Chasing Ghosts – A Polaroid Exhibition

Curious Duke Gallery in East London is showing the first UK solo show of Polaroid artist Andrew Millar.

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7th– 30th April 2016

173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT

Open Monday-Friday 11:30-6:30, Saturday 12-4

Nearest stations: Old Street (exit 6) and Barbican

Free

 

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Who’s Who: Interview with Graffiti Artist Hunto

Hunto is an Italian Graffiti Artist based in London. Born in 1982 in Brindisi, South of Italy, he loves depicting wonderful images of love, sex and twisted bodies, which have significant cubist echoes. His works are in different cities such as Milan, Rome, London and Berlin. He describes artistic creation as a kind of spontaneous ‘urge’ he possesses since he was a child.

Enjoy the Photogallery with his main works and a Brief Interview whit him!

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Let’s jump back to your childhood. How did your passion for art begin?

It was born with me.

Your works have strong cubist inspiration and your works are echoes of great artists such as Picasso and Braque. Why this stylistic choice?

It’s not a proper choice. That ‘s what I do, this is HUNTO. I do not know why. Certainly Picasso was one of the first books I flipped through the pages during my childhood. This artist has always fascinated me a lot.

Many of your works represent scenes of eros between men and women (sketches such as ‘Adam and Eve’, ‘Flirting’ or ‘Before having sex’). Why did you choose this topic?

It’s not a proper choice. When I paint I can hardly think about a specific topic, it just come out, it’s all very spontaneous and I enjoy it at the same time. Love, sex and family are my most frequent topics, but not always there is a message behind my works.

Do you have a muse in particular?

I think I unintentionally create my own muse in my paintings…

How do you usually choose the location for your pieces?

 You do not always have choices, but when it is an ‘illegal’ work it is more a ‘choice’.

What city do you think is the most suitable for street artists?

I do not think there is a city particularly suitable for street art … and it depends on what you mean by “street art”. I have so many great artists that I admire in the international scene … but they are always linked to my past and they are pioneers of my hometown (Brindisi).

In 2008 you have also painted at the Roman prison of Rebibbia…

For up to now one of the most interesting experiences I have ever had. Perhaps it was one of the few times that I was pushed by a strong ‘inspiration’. And certainly Rebibbia prison is a place where people would never expect to see “street art” works.

 What would you recommend to a young artist who wants to begin an artistic career?

 Well, I guess I’m not in a position to give advices because I consider myself a young artist. I do not know what to say …Surely ‘dreaming’ helps a lot.

Giuliana Patrone

The first Urban Glimpse of April: Lovers Angels

Hi Street Art Lovers!

This morning I found an email from Lisa, who sent us a Londoner Urban Glimpse. This is the first one of April and represent a funny couple of angels

She found this wonderful graffiti on a building in Shoreditch, East London

Hope you like it. 

 

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The Best Urban Glimpse Of March

Hi ArtBabel followers! Did you like Urban Glimpses of March? Choose your favourite!

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Pointillism Girl in Shoreditch

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Hi Graffiti Lovers!

Yesterday I received an email from Pablo, a Spanish guy who would like to share with us his Urban Glimpse, captured in Old Street, Shoreditch.

This beautiful girl, painted with original pointillism technique, was painted by  the Australian street artist James Cochran.

Happy Easter Everybody!

ArtBabel London

Graffiti Artists in Shoreditch to support Calm


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Last Sunday, 24th March, three talented and brave street artists faced the freezing weather as they painted three colourful graffiti in Shoreditch, throughout the day.

The three beautiful and luminous graffiti were painted on huge billboards located in London Old Street in order to support the charity Calm, an association which aim is to prevent male suicide in the UK. In fact, taking a glance at last figures, data is scaring: an average of three young men end their lives every day in the UK, a percentage which is about 75% of all the suicides in the country.

Together with BMB and JCDecaux, Calm’s aim is to raise awareness of this problem by organizing a creative and artistic day with three graffiti painters. Three artists, who are Koze, 45rpm and Richt, are part of Soulful Creative, a Pr agency who supports the creativity of great street artists in London.

The Calm campaign, called ‘TOM. DICK. HARRY.  Every day three young men end their lives.  Help stop male suicide’, has been thought in order to stimulate people’s attention on this huge problem, as only one in 10 British are aware that suicide is the most likely cause of death of men under 35.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) was born as a pilot by the Depth of Health in 1997 in Manchester and transformed in a charity in 2006. Nowadays the association offers daily caring support with many services. The charity provides a phone line open from 5 pm to midnight every day and text service in order to be helpful and give persistent support.

Over the years Calm association has worked in collaboration with many talented artists in the field of music and art such as Dizzee Rascal, David Baddiel, Richard Herring and Stephan Merchant. The purpose is to support an important cause and deliver a strong message by powerful, fresh and unique creative ‘frenzy’.

For more information: http://www.thecalmzone.net

Survey: The Coolest Area In London East End

I have gone to East London to find out the coolest area among:

  • Shoreditch
  • Brick Lane
  • Hoxton 
  • Dalston 

The evaluation criteria were:

  • Night Life
  • Graffiti
  • Art and Photography Exhibitions

I  have interviewed 70 Londoners, 35 women and 35 men, from 18 to 35 years old and I have found out that:

1. The most appealing area for night life is Shoreditch. Almost 5 in 10 people interviewed prefer hang out in Shoreditch, while 3 in 10 choose Brick Lane. Only 1 in 10 ‘has fun’ in Hoxton or Dalston.

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2. The most beautiful graffiti are in Brick Lane. 47% percent of the voters prefers Brick Lane, while 34% opts for Shoreditch street art graffiti. In fact in this area there plenty of works by famous artists such as Hunto, Paul Don Smith and James Cochran

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3. Because of several art and photography galleries, two areas almost reach the same percentage, 43% (Shoreditch), followed by 40% (Brick Lane).

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4. Combining data, I have discovered that the coolest area in terms of night life, graffiti, art and photographs exhibitions is:

SHOREDITCH (41%)

4 in 10 Londoners think that it is the winner of the competition!

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Do you agree with the results? Post your opinion below!

Thank you

ArtBabel London