I approached Upfest on the Saturday morning from East Street and as I was at that end of Bedminster, dived into Dean Lane skate park because it is always busy with ‘fringe’ festival art, and by that I mean it is not all entirely official. This is one such stencil work by About Ponny, an artist not known to me before…I have immediately become a fan.
About Ponny is a highly skilled stencil artist from Bologna in Italy and I found a short biography on his Facebook page which I have translated from the Italian using Google translate. It reads as follows:
Ponny was born in Bologna one evening after dinner.
Single, but only in the name, because always accompanied; for this reason it has no gender.
Son of a game between friends and of the passion for art, in all its forms, as long as expression and creativity, incessant source of emotion.
In continuous search for balance on the edge of legality, the road torments him, the only place to express himself!
This work, in my mind, is stencil work of the highest calibre. The subject is touching and soulful, the execution brilliant, the colour scheme has an earthy and innocent quality and the location is brilliant. One of the best ‘unofficial’ Upfest 2018 pieces.