I haven’t seen much micro stencilling since I started writing about street art and graffiti art, so it was a real discovery to see this incredible stencil by Eins92. I’m sure it was no reflection on the artist, but there was no biography in the Upfest programme, so I have had to dig a little deeper to find out anything about him.
Eins92 is a German street artist who has recently spent some time in the UK going to various urban art festivals and leaving behind his little treasures. There is a really good interview with him in this Global Street Art feature. I can’t believe I didn’t photograph another of his stencils on the other side of the bus.
This work is so intricate, and the stencils he cuts are so incredibly tiny. This is really skilled work and he produced it perfectly.
A little while back I posted an amazing wall painting by Andrew Burns Colwill from Upfest 2015. It was the goldfish leaping out of a bowl piece in the Tobacco Factory car park. Well, Andrew was back again this year, and this time I managed to get some pictures of him at work.
This work looks to be a little more cryptic, it appears to be full of symbolism and I am not too sure what it all means. The balloons have faces on them and a sea of paperwork is disappearing down a plughole…or something.
Whilst I am not as keen on this as the goldfish, I am drawn to it every time I walk past it. I guess I will have to try and find out more about it.
I have recently become aware of another of his works very near my work, on the side of a container near the back of Bristol aquarium. I will try and get a photograph soon. It has been there for a while…I just never ventured to take a look. Unusual for me.
An interesting commentary piece at this year’s Upfest by MAS972, and artist based in Tel Aviv. I don’t know if it reflects his experiences in the UK, but we certainly are a nation awash with CCTV cameras.
Another visiting artist I know little about, but you can see more of his work at this London street art design website. think the text is a reference to the slogan from Candid Camera, which was ‘smile, you’re on TV’, if I remember correctly.
This energetic and rather curious looking tiger is by the artist Lewis Campbell who paints under the name of Lost Monkey. Lewis Campbell, who comes from London is an illustrator story board artist who turns his hand to street murals and larger canvasses from time to time.
This work has loads of energy and an element of menace about it, but also seems to have something of the child about it. The name ‘Lost Monkey’ is (according to his website) a symbol of the potential ideas and imaginings that fill an artist’s head – just bubbling under the radar of the subconscious. As he is a native Londoner, I’m not sure we’ll be seeing a lot of Lost Monkey in Bristol – maybe at Upfest 2017.
This interesting piece by Deamze was most likely sprayed at the same time as this awesome work by Voyder. They often work together, and the two pieces were close to one another on the same wall.
This Deamze piece is intricate and skillfully worked and has the trademark cartoon element woven into the work. The face reminds me of one of the characters from the Beezer comic, or was it Beano…it is the top lip that does it. The Bash Street kids?
Deamze continues to delight with his work dotted around the city, although only those with their eyes open will enjoy it.
Some of the most satisfying graffiti art is often the simplest. RIP is a great example of an artist who is highly accomplished at producing multi-layer stencil canvas pieces, but is equally at home with sharp, witty street stencils like this one. RIP is from Staffordshire, but a regular visitor to Bristol where he works with other SSOSVA artists.
There are actually two RIP stencils, the lower one of which I have seen in several other places. It would appear from the writing above this work that stencils are not to everyone’s taste. I like this picture because it speaks loudly of the way street art is and the sense of anarchy (albeit benign) that surrounds it.
This is the third piece I have posted on this blog by OHMS, and one photographed way back in May. I am still none the wiser though about the artist, or group of artists that produce these fine works. Each piece is usually accompanied by a reference to the Splab Gang, which I guess is a crew. I’m sure someone will tell me more about OHMS eventually, but for now we will all be in the dark.
The pieces always feature the letters OHMS and fabulously unique filling in of the letters. What is different here is that most graffiti artists fill in the letters with solid shading to provide depth and perspective. Not OHMS…these seem to be filled in with elaborate decorations that have a flatter look to them, but are beautifully designed. There is still something mysterious about these pieces, and this is a fine example.