Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

676. Upfest 2016 (103)

This is one of the premium walls at Upfest, and last year was the proud home of this magnificent Martin Ron piece. This year it was the turn of one of the Godfathers of Bristol graffiti/street art – Cheo.

Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, August 2016
Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, August 2016

Sticking to the brief, or theme of Upfest 2016 Cheo’s piece features Mr Graff, an addition to the Roger Hargreaves community of Mr Men and Little Miss’.

Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, August 2016
Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, August 2016

My honest opinion on this piece is that I don’t think it was the right piece for this wall. This wall deserves a huge imposing and impressive piece and this feels like it does not fill the space properly. It is a very safe piece, and so I can see the appeal of having it in a supermarket car park, but to me the proportions just feel wrong.

Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a great piece, beautifully sprayed and full of incredible detail and characters that Cheo brings to life so well. I feel it would have been better on a different wall that you could get up close to.

Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Cheo, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The crazy worm and flowers at the bottom are wonderful, but seem detached from the main piece almost like a bonus afterthought. I concede that I may have got this completely wrong, but we all have a view.

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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my profile...to this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

One thought on “676. Upfest 2016 (103)”

  1. Super cute! I can’t tell from the picture about the correctness of the piece for the space. I can tell the bottom flowers are cut off from the rest of the piece. It happens. There are lots of artists at an event like this and only so may “premium” walls. I still like the piece for its cheerfulness and zip.

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