A street artist has hit back at the town’s critics and defended his artwork in Upper Orwell Street after the area was portrayed as run-down during coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit.

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Scott King, 40, of Hatfield Road, started his street art business, Aroma Designs, in 2009 and was commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council to paint the mural.

He said: “I was interviewed by the BBC at the time – all positive stuff – and next minute it’s just downright vandalism. It’s a bit hypocritical really.

“They’re putting Ipswich down and saying about all the empty shops – but it’s everywhere, it’s not just here.”

“London, where I’m from, is just as bad – they should sort London out before coming up here criticising Ipswich.”

Mr King moved to Ipswich from the capital 13 years ago and is proud of the town.

“I love Ipswich,” he said. “I got my career here.”

“It’s nice, people are quite understanding and a bit more open here. In London, people don’t give you two minutes.”

Mr King has been commissioned to paint murals and street art all over the town – working with the council and schools including Whitton, Rosehill, Clifford Road Primary and Ipswich Academy.

“It’s a bit upsetting to see it as vandalism,” he said. “It makes me look bad.”

“I run it as a business and it’s portraying me as a vandal.”

“This was my first commission, that’s why it hurt a bit when people were having a go at it – I think people should respect it.”

The mural has suffered some vandalism since it was first painted and Mr King intends to freshen the piece up in the coming months.

He said: “I’m going to brighten it up in the summer, get rid of all the graffiti, neaten it all up and add a few new bits. “

“I’m going to add a few buildings, like the Waterfront – a few buildings people know from round the docks, just to add a little bit.”

“I think I’m going to add something a little bit new here this summer, just so people go wow.”

Mr King believes street art has a bad reputation and it should be viewed in a more positive way.

“It’s quite a political thing to get into, graffiti,” he said. “You’ve got two sides to it – I’m a street artist, I prefer doing a big bright picture – I’m not the sort that just goes around writing tags everywhere.”

“It’s bringing people into this part of town and four years later, it’s not bad.”

15 comments

  • Maybe he should of painted some shops instead of the graffiti. We cannot fill real shop units in Ipswich so at least we can paint the dream. Afterall a picture paints a thousand words

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    the opinion man

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • I'd rather see bright colours than the drab browns and greys of some of these decaying areas of our town.some not so old as in the intrusive wine rack. I find some of it very talented and negative comments normally come from those who aren't..do we look on cave paintings as vandalism because surely this was prehistoric graffiti. So it's as old as time itself.spray cans at the ready :-)

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    nikkk

    Sunday, April 7, 2013

  • Graffiti is vandalism, and if Mr King hadn't been commissioned by the Comedy Council I would be nabbing him under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • I feel I must comment on this,I think if the artwork is done well then it certainly does brighten up boarded areas.this artwork or graffiti as some of you are calling it has been well done and if it is going to be smartened up in the next few months then all the better.Im sure if opinion man could send this artistic chap a photo of himself I sure he would include you in the mural.I would love to see a grumpy old man on this work of art.

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    mamamia

    Friday, April 5, 2013

  • Nothing says run down more than the tell tale street art.

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    richie w

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Wasn't it the Star that put this on their front page as an example of the bad images the BBC had used?

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    IpswichSpy

    Friday, April 5, 2013

  • It is your vile so called artwork AKA vandalism that makes Ipswich look like a "cesspit" Keep dreaming banksy

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    the opinion man

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • I'm sure he is a very talented man, but seeing this garish stuff makes it very depressing. It doesn't make and an area look enticing. It makes an area look run down and dismal to me..

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    waspie

    Friday, April 5, 2013

  • Graffitti makes any run down area look far worse. For a council to be spending money on this is unforgivable. It sends the wrong message and just encourages more vandalism.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • iv known scott for some time now and i have painted with him i agree with what he is saying at the end of the day if you think its vandalism i hate to think what you lot class banksy at the end of the day all us artist are trying to do is make a name for our selfs and the respect from the non artists

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    graffiti

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • Street art (or vandalism as we used to call it) commissioned or otherwise just works to underline that a particular area is unable to support viable small businesses. Its like saying, "we don't have any shops here any more, so we put street art here instead". its unsightly.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • I know scott and he works very hard on what he does,and if i could draw anything like him i would want to show the world. some of the best art in the world is graffiti.

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    Katy Wright

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Graffiti doesn't improve the look of anywhere, it just makes already run-down and boarded up areas look even worse. I wish this joker would go back to London where his talents might be appreciated.

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • The writing is on the wall

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    andy allen

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • It's vandalism, not art.

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    B W

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

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