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.
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.
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
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.