Nick Walker - Crucificxon, painting detail

10 Must-Have Art Pieces for Any Urban Art Collector

Urban art has exploded in popularity over the past few decades, capturing the essence of city life and reflecting the cultural diversity of our modern world. Whether you’re an experienced art enthusiast or just starting your collection, here are 10 must-have art pieces that should adorn the walls of any urban art collector. In fact, there are more than 10 urban art pieces to choose from since we couldn’t put only 10. Who can blame us? From street art legends like Banksy to incredible talents like Lucy Sparrow, each artist brings a unique perspective and creative vision to the vibrant world of urban art.

Nick Walker - "Half The Time" limited edition print, AP blue
Nick Walker – “Half The Time” limited edition print, AP blue

1) Let’s kick off with one and only Nick Walker. Renowned for his distinctive stencils and iconic character, “The Vandal,” Nick Walker is a British artist whose work resonates with urban environments worldwide. His pieces often depict rebellious figures engaged in playful and subversive acts, capturing the spirit of street culture with a touch of whimsy.

Liberty by Buff Monster
Liberty by Buff Monster, limited edition print

2) Known for his brightly colored, graffiti-inspired art, Buff Monster’s work combines elements of pop art, street art, and Japanese kawaii aesthetics. His signature character, Mister Melty, has become a beloved symbol of the artist’s playful and vibrant style.

Banksy Flower Thrower statue at 2B Art Gallery
Banksy 3ft Flower Thrower statue at 2B Art Gallery

3) No urban art collection is complete without mentioning the enigmatic Banksy. With his thought-provoking and politically charged stencil artworks, Banksy has become one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. His pieces challenge societal norms, evoke strong emotions, and serve as a powerful commentary on various global issues.

Celebrate painting by Ben Eine
“Celebrate” painting by Ben Eine

4) A master of typography and lettering, Ben Eine’s works adorn walls across the globe. His distinctive letterforms, often spelling out provocative phrases or messages, add a dynamic and visually captivating element to the urban landscape. Eine’s urban art bridges the gap between street art and fine art, blurring traditional boundaries.

Lucy Sparrow - Soup-Ercalifragilistic
Lucy Sparrow – Soup-Ercalifragilistic

5) Blurring the lines between urban art and craft, Lucy Sparrow creates whimsical and tactile installations using felt. From fully stocked grocery stores to entire art galleries, her soft sculptures immerse the viewer in a playful and nostalgic world. Lucy Sparrow’s unique approach challenges the notion of what art can be and invites a tactile engagement with urban art.

An original artwork by The Dotmaster - Mona Lisa
Original artwork by The Dotmaster – Mona Lisa

6) Bringing a satirical edge to the urban art scene, The Dotmaster combines stencils and wit to create thought-provoking pieces. Often blending humor with social commentary, his works challenge the viewer to question the world around them and consider alternative perspectives.

Another Totally Unexpected Discovery At 36 Degrees North by The London Police
Another Totally Unexpected Discovery At 36 Degrees North by The London Police

7) With their recognizable characters and bold geometric patterns, The London Police have been making their mark on the urban art scene since the late ’90s. Combining elements of comic book art, street art, and pop culture references, their artworks exude a sense of camaraderie and positivity.

SheOne, Bubblegum Pink, Hand-Finished version of the Limited Edition Print, 50x50cm 2022
SheOne – Bubblegum Pink, Hand-Finished version of the Limited Edition Print

8) Celebrated for his abstract and gestural style, SheOne’s art blurs the line between abstract art and graffiti. His dynamic brushwork and expressive marks create visually captivating compositions that convey a sense of movement and energy. SheOne’s work beautifully captures the raw essence of urban environments.

Original artwork by El Pez entitled Love The Streets
Original artwork by El Pez entitled Love The Streets

9) Hailing from Barcelona, El Pez is recognized for his vibrant and playful characters, most notably his smiling fish motif. Symbolizing happiness, freedom, and positivity, El Pez’s art brings a cheerful and uplifting element to any urban art collection. His use of bold colors and whimsical designs instantly captivate the viewer.

Painting by Nerone - Dripping
Painting by Nerone – Dripping

10) Combining elements of street art, illustration, and graphic design, Nerone’s artworks burst with energy and imagination. His vibrant and intricate compositions often feature flowers and intricate patterns, creating a visual feast for the eyes. Nerone’s art reflects the diversity and complexity of the urban environment.

Cover image: The Art of Nick Walker


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