Saturday, April 19, 2008

Nick Walker @ The Black Rat Press

Nick Walker is, like Banksy, a stencil artist primarily just not as well known. He has an exhibition currently showing at the Black Rat Press located behind Cargo in London. I was in town to do some work but was able to take a couple of hours out to pop along and have a looksee.


Someone misusing a well known Banksy stencil to gain votes in the local mayoral election.

Moorfield Eye Hospital. Guess what's located behing that piece of white board. Yup, one of Banksy's rat pieces.

Cute two-part piece across the road from the hospital.

This is in Shoreditch and I saw it last week but it had a van parked in front of it. Quite a stunning piece when in the clear!

The "Fresh" logo is metallic. A futuristic attempt at tagging :D

Some big piece behind the Rivington Gallery.

Nice stencil outside Cargo.

An Invader piece on the same piece of wall.

Now for the Black Rat Press gallery proper. It's quite hard to find, you have to walk through the Cargo gardens on Rivington St and its the building at the back. When there's an exhibition on they sign post it to make it a little easier.


Liking this one!


The pieces seem to be having a dig at Virgin. Nick often uses a bowler hatted pin-striped businessman in his more observational pieces.

At least I've now found out who's responsible for the butterflies I found in Bristol :)




Is this a piece aimed at another well known artist?

Not all of the pieces were canvas based, but unlike those this one didn't appear to be for sale.

Nor this one.

Most of the pieces were for sale and way too expensive for me to afford.




Liking these ones too!



Back outside, and 2 of the cargo walls have been white-washed, no doubt in preparation for some new pieces. I'll have to pop back in the next few weeks. The two Banksy pieces are still preserved fortunately :D

These rather gross stencils run along the bottom of the white walls.

I'd seen those stupid dogs around Shoreditch and didn't realise they were decent enough to be painted here.

This is Nick's most famous piece although its often misattributed to Banksy. This Moona Lisa is outside Cargo under the bridge and has lasted fairly well.

A toaster!

There's another much newer Moona Lisa outside Cargo now. Looks like the exhibition doesn't just exist indoors. Actually he's also supposed to be putting some laser projections of his work onto the main buildings around London, just a shame I'm not planning on being in London when it's dark enough to see them, plus I have no idea where they're going or when.



Another toaster

Nice piece on Rivington St.

More toasters

The Banksy Giant Rat is still hidden.

Loving this Mona Lisa near Old Street.

I wonder what the stencil looked like before they painted over it.

A rather strange door covered in penny coins. Found down the road from the big Old Street roundabout.
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