It is hardly a typical gift from one world leader to another – a painting by a graffiti artist with three convictions for criminal damage.

Cameron gives Obama street art present
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For Mr Cameron picked a work by a little-known British artist who perfected his skill defacing or beautifying – depending on one’s point of view – the underpasses, bridges and train carriages of his native south London.

Ben Eine’s colourful typographic works might be known to the street art aficionados of Shoreditch and Spitalfields, but his name is hardly in the same league as Banksy, the elusive but publicity-conscious graffiti artist.

Eine’s handmade screen prints sell for as little as £100; his paintings don’t go for more than £7,500.

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