A Photo Tour of Brighton Stunning Street Art

A Photo Tour of Brighton Stunning Street Art

The hipster city of Brighton showcases so much stunning street art that it’s more than enough to lick one’s chops. St George’s Mews, in the North Laines, is like an open-air gallery but there are examples of graffitis and wall paintings almost everywhere, including the decorated old phone junction boxes.

Brighton Street Art

Some of the bright graffitis have been painted by well-known street artists like Banksy, Snug, Aroe and Odisy, other murals were created by less famous albeit great illustrators about which I could not find any reference to their identities nor the title of the paintings. The anonymity doesn’t matter. The scenes are beautiful and striking. And the overall quality of Brighton street art is higher than the one found in Berlin East Side Gallery.

Snug, The Hair Cutter

Brighton Street Art - Snug, The Hair Cutter

It took him months to complete The Hair Cutter, the stunning mural realized for a hairdresser along St George’s Mews. Snug has a longstanding presence on the street art scene and his talent was recognized and appreciated also by important brands like Hugo Boss and Absolute Vodka, for which he produced corporate artwork. Some call him ‘the perfectionist’, for the extreme care Snug puts in his work, making him an acclaimed muralist.

Odisy and Aroe, The Run DMC Mural

Brighton, Odisy and Aroe, The Run DMC Mural Odisy and Aroe, The Run DMC Mural

Painted in 2008, this huge impressive mural stems from the collaboration between Odisy and Aroe, two well-known British street artists.

Locals call it the Run DMC Mural, from the legendary American hip-hop Group that had such a great influence in the developing of the hip-hop culture in the 1980s. The mural features Jam Master Jay playing chess and contemplating next move over a black and white chessboard where some of the pawns represent other members of the Run DMC band as well as the famous American rapper Rakim.

Head to Kensington Street in the North Laines to admire this huge and impressive mural, covering the back of two big buildings.

Banksy, Kissing Coppers

Banksy, Kissing Coppers

Although the attempts to set up his identity have been unfruitful up to now, there is no doubt that Bansky, with its peculiar stencilling technique and the frequent political and social themes represented in his works, stands out on the British street art scene.

Banksy provocative Kissing Coppers is a little out of the way, close to Brighton Railway Station in 48 Trafalgar Street.

Recently, Banksy added to his collection two new stencils whose theme is related to the London Olympics although their location (you can see them on his website, though) has not been revealed.

Did anyone spot them in London and in this case, would you tell us where they are?

Other great anonymous graffiti

The graffiti scene is so rich in Brighton that one could spend days and probably wouldn’t be able to see it all. Bright colors, catchy themes, references to people who influenced modern culture, music or politics, paintings that tell a story and others that seem more abstract. Enjoy the rest of the photo tour!

Street Art in Brighton

Street Art, Brighton Brighton, Graffiti
Brighton, Street Art

Have you visited Brighton and seen its stunning graffiti? Do you think street art is a form of art or mere vandalism?


Useful Information

When to go: Brighton can be visited any time of the year. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, score better prices and have a rather different sight of this well-known sea resort, you might enjoy the charm of Brighton in Winter.

Where to stay: Conveniently located on the waterfront and close to the main Brighton activities, restaurants, and bars, UMI Hotel is a good option for travelers looking for a budget but comfortable accommodation.

Free tour of the city: First-time visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity to have an introductory 2 hours free tour of the city with one of Visit Brighton Greeters (all you have to do is book your tour online)

Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

  • Bozboz Gallery
    Posted at 14:24h, 09 December Reply

    Street artist SNUB is currently holding his first hometown solo exhibition at Bozboz Gallery at 30 Richmond Place, Brighton.

    SNUB has become known for his futuristic murals, inspired by fictional robot Hammerstein; who is featured in one of the artworks photographed above.

    It’s free admission and running continuously until the beginning of January 2018.

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  • Brighton Street Art
    Posted at 18:00h, 08 January Reply

    Lovely photos and a real inspiration. We’re started collecting our own images of Brighton’s diverse street art scene on a new website at the link above.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 11:15h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I’m glad you liked the photos. as for me, I look forward to go back to Brighton soon and see more of its amazing street art scene!

  • Josh
    Posted at 15:01h, 07 December Reply

    I LOVE proper, talented graffiti, and really enjoyed these photos. Thanks for posting! HAve you ever been to Granada? I posted about our very own urban genious ‘El Niño de las Pinturas’ not long ago. I’ll tweet you the link 😉

    • Simon
      Posted at 06:14h, 08 December Reply

      Now, this is interesting, Josh. I went to Granada last year and… didn’t spot one single piece of street art. I’ve seen your post and it looks like there are some very interesting urban paintings. Guess I didn’t visit the right areas and will have to go back to Granda (which, by the way, would be a pleasure!)

  • Sonya
    Posted at 18:53h, 27 November Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I’m really digging your graffiti photography.

    • Simon
      Posted at 19:54h, 27 November Reply

      Awww… Thanks so much, Sonya. I’m so glad you liked the photo essay. All of a sudden, I got a thing for street art 🙂 More to come soon!

  • Becky Padmore
    Posted at 10:48h, 24 November Reply

    Great photos, Brighton is a place always close to our heart as Gray (my husband) grew up there. It’s such a vibrant city and we always make sure we visit every few months.

