Banksy Mentor, Nick Walker’s East Village Mural in Ruins
In 2008 the English street artist Nick Walker painted a series of stencil-based murals (some legal, some not-so-much) around Manhattan and Brooklyn. The largest and most impressive one being in the East Village on the corner of Bowery and 6th Street. The Culture Report was sad to see that that work of art was recently reduced to rubble.
Nick Walker, born in 1969, emerged from the Bristol graffiti scene of the early 1980s. In 1992 he began to combine stencils with his freehand work. Many site him as a major influence on the work of Banksy, who also derives from Bristol. In recent years Nick Walker exhibited in solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, and London.
The Cooper Square Hotel invited Nick Walker back this past February to leave his mark just down the block near the entry to the hotel. Hidden behind the hedges, Walker painted his signature English gentleman trimming a ‘V’ for ‘Vandal’. You can also find another mural by Nick Walker inside The Cooper square Hotel’s restaurant The Trilby.