The Street Art of Southwark
Well, 2012 is nearly behind us. And what a year it has been, Queen's Jubilee, Olympics, Boris Johnson hanging around and Paul McCartney having every opportunity to sing 'Hey Jude'.
This year has also been successful for London Detours. We have been achieving what we set out to do, providing walking tours of London showcasing everything that the Capital has to offer. Not only that, but appearing in TimeOut Magazine & the Londonist for our epic fundraising event, The 24 Hour London Tour.
But enough bragging, lets move onto what really took your interest to click onto this page. The Street Art of Southwark. I've wanted to write about this subject for a while, and in someways I'm glad I've left it until now. For the past 6 months Borough Market and the surrounding area has been the new hunting ground for some of the countries leading Street Artists. And I bet you didnt even know they were there........
Have a ganders below to see my favourite Street Artists hitting the area, you never know, we might even start doing a 'Street Art Detour - Southside'! I'm already thinking out a route!
MARLARKY - The carnival colours of this British born artist needs to be seen. Not that you would miss it. This is just half of the art work covering the shop shutters of Borough. Marlarky always uses the images of cats, bats and foxes in his artwork, animals that come out at night, just the same as this skillful artist. (Notice the cat tucking into a banana, makes sense as the shop is a greengrocers. Marlarky using his environment to bring the artwork to life).
SHOK1 - Take a trip up to Borough Tube Station and you cant miss the work of SHOK1, this street artist has been changing the walls of this area for over a year and gets locals and visitors turning heads with his huge art pieces that take over the shop shutters and walls. Even the newspaper booth right outside the entrance of the tube station is covered in his detailed imagination.
NATHAN BOWEN - Nathan came into the mainstream after his work was showcased on this year's 'The Apprentice', but this artist has been around for some time scribbling the construction sites of the Capital. Famous for his marker pen builders, a few still remain opposite The Hop Exchange in Southwark. Nathan is a proud Londoner and a ex builder who now makes his living from selling his crazy marker pen canvases and was recently comissioned by Borough Market to paint Mural Market Scenes while building work was carried out in the area.
Merry Christmas Everyone and look forward to seeing you all on future Detours.
COMING SOON....... GREENWICH DETOUR 2013.