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A midweek freelance job in Haggerston that ran late recently saw us walking down Kingsland Road, East London about 10pm when we spotted the familiar sight of someone pasting work up onto a wall. A second look and we saw a female figure applying wheatepaste to the surface while three others stood to the side watching. We initially thought that the recent French visiting street artists Kamlaurene had returned as the artist installing the work was next to one of the large scale installed works by the French Duo. As we got closer we recognized the faces of street artists Manyoly and Parse/Error, another French duo based out of Marseille.
We had caught up with Manyoly by chance on her previous London visit and documented her installing a series of small and large scale hand painted posters around Brick Lane and Shoreditch back in 2017.
Manyoly In Shoreditch, London — For a second time, we once again stumbled upon the artist in London at work. On this occasion, Manoly and Parse/Error were both in town for just 24 hours before heading into Paris and then onwards to their base in Marseille.
They were both installing a number of pieces in the neighborhood accompanied by London street artist Neonsavage and Instagrammer/ photographer Kitkatlondon who were guiding the artists around Shoreditch.
We spent some time with the group helping suggest some locations before hunger got the better of us and we said our goodbyes and departed for food. We revisited the locations in daylight the following day photographing the new works installed by all three artists, take a look at the selection below.
Face to face, Manyoly's portrait paste-ups joins the work of fellow French street artists Kamlaurene who recently installed a series of their handpainted works when they visited London.
Hookedblog has just returned from a few wonderful days in Ostend, Belgium for this year's edition of the Crystal Ship festival curated by Bjorn Van Pouke. Despite the crisp sunny skies, it was bitterly cold in Ostend and we were happy to have brought some ski thermals, gloves and scarf with us to keep warm as we cycled around Ostend shooting the artists at work. As with previous years, the festival curator has invited a number of national and international artists to create works across the city. An unexpected surprise this year was finding out Brazilian born artist and friend Mateus Bailon was also in Ostend.
A one time regular on the streets of London, the South American artist left his mark on a number of the cities walls back in 2013 when he first visited and later again in 2015 on a subsequent visit which saw him work on a collaborative mural with artist Sliks.
Mateus Bailon in Ostend — Bailon has been traveling with one of the invited festival artist Paola Delfin and was assisting her in Ostend for the initial stages of the ginormous wall she was painting for the festival.
A small wall became available while he was in Ostend and he took the opportunity to leave his mark on the city spending two days working just outside the city center.
With so much going on in the city it was late on the first day before we caught up with Bailon, only managing a few quick photos before the light and temperature dropped. Returning a little earlier on the second day we arrived just in time to catch him adding his signature to the finished mural.
With some drone footage captured and us with our photos taken, the property owners invited us all into their space for some food and some shots of vodka to warm up and celebrate the completion of the wall. Unable to find their bottle of vodka we instead celebrated with some shots of Poppies Gin!
We were then tasked with assisting the owner name on the new chicken's they kept in their yard. One of the owners runs yoga classes in their space and had asked her students to suggest names for their chickens.
Fellow blogger and photographer Julie from Instagrafite was asked to select one from the large bowl of the suggested names. Drawing one piece of paper from the bowl she called out the name 'J'Adore' much to the owner's delight, ' perfect she said, J'Adore will join her sisters, Coco Channel, and Gucci. We said our goodbyes and thanked them for their hospitality, time and the wall for Mateus.
Bailon adding his signature to the completed mural in Ostend, Belgium.
Mateus Bailon's completed mural in Ostend located on Verlaatstraat in Ostend, Belgium.
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Hookedblog is currently in Ostend, Belgium for this year's edition of the Crystal Ship festival curated by Bjorn Van Pouke. We touched down in the city by the sea late Wednesday evening and with many of the artists having at that point already completed or were near completing their murals we were straight out onto the streets with our cameras soon after dropping our bags at the hotel to see who we could catch at work on their murals.
It was Thursday before we caught up with Berlin-based British artist David Walker who was well into his latest mural on the gable end of a building just outside the city center overlooking the Spuikom basin.
