Brixton’s newest mural pays tribute to a local hero

New Mural by Dreph of Michaeal Johns


Artist DrephThe man who already has the keys to Brixton, and is known to anyone who has “spent a penny” – or 20p – at the Popes Road public conveniences, has been honoured again in a giant mural opposite his place of work. The new work appeared over the weekend (24 September) at the end of the Brixton Design Trail week.

Michaeal Johns (right), who runs the market toilets, was presented with the keys to Brixton by council leader Lib Peck at the reopening of Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant last October.

Market traders’ CEO Stuart Horwood also paid tribute and said without Michaeal the market wouldn’t function.

The artist Dreph (left), is best known for his large-scale portrait paintings. His murals and the accompanying backstories are tributes to living unsung heroes and heroines who receive larger than life recognition in public places. A London-based British Ghanaian artist, full name Neequaye Dreph Dsane, Dreph has being creating street-based work for three decades. He has painted throughout Asia, Africa, America and Europe.  You can see his work at

Michaeal Johns receives the keys to Brixton at the Electric Avenue opening event
Michaeal Johns receiving the keys to Brixton at the Electric Avenue opening event


Watch the artist at work @Dreph_ on Popes Road for Brixton Design Trail