Tysall, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

1074. Upfest 2017 (80)

OK, so this is one of those pieces that seems to have become quite iconic in the wake of Upfest. Everything about it is contemporary with the mood of the nation and other nations. It is bright and colourful but hides a more sinister discontent behind the hoodie and mask. My interpretation, which might be very wrong, is of resistance and revolution, of clawing back some decency, some freedom.

Tysall, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Tysall, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The piece, by Tysall, is one of the most memorable of the festival, however, I am not familiar with the artist at all. I believe that he is Bristol-based, and have found a rather nice interview with him here.

Tysall, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Tysall, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I think his entry in the Upfest biographies is one of my favourites:

Just trying to make my own mark… or mess, I’m still not sure which it is.

He has made his mark with me, no messing.

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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.

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