New galleries: Amuk, Amed, Catherine Chinatree, Candie, Carl Kenz, Brave 1, Ster, Voyder, Dan Leo, Yeko, Soma359

Here’s the latest selection of street artists who have their own gallery page on The Street Art Directory website. We have added a few that we photographed at the recent Southend City JamAmuk, Amed, Brave 1, Ster, Voyder, Dan Leo and Yeko. We’ve got loads more artists to add to the site from the Southend jam and will share more in the coming days and weeks. There’s also work by Catherine Chinatree from Leicester and a couple from Soma359 from The Wirral, one of which was also featured in our review of street art featuring Boris Johnson.

The Dan Leo gallery brings together pics of a few of his wildlife murals. As well as the impressive crab from Southend there’s also a Black Guillemot from Bangor – an iconic bird of the town’s harbour. Slightly less geographically relevant but equally impressive is the Palm Cockatoo from Australia and New Guinea which was painted in Belfast.

Amuk‘s piece for Southend City Jam 2022.
Amed working on his mural in Southend-on-Sea – round the corner from Amuk.
Candie‘s Union Jack shutter next to Otto Schade‘s face mural in London’s Brick Lane.
A work by Catherine Chinatree which we found in Leicester.
“Love, loss n beyond” – Carl Kenz‘s contribution to Belfast’s ‘Hit The North 22’ street art festival.
Another from the Southend City Jam 2022 – this one by Brave 1 on the adjacent wall to a large mural by Dan Kitchener.
Ster, one of the organisers of the Southend City Jam, added this work to the event.
Slightly tucked away from the other murals completed for the Southend City Jam, Voyder‘s portrait of Ster was well worth seeking out.
Dan Leo working on his crab mural at the Southend City Jam.
Not quite finished, but this Yeko mural for Southend City Jam is already a bit special.
The beating heart of Liverpool captured in this Soma359 pasteup which we snapped across the Wirral in New Brighton.

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Southend City Jam

Between 2nd at 4th September 2022 over 100 artists descended on Southend-on-Sea to take part in the first ever “Southend City Jam“. Great weather helped to bring out the crowds and the painting frenzy in and around the city’s High Street had a true festival feel. We only left ourselves a couple of hours to try and see as much of the street art as possible and missed a whole load but wow – what a great event! As well as a large number of works adorning existing buildings, there were specially erected temporary walls and hoardings to decorate. Along High Street itself a massive temporary wall had been erected, with artists working on both sides through the weekend.

With such a large number of artists from around the world the festival offered something for everyone. Many of the artists were familiar to us at The Street Art Directory and we have seen their works many times around the UK, artists including Woskerski, Spray Saint, Curtis Hylton, 616, Curiouser, Dan Kitchener and Aches. Others were new to us and we will be adding gallery pages on the website in due course.

The Southend jam has been facilitated by artists Ekto and Ster – the latter of which was immortalised in the impressive large mural by Voyder.

With the obvious success of this year’s event we hope that this will be the first of many paint jams in Southend.

Here’s a small selection of photos of this year’s art work. We’ve got LOADS more that we will add to the website at a later date.

Voyder‘s portrait of Ster, who was one of the artists behind the Southend City Jam.
Woskerski busy completing on his excellent ostrich mural under the railway bridge on High Street.
Dan Leo’s huge crab mural – one of many pieces in Alexandra Street Car Park.
Detail from Curtis Hylton‘s awesome and very large owl piece on Royal Mews.
Yeko‘s mural off Elmer Approach (work in progress).
One of a couple of Spray Saint works completed for the Jam. This one under the railway bridge on High Street opposite Woskerski’s ostriches.
Lovely wall from Aches in Clarence Road Car Park, where you can also find pieces by Dan Kitchener and others.

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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 galleries: Zurdie, Zezão, Zone Two, Zippy

We’ve been busy photographing art over recent months and it is now time to let some of these loose on the website. We have just added three new artist galleries which help flesh out the rather impoverished ‘Z‘ section of The Street Art Directory. Two of these – Zurdie and Zippy were snapped in Belfast earlier this year are works completed for the ‘Hit The North 2022’ street art festival. Alongside these we include Zezão‘s beautiful piece from under a bridge in Hackney Wick and a series of new pasteups from Shoreditch by Zone Two.

Zippy mural in North Belfast.
Zurdie piece from Kent Street in Belfast.
Zezão mural in Hackney Wick, London, north of White Post Lane.
One of a series of Zone Two pasteups that we discovered around Bethnal Green Rd and Brick Lane in East London.

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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.

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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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: 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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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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