Liam Bononi, North Street Standard, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21

3835. Upfest 2021 75×75 (26)

Sometimes words are not enough.

I am very tempted to end the post at this point and just leave you to enjoy the pictures, but that would be a bit lazy on my part and short-changing you of my talents as a street art rapporteur (LOL). This piece is by genius artist Liam Bononi.

Liam Bononi, North Street Standard, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21
Liam Bononi, North Street Standard, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21

I haven’t encountered Liam Bononi before, but he is firmly on my radar now and I will be keeping an eye out for his extraordinary work. He has a fabulous website, and in his ‘About’ section there is a link to a short biographic video, which is well worth a quick watch if you have time. Liam is a Brizilian, now living in Liverpool, who started painting walls in 2007 and has decorated walls all over the world. Now is the turn for Bristol.

Liam Bononi, North Street Standard, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21
Liam Bononi, North Street Standard, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21

In his biography, the following sentence stands out as best describing what lies behind his paintings:

His pieces represent the quest for the divine essence that inhabits each one of us and his art is a narrative about the human beings’ transformation through self-knowledge and search of the self true (sic).

Heady stuff, but then this is a heady piece and one of the most compelling I have ever seen at Upfest. Liam Bononi has just set the bar at a new level. My advice… seek out his work whenever you can.

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17 thoughts on “3835. Upfest 2021 75×75 (26)”

    1. This piece was actually painted onto boards which were then put into what used to be a space for a billboard.
      If Upfest have any sense they will either keep or sell off the boards once they are ready for a new piece to take it’s place in a year or two . . .

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      1. Yeah that’s really unfortunate although here in Bristol almost every piece will get tagged if it’s in the public domain for a certain amount of time.
        Upfest pieces have usually been spared this fate luckily so this year’s attack was just that much more shocking.

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