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Graffiti art in London

Has graffiti art become mainstream? Dedicated art events like the Moniker Art Fair and galleries such as London’s Pure Evil would have us think so. Previously known for their notoriety, graffiti artists are basking in their new found status and ever growing popularity with the art establishment. Here are some photographs of recent exhibits  - and examples of spray painters in action in East London, reclaiming run down exteriors and adding colour (and toxic vapour) to the streets.

Nils Muller, whose work (below) was recently on show at Moniker has followed subway gangs around Europe, photographing their graffiti.

Others have made their own tributes to graffiti art. Exhibits at Moniker included a giant-sized spray can made from an old boiler.

This work by Eine bears the words London’s Greatest Vandals…

Pure evil has his own distinctive style, but also shows other graffiti artists in his East London gallery. The latest exhibition, on until 13th November, features Japanese artist Aiko’s Unstoppable Waves collection.

Belgian street artist ROA, whose style is a little like Banksy’s (you may have seen his black and white images of animals around London) has started working on wood instead of walls – and his latest pieces have fold out panels to reveal a more sinister side... like this giant sized beast seen at the Moniker Art Fair.

Fred Bred’s Pop Art style graffiti is being exhibited, along with other more manageable sized pieces at the Affordable Art Fair in London.

The streets of East London turned into hive of activity during London Art Week. Graffiti artists got busy creating giant artworks on the side of the Chariots Roman Spa in Shoreditch. Expect to see lots more graffiti appearing on the streets and in galleries over the coming year...

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