Last years GraffitiStreet ‘Underground 2015‘ saw hundreds of you attend our urban art group show and hang out with some seriously rad street artists in the urban art scene. The group show brought together a diverse mixture of artworks, live painting on the night of which the artworks have recently been auctioned in aid of Streets of London charity and an impressive 4ft Big Trash Rat made completely out of London’s junk! We enjoyed it so much last year… we’re doing it all over again!
The GS Team are proud to announce our second instalment ‘Underground 2016’ is coming back to London and will be held at Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, Cremer Street, E2 8HD. Underground 2016 will showcase a fresh new body of artwork produced exclusively for this unmissable exhibition. Each selected artist will bring their own style, background and culture to the event, creating a truly international affair. This will be an excellent opportunity to purchase some unique original artwork by well known and emerging street and graffiti artists.
‘Underground’ 2016 will kick off in style with an RSVP opening night reception on Thursday 29th September 2016 at 6:30PM. With complimentary drinks by our good friends of Inkspot Brewery, beats, live spray-painting and the opportunity to meet some of these world-class artists in person, the RSVP opening is a unique opportunity not to be missed.
The RSVP opening event is a FREE but strictly ticketed event so guests are required to send their full name (MAX 2 persons) to email@example.com. An official invitation will be sent via email within 5 working days of receipt.
In the weeks before and also during our exhibition you will be able to catch a glimpse of some of our artists in action leaving their mark in and around London so this could be again an awesome opportunity to witness the process as the internationally renowned street artists paint their murals.
We expect this show to be truly unforgettable, but don’t take our word for it, come and see what it’s all about … the urban art group show will be on display until Tuesday 4th October 2016.
We have very recently announced our 13 strong artist line-up and you can check them out below.
HUA TUNAN (CHINA)
Chinese-born street artist Hua Tunan is fast becoming one of the biggest names on the international street art scene. Hua began his artistic career painting in traditional Chinese techniques, taught to him by his father. It was then on his travels to Singapore where he found a passion for street art. A true performer by nature, this very talented artist is able to bring a controlled chaotic energetic composition by mixing Western graffiti styles with traditional Chinese methods, staying true to his Chinese heritage. Through his art, Hua continues to evoke emotions from people all over the world.
Joachim paints and draws for as long as he can remember. His first memory of street art dates back from the early 90’s, when he was about 6 years old and saw an old school graffiti piece in the city of Antwerp. It was on that day that he envisaged a future as a graffiti artist. Being of the most active street artists out there, his distinctive style has captured hearts all over the world and his works can now be found with collectors as far as Tokyo, New York and Melbourne.
RUBEN SANCHEZ (SPAIN)
Once a graffiti writer, Spanish street artist Ruben Sanchez has taken influence from his skate years and today his style has evolved into a colourful fusion with many elements including graphics, cubism and tribal art, in the process giving us that Spanish feel good vibe. His geometric playful murals have the ability to transform ugly walls into an explosion of colour with cubism-influence.
Inspired by Banksy, JPS has developed his own style creating fun, witty street art by involving pop culture characters like heroes and villains along with some frighteningly realistic horror movie characters. By using the location to inspire the artwork itself and creating the setting for which the art comes to life, JPS is more than just your average artist.
Like Picasso before him, and inspired by that same spellbinding Mediterannean light, this Italian isn’t afraid of colour, bold shapes and movement. Hunto’s pieces are an ongoing exploration of the intertwined themes of eroticism and human relationships. You get the distinct feeling this artist just wants to put into painted form what makes us tick as a species.
ADOR is a french street artist from Nantes who creates murals of large-scale imaginative humanoid characters. At a very early age Ador found his passion with drawing and he hasn’t stopped ever since. Following his studies in Fine Art, shifted his focus by bringing his art on the street scene. Ador utilises his playful and wonderful imagination to craftfully blend passion, beauty, ugliness and life, all which are linked this to his surrondings. An assumed chaos in assemblance of order… and we’re crazy for it!
MY DOG SIGHS (UK)
My Dog Sighs’s style is characterised by the combination of melancholic and often naive portraiture with the use of found materials including abandoned food cans. His use of materials ‘lost then found’ became the underbelly to ‘Free Art Friday’ project, now a global sensation. Moments of loss and then being found echo the materials used. Tin cans, once the receptacle of our sustenance, all too quickly rejected, thrown away, abandoned by a materialistic society.
ERNESTO MARANJE (US)
Ernesto Maranje is a Miami based painter and illustrator who discovered his passion in the area at the age of 27. His murals incorporate nature and mixes animals with plants resulting in beautifully painted murals reminding us that we are all nature and should respect it. The need to be reminded of Nature on a large scale are especially important in these times when so much of our direct relationship with living nature all around us has been largely ignored and forgotten, with concerning consequences.
This talented young Belgian is taking the urban art scene by storm, and is known for his unforgettable and highly-stylised approach. The word Bisser comes from the verb “Bissen” which means to resit your year at school. The name wasn’t chosen by accident either, as he has been able to convert classroom adversity into glorious opportunity.
NILS WESTERGARD (US)
Nils Westergard is a nomadic Belgian American street artist and film maker who’s murals and stencilled works can be found across the US, Europe, and Australia. Using imagery of social unrest, his friends, and increasingly surreal portraiture he approaches a variety of subjects with a characteristic style.
Dzia, a Belgian street artist who’s recognised for his stunning murals of animals, which he creates using his signature style made up of a whirling lines which capture not only the animals in their natural form but also their physique. Dzia mainly works in his hometown of Antwerp, though some of his pieces can be seen in other European cities.
Pahnl characters are never more than 10cm tall, you’d be forgiven for missing them! Pahnl has been stenciling on and off the street for over a decade, and also makes use of stickers, posters, film, and photography to bring his cheeky world to life. Taking the term ‘street art’ literally, Pahnl always strives to make his work interact with its environment rather than simply sticking a pretty picture up in the middle of a wall without reason. Studio work affords Pahnl the time to focus on the detail and craft of his art, whilst weaving a narrative through a scene. With the belief that “art changes when the world does”, Pahnl doesn’t seek to explicitly push a moral or political agenda. At the end of day, all he wants to do is bring an unexpected smile.
LOES VAN DELFT (NL)
Crowned with the Best Global Artist Award at the Amsterdam International Art Fair in 2012, Loes van Delft has since become even more successful and a powerful key player in the art market. The paintings of Loes van Delft combine an innocent quirkiness with a cheeky cartoon feel. Blurring the borders between fine brush strokes and commercialism the characters are endearing, charming and amazingly vivid. Over the years Loes developed her very recognizable character which she calls ‘Pjipje’.
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HOXTON ARCHES, Arch 402, Cremer Street, London E2 8HD
Attendance to the opening night is strictly by RSVP only.
E-mail your full name(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Max. of 2 people per email address. Limited spaces.
An official invitation will be sent via email within 5 working days of receipt.
Exact London location will be revealed at a later date.