David Walker in Ostend, Belgium — Walker spent a number of days working on the new mural in Ostend, using a combination of spray paint and paint and brushes to create this vibrant multi-colored/ layered siloette of a faceless man against an abstract background overlayed with hand painted text that reads "A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag”.
Walker told us the text was based on an older work that he wanted to revisit when he was invited to paint and at the Crystal Ship and was told about the theme of the festival "The Dictatorship of Art". Take a look at our series of photographs of Davis at work and images of the completed mural.
Artist David Walker adding the finishing touches to his mural for the Crystal Ship in Ostend.
Artist David Walker takes a minute to look over his finished mural in Ostend, Belgium for the fourth edition of the Crystal Ship festival. The completed mural can be seen on the corner of Sgt De Bruynestraat and Schietbaanstraat in Ostend, Belgium.
*[AD - Press Trip] Our trip to Ostend saw us collaborate with Toerisme Oostende, who was kind enough to host us at the Upstairs Hotel during our visit to the city for The Crystal Ship Festival.
Hookedblog has touched down in the coastal city of Ostend, Belgium for the contemporary street art festival The Crystal Ship. We had a super early start catching the 8.16am Eurostar train to Brussels from London’s St Pancras International station.
As with our previous visit to Ostend we made use of any Belgian city ticket which lets you travel to Brussels via the Eurostar and then catch another train onwards from Brussels to your final destination, which for us was Ostend.
Set to officially open on April 13thth a number of the invited International and national street artists have been in Ostend for close to a week now and some have already completed their murals. But there is still plenty of action to be seen on the streets and the walls of the city by the sea.
Straight of the train at Ostend to the Upstairshotel to check-in, bags dropped followed by a much-needed coffee after our early start and we wasted no time hitting the streets to see if we could catch any artists at work.
Walking through the city center it wasn’t long before we were spotting the works of artists from previous editions as well as some new works in progress for this year's edition. Here are some highlights from our first day in Ostend.
Just next to our hotel and above the Tourist Office was the work of Belgium artist Strook pictured above from last years festival still looking great under the crisp blue skies.
German artist Case Maclaim takes to the skies making a start on his mural located just around the corner from the Crystal Ships Headquarters.
One of a large number of miniature stencil artworks around the city painted by Belgian street artist Jaune from the first three editions of the festival. Jaune is back again this year focusing his energy on one large wall next to the beach front.
French Street artist Manyoly was in London last week installing new paper works but we also caught up with her last year at the 2018 edition of the festival when she wheat-pasted up a number of her large vibrant portraits on the cities walls. A year later and this huge piece is surprising still up and running having survived an Ostend winter.
Next up we stumbled upon the Spanish artist Marina Capdevila, busy at work on her piece high above the busy main shopping streets. We are big fans of the artists work and are looking forward to seeing the mural finished you can see from the photo below the piece is gonna be wild!
Just around the next street and we came across another Helen Bur making a start on one of her small scale street paintings. Helen was painting a portrait of the shop owner whose wall she was working on. She has done a whole series of these small scale piece around Ostend and we look forward to tracking them down.
A little further outside the city center, we caught a glimpse of Mexican artist Paola Delfin working on one of the largest murals of the festival, only 40M or so high!!. This is our first time seeing Paola at work and what a wall to see her work her magic on. With a wall, this scale of the amount of detail she puts into her work we expect she will be a few more days before finishing the impressive wall and we can't wait to finish, stay tuned. Artists taking part in the fourth edition of The Crystal Ship Festival include
Follow our Ostend Adventures — Hookedblog are bringing you coverage from The Crystal Ship Festival across our social channels so make sure to join us over on our Hookedblog Twitter account or join us on Instagram and follow our daily adventures via our Hookedblog #InstagramStories.
We will also be sharing highlights on the blog from our trip for those of you not using Instagram, so stay tuned.
