If you have a crush on street art, London is definitely a place to be – or, at least, to check out when being around.
But street art is alive, dynamic, and it may disappear faster than you have the time to know it first appeared. So, tracking information on the internet may be an excellent way to support and visit the best art in town.
The Hookedblog is an important source of updated information about it: which artists have been in town, what contributions they have done to the art scene of London, and the website explores details on artists’ styles, colours and effects.
It is all about UK street art, or, in their own words: “ephemeral art, graffiti, stencils, zines, tags, screen printing, illustration and everything and anything in between!” They’ve been online since 2005 and are an excellent source for those who want to appreciate street art and also learn more about it.
On Instagram, I’ve been following @londongraffiti. They publish pictures of recent art around the town, identifying who the artist is – many do not live in London – and explaining traces and features found on the drawings. Once again, there is much to be learnt from them.
Since it is all about pictures, also on Instagram I’ve enjoyed @artpiedotcodotuk, on modern and street art in London and around. When researching to write this post, I found out their amazing website. They make reviews on art shows and update a very intense blog. I particularly love this Banksys Now Wears Shoes entry.
The Walls Project is an effort by the Global Street Art to paint the world, starting with London. They arrange new walls for street art and spread the word (and pictures!) about it. In March, they were approaching their 500th street art mural. Another great group to follow in order to get updated information.
That is far from being everything on London street art, of course, but these are my main references by now. I keep an eye on those to know what is going on in street art in London. Have you got any artists or websites to recommend? Have you spotted anything brand new out there?