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20 September 2010 | By: M@

Londonist Street Art Guide: 2. Roa

Londonist Street Art Guide: 2. Roa

We've all played the pub game: name 10 famous Belgians. Jean-Claude Van Damme, Poirot...Papa Smurf?* One name currently knocking on the door of that exclusive club is Roa, an incredibly talented street artist from Ghent.

Roa's style is distinctive, to say the least. If you've seen a giant, moody animal painted onto brickwork, you've seen a Roa. His black and white menagerie extends across Shoreditch and Hackney, as our map shows. Squirrel, hares, a strange weasel thing, assorted birds, some with their innards on show, other simply bones. It's a dazzling, disturbing, damn fine collection that deserves mainstream acclaim.

Most of these pieces went up in spring this year, to coincide with Roa's solo show at Pure Evil gallery. Although a few have since been removed or tagged over, plenty remain. Roa's pieces take many hours to paint and are usually done with permission, which should help their longevity. You can learn more about his London work on the Spitalfields Life site.

With special thanks to Stephanie Sadler of the wonderful Little London Observationist for some of the images; see individual shots for credits.


View Roa street art in a larger map

Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments and we'll add 'em to the map. Green = still there, red = gone, yellow = not sure.

Previously: Stik.

*To be fair to our low-lying neighbours, there are quite a few notable Belgians if you dig deep, including the President of the European Council.

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Richard Mellor

The one behind Cheshire St - half of which is pictured at the top of this article - is definitely still there, although the garage by it has closed, and consequently the plantlife has been allowed to grow and partly obscure the birds. But it's still amazing, and the very best piece by Roa, I think. There's a Nature's Revenge piece close by, too!

iainjmcd

Another shot of the one Richard saw:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

Some of the map references may be slightly off, but I spotted this near the Bethnal Green Road end of Brick Lane:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

This near on the Cambridge Heath Road end of Regents Canal:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

This on the Regents Canal between Broadway & Islington:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

And this on the Foundary on Old Street:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

Your article has given me a few more to look for on my travels, thank you! I've also snapped quite a few Stiks and Eines too, so I'll dig those out. Great article.

Coralie Grassin

There is also one in Christina st - I have a picture if you want? I saw it there yesterday.

iainjmcd

Thanks again. I walked past last week, and the crow is on Bacon Street, just off Brick Lane.

Iain_etc

Roa's Hackney Road rabbit is under threat. Listen to The Premises (and go there for breakfast, it's lovely):

http://www.premisesstudios.com...

Sign the petition:

http://www.petitiononline.com/...

Iain_etc

Roa's Hackney Road rabbit is under threat. Listen to The Premises (and go there for breakfast, it's lovely):

http://www.premisesstudios.com...

Sign the petition:

http://www.petitiononline.com/...

Manic_menace

there's a rat on new goulston street