Category Archive: Interviews

We meet AK the artist from New Zealand having her first solo exhibition in London

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“I can draw fish, lots of different kinds of fish” laughs AK my latest interviewee prior to explaining that fish were the first thing she ever really learnt to draw, egged on by… Continue reading

Interview with David Walker as he brings his art to the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London

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“I’ve always been fascinated by painting people” explains David Walker as we talk in the basement of Soho’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery. It perhaps shouldn’t be a surprise, he is an artist known for… Continue reading

Interview with Alexander Chappell as he talks about his debut show at the Stolen Space Gallery

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“I don’t think I actually deserve to be here” says my latest interviewee, Alexander Chappell, as he looks around the brick walls of London’s Stolen Space gallery. His work is hanging all around,… Continue reading

Interview with Irish street artist Eoin O’Connor

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Originally from Dublin but now based out of the west coast of Ireland, Eoin O Connor is an artist whose work we have admired since first coming across his art the best part… Continue reading

We meet Colombian street artist Stinkfish as he prepares for Portraits in Transit his new show in London

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“It’s about taking people from one location and placing them in another” Stinkfish tells me as we meet to talk about his new show ‘Portraits in Transit‘ soon to be showcasing at Dalston’s… Continue reading

London Inspired Artwork from Urban Soup at the Oxo Gallery

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Ah the great city of London! A city so great it even inspired the name of this very blog. A city which has inspired countless creatives and artists throughout the centuries and a… Continue reading

Interview with Italian artist Raffaella Bertolini

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We are in the attic of a West London terrace. Doubling as the studio of our latest interview Raffaella Bertolini, an Italian painter who now bases herself in the city. She is a… Continue reading

We meet artist DD Regalo as he prepares to showcase at the Roys People Art Fair

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DD Regalo is a contemporary artist well used to abstract designs. He paints based on feeling, on the things around him, people, places and the emotions he feels. “There are no rules” he… Continue reading

The artists of Upfest, Europe’s largest street art festival

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Upfest is the biggest street art festival in Europe and as such attracts artists from all of the country and the world. Applications are taken months in advance and to paint at the… Continue reading

We meet Caro Pepe the street artist from Argentina as she paints at Upfest

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It’s Upfest, it’s crowded, it’s noisy and it’s here where we’ve arranged to meet Caro Pepe the street artist from Argentina who now lives in Berlin but who has come over to the… Continue reading

We meet Roy’s People as he talks about his upcoming art fair

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It’s the Whitecross Street Party and the area is buzzing, Roy is sat in the window of the Curious Duke Gallery with a slab full of miniature figures cutting them up and re-assembling… Continue reading

Open Walls Festival brings Street Art to Blackburn

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It’s the first time I’ve been to Blackburn, the proud Lancastrian town with a glorious heritage in weaving and textiles. By the time I leave though I feel that I know the area… Continue reading

Nomad Clan paint the UK’s largest mural in Leeds

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It’s 47 metres high and towers above the city. Painted on a tower block overlooking the train station, Athena Rising, the new mural from Nomad Clan is their largest and most ambitious to… Continue reading

Meet ‘Hello the Mushroom’ as she launches her first solo show in Monty’s Bar on Brick Lane

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We first got to know Sara from ‘Hello the Mushroom’ as a fellow blogging kindred spirit given that she has for sometime written the cool lifestyle blog Hello the Mushroom. Now the mushroom herself… Continue reading

Brockley street art festival brings urban art back to South London

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The third Brockley street art festival has seen street artists return to paint the walls of the South London borough. Taking place over a week the festival ties in with the popular arts… Continue reading

ATM talks about his giant bird mural on Coppermill Lane in Walthamstow

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ATM has become well known for his giant classic paintings of birds. They’ve popped up all over London and indeed in spots around the rest of the country for the past few years… Continue reading

Meet Robert Burt the founder of Base Elements gallery in Barcelona

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It’s like an Aladdin’s cave of artistic goodies. We have just entered the ‘sotano’ or the basement of the Base Elements urban art gallery in Barcelona’s gothic quarter despite protestations that it’s a… Continue reading

