Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bicicleta Sem Freio "Fera" London Solo Exhibition


JustKids are set to host a pop-up exhibition in London showcasing the artworks of internationally famed Brazilian duo of artists Bicicleta Sem Freio ("Bicycle Without Brake"). Curated by Charlotte Dutoit from JUSTKIDS, the ephemeral exhibition will be open to visitors from the 5th through the 8th of March.

 "Bicicleta Sem Freio aka Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira are preparing for their first ever solo show in London, where they will translate their signature style of highly expressive line work and vibrant color palette writing into fine art works with confidence. “FERA”, translates from Portuguese to mean wild or savage, intends to present on canvas and paper their unexpected juxtaposition of imaginary, rock’n’roll and often provocative subjects."

We were first introduced to the work of Bicicleta Sem Freio when the artists traveled to London in August of last year painting two murals in East London, both of which are still to be seen in city. The work pictured here was painted on Hanbury Street just off Brick Lane with a second mural on Pedley street also just off Brick Lane. We caught up with the artists at work on these murals and you can check our coverage here.


The exhibition opens on the 5th March 2015 with a private view, 6-9pm.
Opens to the public March 6th - 8th, 2014 12p.m. to 6p.m.
REXROMAE @ Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA

Find Bicicleta Sem Freio online:
Bicicleta Sem Freio website
Bicicleta Sem Freio Instagram

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Supersized 'Game On' Mural in E17 by We Like Static

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Last week saw street art duo We Like Static complete work on their largest mural to date and the second with the Wood Street Walls project out in E17. Located on the corner of Victoria Road and Fullbourne Road, the new mural saw the artists redecorating the end of a two-storey terraced house with a super sized version of their Game On artwork used recently on a limited edition screen print the artists released for this year Valentine's Day.

 "We've taken a well known computer game and added a sprinkling of our Luxury Vandals pattern and wrapped it all up in a heart-shaped" — We Like Static

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As mentioned this is the second mural We Like Static have painted with Wood Street Walls. We previously featured the artists first mural on the blog back in November (covered here) which has now been moved from its original location in Ravenswood Industrial Park – near the Wildcard Brewery, to the Wynwood Art District Cafe also in the neighbourhood. Stay tuned for further updates and murals from the E17 area and the Wood Street Walls team.

To find out more about Wood Street Studios and to help them reach their fundraising target, please visit the Spacehive page that has been set up and also lists some of the rewards pledgers can receive by donating.

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To find out more about We Like Static visit:
Twitter: @WeLikeStatic
Instagram: welikestatic

Monday, February 23, 2015

Insect & Dscreet East London Roller Shutters

Paul Insect Following his recent New York show entitled "2033, Original Works Created in 2014" in which he presented a series of striking new works on canvas and paper with Allouche Gallery, UK street and gallery artist Paul Insect would appear to be back in London.

Teaming up with fellow London artists Dscreet, the two recently hit the street redecorated two roller shutters just off Cambridge Heath in East London with some quick street pieces both of which are pictured here.

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Toasters Go Pop in E17


UK Street Art collective The Toasters have had a busy few months, taking to the streets with a series of fresh new murals across the UK. We recently featured one of the collectives newer London murals they created in a small car park just off Brick Lane featuring a series of toaster shaped silhouettes (covered here).

The artists were also running a a series of free art drops with a number of fans managing to bag themselves free original pieces of artwork from the Toasters. Clues to the locations of their Toaster Tuesday artworks were shared on their various social media accounts and to date work has been left in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Derby and London. The Toaster Tuesday artworks drop has finished for the time being but we suggest following their social media channels listed below as you never know when the collective may start it up again.

For their latest mural the Toasters have gone a little crazy with an eye popping colour palette that really zings in the Spring sunshine. As with some of the previous works the Toasters continue to push and abstract the toaster silhouette which begins to take on a three dimension look when combined with the very effective drop shadows, giving the entire mural the appearance of being suspended in front of rather than actually on the wall.


