Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

4483. Upfest 2022 (9)

One of the most pleasurable parts of the new format for Upfest, was the opportunity to meet artists in the weeks before the festival weekend while they were completing their allocated walls, and none more so than Ant Carver who I also met last year. The technique and painting methods he uses means that he paints over several days, and I think I caught up with him on three separate occasions while he painted this extraordinary portrait piece.

Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

The first stage to his work is creating a matrix on the wall which he photographs and then superimposes his draft onto on his mobile phone. The lines act as a grid which he uses to map out a sketch on the wall, and he can create his outlines with pin-point accuracy. I believe that the piece is one he had painted on canvass for an exhibition.

Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

Ant Carver, I think, uses spray cans for some of the work, but much of it is painted with brushes. The fine detail in the piece is achieved with the brushes, something that would be difficult to achieve using spray paint alone.

Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

I have a feeling that This piece, and indeed last year’s 75 x 75 piece are about aspects of mental health. I am not too certain that Ant Carver completed the piece, because the candle doesn’t look finished to me. I’ll need to check up on that.

Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Ant Carver, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

All in all another very pleasing and special piece from Ant Carver, on a new wall for Upfest, which is in a really great spot for maximum exposure. Great work from this modest and really likeable artist.

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