5 FAVE FEMME ARTISTS – making public art in London/ IWD 2020

It’s International Women’s Day this Sunday 8th March, and I’d like to show some love and appreciation to my five favourite female artists making public art in London, and impacting us with their visual messages.

Fandango Kid - Don't Fucking Interrupt MePhotograph: artist The Fandangoe Kid - from an art project by the artist, still in progress – on the topic of gender, female sexuality and identity.

Female artists are doing it for themselves today, without waiting for the invitation or approval of a traditionally male-dominated art establishment – they’re getting out on the streets and putting their messages out there for all to see.

As a female artist and curator myself, who has spent most of my art career bringing art to social spaces, there are five stand out female artists that are music to my ears/ paint to my eyes with their respective public and street art projects. Each artist does it in their own way but they all bring art to the people – out of the gallery environment and into public spaces,  all contributing to our London’s city-scape and impacting the public-viewer with their powerful and inspiring visual messages.

‘Modern art’ has some fantastic female artists including Georgia O’Keefe, Lee Krasner, Frida Kahlo, Hilma Af Klimt, Anni Albers, Leonora Carrington,  Pauline Boty (Pop Art queen who died too young) but a lot of them were only fully recognised and celebrated in retrospect. Post 1960′s female artists have had a bit more of a chance of full on fame during their living art careers, like British artists Barbabra Hepworth,  Tracey Emin, Phyllida Barlow (one of my faves) but I’d like to celebrate the ones that have stepped out of the art establishment and brought art to the people on our London streets (and beyond).

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The Fandangoe Kid is a print artist who brings her powerful visual narratives to our London streets in paste-ups and large and vibrant typography murals that both tell her story, and shake up social narratives, replacing them with empowered, self-realising bold messages that make us all stop and get a lightning bolt of power as we read them. Annie Fandangoe experienced grave family loss and trauma in 2011, which she describes as derailing her for a number of years. Through her pain and sharing her story with others in her creative process, she has been able to work through the grief, embolden herself and offer others the opportunity to connect with their own pain, trauma, vulnerability with acceptance with radical softness x power. The Fandango Kid reminds us to ‘Get fucking bold’ as well as to ‘Smash the silence’ ‘Release the pain’ and hauntingly to ‘make your legacy golden’. A passionate mental health advocate, Annie is passionate not only in the messages she puts out in her public art pieces, but in running art workshops for young people on these very human subjects that affect them. Annie has collaborated on a range of visual narrative art projects, from Social and Mental Health Awareness organisations, to brand collaborations with Adidas, Ace Hotel, and has a limited edition clothing line which was featured in Vogue Italia. The Fandangoe Kid touches the space between art, expression, being with our feelings x smashing social narratives that need dismantling. Praise be this work! For more information on @thefandangoekid visit her website Annie-Fandangoe-Calm-Walk-Mural-Credit-Pete-Woodhead-16Calm Walk Mural by The Fandangoe Kid, Southbank (just under the Hayward Gallery) – created Dec 2019, London. Photograph by Pete Woodhead.

CAMILLE WALALA

Camille_Walala_Wall_3-1Photograph: Camille Walala, ‘Dream Come True Building’ – her first full building piece, Old Street, E.London  2016.

Camille Walala, an E.London based French artist, is a long time favourite femme-fierce artist of mine. Mon dieu! Walala’s bold, vibrant and colourful style brings joy and positivity to anyone that lays eyes on one of her pieces. When we first met back in 2016, I loved Camille immediately and was captivated by her positivity, warmth and stregnth; Camille talked about her mission to make grey buildings colourful, which she has now done the world over in her iconic Tribal-pop style, a combination of geometric design and bold colour. Camille Walala began as her art career as a textile designer, graduating from Brighton University; today her projects and brand collaborations are extensive both in London and internationally, she has also done some important projects with schools, tribes and the homeless.  I have included some of my favourite London based projects by Camille Walala, and urge you to discover more of this amazing artist’s work on her website. Camille Walala is an inspiration to women and a joy bringer.

Camille_Walala3-785x475 (1)Photograph: Camille Walala’s ‘Better Bankside’ zebra crossing piece – Southbank, London 2017._DSC3344Photograph: Walala Lounge, an immersive outdoor living room – South Moulton Street – London, 2019.

