My fifth child, Richard, was a graffiti artist and opened my eyes to a NEW VOICE for design, color, and expression or purpose. It was hard for me to look at his designs when I first saw what my own friends called “graffiti” and I ended up calling STREET ART. But, as the years have passed, I have grown very fond of well placed and organized displays of public art. While I was in London, I ran into the website STREETARTNEWS.NET.
This website lead me to the work of David Schillinglaw who had just painted a new piece of work on Bacon Street, off Brick Lane. Well, from there, I started to scratch and scratch until I knew I was going to visit and search through neighborhoods around Brick Lane to see what I could see and find out more about this guy SHILLINGLAW. My friend Luis and I flew through London traffic on a motorbike and landed in the heart of the most amazing street art which is highly prized and regarded by the citizens of the neighborhood. I was in heaven and couldn’t stop shooting image after image with my camera. I decided that my VALENTINE’S DAY article today would highlight this young artist whose work is absolutely amazing. London is a rich center for artistic expression these days: exhibitions, galleries, street art, graffiti, markets, and young artists all over Trafalgar Square and other areas with their canvas and chalk. There is no question that SHILLINGLAW is part of a new voice which developed into an important art form, highly regarded by critics and collectors all over the world. I know that if I could have taken home a wall from East London’s Bacon Street and Brick Lane with the most wonderful street art, I would have been whistling all the way. Look at this.
Aren’t we grateful to our children who open so many doors for us who are often too glued to older and sometimes archaic forms of expression!?
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918