Alo portrait artist: a celebration of his work on East London’s streets and at Saatchi.

Alo Street Art: London 2014 and solo show at Saatchi Gallery

This week’s post focuses on work by the artist Alo. Since I’ve been enjoying the London street art scene this year, portrait artist Alo has become a real favourite. He’s an Italian who has been painting in London since 2011. This summer he had a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

 

Alo portrait Liminal Sclater Street E2

Liminal by Alo, Shoreditch (now gone.)

 

Alo portrait Liminal Sclater Street E2

Liminal by Alo, Sclater Street. (now gone)

 

Alo Portrait Brick Lane 2014

GI AND by Alo, off Brick Lane

 

Alo portrait Deception.  Hackney Road hoarding

Deception by Alo. This was on a hoarding has gone and building is complete. (Nathan Bowen painted the piece next to it.)

 

Alo portrait off Brick Lane

Portrait by Alo Brick Lane.  (little one eyed bug is by Noriaki)

 

Alo portrait Beast Sturned Topetz Whitby Street

Beast Sturned Topetz by Alo, Shoreditch

 

It was thanks to the blogger Inspring City, that I discovered the work of Alo and news of his solo show at Saatchi.  I’m so glad that I trekked across London, from East to West on that final Sunday the show was on.  I was elated for days afterwards by the astonishing variety of real people’s faces that leapt out at me.  And you can see this from my record of the exhibition below.

 

Alo Saatchi Exhibition July 2014

Alo solo show at Saatchi, August 2014

 

Alo Saatchi Exhibition July 2014

Hail to the Loser, portraits by Alo from his exhibition at Saatchi July/Aug 2014

 

Alo Saatchi Exhibition July 2014

Alo’s solo show at Saatchi (summer 2014). Stripy shirts!

 

Alo Saatchi Exhibition July 2014

Hail to the Loser, portraits by Alo from his exhibition at Saatchi July/Aug 2014

 

Alo Saatchi Exhibition July 2014

Hail to the Loser, portraits by Alo from his exhibition at Saatchi July/Aug 2014

 

Alo Saatchi Exhibition July 2014

Hail to the Loser, portrait by Alo from his exhibition at Saatchi July/Aug 2014

 

After seeing the show, I was determined to find and snap as many of his portraits that could be found, old and new. They were all new to me.

 

Alo portrait Fragmented Commercial St

Fragmented by Alo. Commercial St (now gone)

 

Alo portrait Fragmented Commercial St

Fragmented by Alo. Commercial St (now gone)

 

Alo street art Brick Lane 2014

Portrait by Alo, London 2014 (painted over now)

 

Alo portrait Blackall Street gone

All that was left of the portrait on Blackall Street. The wall has been demolished since.

 

Alo portrait Cambridge Heath Road

Portrait by Alo, Bethnal Green.

 

Alo portrait London Fields

Portrait by Alo, London Fields.

 

Alo portrait London Fields

This portrait is very recent. And I wonder if it was commissioned by the owners of this house.

 

Alo portrait Shoreditch

Portrait by Alo, Shoreditch

 

Alo portrait Stour Place Hackney Road

Portrait by Alo,  Hackney

 

Alo portrait Stour Place Hackney Road

Poor v poor, portrait by Alo with his slogan Moolah., Hackney.

 

Alo portrait Minerva Street E2

Portrait by Alo,, Hackney.

 

Alo portrait Minerva Street E2

Portrait by Alo, Hackney.

 

Alo portrait off Hackney Road

Remains of a portrait by Alo, Hackney.  (now gone entirely.)

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my collection of Alo portraits.

 

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Alo portrait artist: a celebration of his work on East London’s streets and at Saatchi.

  1. The first time I saw his work I was amazzzzzed ~~~ and new there was a real star here!!! Never ever seen a poor Alo… I don’t think I ever will… Love the selection you have taken sooooo damn well Tanya!

    • There’ll be another post soon, I’ve been collecting his 2015 portraits. 16 so far and all new. Yes, I’ve never seen him around either but we’ve chatted on fb. Lovely guy.

      • I did get to see him once to talk with but he could only speak a little English… He came over as a really nice guy! I’m glad he is painting back on the streets and fame has not made him aloof!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s