sassen Nicola Fernandes Ibukun Baldwin and Folie.

Mstar / Mats (RIP) in the Charity Car Park off Milton Street Sheffield.
Three decorated junction boxes in Sheffield’s Kelham Island district. This one by Jim Connolly….
…one by James Croft….
…and the last byJulian Wright.
Jupiterfab’s mural, commissioned by the University of Sheffield, which can be found in Bowling Green Street.
Marquis De Rabbit’s “Teddyboy” stencil.
Nathan Sassen’s shop shutter decoration in Manchester’s Northern Quarter from a previous visit to Manchester.
Nocola Fernandes’ stretched ‘Growth’ Tiger mural brightening up Manchester’s Stevenson Square.
Also in Stevenson Square this one by Ibukun Baldwin…
…and this by Folie.

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