Thursday, July 23, 2015

RUN Mural in E16, London


While Hookedblog have been away travelling our Italian friend and artist Giacomo Bufarini aka RUN visited E16 in London where he paint a new mural across a long stretch of wall bordering part of London's East to West Crossrail train line which is currently under construction right across the city.

The mural located close to the Custom House DRL station has been painted with assistance from the Howard Griffin Gallery who located the wall for the artist. With the space positioned in front of the Excel Business Conference centre and not far from London's City Airport the artist made some reference to theses locations in the work he has created. Have a look at our series of photos and should you find yourself in E16 be sure and check out the mural for yourself.


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Onesto and Mart Aire New Camden Mural

Argentinian artist Mart Aire is currently in the UK for a few weeks and has already been featured on Hookedblog with the first mural the artist painted shortly after landing in London(covered here). On completing the London wall Mart Aire headed up to Blackpool where the artist was taking part in this year editions of the Sand Sea Spray festival that took place over the weekend of July 10th.

Now back in London the artist teamed up with our friends at Pigment London and the Real Art of the street to collaborate on a wall with fellow South American artist Onesto, who is visiting London from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Onesto was also on this years Sand Sea Spay festival line-up and returned with Mart to London. The two artists met up late last week to collaborate and painted this new work pictured here under one of the railway arches in Camden. Both artists will be in London for some time yet so we can expect to see more from these two in the coming weeks.

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For those readers wishing to see some artists painting live you can catch up with Onesto who will be painting live at the upcoming LATA Street Culture Festival 2015, happening at the Red Gallery in Old Street. Hosted by Braziliarty & Pigment London you can expect outdoor live painting and exhibition, film, talks and workshops over the weekend of August 05th – 08th August, 2015. Joining Onesto for the live painting event will be Thiago Goms, ONIO and  Waleska Nomura. More info on the upcoming festival can be found via the events Facebook page here.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

eL Seed paints John Locke quote in Arabic script

We recently shared some work in progress images of the celebrated French Tunisian artist el Seeds (covered here) at work on a new mural in London. eL Seed has now completed work on the huge Village Underground wall located on Hollywell Lane in East London. The calligraffiti artist was in London for this his first UK commission as part of the Shubbak festival, a celebration of Arabic arts and culture happenings at various locations across London until the 26th July 2015.

Working on this new calligraffiti mural over three days we caught up with eL Seed at work on the beautiful mural produced for Shubbak by Cedar Lewisohn. "Born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, eL Seed did not start learning standard Arabic until his teens. This triggered a renewed interest in his Tunisian heritage, quickly developing calligraphy and graffiti as a visual and democratic force to directly communicate with people. Since the revolution in 2011 he has created numerous bold works in the country, including an epic journey for his book The Lost Walls of Tunisia, which is available here."

For his London mural eL Seed based the script in his mural on a quote from English Philosopher John Locke which reads, 'It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth'. Despite the huge scale of the Village Underground wall and the volume of work to finish the wall, the artist was super generous with his time taking breaks from painting to stop and talk to admirers of his work as well as signing black books for his London fans. Check out our photos of the artist at work over the three days as well as pictures of the completed mural.

The impressive completed mural from eL Seed pictured below.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Puerto Rican artist Ana Marietta's London Mural

Ana Marietta is a mural artist from Puerto Rico, who is currently residing in Houston, Texas. The artist has been travelling across Europe over the last three weeks and recently stopped in London on her way back to the US. Our friends at Just Kids teamed up with Ana Marietta and hooked her up with a London wall for her to paint during her visit. Working over a few days we caught up with Ana at work on her striking mural and returned on Saturday to catch the finished mural pictured below. The finished work from the artist is located on Pedley Street just off Brick Lane in East London

  Stay up to date with Ana Marietta's latest projects via her Instagram.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Buenos Aires artist Mart Aire new London mural


Just back from Berlin and we caught up with our friends at Pigment London who were organising a wall for Argentinian artist Mart Aire. We last head from Mart back in 2012 when the artist was one of four Argentinian artists who traveled to London to take part in the The Talking Walls of Buenos Aires exhibition (covered here). Curated by Graffitimundo the exhibition brought a taste of Buenos Aires street/graffiti culture to London and featured the works of 23 artists and 2 photographers.

