STREET ART IN PORTSMOUTH
The city of Portsmouth is well served in the area of street art, as you travel around the city you will spot lots of brilliant art work on buildings, back alleys and in parks and other public spaces. Street art is differentiated from graffiti as being more image based, graffiti is generally text based. Graffiti artists traditionally used spray paint to create their works and whilst street art often also uses the same medium, it can also be displayed as sticker art, stencilling, mosaics and even conventional commissioned murals.
Here is a collection of street art from around the city, hope you enjoy it, if your favourite is missing or you spot something new let us know and we will try and add it to the collection. The Rise Up mural above, is on the side of Liberty Lounge in Grove Road South and is signed by Nocciola The Drawer.
HILSEA LIDO MURAL
On a wall at Hilsea Lido swimming pool is this stunning pair of eyes looking out onto the world, we have chosen to show just the one. The background depicts the shimmering water of the pool, whilst within the eyes you can see a swimmer climbing the steps and emerging from the pool.
Behind the swimmer you can see the high diving platform which the Hilsea Lido pool was well known for.
Hilsea Lido opened in July 1935, during 1974 the Lido was used as a location for the filming of Ken Russell's film Tommy, based on The Who album Tommy a rock opera.
The Lido was the setting for Bernie's Holiday Camp in the film, you can read more about the filming of Tommy here.
The mural at Hilsea Lido is by "My Dog Sighs" an internationally renowned street artist who often uses the hypnotic staring eyes within his works.
HIGHLAND ROAD PORTRAIT
This brilliant portrait is on a wall in Highland Road, just down from the Highland Fling fish and chip shop. There used to be a gallery here but it appears to have closed down. The portrait of a young woman wearing elbow length gloves and a large ring on her finger is in the style of Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
This is a larger than life size portrait, if you know who is responsible for this work, please let us know and we will add a credit.
REMEMBRANCE DAY MURAL, PORTSEA
This poignant mural commemorating those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, is painted on the side of a building in Bishop Street in Portsea, just off of Queen Street.
REMEMBER BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER
This rainbow styled work is on a wall in Clifton Road Southsea, just off of Osborne Road.
The quote "remember be excellent to each other" is made by Abraham Lincoln in the 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent adventure. In full, "Abraham Lincoln : seven minutes ago... we, your forefathers, were brought forth upon a most excellent adventure conceived by our new friends, Bill... and Ted. These two great gentlemen are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it's true today. Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!"
There are several works around the Southsea area which have the same text, presumably by the same artist?
PALMERSTON ROAD / TONBRIDGE STREET
These two excellent portraits, along with a whole collection of other works, are on the walls of an alley which runs between Palmerston Road and Tonbridge Street beside the former Debenhams department store. They appear to be the work of the same artist, there is a small signature on one of them but we couldn't quite make it out. Sorry. This small alleyway is like a gallery of street art, just tucked around the corner.
FORMER DEBENHAMS BUILDING
There are quite a lot of paintings on or around the former Debenhams department store in Palmerston Road, Southsea, I guess the large empty spaces make excellent surfaces to add an artwork to.
The colourful, and dare I say angry looking, seagull work is tagged 273 by it's creator. Unsurprisingly the seagull or sea bird theme is very popular in Southsea based street art. It's amazing how creative and intricate some of this street art is, it must take hours of work and effort to create and of course it could be lost or painted over so easily.
The two colourful and intricate works below, can be found on the wall of the public toilets next to O'Neils pub on Albert Road.
BRANSBURY PARK, EASTNEY
This sporting themed mural is painted on the side of a shipping container at Bransbury Park, Eastney. It depicts various faceless sports people taking part in a range of different sports activities.
HIGHLAND ROAD FARKS
The "Peace Hope and God Vibes" mural is painted on the temporary door of St Margaret's Community Church opposite Highland Road cemetery in Southsea, it is by local artist Fark. Another iconic seagull and rainbow design by local artist Fark, this time on the roller door of a shop in Highland Road, Southsea.