At Syndicut our discoveries are found in all sorts of places, from visits to art exhibitions to scrolls through social media. However, with creativity levels overflowing in London, it does not take long to stumble upon new inspiration wherever we may be.
Read on for six fantastic street art spots that show how the capital’s architecture is evolving with the growing number of artists keen to make their mark on the city.
1. Camille Walala – Dream Come True Building for Splice – Singer Street/Great Eastern Street
Camille Walala draws inspiration from a range of sources, from the Memphis Movement to Op Art; she describes her epic mural for Splice as a “Dream Come True” and is on a mission to make London a more colourful place. Upon graduation from the University of Brighton in 2009, Walala launched her brand and now has a range of products for sale including bold prints and exciting textiles, each of which exhibits her unique style and sense of fun. We hope to see many more buildings rejuvenated by artists like this in the not too distant future!
2. Perspicere – Shoreditch Art Wall, Great Eastern Street
These works by street artist, Perspicere, contrast brightly against the black surface of Shoreditch Art Wall. Created using coloured thread, these vibrant artworks immediately caught our attention, showing a different approach to street art by straying from the use of paint. The intricacies of each piece really make them stand out, appearing almost like rays of light against the dark background.
3. All Around Shoreditch
Shoreditch is a creative hub; street art seems to be everywhere you turn! From surreal murals to expressive portraits, there is no lack of inspirational artwork. Here are a few of our favourites, we love the bold colours, the detailed patterns and how each artwork has livened up what would once have been a bare wall or an empty façade.
4. Brick Lane & Hanbury Street
Brick Lane’s multi-cultural influences are clearly visible in the street art that populates its architecture. Often street art here incorporates arabesque motifs, religious references and social issues, juxtaposed against other creative finds which are intriguing simply for their bold colours and geometric patterns.
5. Michaël Eveno Grems – Southbank Centre
Situated on the side of the Southbank Centre, French street artist Grems’ mural disrupts the concrete Brutalist architecture of Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery with its exotic depiction of a fictional city. A stark contrast to its surroundings, this piece is refreshingly fun, inviting the viewer to pause for a while and admire the eye-catching palette of highly saturated colours before returning to day-to-day life.
6. Banksy – Falling Shopper – Bruton Lane, Mayfair
Banksy – the infamous street artist who needs no introduction – left this striking stencil graffiti on the walls of London in 2011. The social commentary behind this piece is ambiguous, making the viewer think hard about the meaning behind it. The message may be one of the rise of consumerism and its eventual inability to cope with demand, perhaps why Banksy chose to paint it in the high-end shopping district of Mayfair. Being so far above eye level, this may be one of Banksy’s easiest artworks to miss, but this also makes it one of the best preserved.
If you’re interested in visiting these street art spots, check out the map above for the exact location of each artwork. Watch this space for more creative updates coming soon!