What began in 1920s New York as graffiti on box cars has developed into an art form. Monumental murals, hyper-realist portraits and graphic social commentaries have changed our city streets into art galleries.
Forget Banksy... OK maybe don’t forget Banksy... but put him to one side for a moment and take a look at these incredible street artists. Each one of the street artists selected brings something unique to the urban landscape of Britain.
This Spanish artist critically reflects on what is going on in the world today through his urban installations.
If you pop down to Dalston, you may be lucky enough to stumble upon his tiny sculptures. Some raise a smile, others cause you to ponder but all of them blow your mind.
Cordal’s ‘Cement Bleak’ project sees him take a sieve and manipulate the mesh inside to create a human face. He then uses some clever lighting to cast a shadow through the sieve to display the slightly eerie image of the human face onto either a pavement, a wall or a lamp post. How he came up with the idea to have a go at this is anyone’s guess but the result is astonishing and well worth looking out for.
Neon crocheting is so in at the moment! Polish-American urban artist Olek knits her creative magic over anything and everything. Nothing is safe.
Olek covers the most random everyday objects such street signs and pushchairs with psychedelic yarn to create a second camouflage skin. Whimsical and old fashioned yet entertaining and modern, Olek enjoys showing off her crocheted sensations in the USA, Brazil and across Europe.
Her jaunt to London in 2012 saw her whip up a crochet cover for a London taxi cab. Gone was the black façade to be replaced by neon khaki woollen chassis and fluorescent Union Jack windows. Hugely original and totally bonkers, Olek exhibits her work regularly so be sure to keep an eye out for her yarn bombing when she next heads back to the UK.
A more classical street artist, Phlegm creates epic black and white murals using an illustrative style. Heavily influenced by Steampunk, it doesn’t take a connoisseur to identify a piece of street art by Phlegm. His style is unique.
Surreal creatures emerge from crevices in the walls of disused buildings all over London. Intricate monotone images are picture book like and instil a sense of awe and wonder for the viewer. His work has been discovered in cities all over the world and in August 2016 he created the world’s tallest mural in Toronto, Canada.
Graffiti this is not. This is art.