Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

1791. Upfest 2018 (67)

Probably not seen by many visitors to Upfest because of its location, this magnificent piece by Dan Kitchener was sited on yet another of this year’s new walls. It has to be said that the Upfest organisers, led by Steve and Emma have done an incredible job with finding new locations for artists to paint.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Although I had a map of where all the artists would be, I kind of stumbled upon Dan Kitchener at work. There were very few other visitors watching on, unlike some of the more central venues.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I went back to the site  a week or two after Upfest to be sure that the scaffolding was down and only then could really appreciate the magnitude of this piece. I love Dan Kitchener’s work, and although the style is familiar, it is the little details in his pieces that I find so compelling.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The night sky alight with neon signs in a Tokyoesque city and rain falling on the road and pavements that reflect the signs so beautifully. The whole thing is heaving with atmosphere, bustle, dampness and nighttime.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

For me though, my favourite bits are the individual characters under their umbrellas, and Dan Kitchener usually positions one of these closer to the foreground to provide a focal point for the scene. An absolute masterpiece.

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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.

4 thoughts on “1791. Upfest 2018 (67)”

  1. Few days ago I saw for the first time an artwork of Dan Kitchener (Waterford,Ireland), his flashy mural are just awesome. Special style, really different than what other artists do.

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