STREET ART IN PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHSEA
The city of Portsmouth has a great selection 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 painting above, is on the wall in Specks Lane behind the Milton End at Fratton Park, it is signed by Jasik Driper and is one of many works that can be found there.
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, Southsea.
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.
CASTLE ROAD, SOUTHSEA
CHARLES DICKENS CENTRE
The three works below, are part of a larger collection, that have been painted in the sports hall at the Charles Dickens Centre, a community centre in Portsmouth. They were a collaboration between local street artists 'My Dog Sighs' and 'Fark Fk' as part of the celebrations of World Social Work Day (16th March). You can read more about World Social Care Work Day by following this link. The themes of the works such as "be the best version of yourself" and "overcoming adversity" came from social workers and people who use the centre who gave their views about what they would like to see from the mural.
Our thanks to Callum Murphy, Senior Campaign and Events Officer, Children, Families and Education, Portsmouth City Council for supplying these three images.
CLIFTON ROAD, SOUTHSEA
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" appears to be a reference to 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 message, all attributed to Fark Fk.
Wow, another excellent work by My Dog Sighs, this one is on the side of a building in Clifton Road in Southsea, but viewed from the west close to the Queens Hotel.
If you look closely into the eye you can see a couple in the sea kissing, behind them is a silhouette of South Parade Pier and even a section of the promenade at Southsea including those Victorian lamposts that line the prom. Such a lot of detail in that one small area, brilliant. You need to move around a bit to view this one fully as there are some trees and bushes obscuring the work. As a bonus, on the fence below this painting are some of My Dog Sighs cartoon like figures.
DEBENHAMS BUILDING SOUTHSEA
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.
EXMOUTH ROAD, SOUTHSEA
This work by My Dog Sighs, is on the wall of Holloway Motors and the Southsea MOT Centre in Exmouth Road, just down from the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
It has some great automotive references such as gear wheels, spanners, engine components and hoses, reflecting it's location at the this garage site.
My Dog Sighs is the same artist responsible for the FA Cup Pompey tribute in Goldsmith Avenue and the Hilsea Lido mural, each of these works incorporates the trademark use of the beautiful, reflective, detailed eyes.
FAWCETT ROAD, SOUTHSEA
This large work can be found on the roller shutter at Freedom Seeds, 83 Fawcett Road, Southsea. There are two pieces by 'My Dog Sighs' here. The large pair of eyes on the front of the shop and a second stick man and message just around the corner from the shopfront.
This powerful work by NZIE commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day, 1944 - 2019. It is located in the alleyway that runs parallel to the Pompey Centre to the railway bridge at Clarkes Road in Fratton. There is quite a bit of graffitti in the area, but the quality of this picture really stands out.
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.
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 Fk. Another iconic seagull and rainbow design by local artist Fark, this time on the roller door of a shop in Highland Road, Southsea.
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.
JESSIE ROAD, SOUTHSEA
Two works here by local artist NZIE quite close to each other. One on the corner of Jessie Road and Esslemont Road and the second at the greengrocers shop on the corner of Jessie Road and Francis Avenue. Both pieces feature the same smiley man in different situations.
Another huge work by 'My Dog Sighs', a pair of eyes staring out of a wall in Market Way, just north of the Cascades Shopping Centre, "I wanna be yours".
In the centre of the eyes you can see John Cooper Clarke on stage performing his song I Wanna Be Yours, spot lights are shining down and you can even see some people in the audience, brilliant!
"I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours"
The Southsea artist My Dog Sighs supported the Wilder Portsmouth campaign led by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust by painting a unique piece of artwork entitled 'wild thing'. This painting is the latest addition to the Wilder Portsmouth project which aims to encourage more people to get involved in bringing nature back to the city.
It shows My Dog Sighs characteristic stick man carrying a clutch of bird boxes, depicting one of the many ways you can get involved in making your patch of the city a little wilder.
The Portsmouth Carers Centre, Orchard Road, is amongst the many supporters of the Wilder Portsmouth initiative in this area and it is hoped that by adding this mural in such a prominent spot on the building it will help spread the Wilder Portsmouth message to more residents of the city.
Wilder Portsmouth is a partnership project between the Southern Co-op and the Wildlife Trust. The focus of this jointly funded initiative is around encouraging people to take action to create and enhance wild spaces where they live.
It is essential that we increase the space for wildlife and help make the natural world an important part of people's lives.
Anyone who is interested in getting involved in supporting a wilder Portsmouth can get in touch at Wilder@hiwwt.org.uk
To find more information about Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and their vision for a wilder Hampshire & Isle of Wight visit hiwwt.org.uk/wilder-hampshire-wight
Thanks to Andy Ames, Wilder Communities Project Officer, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for the information about the 'wild thing' art work by 'my dog sighs'.
PORTSEA, REMEMBRANCE DAY MURAL
This poignant mural commemorating those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, this painting is huge covering the whole side of a building in Bishop Street in Portsea, just off of Queen Street. It is slightly obscured by a neighbouring building.
This is, understandably, a dark piece featuring a poppy, the petals falling off are transforming into the cross of a gravestone and again into the doves of peace, which can be seen below the poppy.
Poppies grew in large numbers in the fields of Flanders despite the devestation and destruction caused by the battles of the First World War, inspiring John McCrae to write the poem "In Flanders Fields".
"In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields."
RICHMOND ROAD / VICTORIA ROAD SOUTH
Located on the corner of Victoria Road South and Richmond Road is this owl with very piercing eyes. It is an advert for Owl Motor Services in Richmond Road, hence the spanner that the owl is holding with its wing. This work is signed by the Coastguard Studio.
The work featuring the anime girl is painted on the roller shutters at Bangerz n Brewz at Victoria Road South. It is a large colourful piece and appears to be by Fark Fk, or maybe a collaboration.
TONBRIDGE STREET / PALMERSTON ROAD
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.
SPECKS LANE, FRATTON PARK
In Specks Lane, behind the Milton End at Fratton Park, the walls are covered in colourful works by a variety of different artists. Above are works by GYDA and by Jasik who also features in the header to this page.