Aspire, Fairfield Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

3892. Upfest 2021 75×75 (46)

How utterly perfect to welcome Aspire back to Bristol for Upfest’s 75 walls in 75 days, and what an amazing huge mural he has gifted the fine people of Bedminster. I have to admit that this piece came as a bit of a surprise as he seemed to have painted it quite quickly between visits, or maybe I just didn’t stop to look the right way at the right time.

Aspire, Fairfield Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Aspire, Fairfield Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

I thought I was going to get a bit frustrated with the parking situation, but the gentleman in the black van was very obliging and moved out of the way for me to take a picture, and just to prove it, here he is giving me the thumbs up. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. The upshot was I managed to get a full and uninterrupted photograph of the wall.

Aspire, Fairfield Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Aspire, Fairfield Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

The mural itself is awesome, and takes Aspire into the next level. I am not sure how many large murals he has done since moving to London from Bristol, but this is definitely the biggest I have seen.

Aspire, Fairfield Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Aspire, Fairfield Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

The focus of the piece is a stunning Kingfisher, with a cherry on the top, and a little bit of pixelation, for which Aspire is famed. However, Aspire has combined the bird with a classical study of a bowl of fruit and the combination makes for a very special and intoxicating mural. This is glorious stuff and reminds us of what we have been missing in Bristol (as if we didn’t already know) since Aspire left. Bravo!

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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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