Mag Magrela Street Art in London

Over the past few weeks a number of distinctive murals from Brazilian artist Mag Magrela have appeared at various locations around London. Brought over by creative agency Pigment I was fortunate enough to meet her albeit briefly just before she returned to her native Brazil.

Magrela has produced four different murals each bearing her unique style. She draws orange coloured women who often appear to be in some distress. One of the murals shows a woman wearing a crown of thorns whilst another shows a woman sat atop a multi-eyed creature seemingly having fallen victim to an attack by arrows. Her style is not easy to describe, each piece is clearly unique with different details. According to the Pigment site “Her works express pain, suffering, the troubles of living in society, little daily barriers and feelings encrusted in our soul”. It is deep stuff and the product no doubt of a complex mind.

One of a wave of Brazilian artists to have visited London over recent months Magrela joins the likes of Alex Senna, Cranio and Bailon to have created a series of impressive street art murals in London. With Shoreditch in particular recognised worldwide as one of the premier places to showcase street art it is great to see the cream of Brazilian talent starting to really stamp their mark on the place.

Apparantely Magrela is thinking of returning in 2014 for another crack at the city and it would be great to see some more of her unique body of work.

1. The Red Market in Shoreditch

This sitting woman can be seen at the Red Gallery and is visible from Old Street

This sitting woman can be seen at the Red Gallery and is visible from Old Street

She is wearing a crown of thorns

She is wearing a crown of thorns

As seen from inside the Red Market

As seen from inside the Red Market

The Magrela sits just above the long standing ROA inside the Red Market, fame indeed.

The Magrela sits just above the long standing ROA inside the Red Market, fame indeed.

2. Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park

On the side of an old slightly derelict and shut down pub on Seven Sisters Road close to the underground station

On the side of an old slightly derelict and shut down pub on Seven Sisters Road close to the underground station

It shows a woman sitting on top of a three eyed creature which looks to have been shot with arrows

It shows a woman sitting on top of a three eyed creature which looks to have been shot with arrows

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3. Bream Street on Fish Island

Bream Street is fast becoming a must see and is a great place for street art at the moment

Bream Street is fast becoming a must see and is a great place for street art at the moment

In between pieces from Edwin and Josh Jeavons

In between pieces from Edwin and Josh Jeavons

The eye of Jeavons and the orange figure of Magrela

The eye of Jeavons and the orange figure of Magrela

Magrela often includes little distinctive features in her art.  Here some fish heads emerge from the womans back

Magrela often includes little distinctive features in her art. Here some fish heads emerge from the womans back

4. Scouler Street in Blackwall

Magrela joined the likes of Cranio and Senna in creating a sleeping giant in this out of the way location in Blackwall

Magrela joined the likes of Cranio and Senna in creating a sleeping giant in this out of the way location in Blackwall

More distinctive features note the little faces on the bracelet

More distinctive features note the little faces on the bracelet

In some way a lot of the woman she portrays seem like puppets due to the string she uses to link body parts together

In some way a lot of the woman she portrays seem like puppets due to the string she uses to link body parts together

Mag Magrela Signature

Mag Magrela Signature

For more information about the work of Magrela and Brazilian Art in London try:

Pigment – Representing emerging Brazilian Artists

Inspiring City – Interview with Mateus Bailon Brazil’s exciting street art talent
Inspiring City – Sleeping Street Art Giants from Brazil in Blackwall