One of the pleasures of Upfest 2016 was the sheer volume of wheatpastes that appeared on billboards, lamp posts, letterboxes and other utility boxes. One of the busiest of these paste up artists was Face the Strange, who must have come to Bristol with a suitcase filled with his work.
This piece is really rather odd, odder than many of his other pieces and that is saying something. A raspberry lady in a business suit walking with crutches – what is going on here? It isn’t so much shocking as just weird. I rather like it though and you can see that a lot of thought and effort has gone into this small wheatpaste.
Another delve into the archive for this brilliant little piece by Sled One. I’m not too sure why I didn’t post it sooner, I guess every now any then things get on top of me, and anyhow, I am never short of material. If I stopped taking pictures today (which I didn’t), I would still be able to post images for at least a year.
This is a playful piece spelling out ASK, the After School Klub crew which has about fifteen or so Bristol street artists in its ranks, including Deamze, Epok, Sepr and Soker.
I run out of words trying to describe how much I like Sled One’s work. He is so imaginative and creative, and the execution of his work is faultless. Making ducks out of letters or letters out of ducks, this is simply brilliant.
Well it’s all Shabs at the moment. I said that there would be more to share with you, and so it is. This is a lovely piece on the side of a small café at the bottom of St Michael’s Hill, and in an area without much I the way of street art.
This piece has the characteristic colourful outlines of a figure, and of course a beautiful signature eye. I have walked past this many many times on my way to work, and I believe it to be an outstanding work.
The area is significant to me and my family as both of my children were born in St Michael’s Hospital just up the hill from here.
Today a look back at last Summer and a walk I took I Shoreditch. This is a great wheatpaste by D7606, and a fine tribute to the late David Bowie. D7606’s work often combines iconic figures with 20th century electronic appliances such as telephone boxes, telephones or televisions.
This piece is one from the archives going back to August last year and is by the enigmatic OHMS. I have had a major breakthrough recently in finding out a little more about the artist because I stumbled across his Instagram account @thelocknessmonster.
Now at the very least I will be able to see when he has created something new, and might even be able to work out where it is. I particularly like this piece because it has a marine theme and a rather nice feature lobster.
I get the feeling that OHMS or thelocknessmonster (what should I call him?) is in touch with his natural history side, because so many of his pieces feature wildlife. I do rather like his work.
This is a quick one from 45RPM on the long wall in Moon Street, opposite the Lakota. 45RPM has a broad range of pieces that he likes to spray, one of which is his graffiti burners. This is typical of many that can be found dotted around the city.
The colours are vibrant and eye-catching, and sets this piece out alongside other not-quite-so-good pieces.