851. Upfest 2016 (138)

I was really pleased to find this delightful small piece by an artist I wrote about way back in February 2016 — Elaine Carr. Her previous piece was of a Bristol landscape painted on a front garden fence. This, as you can see is quite different.

Elaine Carr, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Elaine Carr, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I am always going to favour any scene with a marine theme, and this fun piece ticks several boxes for me personally. It is the kind of work that I would love to have hanging up at home, although I’m not sure what Mrs Scooj would have to say about that. For the time-being it will hang in my virtual blog. I look forward to seeing her work at Upfest 2017 and hope to be able to say hello.

850. Upfest 2016 (137)

Losthills had a field day with his Jake the dog paste ups and this is a collection of three pieces by way of rounding off his Upfest contribution.

Losthills, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Losthills, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

With each of these wheatpastes, I would have to say ‘who doesn’t love a dog that dresses up?’

I hope that Losthills will be returning in July because I do love a good paste up, and hunting around for these ‘gifts’.

849. Upfest 2016 (136)

I don’t know very much about Johnman, the artist who created this wonderful greyscale stencil set on such a¬†colourful background.¬† I have seen from his Instagram account that the stencil has been used in a piece called ‘Hitching to London’, where the background is a map of London.

Johnman, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Johnman, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

It is funny, but I don’t very well recall this piece from Upfest, but on inspecting it closely now, from the comfort of my desk, I think this is an outstanding work. I look forward to paying a bit more attention this year when he returns for Upfest 2017.

848. Raleigh Road, Vector (13)

It has been really interesting to see this ‘Bee-Boy’ come to life. He began as a sketch in Cheo’s black book which he posted on Instagram with the hashtags #cheo, #bee, #sketch and #fart. The sketches became more detailed until he finally sprayed the piece in Raleigh Road.

Cheo, Raleigh Road Bristol, June 2017
Cheo, Raleigh Road Bristol, June 2017

Cheo seems to have had a love-hate relationship with Bee-Boy and it has been interesting to see the development of the character. Even after he had completed the work, he went on to produce a full colour sketch, for which he apologised, and even after that he committed the ‘little twat’ to canvass.

Cheo, Raleigh Road Bristol, June 2017
Cheo, Raleigh Road Bristol, June 2017

Whatever cheo thinks of it, I and many, many others love this little character – edgy, mischievous and comical.