Crossing the road

Posted in observation, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 25, 2015 by lkthayer


Coming back from a good day snapping away in London, I was thinking what snaps I might feature from my day out.  As I crossed a busy road near where I live, I noticed how large the moon looked tonight so just had to snap it from the middle of the road!

Snapped by Mitch Hicks ~ 25th November 2015

Update for November

Posted in Buildings, London with tags , , , , on November 20, 2015 by lkthayer

Hello folks just a heads up on what you might find interesting going on in London during the rest of November. Oh and by the way my last post on “World Toilet Day” was snapped in Kennington Cross, and it’s now an arts centre called Artslav!!

One street artist that gets my vote for being very inventive in his black & white artwork is electric tape artist Benjamin Murphy. Over the last couple of years Benjamin Murphy has become very successful in gaining some recognition of his artwork both commercial and for charity in some corners of the art world,  yet you will rarely see his artwork featuring in many street art blogs.

You will have to wait untill next year to see his next exhibition. But… Ben is curating alongside Rooms Magazine a photography exhibition by Nick Thompson,  ‘ The Decline of Conscience’ now showing at the Hundred Years Gallery on Pearson Street, Hoxton untill the 25th November 2015.

The photos were shot over 3 years inside the complex of the former brutalist architecture of the Heygate Housing Estate,  built during the early 1970’s  around the Elephant & Castle. What became of the Heygate  may well become a bitter argument for many years and well into history as the estate was turned into an empty shell of housing for seven years. Casting out all 3,000 residents on the so-called housing regenerating  schemes spreading out from central London like a cancer growth. The new development will only create 3% of affordable new homes available for social renting.  Gentrification seems to be the buzzzz word these days and London is becoming so unaffordable to the mass of the working class that I fear for the future of Londoners born and bread…

I have snapped the Heygate many times over the last couple of years and posted a few here on this blog. I may well feature some more! In respect to the exhibition by Nick Thompson  from his “The Decline of Conscience”…. I’m planing to see it next week therefore I have not posted any images with this post..

Enjoy your weekend folks….. Cheeeers Mitch

Seeking Foxy Leicester

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Collage, Graffiti, Head, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , on November 11, 2015 by lkthayer




Snapped in Leicester on 10th November 2015 by Mitch Hicks

Did you know this week is ~ The Leicester Literary Festival

Syd looks for Banksy but finds Clet Abrahams

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Collage, Graffiti, London, observation with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2015 by lkthayer


Street art is far from dead and burried. I’ve turned the tables by digging up some funny artwork by street artist Clet Abrahams and Syd from artwork snapped in the Graffik Gallery,  then blended with one I took in Kensal Green Cemetery all snapped on the 24 October 2015

Collage snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks

As I walked past

Posted in Artwork, Collage, London, observation with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2015 by lkthayer


We all walk pass so many things that we never have time to really appreciate and admire. The above collage I made from two snaps I took very quickly and have blended them so I can spend a little more time to admire the artwork of the Sculpture Cheikhou Ba and local resident artist Fiona Hawthorne. Both of my snaps were taken within a couple of minutes from adjoining streets, Golborne Road and Portobello Road. The sculptures were showing at the “Xeet” exhibition at the 50Golborne Gallery. I did not have time to go in for a proper look round but instead took a quick snap thru the open door. The exhibition is showing untill the 2nd December 2015.  The second snap by Fiona Hawthorne was taken from along the wall at the north end of Portobello Road. There is a row of lovely local scenes taken from Portobello and Golborne Road that gives the viewer a focus on a happy portrait of this vibrant area of West London. Well worth a visit but not during the busy market days held every Saturday & Sunday!!xeet/cgi5

Collage & comment by Mitch Hicks

Who painted this mural?

Posted in Artwork, Garden, London, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by lkthayer


DSCF9793b Artists are: Busk, Bleach and Dr Zadok

( More info found here )

Is there anyone out there that knows who painted this fantastic mural. I spotted it from being on the top deck of the number 18 bus traveling along Harrow Road, facing Athens Gardens in Westbourne Green.  Just had to get off the bus to snap this mural. The mural faces a private locked garden onto a block of houses and I was unable not gain access to it. I did my upmost to capture the mural as best I could. I would love to know the story behind this one and about who the artist is!!!

Snapped on the 24 October 2015 by Mitch Hicks

Joshua Compston floating the boat!

Posted in arty farty, London, observation with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2015 by lkthayer


There can be very many reasons for just picking up a book and thinking hmmmm I wonder what this is all about? Let me take you back to how I came to read “Factual Nonsense” by Darren Coffield. The book was first published in 2013. In truth I’m not a big reader of cover to cover books. But I made an exception with this one and read it cover to cover over a week! I must admit I struggled with the first couple of pages (quite few pages in fact). But then I grew into the book in way that has been many years since gripping me to carry on reading a book. So you must be thinking just how did I find this book?

Well my interest in street art took me to a one-off weekend pop up gallery in London Fields held at a soon to be demolished warehouse. The exhibition was over the 6th & 7th June 2015, and was the idea of offbeat artist / curator Sean Worral. I first came across the artwork of Sean a week before in Camden when I found one of his give away art pieces hanging on Camden bridge. Sean has this on going project of giving away 365 artworks over the course of the year. #365ArtDrops is the name of his project.  By taking home the found artwork you are cultivating its growth and adding new life to the artwork. On the back of each piece there is a unique number for that artwork and an invitation to send Sean info about its new home! I’m getting slowly to the point of how I found the book, but do keep up with my ramble; nearly there! After my find in Camden, I looked up Sean Worrall ( )  on google and saw that he was putting on an exhibition with a few more fellow contemporary artists that sounded quite quirky and I like quirky!! The exhibition was called “Play” … To cut an even longer story short one of the artist there Darren Coffield had a display about Joshua Compston. I noticed that written on one cardboard box was a request to take a free copy of the book “Factual Nonsense” by  Darren Coffield. So that is what I did…

Once I had read the book… I just knew I wanted to find the last resting place of Joshua Compston a young man who died alone at the tender age of just 25 on 5th March 1996. I’m posting this as thank you to Tanya Nash who tracked down the resting place of Joshua Compston in order to guide me to his monument gravestone carved by the hand of his close friend Zebedee Helm, a work of fine sculptured art indeed. I will leave the reader to trace the story of why Joshua Compston should be remembered for themselves. For a brief insight click here

Snaps & comment Mitch Hicks


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