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Roa Street art London tour Shorditch

Roa street art tour London

If you have ever wondered around the Shoreditch region of London you may have stumbled upon a giant rodent or two – no this is not a commentary on the health and safety of London’s East End but Shoreditch’s Brick Lane has been visited by many an urban street artist including the Belgian artist who goes by the pseudonym Roa and he has left his very distinctive mark on the semi-derelict buildings and shop shutters of the area.  London Graffiti tours offer you the opportunity to visit each of his mostly black and white, massive and highly intricate animal street art pieces, standing tall and proud throughout the more industrial areas of Shoreditch so that you can have a closer look.

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Each of Roa’s pieces is done on such a huge scale it takes him between 4 to 8 hours to complete them and consequently that means that most of his street art is done with permission of the building owners.   This means that they usually stay on display for quite some time – much to the dismay of the local London Councils – some of the oldest of his London monochrome masterpieces have been around since 2010 which is when Hackney council threatened to paint over a 3.5m high rabbit which had been legally painted on the wall of a recording studio.  Fortunately the building owners and local residents put up such a fight to keep it that the council had to back down.

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He has also displayed his work in major cities across Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand and he likes his art to have a backdrop of desolation or industry which is why London’s Brick Lane holds such an appeal for him.  Roa’s work is not inconspicuous or hidden away, he has produced some of the largest and most recognizable paintings in the history of street art and his creations often require him to use a cherry picker to reach their finely drawn lofty heights. Generally he creates animals and birds both wild and urban, that are native to the area being painted and while he normally uses the very minimal color pallet of black, white and red, he has also created some works using more vibrant colors to depict flesh and/or internal systems within the animals and birds. His medium is spray paint and because of the scale of many of his pieces he much first draw a sketch of the final figure which he holds in front of him with one hand as he sprays with the other.

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But Roa’s work doesn’t just stand out because of the scale of his pieces.  Each animal is done to such fine anatomical detail and given such life with his artistic skills that they are simply mesmerizing. Their eyes holding yours and their expressions tell you a story all of their own.  Let www.londongraffititours.com show you around and introduce you to some of them.

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London Street art Tours

A London street art tour will show you that London is awash with street art in all of its forms and here at London street art tours and Graffiti tours, we aim to show the very best of what the capital has to offer. Graffiti is an art form in its own right and should be experienced by all. Other terms used are ‘Urban art’ or ‘Guerrilla art’ to describe what is more commonly referred to now as street art these days.

Street art is very colourful and more often than not, it is pleasing on the eye and brightens up the area in which it is located. These hidden masterpieces can be found adorning walls, doors and even the pavements in and around London with its epicentre in Shoreditch..

Probably the most famous of the street artist is ‘Banksy’ known to be a political activist as well as a painter and film director  but there are of course many others including ‘Belgium’s ‘Roa’ and the French ‘Invader’ known for his images made from blocks as in the original Space invaders computer game

Others include ‘Ben Eine’ famed for his alphabet  lettering on shop window shutters, ‘Paul Don Smith’ and of course Charles Uzzell Edwards known as ‘Pure Evil’, a ‘Banksy’ stable mate.

Shoreditch street art.

A London street art tour will show you the best of Shoreditch street art. Here at London Street Art Tours we aim to provide the perfect, expertly lead experience and show you the very best of Shoreditch’s street art. You will learn about the artists and the culture as well as the locations and the reasons behind Shoreditch being the world’s foremost location for street art.

Walking Tour

A walking tour of street art allows you to enjoy at close hand the skill of the artist. You will see things that are not possible to see when driving past in your car or on the bus.

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Banksy London graffiti tour

“Banksy” is the pseudonym used by one of the most famous street artists in the world. His real identity is not known, but a few details of his “civilian” life are known. He was born in Bristol in 1974. His father was a photocopier technician, and Banksy himself originally trained as a butcher before getting involved with street art.

