Himbad collaboration with Dotmasters, Camden, London
I’m a big fan of the artist Himbad. And back in September this year, I spotted a new work of his via Instagram. So I had to go and see it for myself.
As you can see, its a collaboration with stencil artist Dotmasters. And I was moved by the 3D concept of the boy lifting up the canvas cover of the van to reveal the stowaway cat by Himbad. The cat looks both terrified and frightening at the same time. I suspect its a reference to the current refugee crisis in Europe.
Street art vans, continued incl Maniac and Snr X
While I was there, I noticed some other decorated vans and I recorded them too.
The Snr X van was one of a number of new works that he painted around London to coincide with his solo show at BSMT Space, a buzzing new gallery in Dalston.
Himbad art van: the other side, 5 days later
When I got home that evening I discovered that I should have checked on other side of the van because there was another image that I hadn’t seen. So five days later I returned but this was what I saw! At least the tree is bang in the middle of the monster cat face.
On that second visit, I checked both sides of the vans and noticed these works I’d missed. And of course they were parked in different spots too.
Camden Market Traders: street art vans
On a return visit to Camden in November, I noticed that some of the vans had been repainted.
I crouched down by the railings to try and get a better view of this one but the shots didn’t work. As I struggled to stand up, I caught the eye of a local woman who had come outside for a cigarette. We shared a giggle over my stiff limbs and then a few words. I discovered that the vans belong to the market traders of Inverness street which you can see in the background of the photograph above.
The other side of the van above.
And on my fourth visit in early December, I spotted the other side of the Himbad van, without the tree truck blocking my view.
So while walls are coming down in some areas of London, in others mobile art galleries are going up. Well done to the market traders of Camden and their support of street art.
Updated post: 6th February 2017
In January two of the vans were repainted. On one side of the Himbad and Dotmasters collab they made some small additions.
And on the other side, SeedOne painted this face.