Over the last seven days Shoreditch was witness to week two of the ‘Behind The Curtain’ Street Art competition. The competition will see works from some sixteen artists, who will over the period of four weeks be competing to win the £1000 cash prize with each contending artist getting one week to showcase their art on one of Shoreditch’s most prominent Street Art locations, namely the Shoreditch Art Wall, situated along Great Eastern Street. The winner will be chosen by a panel of three judges, all very much rooted in the Street Art world and authorities on the subject.
This delightful competition is set to bring some incredible talent from all around the UK and abroad, and has been set up in response to the fact that sadly the building on which the Shoreditch Art Wall is located on is scheduled for demolition in the not to distant future in the further gentrification of the area as the City of London expands further out East. So with this in mind the competition organised by fellow Street Artist Jarvis is set to send the wall off in style with a final showcasing of some of the best Street Artists around.
Week One of the competition set a high precedent, so it was fantastic to see that the second bout of artists stepped up to the occasion accordingly. There were again a range of styles and in this case even mediums on display for this week, and yet again we are struggling to decide our favourite, with work from Gee that showed him upping his game for the occasion, beautiful and intricate work in a very different styling from Perspicere, excellent work from Pang that was so life-like and surreal, however for this set of four panels we feel it was Amara Por Dios who really stole the show. When you stand across the road from the Shoreditch Art Wall you are certainly spoiled for choice as to where to focus, but for us it was Amara’s elaborate, colourful and intricate work that draws the eye. We will be sharing the continuing developments of this project with you, and their are many more brilliant artists to follow over the coming two weeks, so in the meantime enjoy the lovely works that marked the second stage of ‘Behind The Curtain’. Paint for this week was provided kindly by Peter The Pleater.
Gee at work on his panel last week.
Perspicere starting out his elaborate and intricate work last Monday.
Perspicere at work last Monday.
The tools needed for Perspicere to create his piece.
Perspicere adding the final touches to his piece on Tuesday.
Perspicere and Amara Por Dios at work last Monday.
Amara Por Dios starting off her piece last Monday.
Amara Por Dios at work Monday afternoon.
Amara Por Dios at work last on her piece last Tuesday.
Work from Secret Society of Super Villains member Gee, who went all out for his piece for the competition.
Detail of work by Gee.
Great work from Perspicere, who most interestingly practices Street Art without the use of paint, but with the construction of intricate and elaborate string based designs, really offering something impressive and fundamentally different from what you usually see around the East End in terms of Street Art. It certainly was a treat to see Perspicere build up this work over the course of two days, leaving a strong contender for this weeks pieces.
Detail of work by Perspicere.
Our favourite work this week, in a tough decision, from Amara Por Dios, who spent some four days on this intricate and colouful work that appears to be climbing out of the wall’s frame. When you stand across the road from the Shoreditch Art Wall it is Amara’s piece that kept grabbing our attention. so vibrant and well constructed and as always with her works there is so much to focus on however it is the eyes that really get your focus.
Detail of work by Amara Por Dios.
Detail of work by Amara Por Dios.
Fantastic work from Pang, who won the Public Vote on Facebook to be entered into the competition, and you can see why here. This piece is perhaps the best work from Pang we have yet seen, really stepping up to the occasion, and we are never disappointed with seeing work from Pang, but this is impressive. The piece which is influenced by Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya and based on a photograph of her great-grandfather is notable for how it blends her two styles of surrealism and exceptional realism in her preferential grey-scale colour palette.
Detail of work by Pang.
The completed four panels from Week 2 of the ‘Behind The Curtain’ Street Art Competition.