If you had to ask people to name a few graffiti and street artists then top of the list would be Banksy followed by maybe a Shepard Fairey, Roa or Phlegm but if you showed people the colourful work here I think people would be aware of it and sorta know it but most would struggle to name the artist!
I’ve certainly spotted some of his work over the years but it was only on my latest trek to Shoreditch in London that I discovered quite a few peices from the artist Thierry Noir.
Thierry Noir is a French artist who’s style is rather unique and eyecatching featuring brightly coloured paintings of abstract heads and faces. Thierry has claimed to be the first street artist to paint the Berlin Wall.
“I decided spontaneously to start to make something on the wall. I got thousands of questions – everyone wanted to know something about this – because it was new – there were no big paintings on the wall.” – Thierry Noir on the Berlin Wall art.
Set next to a busy overground train line and amongst the bricked arches of Shoreditch were a few back street cafe, bars and galleries which all had metal gates on – a perfect canvas for Thierry’s work!
Thierry has returned to London for his first solo show, ‘Thierry Noir: A Retrospective’ held at the Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch – exactly 30 years since his first artwork on the Berlin Wall.
And just a hop along the railway track was this striking piece on brick – the strong colours commanded you to stop and admire it’s beauty! (and take a few snaps!)
Then deep in the heart of Shoreditch itself was this line of characters on the front of Franco’s Takeaway! Come and get your breakfast pasta! (its crazy in that London!)