A devastating fire wiped out almost all of Andrea Tyrimos' paintings last year.

But the artist born and still living in Winchmore Hill in Enfield has risen from the flames and this week opens her début solo exhibition Roadz, a glowing tale of London which mixes fine art with street style.

The 27-year-old says: “The fire was a bit crazy but it actually gave me a push to be brave and get out of my studio in my parents’ garage and out on the streets.

“You can really see the progress in my work since then.“

The Fine Art graduate of Central Saint Martins has created 14 new oil paintings especially for the event including ones produced as part of her unique Brick project. It sees her put up canvases on walls in places such as The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch and Old Street and camouflage them into the background, incorporating tiny details and capturing a snapshot of our urban living spaces which can then be exhibited.

She says: “My inspiration is London, I love it. The electric buzz and heartbeat is what I want to show in my work.

“I don’t paint dreamlike escapism, I like to paint what's around me, the urban vibe and ordinary moments.“

The former pupil of Raglan Primary and Edmonton County credits secondary school teachers Sophie Baker and Amanda Bratton with inspiring her to pursue a career in art and has invited them to her show.

She says: “I’m mega excited. To have the whole space dedicated to my work is really special.“

Curious Duke Gallery, Whitecross Street, EC1, June 5-28. Details: 020 7251 6551, curiousdukegallery.com