Dan Kitchener Brings his Street Art back to Brick Lane

We first met Dan Kitchener in 2012. He was one of the first artists we came across at the very start of this blog. He was painting a giant wall on the now shuttered Sclater Street. An apocalyptic scene it was designed to catch the eye.

Fast forward four years and he’s back. Only a little further down from where we first met. He has an exhibition on Heneage Street at the 5th Base Gallery.  Outside is another giant mural. He says it’s three storeys high, and I’m inclined to believe him.  This time the image is of a Japanese Geisha, a portrait inspired by his muse, Yumi.

Dan Kitchener stands my his geisha mural on Brick Lane
Dan Kitchener stands outside the 5th Base Gallery in London

Playing with Light

In the intervening period he’s painted around the area a lot. London is the local hub for the artist who is based out of Southend but who also paints around the World. Most recently his travels have taken in Japan, and you can see that heavy Japanese influence come through in his work.

Dan is also all about playing with light.  A lot of his images are around making the light dance on the wall or canvas of whatever it is he’s creating.   Rainy city street capes and bustling car lined avenues seem to be particular favourites, these are images he recreates time and again on the streets.

Interview with Dan Kitchener

Street Art in London

And there’s something too about going bigger and better than before.  Dan tells me about how he gets a buzz about painting the big walls and seeing the resultant creation when the scaffolding is pulled away. Walls created in recent years around the area include multiple spots around the city of London.

He’s even tried something different for this show at the 5th Base.  Trying to express movement even more.  Like a snapshot, his muse Yumi is captured in moments of change, of movement.  Other portraits are more traditional, pristine even, but some are in between like a camera with the wrong shutter speed setting as it takes a picture of  a person who suddenly moves.

A neon sign spells out ‘DANK’ which is Dan Kitchener’s tag

Dank, as he is also known, is a popular artist. This series of works has taken a year to produce, not continuously he later clarifies, but still a good old chunk of time. His work is instantly recognisable and an example of an artist who is not only a staple of the London scene but who has gained some serious kudos abroad too.

Queen of Neon by Dan Kitchener ‘Dank’ is showing at the 5th Base Gallery on Brick Lane from 1 April 2016 to 6 April 2016.  The 5th Base Gallery can be found on Heneage Street just off Brick Lane and the nearest station is Aldgate East.

Dan Kitchener Gallery

Geisha and street scene on a door in Brick Lane
Contemplative muse
Geisha on canvas
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Geisha mural recently painted in Tooting
Dan Kitchener meeting of styles
Giesha and the rainy city in black and white. This image was formerly on Pedley Street
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Giant street scene in Brockley
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Formerly on Haven Street in Camden
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Now demolished in Camden
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Formerly on Hawley Road in Camden
Dan Kitchener
Apocalyptic scene on New Inn Yard in Shoreditch
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Paint jamming in Shoreditch a few years back
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Live painting in Old Street as part of International Alert’s ‘Talking Peace’ festival
Dan Kitchener pictured in the gallery on Brick Lane
Dan Kitchener


  1. Well featured Stuart… Dan Kitchener is always worth seeking out.. Top class artist indeed. Nice photos.. Must get myself down to that gallery soon.

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