Street art is always fascinating, because it almost always reflects some part of the country in which it was created. Just as America has famous street art in the form of graffiti, England has its own approach to art developed in the streets.

The Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City provides us with a glimpse of what street art in England is like. The upstairs of the gallery shows fine print work from some of the most celebrated artists from the United Kingdom’s Street Art movement. Here you will see rare and limited edition works by artists such as D*Face, Nick Walker, EINE and many more. And when I say street art reflects the country, it really does. Most of the art feels self-reflective. Most have some kind of gloominess despite their vibrant use of colors. The works are filled with energy, but display a sort of emptiness and loneliness.

It may just be my romantic view of England (I’ve never been before.), but I’ve always had this idea that there is something gloomy about the U.K., yet alluring, beautiful, modern and retro at the same time. This is exactly what the artwork seems to communicate. It’s pop art with an unusual twist.

People tend to consider street art ghetto. In a way, it may be. After all, street art comes from the streets. Thankfully, we have reached the point where we acknowledge street art as a valuable and amazing art form.

Corey Helford Gallery is located at 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City. For more information, visit