So it’s often the case, you leave the house with the intention to do one thing and then circumstances take over and you go in a whole different direction.
For me today was going to be about an entirely different topic but I should have known better. The Saatchi Galleries XX: A Moment in Time show has brought some of the World’s best female street art talent to the city so I suppose it was obvious that a number of them would be out and about. In particular today American artist Elle and Argentina’s Marina Zumi were out in force.
Elle, from Brooklyn in New York has a style which seems to combine graffiti with street art. She places tags all around her work yet in the centre a striking portrait stares out at you. Painting on Buxton Street just off Brick Lane, she proved to be a popular draw and the photographers were out in force. She’d already completed a couple of pieces, in the Saatchi Gallery as part of the show and on Hanbury Street earlier in the week. You can see the Hanbury Street piece by checking out her instagram feed.
Marina Zumi from Argentina is inspired by Buddhist philosophy, nature and the cosmos. You can see it in her serene yet surreal landscapes. Today’s piece was on the hoardings of Great Eastern Street, a prime location given it’s overlooking of the busy road. She also added a wall piece to the Saatchi show and has already painted in Camden as part of a collaboration with Alice Pasquini and London’s own Himbad. You can see that piece on Zumi’s instagram feed here. We seem to get on well with Argentinian artists having extensively featured the likes of Fio Silva and Martin Ron in the past. There’s a pretty exciting scene over there.
Of course we took lots of photos and it’s always good to see top international talent coming to London and in particular to the East End. So have a look at the gallery below or get down to Buxton Street and Great Eastern Street to try and catch them yourself, they might not last long.
The XX: A Moment in time show is running at the Saatchi until 6 March 2016 so try and catch their work there. The murals were painted and visited on Saturday 6 February 2016.
Marina Zumi Gallery
Some really nice photos there Stuart.. It’s been a flying start for street art in London so far this year… Good to see you capturing so much of it!
I just saw another Elle one at the end of Hanbury near the Nagel-Pang mural.
Thanks for this post Stuart. I’d spotted Elle but knew nothing about her. And I look forward to seeing Marina’s work too.