It’s astounding to think that an artist whose work has long been associated with the Berlin wall and has become an iconic worldwide symbol of the triumph and freedom, has somehow not exhibited work alone.

Noir Berlin Wall

Yet for Thierry Noir, this is unbelievably the case. The man behind those colourful characters that still line the East Side Gallery launches his first solo show (a retrospective!) at the Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch next Friday.

Attracted to Berlin in the 80s by the likes of Iggy Pop and David Bowie, and living in a squat on Mariannenplatz overlooking the Berlin wall, he became one of the first artists to illegally paint the imposing GDR structure, paving the way for many more. These days Thierry is lauded as one of a handful of artists considered godfathers of the modern street art scene.

His instantly recognisable portraits stripped back to the bare bones (probably the bi-product of having to paint quickly to avoid being caught) have reached our shores in the last few years, notably collaborating with London stalwart Stik at the Village Underground in 2013, and appearing alongside the likes of Roa at the Dulwich Street Art Festival.

In the lead up to his solo show Thierry has been out with his trademark loud paint palette painting some walls in East London, see the man at work and the finished product, below.




It seems fitting that this unique exhibition finally comes in this – the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall – I look forward to checking it out next month.


Images from & Howard Griffin Gallery

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