Nelly Duff: Columbia Road gallery & shop of affordable unusual artworks

There were many factors propelling me towards Nelly Duff – Richard is a customer, with pieces both at home and in his coffee shops; then I read an article about how street artists were leaning towards galleries more these days; finally, wandering down East London’s Victorian cottage-lined Columbia Road, the marquee lights of the intriguing-looking shop caught my eye, even through the chaos of the flower market.
Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road flower market, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
And once I’d set foot inside and laid eyes on some of the affordable artworks, I knew Nelly Duff was going to relieve me of a chunky wad of cash!
Inside | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Nelly Duff is a small space on Columbia Road, exhibiting and selling editions and original pieces from artists at the cutting edge of the Street, Tattoo and Graphic art worlds.  With some of the biggest names in Street art to rising stars, from Barcelona to Baltimore, there’s an eclectic mix, and something for everyone.
Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
The price range is wide – there are some investment pieces with hefty price tags (such as genuine Banksy pieces), but actually the majority of artworks are very affordable – on my last visit I picked up three prints for just £120:
‘I Like It, What Is It?’ by Anthony Burrill – £40
Anthony Burrill | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
‘Uprisings’ by Kozyndan – £25 (look really closely at this one – all is not as it seems…)
Kozyndan | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Kozyndan | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
‘Weather Print’ by Mark Pawson – £55 (this one is beautiful, with iridescent paper and bright hues)
Mark Pawson | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
My art wall | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
My art wall | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Street Art prints gained real interest when David Cameron gifted President Obama a canvas by street artist Ben Eine a few years back.  You can buy your very own Ben Eine masterpiece at Nelly Duff, if you are so inclined (from £395) – or keep an eye out for his giant typographic letters on garage doors around East London.
Ben Eine | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
So who is Nelly Duff?  If we refer to the notoriously cryptic Cockney Rhyming Slag, Nelly Duff translates as ‘Life’ – ‘Duff’ rhymes with ‘Puff’ or breath of ‘Life’, which reflects the passionately life-loving ethos of the Nelly Duff gallery!
Inside | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
You can shop online or in store.  All limited editions come with a unique certificate of authenticity, and Nelly Duff can help with framing if you need too (though I actually used IKEA frames for some of my pieces, and Acrylidex for a perspex box frame for The Toaster, a gift for Richard).
The Toaster | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
The Toaster | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
I’ve got my eye on Pure Evil for a future purchase – Richard already has Prince Philip’s Nightmare – and in fact all Pure Evil’s prints are super striking to behold.
Pure Evil | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Inside | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Chris Bourke produces some awesome tattoo-inspired stuff that I quite fancy too…
‘Heart Waves’ by Chris Bourke – £45
Chris Bourke | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
‘This One’s For You’ by Chris Bourke – £75

Chris Bourke | Nelly Duff gallery, Columbia Road, East London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog

If you want to learn more about the street art of East London, I would recommend Alternative London’s walking street art tours – more details here.
Nelly Duff
156 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG