Norway’s London based artist Zina is certainly one of the East End’s most prolific street artists. Her distinctive blue hued portraits are difficult to miss especially when painted in large scale and combined with her undoubted skill as a photo realist. A regular at street art festivals and a favourite with commissioners, Zina is also probably one of the most bankable street artists around.
So it was no suprise that, whilst leading a street art tour with a bunch of excitable German school kids on a lazy summer afternoon, we caught her hard at work on a giant blue mural on the side of the Village Underground on Great Eastern Street.
That mural, part of a series advertising the Sony Experia phone and organised with the help of Global Street Art, was painted with special luminous paint so that when the night came and the lights came on, it would literally glow.
Helping her was Swedish artist Amara Por Dios, herself a London local and another staple of the street art scene. The two have worked together a number of times, most notably last year when Amara painted the giant wall around the corner from today’s combination and Zina rocked up to help.
Painted over a couple of days, the duo were a popular attraction with quite a crowd checking on the progress, not least with kids we took on the tour but with a whole bunch of photographers from Sony who wanted to capture the whole thing from beginning to end, they were sponsoring it after all.
The big reveal well into the night was courtesy of two specially installed lights on the roof of the gallery space. Once turned on the whole piece of work took on an entirely new quality making some sense of Sony’s ‘#ican see in the dark‘ promotion.
The spot is a popular location with all sorts of things going on and the Shoreditch Art Wall literally opposite. Pop along at most times of the week and it wouldn’t be that unusual to see some artists working away on either side with Zina’s blue hued spectacular just the latest in a long line of artist activity in an exciting area of the city.
Zina Glow in the Dark Gallery
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