Shutter street art pt 1: Toynbee street area London E1

Street Art on shutters: Now you see it, now you don’t (part 1)

I came up with the idea to focus on shop front shutters when I first came across Toynbee street back in April.  It was a dead zone.  All the shops bar one were closed down.  The only interesting element was the street art on many of the shutters.  And none of it looked recent.

Toynbee St runs off the busy Commercial St.  Like much of East London, it is an area that is being considered for redevelopment and plans were lodged with local council Tower Hamlets in 2011.  You can see the Toynbee street consultation plans here.   There is also a campaign to save the pub seen below from closure.  Save The Duke E1

 

Toynbee st London E1 August 2015

Toynbee Street, London E1 (photographed 9th August 2015)

 

When I moved to Hackney eight years ago, it was the shutter art along the Hackney Road that I first noticed. In particular the distinctive single letters by Ben Eine.  Of course I didn’t know who he was then but walking along Toynbee street I wondered if shutter art was an early form of London street art.

 

Shutter street art Ben Eine London E1

Ben Eine’s single letter shutter designs on Middlesex Street and Wentworth Street E1. (photographed 9th August 2015)

In preparation for this post I discovered that the street art on Toynbee street is actually fairly recent.  Back in 2011 a blog called Uban75blog shows the shutters are either naked or covered in posters.  And the first street art was documented by blog Inspiring City Street Art on Toynbee Street in 2012.  The shutter featured on that post by artist Malarky was still there in early August three years later.

Shutter street art, Toynbee St, London E1

So lets take a dander along Toynbee Street and have a look at the work that was there around April to August 2015.  Mama Thai is still in business and has been recommended as a cheap, tasty place to eat in the area as recently as July this year.

 

Shutter street art Toynbee street London E1

(photographed 17th May 2015)

 

The next few shutter designs run along the left hand side of the street if you’re walking towards Aldgate. I don’t recognise who painted many of them though.

 

Shutter street art Toynbee street London E1

(photographed 17th May 2015)

 

Shutter street art Toynbee street London E1

(photographed 17th May 2015)

 

Shutter street art Toynbee street London E1

(photographed 9th August 2015)

 

Shutter street art Toynbee street London E1

(photographed 9th August 2015)

 

Shutter street art Malarky on Toynbee street London E1

Malarky painted this in 2012. (photographed 17th April 2015)

 

artist Freud, Squiddy Johnsonn

On wall, Man by Squiddy Johnson and a Noriaki watcher.  Shutter design by Freud. (photographed 17th April 2015)

 

The only shop open that Friday afternoon in April was this fast food shop on the right where the two men are chatting.

 

Shutter street art Toynbee street London E1

Toynbee Street, London E1 (photographed 17th April 2015)

 

artists Squiddy Johnson, Flame

Women with Blue Hair by Squiddy Johnson. Other face by Flame. (photographed 17th May 2015)

 

I’d seen Flame’s face on twitter last year but only 3 months later when I returned in August this year, those two faces above were gone.  The face you can glimpse behind the bin is also by Flame.

 

Shutter street art Toynbee street London E1

Graffiti off Toynbee Street, London E1.  (photographed 9th August 2015)

The streets around this area are also adorned with great shutter art. As these streets get fewer passersby except for those on their way to the legendary Petticoat Lane Market, the art has been there for some time.

 

Shutter street art, Bell Lane, London E1

 

Shutter street art London E1

Boy’s face by Guido on Bell Lane. (photographed 18th February 2015)

 

 

Shutter street art London E1

Artist Mr Cenz or Hueman ? not sure. (photographed 17th May 2015)


Shutter street art: Leyden St, London E1

 

Shutter street art London E1

Artist Conor Harrington. (photographed 9th August 2015)

 

And on the corner with Wentworth Street is this one.

 

Shutter street art London E1

One of Louis Masai’s Save the Bees’ campaign from last summer 2014. (photographed 17th May 2015)

 

In researching for this post I discovered that 5 years ago, in 2010, Ben Eine had been commissioned to paint all the shutters along Middlesex St and Wentworth St.  I found this fascinating post about the project on the blog Spitalfields Life The Return of Ben Eine street artist.

So I got up early on a Sunday morning in August to try and photograph them myself.  I was there around 6.45am but the stall holders of Petticoat Lane market were already setting up their stalls along both those streets.  I really like the colour they add to my record of the remaining shutter art I found that morning.

 

Ben Eine shutter art London E1 Middlesex street

Ben Eine shutters on Wentworth and Middlesex streets, painted in 2010. (photographed 9th August 2015)

 

Shutter street art: Wentworth Street, London E1

 

Shutter street art London E1

(photographed 9th August 2015)

 

Shutter street art London E1

Face by Guido (photographed 9th August 2015)

 

Shutter street art London E1

(photographed 9th August 2015)

 

Shutter street art Senna London E1

Artist is Alex Senna from Brazil. (photographed 9th August 2015)

 

And finally I was very excited to spot this one because I’m huge fan of Cranio and his blue Indians. I’d seen it online but couldn’t find it because during the afternoon the café had been open and the shutter was hidden.  And this is why I’ve headed this post with the phrase “now you see it, now you don’t.”

 

Shutter street art Cranio London E1

Cranio and Senna collaboration 2013. (photographed 9th August 2015)

 

I have many more photographs of shutter art which I will share on subsequent posts grouped around the streets where they may be found.  Part 2 will be of the work on Commerical Street.

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Shutter street art pt 1: Toynbee street area London E1

  1. Enjoyed reading this Tanya…. Me tinks the B/W face is by Connor Harrington but not 100% sure… Note the period costume he is wearing is so typical of the artwork of Connor Harrington….

  2. That’s very good news Tanya indeed…. Now the possible bad news… This street art can be very confusing as I think your Mr Cenz is a Hu-man, not a Mr Cenz. I might be wrong of course but maybe worth another look!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your shutttttters Tanya!!

  3. What an insightful and interesting post. I used this guide at the weekend to head up and catch several pieces I have never caught, including the Cranio/Alex Senna, Conor Harrington & Louis Masai work. Brilliant parameters for your focus. Thanks!!!

  4. Pingback: New shutter art in Whitechapel, around Petticoat Lane 2016 | "Notice what you notice..."

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