It took me a little while to work out what was different about this Chill piece from his other work to date, and once I worked it out, I am baffled why it took so long, because it is so obvious. The character is not black and white, but has been filled with pink and yellow, something of a departure for Chill.
The character portrait is really tight, all the lines as sharp as can be, and the fills nicely done. The detail work, for example on the teeth is first class, and it is quite easy to see his tattooing skills and attention to detail and precision shine through. The piece is bookended with some delicate flowers, another feature of Chill’s work. A lovely piece from a recent PWA paint jam.
Bristol has an international reputation for being a graffiti and street art hub. Because of this, we get an awful lot of visitors, who come to paint one time, never to be seen again. I got lucky and managed to catch Cuomo, just as he was finishing off and photographing this piece. Cuomo is an Italian graffiti artist, and whether he was being evasive or whether there was a language barrier, he was reluctant to let on too much about himself. Perhaps he didn’t realise that there was little or no risk painting this board.
Cuomo has an interesting style, often combining characters with his writing. His writing is often black, as in this example, with angular shapes. What is clear is that there is a significant difference in design to the kinds of things we are used to seeing in Bristol. Vive diversity.
I have been saying it for a while, and perhaps it is wish fulfilment, that there will be a general election before Christmas. For this to happen, there will need to be a collapse in the government, because they will not be holding a vote of no confidence. As I see it, I don’t think we are too far away from crippling coordinated strike action, short of a general strike, along with marches demanding an election.
I feel that the Conservative party, in their desperation to keep their seats, have completely misjudged the mood of the nation.
All but the most ardent Brexiteers have come to the realisation that Brexit was a con, and we have yet to see any tangible benefits and so far only disbenefits (for example, being over a barrel with international trade negotiations and withdrawal of free movement (causing havoc for farmers and hospitality)).
There is still rage that Johnson and his cosy mates partied during lock down, and those who lost loved ones without being able to say goodbye will never forget.
I wonder how many of the 60 Tory MPs who resigned their posts, will again resign if Johnson were to be elected. Any who do not are hypocrites.
I don’t believe that the financial markets will be able to trust this Government. It is still the same people and their reputation for financial management, and the concept of ‘trickle down’ economics, is down the toilet, the damage is done.