Street Art – Fountayne Road and Gillett Square

According to wikipedia street art is “unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venue”. Some types of street art are placed objects, ceramic tiles (I’m thinking Invader)

Space Invader in downtown Dallas. He's losing ...
Space Invader in downtown Dallas. He’s losing pixels in the last several months it seems. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

or even yarn bombing. Some street art like graffiti is more permanent until someone paints over it, posted posters are also great but can be easily damaged. Examples of graffiti posters can be found near Fountayne Road in South Tottenham. I thought that some were quite cheeky. I decided to take some pictures before they disappeared. There is something about street art or visual art created in public locations that is so captivating and engaging. It can gives new life to neglected space and marks places artists have been. It can be fun and create a connection with people or it can convey a message about contemporary issues in our society and expand people’s perceptions. I love walking around East London and discovering new places. Many like Bansky, Shepard Fairey or Blek Le Rat are famous but so many remain under the radar or anonymous.

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Street art doesn’t always have to look like graffiti but can also look like paintings in an open space gallery. Below are examples of painted poster that look like canvases on the wall just on the corner of Gillett Square in Dalston that looked like they belong in a modern art gallery.

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