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Love from Fortnum and Mason

I always love checking out the Christmas windows at Fortnum and Mason. In fact it’s become a tradition that my aunt and I meet up in London each December for a day of festive fun, with the final destination being Fortnum and Mason. But their window displays aren’t just for Christmas. They have interesting displays all year round.

If you were to walk along Piccadilly right now, you’d see they have a great display celebrating love and six talented street artists.

As a big fan of street art, I’m always excited when I come across a new piece on the streets by one of my favourite artists, especially as you don’t know how long its going to last. These pieces I knew were going to be around for a couple of months, and I finally remembered to head down to check them out last weekend.

The modern art looked great framed by the traditional window frames; a very different surrounding to the hoardings and graffitied walls I’m used to seeing their work on. Each of them stood out in their own right with their vibrant use of colour.

It was a typical Saturday afternoon so I did have to hang around to wait for gap in the pedestrian traffic to get these photos. As well as enjoying the art I enjoyed, as I’m known to do, watching people looking at the art and listening to the comments people made as they walked past. I spoke to one passer by who thought the painting by David Speed was a photograph rather than a painting. The photo doesn’t really do it justice as it was incredibly difficult to photograph through the glass as you can see.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet two of the artists in person previously – ALO at his exhibition in Dalston a couple of years ago and David Speed at his exhibition in his studio last year – and I’m in awe of their talent. It was great to see all of these artists being given space on one of London’s most expensive shopping streets and exposure to a new audience.

You can find out more about the artists and see more of their work on their websites and Instagram accounts linked below:

You’ve got until sometime in March to check the windows out. If you can’t visit in person, you can see the full images over on the Fortnum and Mason website.

It’s a bit out of date but I post my street art finds over on Instagram at @goingonastreetarthunt Perhaps at some point during my 100 days of writing I’ll share more about some of my other favourite street artists.

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