Imaginings

 

My ears deceived me?

I swear I heard the shrill cries

of swifts overhead.

 

by Scooj

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1975. Devon Road (9)

Following my post of a fabulous Xenz piece in Shoreditch a few days ago, I was reminded about this old one on a garage door in Devon Road, Bristol. I had to trawl through my archives and was thrilled to find it… a task that might sound simpler than it is.

Xenz, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Xenz, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

This is a simple piece, perfect for the garage, lifting it out of the bland and ordinary to become a thing of beauty as well as practicality. If only more of the carbuncles and eyesores of our city could be similarly transformed. There is a strong sense of calm in this painting and a connection with nature that I find uplifting. The bee eaters are beautiful too.

1965. Armada Place (15)

I don’t think I can ever recall being disappointed with a Sepr piece in the few years that I have been enjoying street art. His distinctive cartoon style and sense of fun ooze from his works which usually raise a smile.

Sepr, Armada Place, Bristol, January 2019
Sepr, Armada Place, Bristol, January 2019

In this piece, marking the end of 2018, we see a sunbather being mildly abused by some birds (gulls?). One is stealing his ring, another emptying cream on his tummy, another drinking his cocktail and the last using a magnifying glass to burn his toes. Now when I first saw this, I thought someone had drawn a cock and balls on the man’s stomach, but the more I have looked at it, the more I think it is a sketch drawn by the bird with the tube of sun cream. A brilliant piece – comedy on a hoarding. Nice to see that Sepr and Epok have decorated the nearby wheely bin too.

Aspire

A collection of street art from Aspire.

All photographs taken by Scooj

Aspire, Nomadic Community Garden, Brick Lane, London, April 2019
Aspire, Nomadic Community Garden, Brick Lane, London, April 2019
Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2018
Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2018
Aspire, Newfoundland Street, Bristol, March 2018
Aspire, Newfoundland Street, Bristol, March 2018
Ryder and Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Ryder and Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Aspire, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Aspire, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017
2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017
Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2017
Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2017
Aspire, Picton Lane, Bristol, November 2016
Aspire, Picton Lane, Bristol, November 2016
Aspire, Picton Lane, Bristol, June 2016
Aspire, Picton Lane, Bristol, June 2016
Aspire, City Road, Bristol, October 2016
Aspire, City Road, Bristol, October 2016
Aspire, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2016
Aspire, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2016
Aspire, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Aspire, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Aspire, Ashley Road, Bristol, September 2016
Aspire, Ashley Road, Bristol, September 2016
Aspire, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2016
Aspire, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2016
Aspire, Ashton Gate School, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Aspire, Ashton Gate School, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Aspire and ? Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2016
Aspire and ? Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2016
Aspire, Armada Place, Bristol, July 2016
Aspire, Armada Place, Bristol, July 2016
Aspire and Mr Klue, City Road, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire and Mr Klue, City Road, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Caravan M32, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Caravan M32, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Devon Road, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Devon Road, Bristol, May 2016
Aspire, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, City Road, Bristol, January 2016
Aspire, City Road, Bristol, January 2016
Aspire, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, Ashley Road, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, Ashley Road, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, Armada Place, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, Armada Place, Bristol, March 2016
Aspire, Charles Street, Bristol
Aspire, Charles Street, Bristol

937. Upfest 2017 (11)

This was a wonderful and carefree piece beautifully painted by the cheerful and smiling Arladiss, an artist I believe to be from Norway. I noticed that this wasn’t the only piece she worked on during Upfest, although I’m not sure it was planned that way. It seems that the weather may have deterred¬†one or two¬†of the artists and that in South Street Park, where Arladiss was painting, there were a few vacant boards.

Arladiss, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Arladiss, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

You can see from her Facebook pages that most of her work features children enjoying and being a part of the local environment. Indeed, her Upfest profile says that ‘she wants children in a neighbourhood to see the importance of their existence, and show them that they are a vital and beautiful part of the community’.

Arladiss, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Arladiss, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Her enthusiasm for her work was infectious, and it was fun watching her paint. The combination of the child striking a child-like pose and the birds swirling around her, give a tremendous sense of innocence and freedom.

Arladiss, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Arladiss, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I think I am a fan.