Meet Lolie Darko the French street artist bringing her sad party to London for her first solo show

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Lolie Darko’s sad faced children have been appearing around London for a while now.  Often accompanied with captions, the works stop people in their tracks as they try and make sense of the… Continue reading

Meet Alo the Italian street painter whose abstract portraits have taken over the Saatchi and the streets

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If it was a bit of a suprise back in 2014 when the Saatchi Gallery decided to award the softly spoken Italian artist Alo his first solo show, it certainly shouldn’t be now.… Continue reading

Carrie Reichardt’s West London house is covered from head to foot in mosaic by artists from around the World

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I’m sitting on the 3rd story of a scaffold hugging a house in the leafy suburbs of West London.  Around me mosaic artists from around the World are busy at work cutting and… Continue reading

Meet JDK the sculptor turned street artist making her mark in London

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We are surrounded by mothers and babies!  The Chesterfield coffee shop on the corner of the Grove and Roman roads has a playpen at the back, wifi and filter coffee. It seems the… Continue reading

Andrea Tyrimos creates ‘Bipolar Picasso’ a new show to raise awareness of Mental Health

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It was sitting in a cafe in Holborn back in February 2016 that Andrea first told me of her passion for mental health and how she felt that it didn’t get the attention… Continue reading

Yvonne Wayling and Kim Tong combine to create some compulsive beauty in Greenwich

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We are back at the Ben Oakley for what is the first show this year for the shabby chic gallery under the covers of the new completely remodelled Greenwich Market. There, Ben Oakley… Continue reading

Spotlight on Elno the Spanish street artist making her mark on London

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It’s a couple of years since we first met Elno, the Spanish artist who first appeared on the London scene during the 2014 Femme Fierce festival. There, with her pink hair blending into… Continue reading

Interview with Dan Kitchener as he brings his art to Brick Lane

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We first met Dan Kitchener in 2012. He was one of the first artists we came across at the very start of this blog when he was painting a giant wall on the… Continue reading

Interview with Argentinas Fio Silva as she paints her way around Europe and places her art onto the World stage

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I first became aware of Fio Silva through an international competition arranged by the Spring Projects to find ‘The Next Best Thing‘ in street art. Entrants from all around the World were whittled… Continue reading

Amara Por Dios paints her biggest ever wall at the Village Underground in London

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The massive Village Underground wall in Shoreditch is one of the most iconic spots to find street art in the city of London. Well situated just a short walk away from Shoreditch High… Continue reading

Interview with Street Artist ATM talking Birds, Acton and a Show at the Ben Oakley Gallery

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We are sitting in Mary’s Cafe!  It’s the sort of place that Alan Sugar would be proud.  The sort of place where the losing team on the Apprentice goes to lick their wounds… Continue reading

Lollipop Gallery Opens in Spitalfields as a Gallery for Collectors by Collectors

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There is an undeniable freshness about Spitalfields newest gallery. The walls have been whitewashed and the wooden floorboards have been brought back to life, reviving a building that had been in mothballs for… Continue reading

Interview with Andrea Tyrimos as she Paints Bricks and Prepares for The Roadz her first solo show

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Andrea likes to paint brick. Not on brick, actual brick. The more textured the surface the better. It was a technique she started to work on back in her student days studying art… Continue reading

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

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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.… Continue reading

Free Paint for Artists and Community Groups in Hackney from the Forest Recycling Project

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Out of 330 million litres of paint sold in the UK every year, over 50 million are unused. That, by the way, equates to the filling of 20 Olympic sized swimming pools. It’s… Continue reading

Welcome to the World of the Miniature as Roy’s People prepares for ‘Street Life’ his first Solo Show

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It’s amazing just how much love the little people get! Inspiring City has been out and about with many an artist but never before have so many people wanted to stop and talk… Continue reading

Interview with Artista as She Talks Toast and Prepares for her Group Show at the Cre8 Gallery

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The current character of choice is toast! Literally, it’s toast! Flying toast, toast with cheese, toast on cardboard, toast is everywhere and is the latest in the production line of fun cartoony characters… Continue reading

Lana Alana One Third of Street Art Trio Animaux Circus talks about going solo for Femme Fierce

