Water Lane in Camden Gets a Street Art Makeover as Boxhead adds to Londons Latest Outdoor Gallery

These days one of the most exciting places to see street art is in Camden as the sheds and walls around Camden Lock Market continue to be painted at a rate of knots.

Curated by The Real Art of Street Art, I first visited the project last month when Zabou was painting one of the sheds. Since then loads more have been completed and the only frustration is that you can’t see them all as when the market is open as when the doors are open the art is hidden from view. Given that the painted sheds are workplaces in their own right it means that you’ve just got to visit before or after closing time. Time it right and the place becomes an outdoor street art gallery in it’s own right.

Boxhead in front of her mural on Water Lane

Boxhead in front of her mural on Water Lane

This time, Spanish artist Boxhead was painting. Not one of the sheds, but one of the old railway arches on Water Lane leading into the market. A number of the other arches have already been painted with the likes of Borondo, Artista, Vanessa Longchamp, Nemos, Saki & Bitches and SPzero76 all adding to the art of the arches.

Pop around the corner and there’s more. Taken on an impromptu tour of the area by The Real Art of Street Art the size and scale of the plans to transform the area became clear. There’s a lot of space to fill that’s for sure and more and more artists are becoming involved.

Boxheads mural incomplete when I visited but well on the way

Boxheads mural incomplete when I visited but well on the way

But for today, it’s Boxhead, originally from Zaragoza but living in London for a few years now she told me that this just might be the biggest wall she’s ever painted. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be finished in the time that I was there but a good start had been made to the mural which eventually would feature two of her unique Boxhead characters scrabbling over…erm…another box!

Needless to say she has one of the most individual and unique styles around and has been pretty active recently around the streets of London Town. The only thing for certain she says of her Boxhead characters is “they’re not hiding from anything”. All have their own unique little personalities that’s for sure.

But Box’s mural is only part of the story, the area has loads more art since when I last visited in March and the best way to appreciate it, is to see it. So here we are, the art of Water Lane and Camden Market.

Water Lane Street Art Gallery

Boxhead painting on Water Lane

Boxhead painting on Water Lane

Italian artist Nemos painted this guy performing an operation on himself

Italian artist Nemos painted this guy performing an operation on himself

Spanish artist Borondo creates pieces of work that look like they should be painted with oils on a canvas

Artist Borondo creates pieces of work that look like they should be painted with oils on a canvas

Himbad has some funny little characters here he's made some great use of the bricks

Himbad has some funny little characters here he’s made some great use of the bricks

Artista has painted some more of her flying toasts

Artista has painted some more of her flying toasts

Oh... and she painted a little A shaped character, sitting on a snail with a donut cushion

Oh… and she painted a little A shaped character, sitting on a snail with a donut cushion

Artista has the best cartoony characters

Artista has the best cartoony characters

Vanessa Longchamp art reflecting in the window

Vanessa Longchamp art reflecting in the window

Vanessa Longchamp paints sad looking women with long hair, here she's painted two and it looks great

Vanessa Longchamp paints sad looking women with long hair, here she’s painted two and it looks great

Saki & Bitches joined forces with SPzero76 to paint her section of Water Lane

Saki & Bitches joined forces with SPzero76 to paint her section of Water Lane

Another collaboration, this time with The Real Dill and Captain Kris

Another collaboration, this time with The Real Dill and Captain Kris

Around the other side of the railway arches and you can see this from Himbad and Pang

Around the other side of the railway arches and you can see this from Himbad and Pang

Idiom drew this robotic woman with LED eyes

Idiom drew this robotic woman with LED eyes

Brazilian artist Narcélio Grud created this mural of entwined bodies

Brazilian artist Narcélio Grud created this mural of entwined bodies

Street Art Sheds Gallery

Unfortunately I couldn’t see many of the sheds because they were open and trading for business but I could see a few and here we are.

Punk shed by Fanakapan

Punk shed by Fanakapan

Sheds by Seeds One and Idiom

Sheds by Seeds One and Idiom

Idioms Shed

Idioms Shed

Re5et shed

Re5et shed

Narcélio Grud Shed

Narcélio Grud Shed

Saki & Bitches shed from the side

Saki & Bitches shed from the side

Elno and Saki Sheds next to each other

Elno and Saki Sheds next to each other

Sheds by Zabou, Dirty30 and Kef

Sheds by Zabou, Dirty30 and Kef

A bright yellow shed from Kef

A bright yellow shed from Kef

Typically dynamic shed from Dale Grimshaw

Typically dynamic shed from Dale Grimshaw

Hunto Shed in his unique style

Hunto Shed in his unique style