    • Simon
      Posted at 11:02h, 24 November Reply

      Thank you, Becky. I had such a wonderful time in Brighton and hope to be back soon.

  • Lesley Peterson
    Posted at 22:42h, 27 October Reply

    Fantastic post & pics, Simon. Kudos to Brighton for encouraging the arts and kudos to shopowners who sponsor the artists and supply the ‘canvas’. I love the injection of contemporary energy into tired spaces. Great stuff!

    • Simon
      Posted at 23:30h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Lesley. I wish more cities would follow the example of Brighton, it would add so much more color and charm!

  • Suzanne (Travelbunny)
    Posted at 19:50h, 09 October Reply

    I get back to Brighton (home town) whenever I can and was there Sunday checking out some street art. Love your shots so vibrant.

    The original Kissing Coppers was sold to the States last year more here http://bit.ly/QR1sRM Not sure I agree with that….

    • Simon
      Posted at 20:39h, 09 October Reply

      Oh, thanks so much for commenting and letting me and all readers know about the sale of the original Banksy Kissing Coppers. I was not aware of that… I hope to be back to your home town soon. Such a vibrant little city!

  • Michael Vermaak
    Posted at 15:36h, 06 September Reply

    I love the artwork there. Some stunning stuff. I live 25 minuets drive down the road from here and took my 4 year old boy to take some photo’s of the amazing artwork in Brighton.

    You can see them here http://www.flickr.com/photos/vermaak/sets/72157627138194889/

    This is done in collaboration with the local Council and highlights why Brighton is what it is.

    Bristol in the UK now has a street art festival which is worth mentioning. Check it out here

    There is some amazing stuff going on in the UK around street art.

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 13:27h, 06 September Reply

    I’m from Brighton which has some truly stunning street art. My walk to work takes me past the back of Brighton station which is alive with colourful graffiti. I particularly loved your post because, although I have lived here all my life, I still haven’t seen some of the pieces above! So, thank you for raising awareness of them – My next venture here is heading out and finding them 😀

  • Gregory Urbano
    Posted at 22:22h, 28 August Reply

    with permission it can be art, without maybe vandalism
    exception to the rule anything by banksy!

  • Angela
    Posted at 21:25h, 08 August Reply

    Stunning street art and great photos, Simon!

    • Simon
      Posted at 21:45h, 08 August Reply

      Thank you, Angela. The murals are really awesome and I’m not sure the photos make them fully justice 🙂

  • Leigh
    Posted at 00:40h, 08 August Reply

    There are some very talented people out there – agree with other comments that this is art and doesn’t feel at all like graffiti.

    • Simon
      Posted at 21:56h, 08 August Reply

      Totally agree with you, Leigh. This is a form of art and every day I discover new talents around me. It’s such a wonderful feeling.

  • Laura
    Posted at 20:21h, 07 August Reply

    That is art; the stupid gang messages on my fence not so much.

    • Simon
      Posted at 20:49h, 07 August Reply

      Agree! 🙂

  • Mike
    Posted at 15:08h, 07 August Reply

    Fantastic art! Makes me want to get out and see if Austin has any graffiti of significance. Safe Travels !!!

    • Simon
      Posted at 20:07h, 07 August Reply

      So glad you liked the graffiti! No idea though if you can find any of them in Austin 🙂 Let me know!

  • Leslie (Downtown Traveler)
    Posted at 03:19h, 07 August Reply

    Love this colorful street art! I’ve seen the kissing coppers Banksy in pics… must be fun to come across it on the street 🙂

    • Simon
      Posted at 07:08h, 07 August Reply

      I must admit that I knew nothing about Banksy before visiting Brighton (and it’s definitely the place that fueled my passion for graffiti) and as it’s in an off-beat street I wouldn’t have seen it without our Brighton Greeter. The man was passionate about history and art and he was a true goldmine of information!

  • Adam
    Posted at 00:41h, 07 August Reply

    I stumbled on so much graffiti when I visited Brighton over the winter. But you seemed to stumble on some really amazing work! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Simon
      Posted at 07:05h, 07 August Reply

      Well… Means that you might go back to Brighton to see more graffiti 🙂

  • Doc Wends
    Posted at 14:01h, 06 August Reply

    I never appreciated graffiti until I found this one post which you wrote. Loved these ones.

    Cheers from the Philippines 🙂

    • Simon
      Posted at 14:56h, 06 August Reply

      What a nice thing to say, thank you! I have also learned to appreciate graffiti over time 🙂

  • Franca
    Posted at 12:55h, 06 August Reply

    I love that city and especially its street art! Great photos! 🙂

    • Simon
      Posted at 13:06h, 06 August Reply

      Thank you, Franca. I’m so glad you liked the photo tour. I have become a huge fan of street art!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 13:31h, 06 August Reply

    Wow, those are awesome photos. I have no doubt these graffiti scenes were even more incredible to see in person!

    • Simon
      Posted at 13:34h, 06 August Reply

      Yes, the live view is even more stunning, as many graffiti are of huge dimensions and it’s very difficult, when not impossible, to get the full picture. I hope to go back soon, since there are so many more to see (and photograph) 🙂

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