Located on Linford Road in the Wood Street & Walthamstow Area of London, the mural is the third created in the neighbourhood with the help of Wood Street Walls project. Inspired by art projects such as Wynwood Walls in Miami and the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, Wood Street Walls founder Mark Clack wants to brighten up his neighbourhood with some street art and he hopes to develop a similar community project in Walthamstow. We previous caught up with Mark Clack back in November 2014 as they began work on their first mural project with local street artists We Like Static, documenting the artists as they were putting the finishing touches to the mural (covered here).

Wood Street Walls also plan to establish a new creative space for Wood Street's artist community. Mark has launched a crowd funding project which plans to raise funds to revive the disused Manual Instruction Centre building, turning it into Wood Street Studios spaces. Alongside the much needed studio space for artists in the area, the space will also host free monthly workshops for the local community to encourage the next generation of young artists in Waltham Forest and the surrounding area.

The crowd funding campaign has now gone live and you can show your support by donating to the project on their campaign website which includes all the details of the project.


To find out more about the artists visit:
Twitter: @TheToasters
Instagram: thetoasters

Sunday, February 15, 2015

MEGGS 'Rise & Fall" London Mural


Los Angeles based Australian artist, David "Meggs" Hooke was in London to present a new collection of work currently on show at East London's Stolen Space Gallery. Titled 'Rise & Fall' the new body of work from the artist follows on from his residency and sold-out show at Inner State Gallery in Detroit last September, where he painted his largest mural to date at over 6,000 square feet.

To coincide with his show, Meggs took to the streets of London to create this Rise & Fall mural. While no where near the scale of his Detroit piece, the London mural was no less impressive. The mural can be found on Buxton Street in East London, Rise and Fall is on show at Stolen Space until the 8th March.


Our friends at Spraying Bricks caught up with Meggs for a short video interview while he was in London as well as catching him at work on this mural.


Find Meggs Online:
Meggs Website
Meggs Instagram

DRAN — Public Execution Exhibition in Soho, London


Hookedblog stopped into central London late last week to visit the Public Execution exhibition at the Lights of Soho gallery in Brewer Street, Soho. Hosted by Pictures On Walls and featuring the work of Toulouse's master draftsman Dran, Public Execution sees the artist return to London five years after his last solo show in which he took over a floor of the Banksy ‘Marks and Stencils’ exhibition in Soho.

A last minute announcement of the show on the Pictures On Walls (POW) website still saw huge crowds turn up on the opening night for what POW promised "to be a 'live' masterclass in 'spontaneous creativity' happening in 'real time'. Fans of the artist queued on the opening night only to be presented with gallery walls filled with empty spray painted frames. Over the three weeks period the show will run for, Dran will be creating his art show from scratch, using the space as a studio and creating new artworks each day in full public view. Upon completion of all the work the exhibition will close immediately on the 21st February.

On our visit the space was starting to take show with a number of artworks beginning to appear on the walls. If you find yourself in the Soho area be sure to stop by into the space and see Dran at work, you are almost certain to see something new. Below are a selection from our trip, check back with us some for updates are the show progresses and be sure to mark the 21st February in your calander and see the finished show.


Dran: Public Execution Exhibition runs at the space until 21st February 2015. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am — 7pm, the public are invited to visit at any time, but may not always be welcome!
Location — 35 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1 (map)

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Rolling around Shoreditch with Malarky


Hookedblog ran into London street artists Malarky at work over the weekend in Shoreditch. We last saw the artist at the preview evening of the Mapping The City group exhibition, currently running at London's Sommerset House and featuring one of Malarky's canvas works. The artist had completed his first roller piece and had begun on the second when we caught up with him early saturday morning. Featuring his signature characters, the artist created these quick pieces using house paint and a number of extension poles and rollers on this ever changing wall in East London.

