Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

1640. Upfest 2018 (2)

Daa da da da da da da da daa daa dada dada. Getting right to the heart of the matter is this brilliant Simpsons piece from Soker. He really is quite one of the best writers around and this sofa scene totally proves it.

Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

His use of the Simpson characters on the sofa, a scene so familiar to anyone who watches the show, to create his name is inspired, and taking a closer look, there is almost a Picassoesque look to Lisa and Homer in particular.

Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The whole scene is well observed, with the lampshade and the picture of a sailing boat on the wall, and is indeed a special homage to the genius of Matt Groenig.

Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I managed to catch up with Soker, which I have never managed to do before, and had a quick chat on the Friday, again on the Saturday morning and later on in the Spotted Cow. I think he had slightly overdone his merrymaking on Friday night and had to abandon painting on the Saturday, nursing a bit of a sore head.

Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I asked him why sometimes he wrote Soker and at other times Sokem. His answer seemed sensible to me…he started off with Soker (pronounced Soccer), but found the R difficult to write, so changed it to Sokem, before reverting once he found the R easier.

This has to be one of my favourites from Upfest 2018, and is really an outstanding piece.

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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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