SOFLY aka SOPHY ROBSON

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Sophy Robson aka Sofly is a graffiti artist passionate about giving a voice to girls and women in the still male-dominated Street and art graffiti scene. Making her name as a pioneering nail artist to celebrities and major brands, she has had her own pop up nail bar and nail brand – a mash-up between street and chic. Around 2014 Sophy went more ‘street’ by beginning her graffiti career as a type graff artist on London streets. Her messages include  ‘girl power’ and  ‘you do you hun’ empowering girls and women. Sophy describes becoming a graffiti artist as a space for expression which gave her a new boost to her confidence, and wants to share that with other women and girls. In 2016 Sofly participated in the all women graffiti event ‘Femme Fierce’ at Leake St Tunnel Waterloo, organised the Grenfell Graff Jam in South London, 2018 paints regularly around London and the UK, and runs graffiti workshops with a range of groups – inc Paint Jam London. Sophy is also running the event ‘Girls Can’ event this Sunday 8th March for IWD 2020 – a mural painting event at Leake St Tunnel – Girls ‘Can’ being a play on words. Sign up and go along if you can! For more information on Sophy Robson’s Nail x Graffiti brand visit her website.

Sofly is a top lass that I’ve known for a few years now – I look forward to more graffiti collaborations with her.Sofly - Girl Power

ZABOU

Zabou - portrait of fellow Artist BK FoxxPhotograph: Zabou painting her fellow street artist BK Foxx - Shoreditch, London.

Zabou is a French Street artist based in London. With a mission to ‘make the world a colourful place, one wall at a time’ Zabou is one of London’s leading artists to bring the ‘realism’ style to the streets. Zabou’s large-scale street art pieces have become iconic on the London street-canvas – black and white painted faces, in realist detail, with vibrant colourful backgrounds. Using various themes, Zabou often finds inspiration in the places shes’s painting in. Zabou’s paintings are arresting, playful and beautiful – she’s painted iconic artists and personalities such as Frida Kahlo, Slavador Dali, Woopie Goldberg, Bill Murray, David Bowie and many more across London and also paints internationally. Zabou has also talked on TedX and regularly exhibits at the Saatchi gallery,West London. For more information on Zabou visit her website hereZabou - Whoopi - London UK - 2019

If you’re wondering how a street artist has the time to create a realism piece on the streets without getting caught, it’s because street art times have changed since the ‘vandal’ hit and run days of graffiti. Today street art is much more appreciated in London, and artists are often given available walls to paint – on the side of buildings, in yards and on shop shutters, making it a much more relaxing al-fresco painting experience for today’s street artist! There is still some hit and run street art activity – which a lot of street artists will tell you they still enjoy.

CHARLOTTE POSNERCharlotte posner portrait - Leicester sq graffiti project

Charlotte Posner is an inspiring woman and a true artist to the bone. We met in 2014 when I curated an exhibition of her large scale pop -rings ‘The Ring Series’ at Le Meridien -Piccadilly, London. From the start, I was struck with Charlotte’s passion for painting and art and her determination and positivity in reaching her dream to become a successful artist. Charlotte Posner’s magnetic energy and vision has today won her her dream, with a successful career as a studio & public artist and the owner of her own Charlotte Posner brand of illustrated products and homeware - she’s living the artist dream.  Charlotte has always created street art as part of her wide repertoir – and has come to be most famous for her POP DOLLS which adorn London in various ways – paste ups, street art murals, interiors and also on a wide range of products. I particularly loved her Leicester Square project in 2019, a series of Pop Doll graffiti benches. Although Charlotte can look way more glam, I wanted to capture her in flow on this exciting public art project (photo above) – I hope you understand Charlotte! For more info on this power house woman artist, visit her website.

charlotte posner - Leicester Square graffiti 2019Charlotte Posner Leicester square 2019Photograph: Charlotte Posner’s Leicester Square ‘Pop Doll’ bench project – 2019, London.

Here’s hoping you have a good International Women’s day 2020, full of colour and fun times with your favourite women.

Check out all the artists on their links above, or contact us at Paint Jam London on info@paintjamlondon.co.uk | 07956 889 634

 

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