Walthamstow Street Art Mural by artist Phlegm

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney


We had seen some work in progress images shared on social media on a Friday and with bitter cold temperatures we were surprised to hear that street artist Phlegm was still painting in these temperatures in East London.

Pulling on a few additional layers of clothing before venturing out and grabbing our camera we caught the overground train further east to St. James Street in Walthamstow.

Painting just down the street from the overground station along Cooper Street, Phlegm was well into his third day on the mural, starting a little later than he normally would on account of the colder temperatures.

Arriving at the wall a small group had gathered to watch the artist at work on his mural with a few familiar faces who were at the location taking picture of the artist - Julie from Instagrafite, Monoprixx, NotBanksyForum and D6707 had all venture east to see Phlegm.

For his latest work Phlegm has been commissioned by community organisation St James Street Big Local to paint the mural on the wall of the international supermarket with Forest Recycling Project providing the masonry paint for the wall.

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney


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Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney


Phlegm Miniature Print Series

During one of a number of much needed coffee breaks Phlegm showed us some of his latest studio pieces. He has been working on a number of copper plate etchings and wood engravings, creating new miniature cigarette card series of prints.


Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

These tiny works are only just slightly bigger than an average sized match stick, but despite their small scale Phlegm has managed to pack a phenomenal amount of detail into these tiny etchings.

We got to see three of these amazing miniature editions by the artist as he talked us through the process. He explained to us he hopes to have them scanned high res when he has completed a collection he is happy with and make a small publication of the editions which he hope to include a screen printed cover as he did with his previous self published book.

Coffee break over and the mini prints were packed away safely before they blew outta one our hands as the wind picked up.

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

Phlegm's Walthamstow Mural

For his St. James Street mural Phlegm has chosen to depict a black and white image of a triplane.  If like us you had to ask what a triplane is, we were told it is a fixed-winged plane equipped with three stacked wing planes.

It is not the first time we have seen Phlegm paint a fantastic flying machine and this latest work has connections with the neighbourhood it is painted it. Phlegms work depicts the triplane developed by Edwardian engineer, Alliott Verdon Roe who was based in one of the railway arches in Walthamstow Marshes.

According to St. James Street Big local, the project is the culmination of consultations held with local residents during the first phase of the Big Local project. Residents fed back that they would like to see additional art work in the area. A panel made up of the Leader of the Council, representatives from local charity, the Mill, local businesses, a local historian and the St James Street Big Local made the final decisions in selecting artist Phlegm.

Walthamstow Street Art mural by British artist Phlegm. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

To see the completed mural from Phlegm in person make your way to St. James Street in Walthamstow. The mural is painted on the side of the international supermarket just a short walk from St. James Street Overground train station.

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Related Stories:
Phlegm and the Royal Opera House, London.
Phlegm Goes Large in London.
Stunning Phlegm Mural in Ostend, Belgium.


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