One of the most prolific and well travelled artists around, and one of the easiest to spot, purely because his style is like no other and the scale means they are near enough impossible to miss. Beit in London, Berlin, France, the US or in the southern hemisphere, Seeing a ROA piece is a feast for the eyes.
Berlin has long been a playground for the taggers, graffiti artists and paste-up merchants of Europe, but very few can boast such huge pieces, maybe Blu is the only rival. ROA usually paints animals and birds and uses a small pallet of colour, usually just black, white, grey and sometimes red, then uses shading and lines to bring them to life.
SF features two piece today…. the well known and the slightly newer.
Adrian + Shane are a couple and a couple of artists. They are really quite cute on their Instagram page and generally if you wonder around London and Berlin you can spot signs they have been there. See below.
Adrian + Shane
SF will revisit these lovely chaps in more detail another time
Hackney Road is hanging on to it’s few street art walls, before all the nice new flats are built and the road gets a Starbucks, and M&S, an All Saints, etc etc.
Before these disappear SF thought it a good idea to document a few that we have not featured. These are easy to find so no sign posting required
Colour of Rolling People
Yet another Eastend Graf art tour….. but some good designs an d a cool space…. until it becomes a gourmet burger joint
DMNK & KEFT
Summer sunshine on the walls of Hackney Road
Is this Lennon and the Stones?
Innocent stencils on Hackney Road, a commentary on how easy it is to make money? How it is child’s play? Somehow think not, SF like to think it is something more menacing with the sharp scissors and the blurred face
$ Dollar bill y’al
Funnily this is found right by a gay bar. Gays like a bit of trash.
And an old friend. We haven’t seen him for a while and this is not a new one so it was probably about time that our friend Sweettoof dropped by SF
Always rains in London right? Not this bank holiday it was hot, it was sunny, there was a festival and it was hot.
In addition to this the sun remained long enough for the bicycle to come out and to spot a little bit of paint on walls. A mini taster now, but a lot more to follow, the summer floodgates have well and truly sprung.
Sokar Uno, a German artist of some note, typically using quite a real surreal style has been spraying in the Eastend. This is not to far from outdoor Hipster mecca that is London Fields.
More to follow shortly….
Now it is a case of avoiding being knocked off the bike
New Endings – March 7th Exposure Gallery London, the first solo show for Ben Slow, or Slow Ben, depends how well you know him. Slow showcased his latest works to a packed out crowd, prints and originals, yours for between £200 and £2000. The exhibition is live for 4 weeks total and the Gallery is open daily on week days.
Slow’s style has evolved from portraits to something hyper real, black and white portrait styles cut with shards and angles in colour, something of Tron about it. These pieces take one female subject as their focus and split the images almost in to pieces of puzzles.
‘It’s a step away from the safety of what I know and into something new and exciting. It’s important for me to experiment and to be uncomfortable, to question things and go seek answers. It’s been a challenge collating a body of work that I am proud of to showcase for the first time. There has been a lot of trial and error, plenty of mistakes made but that’s a good thing, it’s healthy to fuck a painting up every now and then.’
Head to Brick Lane and you will see numerous pieces by Slow, a bit of a break from the high colour style you usually see on London walls.