Belgium — Following on from last years successful festival which attracted some 253,000 visitors, The Crystal Ship contemporary art festival sails into Ostend for its fourth edition over the first week of the Easter holidays. International street artists have travelled to Ostend where they will create a series of striking artworks against the backdrop of the City by the Sea. Their completed murals and installations will be unveiled to the public on Saturday 13 April at the official launch event for the festival which this year will see a new dimension with the introduction of a theme, ‘The Dictatorship of Art’, based on this quote by contemporary German artist Jonathan Meese:
“Art is total leadership, the total power. Art rules the world, art is number one. Art is the leader, the total leader. Art is total power, art is stronger than religion. Art is stronger than politics and self-fulfilment. Art is not self-fulfilment. Art is no human politics. Art is no religion, but every religion is art (...)” — Jonathan Meese
Speaking about this years festival, curator Bjorn Van Poucke has said, “In the past, we never chose a theme explicitly, but we always had a clear societal, political and social message, This year, we decided to change course, which is a logical and interesting development for The Crystal Ship.” We look forward to seeing how the invited festival artists interrupt this year's festival theme.
2019 Crystal Ship Festival Artists — The Crystal Ship have invited world-famous Belgian and international artists to the largest city on the Belgian coast who will be creating unique murals and installations. Artists adding their work to the walls of Ostend this year include the following:
The 2019 edition of The Crystal Ship will be based at Achturenplein Ostend, where you can pick up a copy of the free map that will guide you through the cities spectacular open-air street art trail.
Getting to Ostend — Travelling to Ostend from London is extremely easy and stress-free, the Eurostar from London’s St.Pancras station has been our goto since 2016. And with their Any Belgian Station ticket which lets you travel to Brussels via the Eurostar and then catch another connecting train onwards to your final destination which for us will be Ostend.
The train runs from Brussels stopping in Ghent, Bruges and finishes in Ostend. Each of the previous visits we have tried to book the last return Eurostar train from Brussels as this is usually long enough for us to make a quick stop over in Brussels to visit the MIMA Museum before heading back to London.
Street Art In Ostend —
As we head into the fourth year of the Crytal Ship festival, Ostend's street art collection already includes more than 54 impressive permanent artworks across the city. This year's edition of the festival will see the addition of new murals making a must-visit city for street art enthusiast.
Exploring The Crystal Ship murals in the city is easily accessible by public transport, car and/or bicycle or if its a nice day you can walk to a large number of the works but we would suggest getting one of the cities trams to see those on the outskirts of the centre.
Street Art Tour in Ostend — A great starting point for those of you wanting to take in all the Ostend Street Art is the Tourism Ostend office where you can request a copy of a free cycling and walking map that will help guide you through the free open-air exhibition.
The map includes the locations of the works from the three previous editions of the festival. We have previously used the cycling map and found it the best way to get around the city and what with the cities extensive bike network it's super easy cycling around Ostend and we highly recommend it.
For those of you who want a little background behind the works, the tourist office will also be organising a number of guided tours from the 10 - 22nd April. For additional info on the guide tour times, dates and how to purchase tickets head over the the The Crystal Ship: Street Art Tour Facebook event page or alternatively call into the Ostend Tourist Office
Ostend Street Art Gallery
Vibrant work from two Belgian artists from Brussels working under the name of Hell’O Collective, pictured is a small section of the gigantic wall they painted near the cities train station. Click through the link below to see more of this mural.
We were first introduced to Antwerp based artist Matthew Dawn back in 2016 at the inaugural edition of the Crystal Ship festival when he was working with the festival providing assistance for some of the invited artists. We later discovered some of Dawn's mural work while travelling in Belgium and last year saw him invited to paint the above mural piece for the 2018 edition of the festival.
One of the first things you see as you pull into the Ostend train station from Brussels is this wonderful mural by Argentine artist Nicolas Romero Escalada aka Eversiempre.
The Crystal Ship Offical Opening — Invited artists have already begun to arrive in Ostend and many will be painting from the 6-13 April across the city.
The official festival opening taking place on Saturday 13th April from 2pm at Guldensporenlaan 2, Oostende where the artist's artworks will be officially unveiled to the general public.
