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 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:

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Top 10 feature articles of 2021

We have already published the list of most visited artist galleries in The Street Art Directory during 2021 and now it is time to reveal the year’s most visited feature items which were published on the site. The major UK story of the year was undoubtedly Banksy’s visit to Norfolk and Suffolk in the spring to spread some love. It is no surprise to see the ‘spraycation’ featuring in this list as we were quick enough off the mark to be able to photograph most of the works before they had been dismantled, covered in perspex, removed to be sold overseas, painted over or otherwise defaced.

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

10. Banksy HAS paid a visit to the East Anglia coast!

We missed a couple of pieces. It’s amazing how fast councils can get to work to remove valuable tourist attractions when the mood takes them. Still, Most of Bansksy’s spraycation works were shared in all of their glory in this article with full details of how to find them.

9. Mark E Smith tributes in Manchester

The late Mark E Smith, founder and only ever-present member of The Fall is an iconic part of the Manchester music scene. Since his death in 2018 a number of tribute artworks have appeared on the walls of the city including this one on the side of a chippy in his home manor of Prestwich. This article from 2019 takes a look at the public MES gallery.

9. Have you seen Fosh?

Fosh once again featured in the artist gallery top 10 for the year and this feature about some of Fosh’s artwork on the streets of London was also popular. We know little about Fosh but this recently snapped sticker confirms the diminutive lightweight slap tagger artist has no posse.

7. The Flying Kiwi in Manchester

We found this Flying Kiwi piece in Manchester, right next to some of the Mark E Smith tributes (see above). OK, the wingless bird is parachuting rather than flying but we are sure the sensation must be in many ways similar. We’ve since found more of this artist’s work in the city and maybe it is time to update the article for 2022 with a few more examples.

6. In conversation with Cliff Phillips

We’ve not done many interviews with artists to date but hope to do a few more in the coming months. Our most recent chat was with Cliff Phillips. Cliff is one of the few active artists not to have a social media profile or website but we enjoy his work so much we had to track him down and find out more about him and his work.

5. Background Bob and his amazing friends

Young Noah, aka Background Bob, has taken the art world by storm over the last couple of years. Noah has smiled his way through his medical challenges and has created an array of A4 colourful backgrounds that have provided the basis for collaborations with top street artists worldwide. These works have been immortalised in a book and the original pieces sold to raise a bucket load of money for his local hospital projects. We like Background Bob.

4. The world of Dr Cream

Our first interview for The Street Art Directory was with the creative Dr Cream. Amongst angsty vitriolic political street art you can find Dr Cream’s charming pasteup characters, each of which forms a frame of a simple animation. We find out more about the artist’s career to date and look forward to his new projects.

3. Jarvis Cocker by Bubba2000

It is hard to visit Sheffield without bumping into at least one mural by Bubba2000. One standout piece, in the north of the city is of former Pulp frontman – the lyricist, musician, radio DJ and raconteur Jarvis Cocker who hails from the city.

2. Has Banksy paid a visit to the East Anglia coast?

The paint was (quite possibly) still wet when we toured the Norfolk and Suffolk coast to try and see some of the Banksy-style street art that had sprung up in Lowestoft, Gorleston and Great Yarmouth. We were learning about the locations as we went on, getting hints from some of the intrigued onlookers about where other works may be found. It was all quite exciting and felt very inclusive, with lots of lovely people rocking up to the towns to admire the new murals. And of course it wasn’t long before Banksy confirmed these were indeed his handiwork.

1. Bambi’s Princess Diana mural

The most viewed article last year was the 2019 post about Bambi’s iconic Princess Di mural near Covent Garden in London. The mural is still there today, protected from the elements under an archway. It depicts Prince George and Princess Charlotte looking up to the Poppinseque form of the grandmother they never had the opportunity to meet with the caption “You can be as naughty as you want just don’t get caught”.

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New gallery: CANEMORTO

We’ve just added CANEMORTO to The Street Art Directory. CANEMORTO is a trio of anonymous Italian artists. The collective has been active since 2007 and have produced works all around Europe. The imagery of Canemorto mixes the language of graffiti with the cult of an evil dog deity called Txakurra, who influences the works and choices of the group.

We captured a few photos of a monochrome mural by CANEMORTO in Hackney Wick, London, in 2021 which was painted way back (in street art terms) in 2012. It is suffering a little from being tagged over lower down and is part-hidden by a large Buddleia bush but remains a magnificent piece.

CANEMORTO can be found on Instagram at @canemorto_fan_club and they have a website.

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New galleries: Skone, SinnSykShit, Skore, Stayone, STeW, Scott Marsh, seiLeise, Sandie Carol, Samuel Obando

Pick a letter – any letter. ‘S’? OK, ‘S’ it is. Here’s a few artists new to The Street Art Directory who all fall under ‘S’ – Skone, SinnSykShit, Skore, Stayone, STeW, Scott Marsh, SeiLeise, Sandie Carol and Samuel Obando. A bundle of delights here from the streets of London, San José, Bodø and Bergen.

If you can’t go out to look at walls then bring the walls into your living room. Here’s the link the full list of featured artists.

Stay safe.

Skore piece off Brick Lane, London.
SinnSykShit mural perforated by a new window in Bodø, Norway.
Skone in San José, Costa Rica.
Large STeW Kinfisher mural in Bergen, Norway.
Paste-up by Tim Ossege aka SeiLeise in London.
Sandie Carol in Bergen, Norway.
Samuel Obando mural in San José, Costa Rica.
Spore mural in London.
Scott Marsh’s “Merry Crisis”