‘Urban and Iconic’ Exhibition under the Hoxton Arches in London

The Urban and Iconic show held between 5th and 10th September under the Hoxton Arches always promised to be a good one given the list of quality artists on display.

The likes of Otto Shade, Pins, Cityzen Kane, Pegasus, Tank Petrol and Mr Cenz were on display alongside a number of other artists whose work I’d not yet come across such as Max Zorn and his remarkable images made out of masking tape.

I was lucky enough to be shown around the show by Zabou, herself a friend of this very blog and also an artist on display. I’d not met up with Zabou since interviewing her a couple of months ago. She’s been busy, popping over to Croatia to paint a mural over there before returning to the day job as a graphic designer and preparing for shows like this one.

The Hoxton Arches themselves, opposite Hoxton Station, are the perfect setting for a pop-up show such as this. Spacious and light, they have the extra atmosphere generated by the dome shaped interior and restored brickwork from what would no doubt have been storage areas or workshops for the railway back in the day. Outside in the yard is another treat, murals from Sweet Toof, RUN and Stik were a real suprise to see especially considering the quality of them all, packed as they are in a tiny yard at the back.

So below a few shots from the show, shame it didn’t run for longer.

Zabou's Surveillance is part of a series of satirical images and observations on society

Zabou’s Surveillance is part of a series of satirical images and observations on society

Kurt Cobains daughter by Zabou, rumour has it, this image may be appearing on a wall sometime soon.  Cool if it did

Kurt Cobains daughter by Zabou, rumour has it, this image may be appearing on a wall sometime soon. Cool if it did

Otto Schade is an incredible talent and I even got to meet the man himself

Otto Schade is an incredible talent and I even got to meet the man himself

Mr Cenz painted this dynamic portrait

Mr Cenz painted this dynamic portrait

Max Zorn creates his work using packing tape

Max Zorn creates his work using packing tape

Believe it or not, all these pictures have been made from cut up packing tape

Believe it or not, all these pictures have been made from cut up packing tape

Pegasus is an artist I'm growing to like.  Here he merges mutiple icons together to create his canvases

Pegasus is an artist I’m growing to like. Here he merges mutiple icons together to create his canvases

Wonder Woman and Angelina Jolie by Pegasus

Wonder Woman and Angelina Jolie by Pegasus

Cityzen Kane is known for the detail on his street sculptures.

Cityzen Kane is known for the detail on his street sculptures.

Cityzen kane produces lots of alien type creatures and tends to stick them to walls.  They don't last long and you can see why, the quality and detail is remarkable

Cityzen kane produces lots of alien type creatures and tends to stick them to walls. They don’t last long and you can see why, the quality and detail is remarkable

Tank Petrol also exhibited at the show

Tank Petrol also exhibited at the show

Pins has become known for his 'Lipweed' dotted around shutters in the East End and also here.

Pins has become known for his ‘Lipweed’ dotted around shutters in the East End and also here.

The man himself outside the gallery on a piece of Lipweed he's drawn on a nearby wall

The man himself outside the gallery on a piece of Lipweed he’s drawn on a nearby wall

Outside in the yard works from Stik and Sweet Toof can be seen

Outside in the yard works from Stik and Sweet Toof can be seen

Classic Sweet Toof in the yard

Classic Sweet Toof in the yard

Mural from RUN as seen through the door leading into the yard

Mural from RUN as seen through the door leading into the yard

A closer view of the RUN mural in the yard

A closer view of the RUN mural in the yard

The yard is a treat and packed full of quality art

The yard is a treat and packed full of quality art

The view from the Hoxton railway station just over the road from the Hoxton Arches and featuring a quality Mighty Mo monkey

The view from the Hoxton railway station just over the road from the Hoxton Arches and featuring a quality Mighty Mo monkey

The show ran from 5th to 10th September at the Hoxton Arches

The show ran from 5th to 10th September at the Hoxton Arches