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Ron English's Camo Deer spotted in Shoreditch, London

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The last week has seen internationally renowned painter and street artists Ron English in London for the release of his Camo Deer in Autumn edition in collaboration with ArtRepublic. The new edition created with Fine Art Printmakers, Modern Multiples in Los Angeles became an intense labour of love for Ron, involving 28 hand created screens, it was the last print created under the supervision of master printer Richard Duardo, who sadly passed during its execution.

To mark the launch of Camo Deer, a retrospective of English's most celebrated works, curated by art republic went on show at BOXPARK’S upper level gallery space. In addition to the show, one of Boxpark's shipping containers was transformed into a massive canvas which saw Ron English re-created a life sized version of his camo deer over a number of days during his visit. Boxpark managed to grab some time with Ron for a short video interview which you can watch below.

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Ron English's Camo Deer in Autumn is available from Artrepublic's pop-up gallery space in Boxpark until the 8th February or directly from their website here. And finally if you are feeling lucky, Artrepublic are offering you the chance to WIN your very own CAMO DEER, just head over to their competition webpage and enter your email here.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

French graffiti artist, Tilt — NuArt Film


Hookedblog were lucky enough to attend the 2014 edition of the NuArt festival in Stavanger, Norway, if you missed our coverage of the festival you can read about our adventure here. We also covered some of the murals and street art over two blog posts that we shot on the streets of Stavanger, which has now become one of global street art hotspots (Stavanger, Norway: A Street Art Hot Spot Part 01 & Part 02).

One of this years invited artists to NuArt was graffiti artist Tilt, originating from Toulouse in the South of France. Alongside his outdoor mural work for the festival, Tilt produced the second edition of his 'Panic Room' installation at NuArt exhibition space TOU Scene.


On this visit Tilt was joined at NuArt by Producer Kenichi Yamamura and Director Shinsuke Tatsukawa who shadowed the artist while he created his indoor and outdoor work for the festival. We briefly meet the camera crew in the early hours on our last night in Stavanger, at one of the Gin after-parties at the hotel we were all staying at, before they whisked Tilt off for one final interview. The team recently finished their short film on Tilt and have shared it online.YOu can watch the short film below:

Director Shinsuke Tatsukawa
Producer Kenichi Yamamura
Camera Shinsuke Tatsukawa, Masashi Nagara, Kenichi Yamamura

Monday, February 02, 2015

Studio Visit with Spanish artist Borondo


Hookedblog have been huge fans of the work of London based Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo, who has been wowing us all here in London over the last year and half with his varied body of impressive street works from his haunting images scratched into glass windows of empty shop fronts (covered here) to his reflective water murals in Hackney Wick on walls (covered here) and narrowboats along the canals of the city (covered here).

Following a conversation with the artist late last year we were invited to visit Borondo's London studio and a few weeks ago we took the artist up on his offer and stopped by the space to check in and capture some images to share with you all. Working across three large spaces, the studio was a hive of activity on our visit, with Borondo working on one the many large scale pieces to go on show. Borondo's exhibition is set to include video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (ES), sculptural installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (IT) and Despina Charitonidi (GR). All four artists were in the studio spaces, each busy putting the finishing touches to work for the show. We have shared a small collection of images here, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect to find at his eagerly awaited exhibition 'Animal'.

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Curated by Rom Levy, of  RexRomae, and Charlotte Dutoit of Justkids, the exhibition is set to be Borondo’s most ambitious display to date with the artist creating an immersive experience for the show attendees. The exhibition will bring you on a sensory path where you will discover the various predicaments of the relationship between human beings and nature across eight thematic spaces in the cavernous London Newcastle space.

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To celebrate the upcoming opening of "Animal", Borondo and RexRomae will be releasing a limited edition screen-print on the evening entitled "Fake Paradise", based on a street piece painted by the artist in Shoreditch last year (covered here). The ANIMAL show will take place at the London Newcastle Project Space in Shoreditch and will be open to the public from the 5th through to 28th of February 2015.

London Newcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP (Map)