Whitecross Street Party 2015 the street art

Whitecross Street Party 2015 and The Rise of the Non Conformists

“The ‘Whitecross Street Party’ and its larger than life street art exhibition ‘Rise of the Non Conformists’ started way back in 2010 when a small team of disorganisers took inspiration from the local dissenter’s graveyard. This hallowed ground where William Blake’s spirit was laid to rest provides the perfect setting for the event which encourages peaceful non-conformists to rise once again.”  (from WXSP website.)

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015

 

I missed this event last year, so when I saw it being promoted on twitter last Saturday morning, I knew I had to go along, camera in hand.  For me, the main interest was watching the artists paint.  But it was also a great street photography event, so I’ve devoted two posts to cover this day.  This post focuses on the art. And the second one covers the rest of the party.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 DS MrCenz

Artist working is DS. Finished work next to him is by Mr Cenz

 

When I arrived around 3pm, Mr Cenz was putting the finishing touches to his signature woman’s face.  In the photo above the artist DS is creating an elaborate stencil work.  I heard that he had around 12 layers of pre-cut stencils to create his finished work.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 DS

Terrorist cherub by D S

 

There were three areas set up like this where artists were working.  One at each end of the street and the third was at the junction with Roscoe street in the middle.  I turned around from spotting Mr Cenz and on the stand behind me, Zabou was finishing off her work. She also uses stencils. She works a lot around East London and I’ve spotted in painting before.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Zabou

Zabou putting the finishing touches to her work.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Zabou KEF1

Woman’s face by Zabou. Abstract artist KEF! working.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Zabou

 

This was one of those photographic accidents that I like purely because the fan compliments Zabou’s image.  I wanted the shot of the fan taking her photo but because I was a moment too slow, this is the result.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Charlie McFarlie

 

It was fun to watch Charlie in action because I never spotted him adding anything to the board on the left.  Going by the colour palette, I guessed he was painting both boards. But the image on the second board materialised, as if by magic.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Hannah Adamaszek

Turquoise woman by Hannah Adamaszek. (foreground). Woman’s face by Mr Cenz (background)

 

Not every artist started painting at 12pm.  One of my favourite’s Himbad, turned up around 4.30pm. So it was exciting to watch him start with a blank board.  He really has fun with the paint, combing brush work with spraying and splashing it on the canvas. He said, “if its good enough for Jackson Pollock…”

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Himbad Airbourne Mark

Airborne Mark working on left. Himbad sketching in his signature cat on the right.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Himbad Airbourne Mark

Completed works by Airbourne Mark (left) and Himbad (right)

 

In the middle of Whitecross Street, near a live music area, was a new artist to me, Andrea Tyrimos.  She works on canvas, with some of the smallest brushes you’ve ever seen.  Notice how the fake canvas brick pattern matches perfectly with the wall.  Thanks to Inspiring City blog, I discovered that she’s a WXSP regular.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Andrea Tyrimos

Artist Andrea Tyrimos looking at her finished work.

 

Walking on past Andrea Tyrimos to the centre of Whitecross Street at the junction with Roscoe Street were these selection of works.  I snapped them once they were completed in the late afternoon.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015  Fats ATM

Black and Red abstract by Fats. Bird by ATM

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Pure Evil Michael Sydney Moore

Woman’s Face by Pure Evil (left). Man’s portrait by Michael Sydney Moore (Right)

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Fetch

Resembling a an exquisite piece of fabric, this work by fetch.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Leeks

The textured background of this portrait by Leeks is beautiful and unexpected.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 JCC

JCC putting the finishing touches to her painting.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 John Atherton

World Peace abstract portrait by John Atherton

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Bob Motown

Cat Cult LA by Bob Motown

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Vesna Parchet

Vesna Parchet completing her painting.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Louis Masai Ink Fetish

Louis Masai (left) and finished work by Tom Blackford (aka Ink Fetish)

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Louis Masai

Panther by Louis Masai (nearly complete)

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 The Krah Vinnie Nylon

The Krah taking a break with his friends (left) whilst Vinnie Nylon (right) keeps hard at it.

 

These final paintings are from the third area down at the Barbican end of Whitecross Street.

Komo, from Indonesia, has only been in London a year. He told me this painting represented the anger and pain he’s been experiencing in recent years. He was a very friendly jolly soul though.  We laughed about Komo painting next to Cosmo.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Komo Cosmo Sarcen

The cockerel Head by Komo (left). Cosmo Sarcen at work (right)

 

I’ve seen a number of pieces by Cosmo around Brick Lane and all his ideas is classically inspired. So it was fascinating to see how he created this work.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Cosmo Sarcen

Artist Cosmo Sarcen at work, Whitecross Street Party 2015

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Cosmo Sarcen

 

This next piece below was completed by the time I arrived half way through the party.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 T.WAT

Portrait by T.WAT

 

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 The Real Dill

A Donk paste-up (left). The Real Dill (right) puts the finishing touches to his work.

 

The Id-iom brothers who painted the kissing couple were having a ball and very happy to chat too.  There’s a lovely texture to the faces which gives a 3D feel to the finished work.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Id-iom

Finished work by Id-iom

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Six!Six Artista

The fans enjoy watching Six1Six (left) and Artista (right) completing their contributions to the event.

 

Whitecross Street Party 2015 Six!Six Artista

Six1Six (left) Artista (right)

 

As with all my posts on street art, I try to capture the atmosphere rather than only record the work.  There are a great records on London Calling Blog and Inspiring City blogs of most of the completed works.

And please continue with part 2 of this two part post on the Whitecross Street Party 2015 to discover what else there was to enjoy,

 

 

 

 

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