Street Art Adventures: Shoreditch, London

East London: Bricklane. Shoreditch. Alternative. Hipster (please don’t be offended) … Words to describe such a location. To me, what comes to mind is STREET ART, BABYYYY! Ya buddyyyyyy! My Sunday FUNDAY was not filled with shopping in markets, rather it was exploring what the East End of London had to offer… and that was URBAN ART GALORE. All the MAJOR names were present. Check below to see a glimpse of what I saw, but if you’re ever in the hood spend a few hours. Look up, look down, go down alleys (not at night) and seriously see this rad and diverse works ranging from stencil grafts to wheat pastes, to mixed media works!! Enjoy!

ROA:

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Jana & JS:

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DSCREET:

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Alexis Diaz:

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C215 aka Christian Guemy:

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STIK:

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Graffiti Life:

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and lastly, I came across some unknown artist that is tagging and making works entitled “ART is TRASH” using found garbage on ze streets of London compiling them into works of “ART” – dare I say (more on these works to follow within the week).

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Remember kids, one man’s trash is another man’s TREASURE. HAPPY HUNTING, and may the odds be ever in your FAVOUR!

XX, DP

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C215 (Christian Guemy): The Interview

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We here are CultureHe(ART)s could not be more THRILLED than to announce that we got to interview a Street Art LEGEND Mr. Christian Guemy aka C215. He may be from Paris but you can find his works all over the world. From London to Bratislava and more, you may have come across his incredibly detailed stencilled Street Art, mostly of portraits (and cats) that range in subject from his daughter Nina (who too is a stencil artist) to the Old Master Caravaggio. But his work isn’t only on the streets. You too can find it in a plethora of galleries WORLD WIDE (right now he is showing work in London at Opera Gallery).

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Okayyy. Enough of his bio let’s get to the interview!

1.     When did you know you wanted to be an artist? Did you go to school and study art? Your ability to create such intricate and beautiful works is absolutely incredible. I never wanted to be an artist. I did my best not to become one. I studied History in Unversity and never been to art school. People told me I was one, they wanted to buy my works, so i accepted to become one.

2.     Where is your home base? Where can we see a lot of your works on the streets – any favourite city?? I live in vitry near Paris, a city where it is more easy to paint than in the capital. Thats why it is also my favorite city. I am happy to live in street art friendly city.

3.     I see you show in galleries on top of gracing us with outdoor work. Do you have a preference for creating street art or working on canvas? Or any other material for that matter… I do contextual art, so I like to paint on recycled objects, which, as in the streets, provide me a context to interact with.

4.     How did you come up with making stencil creations your main style? How has your style evolved over time? My stencils turned more and more complex with time. I would be bored repeating always the same thing or the same vision.

5.     I see you often depict your daughter in the works, Nina (below). It is as if she is your muse and inspiration. I find it refreshing. How does she feel being the star in your works (if you don’t mind me asking)/are we going to see her follow in her father’s footsteps in the future? Nina is 10, she is a little girl and I can’t really know precisely her feeling about that. We’ll see later what will be her opinion.

6.     If you could collaborate with one artist in the future to make a mural who would it be with (Does not have to be a street artist)? I would love to do a mural with my daughter when she will be older .. who knows ?

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Well guys, there you have it! Check out C215 on Facebook for more details on his latest projects and work and follow his Instagram @ChristianGuemy.

What a BRILLIANT and EXCITING way to start the week, eh?

XX, DP

Walk Around Wednesday: Street Artists You May See on the Reg in London

When walking around London you may have seen some of these works, or works that look similar. Here is a guide to three artists that are seen on the reg from the West to East End.

Mighty Mo: the infamous monkey. Often found in a variety of colours and various facial expressions. If you’re walking around SoHo LOOK UP. Sometimes his work is on top of buildings. Sometimes it’s not: case below – found in Elephant and Castle. But if you come across this animal, now you know it’s MIGHTY MO!

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Christiaan Nagel: known for his ‘shrooms. If you love colour and love shrooms look all over London for this sculptural street artist. The mushrooms vary in size and colour, just like Mo. And, to find his work, you too have to look up to spot it!

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C215: Parisian based artist Christian Guemy’s work can often be found in the East End. Known for his stencil work, he creates elaborate street art that incorporates various layers of colour and incredible detail. While he is best known for his images of his daughter Nina, his subject, well from what we have seen, is mostly people. Truly incredible and inspirational.

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Now go walk it out. Find some art. Embrace it. You never know when it will be gone… That is the beauty of Street Art – at least to me. Seriously, one day it can be there and the next day it has vanished. So take it all in. Take a picture of it. Realise you have been graced by a master of the streets. HOW COOL!!! LOVEEEE IT! LOVE LIFE. He(ART) STREET ART.

XX, DP

More East End Adventures – Beauty in “Vandalism”

Although I must admit, I was not a fan of the “East End” in London at first, I have come to find some true, rare, street art treasures that make me want to go back more and more! Not only did I come across a CLASSIC example of a  Space Invader (above) but I too came across a new artist that I find truly inspiring: C215.

C215 is Christian Guémy, a French stencil graffiti artist that creates such intricate works, in this particular case, on such a small scale. The detail, colour, shading, everything – is just so magnificent. I hope to be seeing more of his art pop up around Europe.

Below is C215’s work – both happened to be found on random doors on the main street (in East London). This is incredibly atypical. When you think of graffiti, you think of it being found in discrete locations, or in alley ways, on top of buildings, or even on designated mural walls (which sometimes have even been pre-arranged LEGALLY with the city council), etc… but this dude has HUTZPAH to create such detail oriented works in incredibly public places where he could be stopped at any second for “vandalizing.” Blah blah blah. Vandalism? Really?

It might be vandalism. But it is beautiful nonetheless. See the beauty in art. Find the beauty in your he(ART). And FYI, he is not only a street artist, his work too can be found in commercial galleries (apparently these works are created in various sizes, and by various I mean up to heights of 81″ – perhaps even more). How MAJOR!

Keep your eyes open! You never know what you’ll come across. It’s those little things in life that we find that make our days that much more exciting!

XX, DP