The London Boulevardier

A Tale of The London Boulevardier

Steve + the Boulevardier talk arty bollocks over much alcohol in a dive bar in a West End town.


Sometimes you’re better off in bed.

There’s a spray can in your hand and

it’s pointing at your head.

You think you’re mad, too unstable

painting birds on walls and refusing

to be labelled.

Call the Old Bill.

There’s an artist around.

What you’re saying Steve is there’s too many shadows, not enough colour?

Goddamn right.

What about those whispering voices?

Paint the hoardings, too many choices.

You are goddamn right. Lying in bed thinking.

If? When? Why? What?

How long have I got?

Do I give up?

Ignore the soft option?

Paint landscapes?

Choose the hard option, being chased by the Old Bill underground Hiding in a dive bar talking bollocks in a West End town


The London Boulevardier as you know makes satirical observations on contemporary culture. This can be sung to the Pet Shop Boys ‘West End Girls’

Francis Charlton

Artist and poet Francis Charlton has been exhibiting his work in London for over forty years. Focusing mainly on current issues, he is well known for his political and satirical style.

From portraits and graffiti, to drawing and painting, Francis’ approach is diverse and to the point. Some of his most famous and controversial works include the Walt’s World series as well as the Bones and Drones series.

A former teacher, he is very much involved in the art community. He often gathers fellow artists, poets, actors and photographers at his studio to exchange ideas on creativity and inspiration.

He has contributed and participated in many solo and group shows nationally and internationally.

Francis is also the writer behind The London Boulevardier adventures. A series of books in which Dave, a satirical character based on the author’s experience in the art world talks about his escapades in the London art scene. Francis has written six novels about his adventures – all available on Amazon.

Introduction and article illustration by: Dominique Marchi