4718. Upfest 2022 (49)

Elf, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Elf, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

A noticeable difference between Upfest and the everyday street art scene in Bristol is the ratio of character pieces to graffiti writing. At Upfest I would guess that there are three character pieces to each graffiti writing piece, whereas on the street, it is much more like a 1:3, 4 or 5 ratio the other way round. This is just a brief explanation of why there are so many character pieces from Upfest on Natural Adventures.

Elf, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Elf, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

This is a rather touching piece by Elf, featuring a creature cuddling a little baby. I don’t know much at all about the artist, but her full moniker is Elfkunst, which translated from the German means Elf art, so I guess she is German speaking (German or Swiss).

The work is eye-catching and beautifully presented. All the lines are neat and tidy. The little details and patterns bring the whole thing to life. Cute, cuddly creatures, with a touch of mystery and edge.

4716. Upfest 2022 (47)

J. Sharples, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
J. Sharples, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Upfest, which was made even better by my daughter accompanying me on one of the days. It is the first time that any family member has shown any real enthusiasm for my passion and I felt very supported. Fortunately there was a really good mix of works in progress and completed pieces for my daughter to enjoy.

J. Sharples, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
J. Sharples, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

This gorilla piece from Jay Sharples is a classic piece of character street art. The background is in complete harmony with the portraits which are perfectly clean and crisp. It is always a pleasure to see his work when he visits Bristol for Upfest.

4715. Upfest 2022 (46)

Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

It will take me all year to post everything I want to post from Upfest, so you will have to be patient. I have to intersperse the Upfest pieces with the contemporary work that appears on the streets of Bristol every day. This is a wonderful piece from Koop, an artist I have seen a fair bit on the Festival circuit.

Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

Korp creates these rather endearing creature characters – I think that they are worms – and this is quite the best one I have seen to date. There is something about the colours in this one that work so well. The feathers are beautifully worked and the whole piece is very neat and tidy with crisp, sharp lines. Look out for more from Korp, coming soon.

4675. M32 roundabout J3 (428)

Zed in the Clouds, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022
Zed in the Clouds, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022

I am utterly baffled that this is only the second piece by Zed in the Clouds that I have published on Natural Adventures, which is in no way representative of the number of pictures I have taken of his work, nor the quality of it. I can’t think why he has been squeezed out, and I will definitely have to do something about the situation.

Zed in the Clouds, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022
Zed in the Clouds, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022

This is a nice clean cartoon character piece featuring a young man in a relaxed meditation pose, wearing what looks like a helmet with a pink visor. I like the simplicity of the piece, but also the attention to detail, such as the creases on his t-shirt accompanied by subtle darker shading. Watch this space for more from Zed in the Clouds.

4671. Brunel Way (170)

Tack Jucker, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022
Tack Jucker, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022

He’s been at it again, and at this rate, Tack Jucker is painting his way into a Natural Adventures gallery. Pretty much half of all the pieces I have seen by Tack Jucker feature apes of some kind, usually with a fairly aggressive facial eexpression, and this new one under Brunel Way falls into that category.

Tack Jucker, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022
Tack Jucker, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022

The little dots for pupils make this ape appear rather more unhinged than some of the other ones, and I am not sure whether the artist painted them or they are a tagged addition. There is plenty of movement, augmented by the green wisps and threat emanating from the bared teeth of the ape. Overall, this is another fine example of Tack Jucker’s work, which I am really enjoying.

4664. Dean Lane

Pelmo, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2022
Pelmo, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2022

Pelmo has been experimenting for a little while with some fascinating studies of characters in orange and red doing unusual things. This fine piece, perfectly located in Dean Lane, is another climbing piece, this time with both climbers more obviously positioned and related to one another than the one in New Stadium Road.

Pelmo, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2022
Pelmo, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2022

This charming work shows two characters, one belaying the other as he carefully climbs a ‘chimney’ between a wall and telegraph pole.  There is a lot of thought and love shown by Pelmo in his pieces, and I always feel that he has a strong relationship and affection for his characters. This is a brilliant small piece that brings a smile to my face each time I see it.

4639. M32 Cycle path (182)

Mote, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2022
Mote, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2022

I am writing this last night, as I have a long journey tomorrow, heading for Pula and the last few days of our holiday. So this will be necessarily short, which is a pity because I like writing about Mote’s work.

Mote, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2022
Mote, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2022

This is a large piece has some kind of monster cow character (a creation of Mote’s fertile mind), and a message, which might have been added by someone else, saying ‘Animal farming causes climate chaos’. The tagged message completely baffles me, but confirms my belief that most taggers are imbeciles. A lovely, crazy piece from Mote.

4632. Brunel Way (167)

Smak, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Smak, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022

It is great to see another Smak piece, here under Brunel Way, this one complete with a rather fun character. I have a feeling that the character is a rather well know one, used in graffiti, which probably comes originally from comic books, as so many graffiti characters tend to.

Smak, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Smak, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022

As you would expect from Smak, both the character and the letters are outstandingly well painted and look great on the prepped red wall.

Weirdly, I had a dream last night about a massive street art festival (walls only), and I had been invited to participate, and Ryder, or was it Smak, was helping me to select a wall and offering advice for how I should go about it. This was brilliant, until it occurred to me that I had left all my paints at home and would have to go and get them. A this point my sub-conscious kicked in and explained to me that I couldn’t possibly go home, because I was on holiday. Alas, my chance to paint a large wall disappeared. Strange things dreams.

Maesyhook

A gallery of wonderful characters from Maesyhook

Instagram : @maisypaintfx

all pictures by Scooj

Maesyhook, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, April 2022
Maesyhook, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, April 2022

 

Maesyhook, City Road, Bristol, October 2021
Maesyhook, City Road, Bristol, October 2021

 

Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021
Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021

 

Maesyhook, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021
Maesyhook, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021

 

Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

 

Maesyhook, Frome side, Bristol, June 2-021
Maesyhook, Frome side, Bristol, June 2021

 

Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021

 

Maesyhook, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021
Maesyhook, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021

 

Maesyhook, St Werburghs Tunnel, Bristol, June 2021
Maesyhook, St Werburghs Tunnel, Bristol, June 2021

 

Maesyhook, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Maesyhook, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021

4602. Brunel Way (164)

It feels like Groundhog Day every time I write about a Chill piece, in that I wanted to start this piece with the words “Hardly a week goes by without a new piece from Chill” but I fear I might have used this form of words previously when talking about the artist. I think you get where I’m coming from though.

Chill, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Chill, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022

This one is on the long support wall under Brunel Way, which is always a bit of a challenge to photograph, because of the light conditions and also a certain amount of glare that reflects off the wall. Chill has smashed it again with his black and white cartoon character, but he has also managed to sneak in a bit of colour with his palm tree for added interest. There is so much detail in this piece, that it is worth dwelling on every aspect of all the features on the character. A craftsman at work.