London 2014 - Street Art tour in East End


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November 1st 2014
Published: December 5th 2014
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I know pretty much nothing about the various paintings and other works of art in this blog entry. But I can still enjoy them

East End - London's largest Art Gallery





In September I, Ake, went to London over a weekend. A friend of mine celebrated his 40th birthday and as a birthday gift his wife had bought them tickets to London and arranged a whole program of activities there. One of the activities was a walking tour in East End, a walking tour focused on street art. This walking tour I was lucky enough to be able to join in on.



I'd like to start by pointing out that street art is not the same as graffiti. Much of the art you can see on the photos in this blog entry is legal. The owners of the houses, walls and buildings have allowed the artists to use their structures as a canvas. Some of the art has even been commissioned, that is the owners have asked the artist to decorate his/her house.



Even though this blog entry is about street art and not about graffiti it doesn't feel right to avoid mentioning graffiti. So here at the start I'd like to say a few words about my view of graffiti. Much of the graffiti you
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The street art is often painted in the same way as traditional art, not with spray cans as you might think they should be
can see in the cities I would classify as rubbish and vandalism, not art. A spray painted underground train or a tag on a concrete wall I most of the time find to be only ugly and destructive. I prefer a blank gray concrete wall before an ill made spray painted tag. But there is also good graffiti and the best graffiti is often better than the works of art you find in art galleries. That's when it is more appropriate to use the term street art instead.



It might be argued that graffiti and street art have similar origin. Some of the artists who make street art undoubtedly started their career by spray painting tags. But they went on from there and developed their skills and today they produce high quality art. The art I saw on the tour of East End was for the most part very interesting. Far more interesting than much of the art produced by well paid artists.



Some of the street art featured in this blog entry is put up illegally. But you will probably agree with me when I say that even those works can not be
Better than a gray wall Better than a gray wall Better than a gray wall

It is by far better than having a gray wall to look at
called vandalism. The art in East End, both the legal and the illegal, make the city more interesting. It would be a much duller place without it.



Finally, if you are only interested in art by Banksy I am afraid I'll have to make you disappointed. The guide pointed at a wall and said "this wall is the closest to a Banksy you will get on this tour. There used to be a Banksy there but it has been removed". But please do look at the photos anyway. They are worth watching. There is plenty of great street art out there. Banksy is just one of many.



The piece made by Banksy had been removed and that is perfectly normal when it comes to street art. Traditional art can be around for hundreds or even thousands of years. Street art has a shorter life span and that is sort of part of the idea. An artist makes a painting on a wall and a year later someone paints it over and makes a new painting there.



I am not going to write much more because there is no need for that.
Illegal - but not vandalismIllegal - but not vandalismIllegal - but not vandalism

When a well made little sculpture like this sits on top of a traffic sign you can hardly call it vandalism even though it is put up without permission
The photos speak pretty well for themselves. Hope you enjoy it.


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Illegal - but not vandalismIllegal - but not vandalism
Illegal - but not vandalism

Another little sculpture sitting on top of a traffic sign
Better than art in galleriesBetter than art in galleries
Better than art in galleries

I once saw an exhibition with art by Damien Hirst and I didn't like it. I like the art in this blog entry much better
Street art is not the same as graffitiStreet art is not the same as graffiti
Street art is not the same as graffiti

Street art is not the same as graffiti. Much of the art you can see on the photos in this blog entry is legal.
Water birdWater bird
Water bird

The owners of the houses, walls and buildings have allowed the artists to use their structures as a canvas
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Owl

It does make a formerly dull roof a bit more interesting
This is funnyThis is funny
This is funny

Perhaps does not qualify as street art, but it is funny
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Illegal (but a bit funny)

The guy who has made this piece have put it up illegally. But it is pretty funny so I personally think it is OK
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Illegal (but a bit funny)

One more from the same artist
Extinct animalExtinct animal
Extinct animal

One artist has put up several variations on this theme
Extinct animalExtinct animal
Extinct animal

One more from the same artist
Some of the art has been commissionedSome of the art has been commissioned
Some of the art has been commissioned

Some of the art has even been commissioned, that is the owners have asked the artist to decorate his/her house. I believe that was the case with this house
Street art under constructionStreet art under construction
Street art under construction

This painting is under construction and the man standing in front of it is the artist himself
Don't get thisDon't get this
Don't get this

I don't get what this is but I like it anyway
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Gifted artist

The artist who created this sure is gifted
A colour explosionA colour explosion
A colour explosion

Even in the shade the colours come out. Imagine what it is like when the sun is shining on it...
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Ray Charles

I saw Ray Charles live once back in the 1990-ies.
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The guide made this

Charlie Burns was a local character well known in the neighbourhood. The guide who showed us around made this painting


5th December 2014

Loved it! What an incredible outside gallery.
6th December 2014
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Sensational
Gotta luv street art blogs Ake. You got some cracker ones here. Yeh I like this one too.
7th December 2014

Influence
Amazing artist influence how we see the world, town and enjoy the walk along a street.
15th December 2014

gör fina bilder.
nu vill jag ännu mer åka till London iallafall. så fina bilder du har lagt in.
26th June 2015
Better than art in galleries

Damien Hirst is too hard!
Damien Hirst is too hard to understand, but still contemporary art is fascinating especially in Tate Modern! http://hotelsbrit.com/tate-modern-london/. Buy the way i also like street art))

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