This portrait is by Ben Slow @benslow a London Based artist. Ben specialises in portraiture. His most famous mural is in Germany which is a mural of a couple who have lived in the building for 67 years they moved in there the day they were married. The work on the side of No. 1 Melfort Road, in Thornton Heath is actually of a child who lives on the street just down the road. His name is ‘Mika’ he was 5 when Ben painted it. Mike sees this mural every day on the way home from school still. In Ben Slow’s Instagram post of 2018 he says painting the mural was “A sobering, fun, frustrating, strung out process but well worth it in the end”. 
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Commissioned by Croydon Council, 2018
Created on June 29, 2018
1 Melfort Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7RS, UK

Hunted by Averil Coutinho. Pictures by Michael Shilling @Londonin360 Tilly Pollard @heartofthefirefly.