Banksy has produced a wide range of art pieces including a film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and even an opening for an episode of The Simpsons. However, he remains best known for his street art. He has produced some of the best-known and most loved pieces of street art in London. Banksy makes frequent use of stencils, but has also produced freehand artwork. His work in key areas of the capital, such as his fascinating Shoreditch street art, is an essential stop on many of the most popular art and cultural London tours, particularly specialist street art London tours.

Banksy’s art is not usually commercially available. He normally does not sell either reproductions or photographs of his street art, though he has self-published some books containing photos. Certain pieces of graffiti produced by Banksy have been removed from their original public setting and sold by art auctioneers for large amounts of money. However, this has evoked controversy about the process of removing the art from its original setting and, in some cases, whether this was done legally.

Bansky’s art has sprung up in a number of locations around the world, from his native Bristol to Brooklyn, USA and the Israeli West Bank. However, many of his greatest artworks have been centred around London. As he is one of the most famous and talented street artists in existence, his work is a vital component of many specialist street art London tours as well as some more general tours of the capital. A number of particularly interesting pieces can often be seen as part of the thriving Shoreditch street art scene.

Banksy has taken part in a number of notable exhibitions, including Art Below alongside other street artists. He has also held a number of exhibitions in the USA in places such as New York City and Los Angeles. Much of his exhibited work is different in execution, though not in style, from his regular street art. This includes painting animals (with approval from the RSPCA for conditions surrounding the activity) or producing oil paintings which subvert famous works.

Banksy is particularly known for employing dark humour and using his art to comment on current events. Both of these aspects will become clear to those who view his artworks on a street art London tour. Social issues that his art has dealt with include public surveillance, the use of child labour to manufacture cheap goods and prison conditions.

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Ben Eine. London street art tour

Ben Eine is one of the most prolific producers of London street art today. His distinctive work is a highlight of many London graffiti tours and can mostly be found around Shoreditch, Broadway Market and Brick Lane.

He is now best-known for a range of commercial projects, most famously shop shutters. His work centres heavily around bold, colourful letters in a range of styles such as circus and neon-style writing. His distinctive styles of lettering are often used for advertisements and magazines.

One thing that makes Ben Eine unique is his use of colour. He has a natural instinct for choosing colours that will precisely complement each other. He often favours bold, bright colours which really make the most of this talent and give added impact to his art.

Ben Eine was a prominent figure in the underground London street art scene before breaking into commercial graffiti. His rise from obscurity came about in part through his cooperation with Banksy, perhaps the single best-known producer of London street art in history. While working as a screen printer, Eine produced many prints for Banksy and his natural eye for colour enabled him to suggest subtle improvements to the pseudonymous artist’s work, leading the two to form a firm partnership.

Perhaps the most impressive incarnation of Eine’s bold, colourful lettering came about in May 2010. He adorned Middlesex Street with an entire alphabet of his distinctive London street art. Residents embraced his work, christening the road “alphabet street.” This achievement was also praised by The Times and became an instant highlight of many London graffiti tours.

Eine has been responsible for some of the most famous and distinctive pieces of London street art, and his work on East End shop shutters is an essential component of many London Graffiti tours. His unique style and formidable talent have earned him no shortage of recognition and praise. In 2008, he was named as one of the six best new street artists in London by Time Out magazine, and in 2010 a Ben Eine painting was given as an official gift from the Prime Minister to US President Barack Obama.

Most of Ben Eine’s work has been produced in London, but he has also brightened up a number of other towns and cities. These include Hastings (where he has a studio), Newcastle, Paris and Stockholme. His work has also appeared in galleries and exhibitions around the world, including France, the USA and Norway. One of his pieces, “Circus Love,” was also displayed on the wall of Oxford Circus’ Central Line as part of Art Below. By being featured in Art Below, he followed in the footsteps of many of the most prestigious names in London street art, including Banksy and Goldie.

Altogether, Eine’s work has become a distinctive and unmissable feature of London’s graffiti scene, and an integral part of the Capital’s urban landscape. A range of London graffiti tours are dedicated to helping people discover this must-see artist’s work.

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