THIS TRIBUTE TO HIP-HOP is exciting Dalston. A spray of colourful street art, it complements the bustle and grime of this gritty part of Hackney.
In an alley on the walls of a building used by a private-car-hire firm and once featured in a rather good movie, Carleen De Sözer’s portraits of musical greats are catching the eye of those Dalstoners who venture off the high street on their way to work, school or shopping, as well as rap-lovers from around London, who are coming to selfie themselves with the images.
De Sözer grew up in Tottenham, Shoreditch and Holloway and the Dalston wall was searched and found for her: she’d “wanted to paint a piece in Hackney for a while.
“I named the wall ‘Hip-hop raised me’ because during the period I was in school, 1989 to 1993, all of the legends on the wall influenced me in different ways.”
Some years laters she found herself working at design in a small company. In summer 2000 she decided to make a career in art, having realised from an early age that she could draw. She believes she is “blessed enough to teach myself”.
Her website gives the impression that her move into “supplying art in many formats” was easy, effortless in a way other artists might envy.
De Sözer comments: “I’m not scared to teach myself new artistic skills for new projects I want to try. Right now I’m working on becoming the best street artist I can be.”
David Altheer 051017
* The movie mentioned in the second paragraph is Dirty Pretty Things
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