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From sticking up paste ups in leafy Surrey to getting down and dirty with a spray can in the famous Leake Street tunnel, such is the upcoming journey for Lana Alana, one third… Continue reading

Interview with Steffi Bow as She Flys the Flag for Dubai Street Art and gets ready for Femme Fierce

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Put simply, Dubai is not the sort of place you would expect to see a thriving graffiti writing and street art scene. Yet against the odds this gleaming capital of excess has developed… Continue reading

Femme Fierce 10 days of all Female Street Art Action prepares to hit London and Leake Street

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On the face of it the idea of getting over a hundred top female artists from around the World together to paint one of the most iconic graffiti locations in London might be… Continue reading

Aito the Japanese Banksy puts on his first solo show at the Graffik Gallery in London

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Spotting Aito the artist is not difficult, even amongst the throngs of people packed into the opening night of his first solo show at the Graffik Gallery. As a friend of mine described,… Continue reading

Interview with Italian artist Millo at his show ‘Nero’ with Benjamin Murphy at the Hoxton Gallery

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Having met at an art event in Luxembourg earlier in the year Italian artist Millo and London’s Benjamin Murphy thought that their work went so well together they may as well create a… Continue reading

Interview with Graffiti Pioneer REQ as he live paints at the Far Rockaway Bar in Shoreditch

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Street Art in the UK has it’s roots firmly in the graffiti culture of the mid eighties. Before Instagram, Facebook and blogs, Graffiti Writers often put themselves out there by getting into places… Continue reading

Hunto brings his Cubist Colour to the Cre8 Gallery in Hackney Wick with Bella Mia

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Italian artist Hunto is quite possibly one of the most recognisable street artists currently active on the London street art scene. His cubist, Picasso inspired figures interact with the public on shutters, hoardings… Continue reading

Interview with Louis Masai as he prepares for ‘Last of My Kind’ in Bristol

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In a disused toilet block in the city of Bristol, London based artist Louis Masai will soon be holding his next solo show, ‘Last of My Kind’. With a theme of endangered birds,… Continue reading

Interview with the Little London Observationist Stephanie Sadler as she prepares for her first solo show

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You know you’re in Chelsea when the locals are quaffing Oysters at the local market. The Chelsea Farmers Market on a Saturday is a foodies favourite and just round the corner from the… Continue reading

Thai Street Artist Alex Face visits London and uses art to warn about the future

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Some artists can’t resist the lure of a wall when visiting London. The same is true for Bangkok based artist Alex Face, visiting the country to exhibit at the Moniker Art Fair at… Continue reading

The Unique Art Extravaganza of the Far Rockaway Bar in Shoreditch

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The staff are being trained, the finishing touches are being applied and Shoreditch’s hippest new bar and restaurant is about to open it’s doors to the public for the first time. But Far… Continue reading

Interview with Up and Coming German Street Artist Kef

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My first meeting with Kef was at a party! Held at the Curious Duke Gallery, he was helping the gallery to celebrate its 2nd birthday with wine and cake. We spoke and he… Continue reading

French street artist LucyLucy and Hannah Adamaszek collaborate in Dalston

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Collaborations are always fun, even more so when the combining duo are two of the most gifted young female street artists around in the UK’s Hannah Adamaszek and France’s Lucy Desbordes. Even better… Continue reading

‘The Orchid and White Foxes’ Japanese inspired art show in London by Saki & Bitches

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unSilwex House on Quaker Street just off from Brick Lane is not the sort of place one would normally expect to find any sort of art exhibition. A run down former warehouse it… Continue reading

Interview with Eleni Duke Curator of the Curious Duke Gallery in London

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Whitecross Street has a vibe all of it’s own! Not quite the city and not quite within the cool conurbations of Shoreditch and Hoxton, it has a special relaxed atmosphere. Off the beaten… Continue reading

Interview with Argentine Street Artist Martin Ron as he paints the famous Village Underground Wall in London

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Six days into the painting of another huge mural, Argentinian artist Martin Ron has to finally take a break as the weather, great until this point, begins to have other ideas! Huddled in… Continue reading