Zabou is an exciting street art talent who, since bursting onto the scene in 2012 has been gaining a growing reputation for her sharp stencil based art. Originally from France but based in London, her work can be found all over the East End, one of the world’s top places to see high quality street art.
When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in Street Art/graffiti?
It all began when I moved to London for my studies. This city is so vibrant for street art and graffiti that I thought I should give it a try as well.
Which artist/s influenced you?
I’m never sure what to answer to that question! There are a lot of amazing artists out there that I love and follow, but not sure if one or a few in particular have influenced my work.
What style is your work?
I’m working with large hand-drawn stencils based on my illustrations. I’ve Recently started to mix them with free-hand colors.
Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?
A bit of everything, from illustrated books to old advertisements which are really fun to reinterpret. I like to look at everything around me and get inspiration from it.
What is the source of your inspiration these days?
My pieces are usually a kind of cheeky statement, it can be about various themes but lately it was a lot about street art and the creative power. Sometimes they’re more political, funny or plainly poetic.
What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?
Painting in Central Paris during day time. Just when I finished the piece the cops drove by so I had to grab my stuffs as fast as I could and hide behind a car. They didn’t notice anything hehe.
Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?
Yes I am, pretty much everything turns out the way I want.
Do you listen to music while working? Or you need a quite environment?
I’m often listening to music on a little speaker while painting, it gives me energy!
Where your work is usually located?
My works are mostly located in London, UK.
Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?
Not generally, the amazing thing about painting in the street is meeting people who stop by to have a chat. The difficulties can be the weather, any defaults from the wall/surface that will make your work not go as smoothly as planned.
Have you ever had any problems with authority cause of your work?
I got caught twice in France, but it didn’t go further than that. Fingers crossed!
Do you have a formal art education?
Yes I do, I have a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts. And I love what I studied, it was a great time. It allowed me to explore loads of technique, carry my own researches, and I acquired a strong background in History of Art as well.
Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?
I like both. Most of my pieces are work that I do alone but from time to time I get to do collaboration with another artist.
Have you every collaborated with other artists?
Yes. I’ve done collaborations with Sr.X, Pegasus, Hannah Adamaszek, Blouh and Saki & Bitches. And there will be a lot more to come!
What do you see as the future of Murals / street art / graffiti?
Wow tough question! Hopefully more of it!
How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?
They are a great addition to the scene; following them is a good way to stay updated about everything that is happening. They document street art in a way and also help raising artists’ profile.