US graffiti artist leaves parting gift

Street art by San Francisco graffiti artist Above, in the High Street. Photograph by @OwlFacedBoy
Street art by San Francisco graffiti artist Above, in the High Street. Photograph by @OwlFacedBoy
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A HIGH-PROFILE international graffiti artist left his mark on Hastings when he visited last week.

Street artist Above, who keeps his real identity a secret, is based in San Francisco, and is known for his full colour artwork including arrow-based installations and work with a social or political message.

On his recent trip to Hastings, he made some striking murals in the Old Town, in High Street (pictured above) and in the town centre on the shutter of HAP Munday newsagent, in Havelock Road.

Over the last 14 years, Above has made his mark on more than 60 countries during his self-financed annual tours around the world.

Above is the latest in a string of respected street artists whose work is visible around Hastings and St Leonards, including Lister, Ben Eine, and Banksy. Only time will tell who will strike next.

For more information on Above, visit www.goabove.com. Photograph by @OwlFacedBoy.