When you think of street art in London, Shoreditch and Camden come to mind immediately – these areas are among the most famed for their artworks. But the rest of the city isn’t devoid of beautiful walls by any means, and one of our favourite street art spots adorns the Turnpike Lane neighbourhood.
The streets in close proximity of the station became a canvas for many internationally renowned artists from diverse backgrounds. You can try and spot all of the murals within an hour or two, so take a walk and explore the place with us!
The Lapwing by ATM, mural by Fio Silva, The Toasters
The stretch of the murals lies the closest to the station and represents the works of multiple artists of Turnpike Lane Art Group. The colourful lapwing was created by the ATM; the petal-faced tiger is a creation of Argentinian illustrator Fio Silvia. The animal on the right, Dear old Muffin, is a tribute to Muffin the Mule, Children’s Hour character broadcast from the nearby Alexandra Palace just after the war. The frame just above the toasters is Golden Silence, another artwork to reclaim the space.
The Toasters is the mural created by the collective back in 2014, and it’s a joint effort of multiple artists. The little horses at the bottom were created by Francisco de Pajaro, known also under the moniker Art is Trash. Look up for an Envision Peace billboard, created by Shephard Fairey. The wondrous butterflies and the black-and-white portrait are a part of Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions by James Straffon. Further down, a piece by Pegasus adorns the wall – Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Three Cool Chicks by Binty Bint – pink birds on the right that are a recurrent motif in her works – are also a part of the wall, transforming the road leading up to the station into a carnival of colour.
Another tribute to the area’s local heritage, The Ritz explores the beginnings of the Turnpike Lane station. When it was first opened in 1935, the tube and bus station buildings were also home to the Ritz cinema. Although it was ultimately demolished in 1999 and the only remaining hint at the cinema is a film-filled restaurant in the station building, the spirit remains – and the TAG honoured it with its Golden Age of Hollywood tribute. The artwork is located just behind the bus station.
The Heron by ATM
A majestic bird perched tall on the building wall is located just a short walk from the station. It’s one of the biggest pieces created by Turnpike Lane Art Group at over eighteen feet tall.
The Fox by Stewy
An East London stencillist Stewy created a little fox on the same road. Most of his works fit into the themes of reclaiming urban spaces by nature, so his creation continues his thematic interests and fits into other nature-themed murals that took over Turnpike Lane! Keep your eyes peeled for other works created by Stewy, including a cat, a tiny squirrel and an owl.
Cunning Mr Fox by Irony + Boe
There are more foxes hidden in the area. One of them is the cheeky fox of Waldegrave Road created by Irony + Boe, located within a short walk from the tube station.
The Bullfinch by ATM
Another piece crafted by ATM, a splendid coral-and-blue-tinted bird occupies the entire garden wall. Apparently, the animal artworks in the area are called Percy by the residents… as people who name pigeons in the City, we wholeheartedly approve.
Salt & Pepper by Chinagirl Tile
Back to the foxes… An Australian artist Chinagirl Tile created two playful foxes messing around on the neighbourhood wall. These combine porcelain, clay and paint to create another dimension to this street art piece.
Darling Look by Mobstr, I Would Be Your Slave by Pegasus, Banksy’s Rat
Remember the Poundland wall chosen by Banksy for an artwork canvas? Shortly after it’s been removed and sold, the street art creators reclaimed the space. One of them, Darling Look by Mobstr, is a subversive commentary on the event. Next to it, Pegasus created an artwork honouring Dawid Bowie, I Would Be Your Slave. Banksy returned with his Rat artwork – this time, secured to the wall.
To see more artworks from the collective, purchase the prints or donate and support the neighbourhood’s creative projects, visit Turnpike Lane Art Group website.