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.