Jonesy Street Art in London, the Artist Who is Our Little Secret

One of the most elusive and mysterious street artists around in London at the moment is surely the artist known only as Jonesy. A darling of street art tour guides who love the fact that his art is often hidden yet in plain sight.

A versatile artist Jonesy is perhaps best known as a sculptor producing works in bronze and in wood but he also produces original drawn paste ups. His sculptural work is often, but not always, placed high up on the top of street signs or on walls. Jonesy does not appear to want his work to be initially impactful as many street artists would perhaps want their work to be. Nor does he mass produce his work, he is not a prolific artist and so mass recognition does not seem to be important. Rather his work sneaks up on you and this is why he is the darling of the street art tour scene.

Look up around the streets of Spitalfields and you might well see gems like this on Brick Lane

Look up around the streets of Spitalfields and you might well see gems like this on top of a street sign on Brick Lane

A quick search of google will not reveal much about him. We know he is an environmental campaigner because of the theme of some of his art and we know that he is surely skilled in bronze casting so it stands to reason that he might work in a complimentary field. He is also quite clearly a campaigner, his art reflects strong views on the environment and global warming yet it’s audience is small in comparison with that of other artists. I’ve also heard him described as a man in his 50’s which is surely above the average age for the more traditional spray can wielding street artist. He doesn’t seem to put himself forward or shout about what he does, he doesn’t seem to pay much heed to the rest of the street art scene in London and he doesn’t seem to care too much for fame.

Jonesy sculpture on Hanbury Street

Jonesy sculpture on Hanbury Street

It suprises me a little because his work can be so detailed and so intricate you would think that a wider audience would be sought as opposed to being known as the East End’s best kept secret. But perhaps that is the idea, he is the artist that no-one knows about, the artist you need to inducted into, the artist who is our little secret.

Jonesy’s work, particularly his sculptures in bronze, are an absolute treat to come across. He takes the concept of street art to a whole new level with some of his work and once seen it’s difficult not to notice when you come across it again. Many an attendee on a street art tour when first inducted into the world of Jonseys high up sculptural pieces has then proceeded to spend the next couple of hours staring at the top of street signs trying to be the first to spot another.

So, as usual I’ve been out and about to see what Jonesys I could find and I’ve put together a little gallery showing some of his work in Bronze, Wood and Paper. Consider yourself inducted!

Jonesy sculpture on Hanbury Street

Jonesy sculpture on Hanbury Street

Jonesy created a rather elaborate tag to go over a leaf from 616

Jonesy created a rather elaborate tag to go over a leaf from 616

Jonesy sculpture on Brick Lane

Jonesy sculpture on Brick Lane

The Warming sculpture by Jonesy on Fournier Street

The Warming sculpture by Jonesy on Fournier Street

The doorway of S. Schwartz on Fournier Street seems to be a favourite spot for the elusive artist

The doorway of S. Schwartz on Fournier Street seems to be a favourite spot for the elusive artist

Wooden sculpture on Fournier Street

Wooden sculpture on Fournier Street

Jonesy work on the door S.Schwartz in Fournier Street

Jonesy work on the door S.Schwartz in Fournier Street

Original paste up from Jonesy of a horse on Osborne Street

Original paste up from Jonesy of a horse on Osborne Street

Jonesy paste up on Osborne Street

Jonesy paste up on Osborne Street

Jonesy paste up with Skeleton Cardboard on Osborne Street

Jonesy original paste up next to a piece by Skeleton Cardboard on Osborne Street

Original art paste up from Jonesy on Hanbury Street

Original art paste up from Jonesy on Hanbury Street

This green wooden head can be found on Sclater Street

This green wooden head can be found on Sclater Street

This wooden sculpture can be found on the banks of the River Lee by Bow Lock

This wooden sculpture can be found on the banks of the River Lee by Bow Lock

Just for a bit of fun to finish off this little gallery, these Jonesy heads can be found on Brick Lane in a little car park

Just for a bit of fun to finish off this little gallery, these Jonesy heads can be found on Brick Lane in a little car park minus of course the little slinkachu people wandering by

Update – 2nd February 2014. Pottering around Shoreditch today I noticed a few other pieces, from Jonesy on Bacon Street and Pedley Street, always good to see more of his work.

A metal lizard type sculpture on Bacon Street

A metal lizard type sculpture on Bacon Street

Another metal piece next to art by HIN on Bacon Street

Another metal piece next to art by HIN on Bacon Street

Paste up by Jonesy on Pedley Street

Paste up by Jonesy on Pedley Street

For more pictures and features on Jonesy try:

Exclusive studio interview with Jonesy

Vandalog guest post from NoLionsInEngland – You don’t know but you’ll love Jonesy

Shoreditch Street Art Tours – Street Art Sculptures in London
Jennikya’s Blog – Jonesy Street Art
Jonesy Flickr Stream

Or check out this fantastic video from Fifth Wall Productions