1730. Upfest 2018 (41)

Off we go again on another batch of fabulous street/graffiti art from Upfest 2018, starting with this stunner from Lokey. Lokey, a Bristol artist is a specialist at 3D writing, and this piece is close to perfection in my view. With subtle shading and clever ‘hourglass’ highlights the letters LOKEY are lifted out from the black background.

Lokey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Lokey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Everything about this piece is good – the colours, the design and proportions and the lovely clean sharp lines. This is definitely one of my favourite graffiti pieces from the festival this year. It took me a couple of days to get a good picture of it though, because every time I went to take a look at it, there were bunches of people standing in front of it. There should be a law against that.

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1595. St Werburghs tunnel (28)

I can only tell you very little about this magnificent piece in St Werberghs tunnel. It is by dmunk13 who was painting with six other writers, mostly from Bristol, a week or two back. He has an Instagram account and from that it looks very much like he is a tattoo artist who, like so many others, hits the streets from time to time.

dmunk, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
dmunk, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018

I think this is a really wonderful piece in so many ways. The colour selection works well for me. The combination of skilful 3D writing together with a fabulous crow head, wearing an orange beany, and why not. The letters are disguised and I think spell out MUNK, but not necessarily in that order. There is more writing in the cloud, which I think mirrors the 3D writing. Finally what self-respecting piece with a character doesn’t have it holding a spray can. This crow is gooood!

1587. St Werburghs tunnel (27)

A whole bunch of artists from PWA and some others had a bit of a paint jam in St Werburghs tunnel a couple of weekends ago. This amazing piece of writing is from an artist I featured  for the first time only a few weeks ago, jon Sikoh.

Sikoh, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Sikoh, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018

I think this is a stunning piece of 3D writing, thin and angular, with beautiful and subtle shadings. The decorations surrounding the piece help to fill in the surrounding sea of blue. Sikoh is a very tallented artist and I look forward to seeing more from him.

1319. Castlehaven Road, Camden Town (2)

When I first saw this piece, I thought I had found another Gregos mask, but I was wrong. It is a piece by Urban Solid, a street art duo from Italy. To see more of their work, take a read of this great blog by London Calling.

Urban Solid, Castlehaven Road, Camden Town, November 2017
Urban Solid, Castlehaven Road, Camden Town, November 2017

Unfortunately, I looks like the piece has been damaged, there is meant to be something in the mouth of the face, but it has been snapped off. I am a fan of this kind of 3D installation art that challenges the viewer with humour and sometimes political rhetoric. All part of the broad spectrum.

1205. Upfest 2017 (115)

I first became aware of PakOne a couple of years back when I found a piece by him that he did for Upfest 2015 in the Steam Crane. Even then I was impressed with the depth he gives to his work through the clever use of shadows and perspective.

PakOne, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
PakOne, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

This year’s piece is an absolute gem and utterly beautiful, made even more so by the scattered street furniture surrounding it. A floating rock with a tree in full pink blossom, isn’t this what dreams are made of?

PakOne, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
PakOne, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I tried striking up a conversation with the artist, but I think his English is about as good as my French, so we exchanged nods and I went on my way. This is an outstanding Upfest piece.

1018. Upfest 2017 (51)

Well this one was a little off the beaten track, only by a hundred meters or so, but enough for many visitors to Upfest to have missed it. In fact, I missed it until a friend told me about it, and I went to investigate for myself.

Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Mr June, who had a premium wall at Upfest 2016, came back this year to create this architectural masterpiece, turning a fairly ordinary flat into something out of the ordinary…exceptional even.

Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Smyth Lane has rarely been such a desirable location, demonstrating what a bit of unbelieveably cool spraying can do for a place. The clever straight line 3D effect created on the front of the building is perfectly offset by the more organic shapes that are on the walls of the tunnel. A watery theme disrupts the hard edges and ripples appear to disperse across the piece. While on the other side, water droplets bound by surface tension, sit on designed planes that have an Escher feel to them. And the greens…just beautiful.

Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Mr June is a highly accomplished artist and this piece really has to go straight into the top ten for this year’s festival…and to think I nearly missed it. I wonder if other local residents will be offering up their properties for a makeover next year.

Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Mr June, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

 

 

983. Upfest 2017 (36)

Watching the evolution of this piece by Ebee was fascinating. I don’t think the weather was very helpful, and it probably took a lot longer to complete than the artist might have originally envisaged.

Ebee, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Ebee, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Ebee is from London and has been painting since the 1980s, which puts him in great company, and even from this piece you can see that his work is influenced by the early New York graffiti.

Ebee, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Ebee, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
I like taking these ‘in progress’ shots because it is interesting to see how the artist sets about their work and the sequencing of how they lay down the composition.

Ebee, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Ebee, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
This is a really accomplished piece of wildstyle writing that incorporates an element of 3D style to the letters, although they are contorted and in differing planes, which makes this different from more conventional 3D art. The piece spells out ‘Ebee’ although it takes a while to get your ‘eye in’. A lovely piece of writing.