The artist was in town en route to Blackpool for this years edition of the Sand Sea & Spray street art festival taking place over the weekend of July 10-12th. And with Pigment hooking Mart Aire up with a wall in London the artist took the time to paint a quick wall here in East London before heading North. Find his new mural in the Old Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane, London.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

eL Seed's first UK commission for the Shubbak Festival


Hookedblog first discovered the work of eL Seed in Paris back in 2013 when we had the opportunity to visit La Tour Paris 13 curated by Galerie Itinerrance. The celebrated French Tunisian ‘calligraffiti’ artist had decorated the entire side of the tower block as well as redecorating one of the towers apartments.  Blending Arabic calligraphy with graffiti techniques, eL Seed has developed a distinctive and striking style that fuses poetry and language with dramatic design to create his large-scale works.

We were fortunate to catch the artists work again on a recent visit to New York pictured above, where eL Seed was one of the many artists invited to contribute to Jeffrey Deitch's Coney Art Walls in Coney Island, New York. As part of this years Shubbak Festival, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, eL Seed will paint a a large-scale mural in East London. We are excited to see the artist in London for this his first UK commission and look forward to sharing his London mural with you, stay tuned for updates!

Address: Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A 3PQ
Date/time: Sat 11 July- Sun 26 July, Open access all day

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Faith47 Secaucus Mural for Savage Habbit


While in New York recently we took some time to meet up with the team behind the Savage Habbit Mural project. We had been in touch with them via email before our arrival and had arranged to check out some of the murals they had been organising in Jersey City, just across from the island of Manhattan.

After a stopover in Montreal for this years Mural festival (covered here) en route to New York we caught up with Faith47 as she was one of the invited artists to this years edition of the festival. She shared with us she would also be visiting New York after her time in Montreal and had planned to paint a wall with The Savage Habbit guys while we were in town.

On our arrival in New York and with a date fixed for painting we headed to Port Authority Station to catch a bus to the town of Secaucus in New Jersey where Savage Habbit had arrange a small wall for Faith47 to work on in Buchmuller Park with help from Mayor Gonnelli. Not knowing we had to request the bus stop for Secaucus town centre we missed our stop and ended up on the highway toward Rutherford!! All part of the adventure!

After a quick bus change we finally made it back to Secaucus and caught up with Faith47 and the Savage Habbit duo just as she began work on the first in a new series of swan inspired murals in New York during her extended visit to the city. Check some of our photos below of the artist at work on this wall and we also suggest visiting the Savage Habbit website and checking out some of the other projects they have been working on in the town of Secaucus.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

New London Mural from Chilean native Cekis


We have previous featured the new collaborative mural on Hanbury street featuring the vibrant work of Alexis Diaz and Elian (covered here) both of whom were in London for the 'Entre Muros' group exhibition currently on show at Mya Gallery in London. The show curated by by author and editor Maximiliano Ruiz also featured the work of Nelson Rivas aka Cekis from Chile and now based in New York. The Chilean native took the opportunity to take to the streets of London during his visit to the city and painted this mural pictured here. This new work from Cekis is located on Hanbury street, just opposite the work of Elian and Alexis Diaz.


Entre Muros' is on show at MYA Gallery.
Mya Gallery, 150 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NU

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Alexis Diaz & Elian collaborate on a new London Mural

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While Hookedblog were away in Malaga, Spain it looks like this every changing wall on Hanbury Street, just off Brick Lane has had a refresh with some new collaborative work from Alexis Diaz and Elain, powered by 31_thirteen. The Puerto Rican - Argentinean duo were both in town for the 'Entre Muros' group show which was on show at Mya Gallery here in London.

Curated by author and editor Maximiliano Ruiz, the exhibition presented a collection of works by urban artists from Latin America. Both Elian and Alexis Diaz have pieces in this show along with Curiot and Saner from Mexico, Rodrigo Branco and Rafael Hayashi from Brazil, Jaz and Doma from Argentina, Decertor from Peru, Stinkfish from Colombia as well as Into and Cekis from Chile.

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Our friends at FifthWallTV were in London while the two artists were painting this collaborative mural and have put together this short film featuring the two artists at work. Check it below.

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