Follow our Ostend Adventures — Hookedblog will once again travel to the City By the Sea and we will be in Ostend for a number of days and we will be bringing you coverage from The Crystal Ship Festival across our social channels so make sure to join us on Hookedblog Twitter and follow our daily adventures via our Hookedblog #InstagramStories on Instagram.
We will also be sharing highlights on the blog from our trip for those of you not using Instagram, so stay tuned. And if any of our readers are planning to visit the festival please let us know and we can arrange to catch up for a Belgian beer or few!
Earlier last week while sat on the upper deck of the 149 bus heading up towards Dalston in East London we caught a glimpse of a tall figure on a brightly coloured door out of the corner of our eye as the bus sped up the street. Later that evening we returning to investigate what we assumed would be a piece of street art and our curiosity was rewarded with a large hand paint paste-ups of a tall smartly dress figure sporting some fancy white shoes! As it was already dark we had to return the following morning to catch some daytime photos of the piece.
We had not seen this work up in London before and had no idea who was putting the paper works up on the walls. While shooting this piece we spotted a series of small letters along the figures shoe which read ‘Kamlaurene’.
Assuming this was the artist's name we punched in into the search box on Instagram and quickly found the artists profile. Our search revealed that Kamlaurene was in fact not one but two artists, a French duo who appeared to have just visited the city and had installing multiple works across East London.
Kamlaurene In London — With a bit of detective work and a few hours walking the streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane, we managed to locate and photograph some of the new large-scale works installed by the French Street Artists.
Unfortunately, a number had already been removed when we tracked down some of the other locations, either painted over or removed completely by the building owners or the council.
We believe the duo are already planning a return visit to London and we look forward to their next trip to the city and discovering more of their large scale hand-painted works.
Check out our selection of images below photographed over the weekend.
Onetime London resident and legendary street artist Sweet Toof made a welcome return to the streets of East London over the last number of weeks. Famed for his signature pink gummy teeth from Bushwick to Bow the artists' works have adorned rooftops, freight trains, buildings and walls up and down the UK and beyond. December 2018 saw the artist take his work indoors with him staging a solo exhibition here in London, titled Mid Night Crisis. The show featured a series of new large oil paintings from Sweet Toof along with sculptural works, ceramics and our favourite, Sweet Toofs hand made lino and woodcut print editions.
Sweet Toof London Visit — His most recent visit saw the artist taking to the streets of the East End of London with new works appearing in Brick Lane, Sclater Street, Hanbury Street, Columbia Road and a number of new additions to walls and rooftops in Hackney Wick.
Two of the new works saw Sweet Toof collaborate with a one-time crew member and Bristol-based artist Rowdy known for his sharp-toothed crocodiles. They were also o joined by artist street artist Knapple adding her pineapple piece to the roller shutter near Columbia Road and again on a second work on Hanbury Street.
Sweet Toof signature on the mural piece pictured above painted just off Brick Lane in the street art hotspot that is the Star yard.
One, two, three! An early start is needed to catch these three roller shutters painted by Sweeet Toof featuring some gummy skulls on Sclater Street. With a gallery at this location, the security shutters are often up so should you want to see them in person get up early!!
*[AD - Press Trip] Our trip to Rotterdam saw us collaborate with Visit Rotterdam, who was kind enough to host us at CityHub Hotel during our visit to the city for PowWow Rotterdam.
It seems like only yesterday that we first introduced to the works of Belgian street artists Jaune and Pol Cosmo, but it was three years ago back in 2016 when we first visited the city of Ostend on the Belgian coast. The two street artists, Jaune with his miniature stencil based works and Pol Cosmo with his wheat-pasted posters had both installed multiple interventions across the city as part of the first edition of The Crystal Ship, a contemporary street art festival curated by Bjorn Van Pouke.
Both artists were among some of the local artists joining the international line up of street artists who were invited to install works across the city as part of the festival.
A call out to local Ostend residents was made ahead of the festival opening, inviting them to offer up the exterior walls and doorways of their homes for the two artists to work upon. This callout saw a huge number of residents offering up spaces resulting in a waiting list for both Jaune and Pol Cosmo who had more spaces offered than they had time to complete.
