1122. Jamaica Street (13)

I wasn’t really looking for this tiny wheatpaste, and in fact must have walked past it many times before noticing it, but notice it I did and I am pleased to have done so. It is by the talented Beastie who seems to be at home with large or small murals or wheatpastes in equal measure.

Beastie, Jamaica Street, Bristol, August 2017
Beastie, Jamaica Street, Bristol, August 2017

This piece is opposite the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) outdoor gallery in Jamaica Street. I think the paste up is of a great tit, but it is difficult to be sure in black and white. This is what I love about street art – it is out there, you simply need to go out and find it.

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1082. Upfest 2017 (82)

This is the second post from the RAW wall at Upfest, and I fear that Sled One, is a bit of a gatecrasher on this wall. Sled One, now part of The Paintsmiths, is a member of ASK, but was clearly very welcome on this wall.

Sled One, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
I am not sure whether Sled One did this before or after his official Upfest lizards, but it looks like another of his crazy freestyle pieces. I think he does all this stuff just off the top of his head…remarkable really.

Sled One, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Of course there is something very witty about this piece, a bird in sunglasses sipping a cocktail sitting in a rubber ring…I’m not sure where he gets his inspiration from, but his imagination is amazing. I’m not convinced by the quality of the elephant though, which only goes to show that even Sled One is human.

RAW wall, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
RAW wall, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

1070. Upfest 2017 (76)

For the second year running I managed to miss (probably by moments) Aspire at work during Upfest. Actually I have not yet met him, and now that he operates out of London, the chances of that happening are rather remote.

Aspire, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Aspire, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Aspire was allocated one of the really nice walls this year and by the time I got there on the Saturday morning, he was finished and his gear was neatly piled up ready to go. I always know with Aspire that he never fails to delight with his brilliant birds and trademark pixellations.

Aspire, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Aspire, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

In this piece he features a rather charming  male bullfinch in all his finery.

 

 

1024. Dean Lane skate park (78)

This is the second piece that Xenz has sprayed in Dean Lane since Upfest (that I know of), and it is great to see his work here in Bristol. For a time he lived in Bristol and was active alongside Banksy and Inkie. According to his website, he now lives and works in London, so it is extra nice to see his work in Dean Lane…maybe he has moved back.

Xenz, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017
Xenz, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017

These beautiful birds perching on telegraph lines are something of a trademark  in many of his works, wildstyle writing or murals. They are full of charm and character, even though they are put together quite simply.

Xenz, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017
Xenz, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017

 

1011. Upfest 2017 (49)

Mazzi C is an artist whose plain speaking and informative Upfest biography profile tells us that she is inspired by natural organic forms and Oriental art. Mazzie C, from Cornwall (my favourite place) goes on to say that she finds the juxtoposition of natural themes and street art using sprays and inks interesting. Her work is driven by dialetics of nature and urban culture. Well mine too – welcome to Natural Adventures.

Mazzie C, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Mazzie C, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

This small work is subtle and engaging (I want to use the word charming, but it always sounds so patronising). There are several things going on here – the beautiful bird set amongst triangles and stencilled flower patterns, the swirling folds are also really well crafted, almost as if the whole thing is made of cloth. Now I just need to see some of this work on walls!