If you like a bit of street art, you'll love Stewy the graffiti artist. Seemingly fashioning himself as Margate's answer to Banksy, you've probably noticed Stewy's stencil work appearing on the walls of the Old Town shops. Some may love it, some may hate it, but that's what art's all about, is it not?!
You've probably seen this graffiti a thousand times by now, since Stewy was the subject of a KM News article last year, but I sought Stewy's permission to share a lot of his Flickr photos on this blog. Thankfully, he kindly agreed, as I think his work is really quite impressive. Take a look:
It's no secret that Margate has rapidly become a cultural hub for local artists, illustrators, designers and creative types ever since the Turner Contemporary opened, so it's hardly surprising that a street artist of Banksy's ilk started to leave his mark on our seaside town.
You can have a debate until the cows come home about whether graffiti is vandalism or artistically merited, but I see no harm in Stewy's intentions as he doesn't appear to be defacing anything. In fact, I think Stewy's stencils bring some magic to the Old Town centre and really help to define Margate as a fashionable place which welcomes urban artforms. What do you think?