Since our first introduction to their work, we have caught up with both artists on a number of occasions, following their work and progress.
Pol Cosmo has begun scaling up his paper works and we got to see a selection of these larger creatures on some of the walls on a visit to the Belgian city of Ghent.
Jaune has also been making waves in the street art world and following the Ostend Festival we caught up with him in Stavanger Norway for the Nuart Festival and again a few months later at the Scottish edition NuArt Aberdeen. He has also had a number of solo shows his most recent in Amsterdam at the Vroom and Gallery.
And after a long wait, we finally got to see a UK visit with Jaune hitting up the streets of East London when he was in town for the London edition of the Moniker Art Fair held on Brick Lane at the Old Truman Brewery.
In September Hookedblog were on the road travelling and as is usually the case we took far too many photographs that we never seem to have enough time to upload and share on the blog. While we were in Sicily at the Ragusa festival we changed our flights, making a detour to Rotterdam via Rome for a quick stop over and onwards to Amsterdam.
A quick train from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and we were pulling into the impressive looking Central Station in Rotterdam. So why the detour you might be wondering and why Rotterdam? We had heard that Rotterdam was hosting the very first European edition of the international PowWow Street art festival and as we had yet to attend an edition of PowWow it made sense to us to make our way to the city for this edition. It was also an opportunity for us to make our first visit to Rotterdam, a city we had heard positive things about.
Jaune and Pol Cosmo For PowWow Rotterdam — The PowWow brand and festival has grown into a globally recognised event within the street art and graffiti communities. After several successful editions on the outskirts of Hawaii, the festival spread to locations in Los Angeles, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan and it was a big scoop for the city of Rotterdam to be selected to host very first European edition of Pow Wow.
Taking a short 10-minute tram ride from Central station, we dropped our bags off at City Hub Hotel Rotterdam on Witte de Withstraat. With a quick and easy self-checking system at the hotel, we dropped off our bags and hit the streets with our camera. The main PowWow Rotterdam festival site was just outside the city centre at Keilewerf 1 and 2, a former industrial part of the city next to the Marconiplein underground station.
Alongside the line up of artists painting murals as part of the festival, artists Jaune and PoL Cosmo were invited to take over two subways stations as part of PowWow Rotterdam. Both introduced their works onto station platforms and in and around the station's ticket offices of Eendrachtsplein station to Marconiplein station.
Impressive to see the city and the subway network allowing two street artists to introduce their work into the two stations along the route to the Pow Wow Rotterdam festival site, something we could never imagine new happening on the underground nextwork here in London.
Over the three days, we were in town travelling back and forth to the festival site we continued to discover more of the artist's works in the two underground stations.
Just when we thought we had photographed them all we would spot anther Jaune on a panel of glass with his sanitation workers swinging out of the handrails or we would find yourself on the other end of the platform and spot another Pol Cosmo paper creature pasted onto the site of a dustbin on the platform.
Pictured in the post is the collection of images we found over the three days, we are unsure if we managed to capture them all but the large selection we did find is shared here.
Belgian street artist Jaune's stencilled character painted on the mirror surface of the station entrance.
Belgian street artists Pol Cosmos paper insects were pastes right throughout the two underground stations.
More from Rotterdam — Say tuned, we will post a collection of some of the other Rotterdam street art photos we shot in another post, plus we still have lots of photos from PowWow Rotterdam we have yet to share on the blog. Those of you following us on the Hookedblog Instagram account will already have seen a selection of our Pow Wow Rotterdam images.
Earlier this month we kick-started 2019 with a fresh start taking to the streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane on the first day of the new year, looking out for anywhere that was open and serving coffee. With many of the cities residents still on holiday or in bed nursing the dreaded post new year hangover we figured it was the ideal time to catch up on what was happening street art wise in our neighbourhood.
We were also hoping that with fewer people about we might be lucky and find some car-free shots of exiting works we have previously shot but were maybe not so happy with the shot on account of cars parked in front of or obstructing us getting a clean shot of the work.
