755. Dean Lane skate park (45)

How on earth I stumbled on identifying this piece I genuinely can’t remember, but I am pleased to have done so as it has been in my archive for some while. It is a really nice piece of writing by Cokestd, an artist from Budapest in Hungary which he created in November 2016 while on a trip to the UK.

Cokestd, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2016
Cokestd, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2016

I do like it when visitors come and leave their mark in our city, especially when it is with a piece such as this – I like to think of Bristol as a welcoming place where we embrace our overseas friends with open arms. The piece itself is a beauty, nicely proportioned with great lines and colours.

754. Albert Park (1)

Although I took this picture in July of last year, the piece is somewhat older than that and is still there today unblemished and untagged. Surely a mark of respect to the artist Soker who produced it.

Soker, Albert Park, Bristol, July 2016
Soker, Albert Park, Bristol, July 2016

I have posted quite a few of his works here, but many are lost fairly soon after their creation. This one has stood the test of time, and because of this, I am used to seeing it when driving along Ashley Road in St Pauls. It has become a bit of a landmark. Great colours.

As I post this, I am aware that about a week ago, this wall has been repainted…I think with another Soker piece.

753. Upfest 2016 (115)

I saw this magnificent piece at a couple of different stages in its genesis and what a masterpiece it turned in to. It is by Pikto, an artist who has been working on street art and graffiti art for some ten years. He has created pieces in London and all over the UK, in Poland and Denmark.

Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

This is really eye-catching and different, combining a photorealist technique with a rather surreal image. I love this piece, it is one of the outstanding images of Upfest 2016 in my view.

Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

752. Upfest 2016 (114)

This is a beautiful wheatpaste by the wonderfully talented What Have I Done Now. The piece contains real pathos, and has resonance with Italian frescos…simply replace the police with Roman soldiers.

What have I done now, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
What have I done now, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

This is similar in subject matter and style to one of his other Upfest pieces. Great work.

751. Upfest 2016 (113)

A really colourful collaboration by Bristol artists, DNT, Akarat and Sheva. It is great that as well as visiting artists from all over the world, space is made for some of the local street/graffiti artists who keep Bristolians happy year-round.

DNT, Akarat and Sheva, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

DNT, Akarat and Sheva, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

In this large piece, the stencils at each end are by Akarat, the writing and little angel at the bottom right hand side by DNT and the rest I assume is by Sheva. Sheva is a Bristol artist I have not posted about before, and although I am familiar with the name, I am not familiar with his work.

DNT, Akarat and Sheva, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
DNT, Akarat and Sheva, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The whole thing, I think is entitled ‘War Baby’ but I am not too sure what the narrative, if there is one, is.

DNT, Akarat, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
DNT, Akarat, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

This was definitely one of the brightest and most vibrant pieces of last year’s festival.

Akarat, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Akarat, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016