London Street Art

Artists

Believe it or not, but London houses many of the world’s finest (street) artists out there. With a rich history, good economy and massive population, it’s only natural that people will come out and express their moods, feelings, ideas, ideals and sometimes even more than that.

This page will be updated on a regular basis so we can slowly but steadily build a nice showcase of London based artists out there.

 

Banksy

Of course, who else would we start with other than the great Banksy. Even though many art fanatics despise him and don’t even want to think of him as someone from the Picasso caliber, Banksy is – and probably will be – one of the most recognized London artists of his time.

For many out there it may be a bit difficult to understand why someone like him (or her? Who knows?) can get so much praise and attention by drawing some ‘random’ messages on walls. The thing about street art is that is a complete different form of art and expression than a ‘regular painting’ or sculpture. Hence it should be approached with a slightly different mindset or otherwise it will be hard to understand, let alone enjoy.

Banksy is known for some of London’s best wall paintings out there. Below you can see some of his finer works. For a more complete and detailed overview of his outside works, please refer to his website.

One of the most notable things about Banksy would be his attitude towards critics. When someone asks him why he expresses himself in such a ‘dumb, crass and simplistic way?’ he just answers with: ‘Well duh’. This once again shows through his other projects like the small (and already quite famous) film Exit Through the Gift Shop.

A French shopkeeper and amateur film maker try to locate and film Banksy at work. His notorious works range from walls in post-hurricane New Orleans to paintings on the Palestinian West bank. The film shows how the shopkeeper tries to film Banksy, but the artist just turns the camera around ands starts filming the filmmaker. It’s basically an amazing story of how one tries to film the un-filmable and fails.

 Liam Scully

ARTIST iCELAND 1WEBLiam Scully has been rejected as an artist in the past. Not one time, not two times, but probably more times than he deserved. His creations have fallen short to both supermarket and art market demands.

So what does one do with his life at this point? Simple: go to Iceland! That’s exactly what Scully did. He went living in Iceland for a couple of months, in the east close to Seyðisfjörður to be precise. After his return to London Scully presents paintings, photos and videos which all heavily complement his ‘time in exile’ in the cold lands of Iceland.

His goal during his stay? To get himself some Northern Lights, some tectonic action and a search for Dieter Roth, in whose name Seyðisfjörður’s Skaftfel Center was founded.

“It was my first intention to find a new creative outlet away from the confines of London: if I could summon the spirit of Dieter Roth using a magical ritual and ask him for guidance during my stay, I thought I may return to London a better artist”

His ritual was not so complex. Visiting some bars, café’s and shows, he soon came in contact with the spirit (and grandson of none other than Dieter Roth) of Dieter Roth. Something (or many things) during his journey have changed the once not so successful artist Scully into a person who is proud to present his story and to show others what he has learned.

The photographs of the Northern Lights have some interesting back stories behind them, and the drawings show a slightly nostalgic feel towards some old tavern. Drawings such as Camcunt and Goatlegged Queen show some clear anger towards recent UK political affairs.

Liam Scully is interesting to say at least. The story of an artist who went out to visit the cold lands in the North and came back with inspiration, strength and strong opinions. Definitely worth to check out his exhibition LIAM SCULLY – KERRY KATONA at The Residence Gallery. (running from July 5th to August 18th)