Any of you out there who like to photograph street art will know how infuriating it can be when there are cars parked in front of a mural or wall you want to shoot. And we're sure like us some of you will return a second or third time to the same location or wall to get that shot you are happy with! Well, it would seem luck was on our side on the day and we did manage to capture this Brick Lane work by artist Sweet Toof pictured below.
A rare car-free window allowed us to capture a photograph of this Sweet Toof piece on Brick Lane, London opposite the famous Beigeil Bake shop.
Shoreditch Street Art Paste-ups — Alongside some of the mural works we were trying to capture car-free on New Years Day we photographed a collection of street art stickers which we have already shared in this post; ' Stick it up: Shoreditch Street Art Stickers Edition 7' and a series of wheat-pasted posters pasted on walls and doors around Shoreditch.
From screen printed to the one-off hand-painted posters, we have shared a collection of works that caught our eye in this post, featuring the works of Donk London, Minty, BL2A, Mowcka, Dr.Cream, Rx Skulls, Nether and more.
Street Artist BL2A
Street Artist Donk — Screen printed photographic paste-ups by London based street artist and Hookedblog regular Donk London.
Barcelona based street artist Mali Mowcka — Originally from Argentina and now based in Barcelona street artist Mali Mowcka has been hitting the London streets hard on a number of visits to the city with her hand-painted posters all featuring the characters pictured above.
Brighton Street Artist Minty — Brighton based street artist Minty large scale paste-ups regularly appear on walls in town with him frequently making the trip up to London. We also spotted some of the artists work on walls in Amsterdam on a recent visit.
London Artist Dr.Cream — Artist Dr.Cream has been installing a series of paste-ups around Shoreditch and Brick Lane, each one features a slightly different version or frame if you will of the same image.
If you manage to track down all the paste-ups ( each one is numbered) and photograph them you will find that they are frames of a sequence which combined together on a computer or an animated gif app you can create a short animation. We have previously photographed some of his other work and managed to shot a sequence of paste-ups featuring a cat in motion.
Street Artist RX Skulls — Hand printed stickers, altered street signs and a series of hand-printed posters had been added to the London street by 'Adhesive Enthusiast' and American street artist Rx Skulls.
Street Artist Nether – Baltimore-born Street Artist Nether spent some time in London late last year painting a number of murals ( there are two located on Bacon Street just off Brick Lane) and installed a series of wheat-pasted posters on the streets including the two large pieces pictured above.
The last year in London has seen the loss of some long-running murals by Belgian street artist ROA, all of which have all had goods run considering the high turnover rate of some London Street Art locations.
But lucky for us Londoners the Belgian artist was in town back in October for a solo show at East London Gallery StolenSpace. Following the solo show, ROA returned again to London later that month to paint a new mural in the city.
Commissioned by community organization St James Street Big Local, the artist was invited over to the Walthamstow neighbourhood to redecorate a large blank wall on the side of a supermarket next to the St.James Overground train station. We have previously featured another of their commissioned murals which saw them invite British street artist Phlegm to paint another wall further along the street.
The latest London mural painted by ROA features one of his signature large-scale black and white animals. As is usual for the artist, he paints wildlife that is specific or local to the country he is painting in and for his Walthamstow mural ROA has painted a large badger.
It’s taken us a little longer than we had planed to get over to this part of town but the wait was worth it, the new piece is a great new addition to the city. Have a look at a selection of photographs we took of this new Walthamstow Street Art mural by ROA.
Where to Find the ROA Mural — Should you want to see the completed mural from ROA in person, make your way over to St. James Street in Walthamstow, London. The mural is painted on the side of the Tesco supermarket which is just next to St. James Street Overground train station. You can catch one of the many overground trains from Liverpool Street Station. Exit St. James Street train station and turn down the street to your left, you can't miss the mural work.
You can also check out this video below filmed by the team at Global Street Art of ROA at work on the St. James Street mural.
Roa - St James Street - Walthamstow - YouTube
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