Odeith, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

590. Upfest 2016 (84)

One of the largest pieces of Upfest 2016 is this magnificent mural by Odeith. It is located on the same wall where this Thierry Noir  pair was painted for Upfest 2015 and it shows vividly how different art pieces can change utterly the character of a wall.

Odeith, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Odeith, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Odeith was one of the festival’s lead artists and one I haven’t written about before, although I think I have seen his work on the Interweb. He is from Damaia in Portugal and has been spraying since the 1980s. Odeith has worked a lot with perspective and shading to create some amazing 3D effect pieces, a style which he called ‘sombre 3D’. This piece, however is something else altogether.

Odeith, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Odeith, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

It is brilliant for so many reasons. Firstly it is an extraordinarily lifelike painting of Benny Hill (anyone not know who he is?) and it is technically excellent. Secondly it is hugely topical and relevant, being a commentary on the Brexit vote in the UK. It openly mocks the vote, implying that UK (Plc) is a clown and viewed as such by the rest of Europe, and probably much of the world. I love this wall and all that it says. It is a constant reminder of our national stupidity. As an aside I ought to say that I always rather liked Benny Hill – especially in the Italian Job and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


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6 thoughts on “590. Upfest 2016 (84)”

  1. I like Benny Hill too. I loved his corpsing and pun on words. He was highlighted by the Women’s Movement as a case of every day sexism in society 40 years ago. People then ostracised him as if he was the only sexist at the time – his humour was quite tame compared to what sort of violent jokes were being told against women during the 70s.

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    1. It is always dodgy territory delving into the ‘saucy’ humour of Benny Hill, or Carry On films etc. I think though it is possible still to remember them fondly, although in today’s context we are more mindful (and that s right).

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