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There is so much streetart appearing (and disappearing) in London at a rapid pace.
To start off this is a gallery of artwork that I have come across in South London:
Roa is a street artist from Belgium and his black and white animals . In addition to leaving his mark in London his work can be seen on buildings from New York to Berlin.
This next gallery is from the Brick Lane vicinity, an area really prolific for fantastic streetart where it has almost become socially acceptable.
Brick Lane vicinity - Charlie Burns
Charlie is a local 95-year-old who spends much of his time sitting in his car in Bacon Street, outside the family second hand furniture business ran by his daughter.
From Spitalfields Life: “We lived on this street all our life. We were city people. We all grew up here. We were making our way. We were paper merchants. We all went round collecting in the City of London and we sold it to Limehouse Paper Mills. There was no living in it. Prices were zero. Eventually we went broke, but we still carried on because it was what we did. Then, in 1934, prices picked up. We were moving forward, up and up and up. We carried on through the war. We never stopped. This was my life. We used to own most of the houses in this street. They were worth nothing then. They couldn’t give them away.”
No introduction really needed here. This next gallery are some Banksy images that I took a few years ago. Banksy is a well-known pseudo-anonymous English graffiti artist. He is believed to be a native of Bristol but there is substantial public uncertainty about his identity and personal and biographical details. His artworks are often satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His street art, which combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stencilling technique, is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass who maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
WATERLOO SE1 - CANS FESTIVAL
Near Waterloo station there is a disused tunnel once used by taxis to pick up passengers from the now defunct Channel Tunnel terminal. The 2008 Cans Festival (a play on the annual cinema fest in the French town of Cannes), dedicated the old tunnel to an exhibition of street art, Banksy the graffiti artist, invited other artists to join him for a stencil party. Thousands of people brought their own stencils with them. All this is now long gone and been sprayed over numerous times (see the next gallery)
Following the Cans Festival the Waterloo tunnel is now a designated legal graffiti area so anyone can turn up and get spraying though because of this anything decent tends not to last very long...
Bethnal Green Road - Billy Brown Junior RIP
Billy was a much-loved local character and self-proclaimed ‘king of Brick Lane’ who passed away in 2010.
LIMEHOUSE - GEORGE DAVIS IS INNOCENT
This graffiti is left over from the 1970s and was a common sight back in those days.
George Davis is an ex-armed robber who became widely known through a very successful campaign by friends and supporters to free him from prison after his wrongful conviction in 1975 for an armed payroll robbery at the London Electricity Board (LEB) offices in Ilford in 1974. The conviction was based solely on the unreliable use of identification evidence, in the absence of any other evidence connecting him with the crime. Following his release Davis went on to be jailed for two other cases of armed robbery.
In 1975 while Davis was serving a 20 year prison sentence for the Ilford LEB robbery the pitch at the Headingley cricket ground was dug up by his supporters, preventing further play in the test match between England and Australia. This dramatic direct action protest by relatives and friends of George Davis was accompanied by typical Davis Campaign graffiti proclaiming "FREE GEORGE DAVIS ... JUSTICE FOR GEORGE DAVIS ... GEORGE DAVIS IS INNOCENT ..."
Roger Daltrey of The Who was seen onstage in 1975 wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with "George Davis Is Innocent". "George Davis is Innocent" was also a song on Sham 69's 1978 debut album Tell Us the Truth, Davis also received a namecheck in a Duran Duran song entitled "Friends of Mine" on the album Duran Duran (1981): the chorus begins "Georgie Davis is coming out".
Although Davis was released in 1976 because his conviction was deemed to be "unsafe" by the Home Secretary he extraordinarily held that Davis was not held to be "innocent".
Two years after his release from prison, Davis was jailed again, having pleaded guilty to involvement in another armed bank raid in 1977 at The Bank of Cyprus, Seven Sisters Road. Davis was caught at the wheel of the getaway van with weapons beside him; in the raid shots were fired and a security guard clubbed to the ground. Having been released in 1984, he was jailed yet again in 1987 for attempting to steal mailbags. Davis admitted his guilt for both of these robberies.
In 2011, Davis' conviction for the 1974 raid on the London Electricity Board was quashed by three judges at the Court of Appeal.
Right then, this is the real old school (not skool) graffiti - the amateur stuff - slogans, footie, political & ramblings either planned or random, offensive or quirky.
Finally, heres a gallery of streetart from the last couple of years from all over London from Redbridge to Burnt Oak to Gallions Reach
NORTH KENSINGTON, W12- UNDERNEATH THE WESTWAY
At its opening in 1970 the road was the largest continuous concrete structure in Britain and was constructed with many advanced features such as heating grids on slopes to control the formation of ice. It was planned and constructed in an era before environmental impacts were routinely considered, and it caused much controversy at the time for the effects it and the vehicles it carried had upon the local community and the environment. After completion a vast corridor of wasteland remained below the motorway. The North Kensington Amenity Trust was founded to reclaim and develop this land for local community use and since 2000 local charity Urban Eye has initiated a programme of cleaning, painting and lighting to brighten up and improve the safety of the areas under the Flyover structure.