763. Upfest 2016 (120)

Si2, operating as ‘Hull Graffiti’ is a creative artist whose work is full of cartoon style characters. Look no further than his Facebook page to see the prolific high standard work he consistently turns out.

Si2, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Si2, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

His upfest piece is full of fun and energy, something of a USP for Si2. His biography for Upfest 2017 (yes, the list of Upfest 2017 artists is now out) reads as follows (with grammatical corrections):

Hull based professional graff writer and member of long running Newcastle crew 3rd Teem Kingz. Apex predator character writer only paints original work for pleasure and profit. Lives and loves graff and prefers to let his vast body of work speak for him, although most will know him as ‘the guy who paints the bins’.

Si2, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Si2, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Metro Mayor

 

An empty church hall

decked out with trestle tables

and three earnest clerks,

I pencil in my crosses;

my vote is cast. There it is.

 

by Scooj

 

I expect a very low turnout for the metro mayor election.

762. Upfest 2016 (119)

A pair of great wheatpasters occupuying the same space at Upfest, which is often the case when there are only a limited number of ‘public’ utility boxes of one sort or another to choose from.

Face the Strange, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Face the Strange, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The first of these excellent paste ups is by Losthills featuring his wonderful Jake the Dog, the second is a weird and wonderful pigeon headed gentleman by Face the Strange (I guess his name gives away his artistic direction).

Face the Strange and Losthills, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Face the Strange and Losthills, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

These two artists really brought some colour and fun to North Street, along with all the other wheatpasters. I fear it is an underrated form of street art, but I am a big fan.

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It was great to meet Dice 67 at Upfest, as we had communicated by Instagram before the festival, and I had arranged to say hello. His piece for Upfest was more of a collection of stencils pulled together into one place, and they are all really good.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

In the first image, Dice 67 is touching up some of the breaks in the outline from the stencil with a pen.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I love the ideas that he has brought to this eclectic gallery – a Victorian lady spraying, and a girl roller-skating, sporting a SSOSVA t-shirt.

 

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

One of the things that Dice encouraged visitors to do was stick up a signature or small stencil on his wall. There are many artists who took him up on his offer. I also made my debut tag…in the picture below – can you see it?

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

My first effort, and it could do with a bit of work, but not too bad. This was a really fun piece by Dice 67, getting into the spirit of the whole festival.

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You really know you are at a street art festival, when the bins that are provided for used spray cans are themselves sprayed. In this case by the talented and humorous The Agent. These minions were sprayed on bins around the Upfest site and added to the overall spectacle.

The Agent, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
The Agent, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I met The Agent a day or two after Upfest, when Inkie was finishing off his piece on Dean Lane. He corrected me about the post I wrote about a Bearpit piece on the 12 July, a short time before the festival. He most definitely is from Bristol, and indeed I have a recent piece by him lined up for posting soon. All good fun.

The Agent, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
The Agent, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

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Pooka, from Brighton is a relatively new entrant to the street art scene and has been spraying his monochrome portraits only since 2015. This wonderful freehand piece is, I think, a portrait of Nina Simone.

Pooka, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pooka, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Really striking and a great debut piece for Upfest.