South East London is where we call home. I’ve explore many of the surrounding areas during my weekends and surprisingly have found heaps of street art pieces decorating the streets. Here are some of my favourite South East London street art pieces.
In 2017 myself and a friend visited the Brockley Street Art Festival. The festival added 10 new murals to the area, which were created by artists such as The Doodle Man, Koeone and Artista. The latter is best known for her flying toast character, which you can see pictured above. If you venture to Brockley Grove and look up, you’ll also find another one of her pieces decorating a rooftop with bees, flowers and other cartoon insects.
Whilst walking around I also spotted the Brockley mural, which was painted by Brockley resident Lionel Stanhope. If you want to see more of Stanhope’s work head to Catford, where you’ll find not one but two murals, Herne Hill and Hither Green. And after the successful Crowdfunder campaign you’ll also see a mural in Forest Hill too!
As part of the Horniman Musuem and Garden’s Festival of Brasil in 2016, Forest Hill welcomed a number of Brazilian inspired street art pieces. Located on Dartmouth Road (on the wall by the Job Centre) is this street art depicting the mythological siren, painted by Brazilian artist Derlon Almeida.
Another of the four artists who took part in this festival was Milo Tchais, who painted this colourful bird pictured above. It’s also located on Dartmouth Road just by the entrance to Forest Hill Overground Station. It’s such a shame that people have tagged over the piece, but with any piece of street art that is the risk of displaying your work in such an accessible and public forum.
Sydenham Hill Woods
We found this piece by Louis Masai whilst walking around Sydenham Hill Woods one weekend. You’ll find it close to the entrance of the park, underneath the disused railway arches. As with all his work, Masai’s piece focuses on the endangered wildlife, usually found close to where the artwork is located. This particular piece depicts a Brown Long-Eared Bat, which is said to live within the railway tunnel. I’ve also seen some of his work in Shoreditch, Tower Hamlets and even Taunton.
This piece located in Bell Green/ Sydenham, was created by Nathan Bowen and Harry Blackmore. The two artists have been collaborating on space themed pieces for a while now. This was completed only a few weeks back and was a cover up of one of Bowen’s older pieces- which had been pretty weather damaged. It’s located super close to my old flat and I was lucky enough to meet and see the guys at work. Located close to Sydenham station you will also find two small Bowen pieces drawn onto tiles. They’re pretty small so keep your eyes peeled.
Have you seen any of these street art pieces I mentioned in my post? If so let me know your thoughts. Also if you have any other favourites around South East London do comment and give me your recommendations.
Until next time.