New Jimmy C Street Art In Brick Lane

Over the previous two days Australian, but London based, Street Artist Jimmy C has been at work on his latest piece of work in Bacon Street, off of Brick Lane, and we were fortunate enough to get to witness some of its construction. Jimmy C’s style is influenced by a combination of Pointillism and the aboriginal culture of his native Australia. He started painting on the street in the early 1990’s as a part of the then growing Australian underground graffiti movement and has since gone on to hone his distinct ‘Aerosol-Pointillism’ style, as represented here.

For his freshest London work Jimmy C decided to paint a portrait of local resident Mick, also the subject of his ‘Requiem To Shoreditch’ work back in June (covered here). Jimmy C decided to paint Mick to compliment the superb portrait of former lifelong resident of Brick Lane Charlie Burns, painted by Ben Slow on the wall on the other side of this business, with the two excellent portraits now facing into the longstanding business at the heart of Brick Lane.

For this work Jimmy C has opted for a more a ‘dash’ driven Impressionist approach, which adds to a greater sense of chaos and time passing in the swirling background resembling a chaotic time warp, surrounding Mick and the represented gentrification process. It’s been a while since Jimmy C has painted one of his works where the subject is fused or even partially constructed from buildings, demonstrating that people are part of the city itself, intrinsically linked and tied into the immediate environment. For this piece Jimmy C has represented the sense of increasing gentrification in the area through the structures foundations, with on the left red buildings made of bricks, which develop into taller and more imposing dominating modern grey high-rise buildings which are increasingly setting to dominate Shoreditch as the city expands. You can even see the building in the middle which is half red and half grey, symbolic of the changing process in and of itself. This sets to depict the loss of character in such circumstances to an area as its sense of history is forever lost, superbly illustrated through a character from the same area, who has been witness to such changes and developments in his lifetime.

We at London Calling Blog have long been big fans of Jimmy C’s portraits, landscapes and cosmic scenes, having captured and shared all of his works from 2015 thus far on the blog (covered here) and we are sure you can see why here. This work is fantastic with relevant themes very well articulated. So if you are in the area, head along and see the piece for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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Jimmy C at work on the portrait on Monday.

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Jimmy C at work on the portrait on Monday.

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Work-in-progress showing Mick come to life on the wall.

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The many colours needed to add that rich textured and layered effect seen in Jimmy C’s works. 

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Jimmy C starting to add the chaotic swirls to the background of the work.

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Jimmy C at work towards the end of Monday.

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The stunning finished piece,

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As you look more into this piece, and Jimmy C’s works in general, you just find yourself absorbed in the patterns that create the whole, becoming increasingly lost in the aesthetic.

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In this shot you can really see how Jimmy C has represented the sense of change in the area, through the structures foundations, with on the left buildings made of bricks, which develop into taller more modern high-rise buildings which are increasingly setting to dominate Shoreditch as the city expands. We particularly love the addition of the crane and that you can see the building which is half red and half grey, symbolic of the changing process. 

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A close-up look at the layered process of ‘dashes’ that make the background.

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A couple of admiring passers-by stopping for a photo.

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3 comments on “New Jimmy C Street Art In Brick Lane

  1. Top class indeed…. One thing about Jimmy C is that his artwork stays around longer than most and that is truly a real blessing for us all… I managed to get a great snap of Mick in person on Bacon Street during the summer. So pleased Jimmy C has captured him so well.. Nice photos folks on what is becoming a must visit street for street art fans… That Roa pig has been there for years, Looks like Jimmy has brought home the bacon once again!!!

    • It certainly is Mitch, but it always is when its Jimmy C work. This may only be up for a coupe of weeks, so head along while can to see it. Also yes Bacon Street has had a major revamp the last few weeks and looks brilliant!!!

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