This extraordinary piece at Upfest 2018 wasn’t actually an official piece, but one of those ‘extras’ that we get in Dean Lane from visiting artists who didn’t get an Upfest pitch. I have tried to find out a little bit about the artist, but haven’t had much success. I found Mowcka’s website, but the ‘About’ section is beautifully lyrical and mysterious, but evasive and I expect that is the whole point.
I am troubled that on this day I managed to get water on my lens and didn’t check it or discover it until I uploaded the photographs. The result is presentationally disappointing, but the artwork magnificent. There is something very ‘mother Earth’ about these characters and a fair amount of symbolism going on too.
This should be fairly quick and simple. Here we have a rather fun column piece by an artist called Zinso. Although I have a few pictures of his work from recent walks, he is a new artist to me and I have not been aware of him before the last couple of months or so.
Zinso seems to have a clear idea of his artwork and executes it cleanly to a rehearsed design (I am guessing), almost like a very fancy tag. Practising the same broad design builds up skills and technique. Zinso already seems well on the way to creating an identity. Look out for more from this artist.
Oh what a fabulous day – deep blue skies after what feels like a month of constant rain and a new Laic217 piece on the curved wall in Dean Lane – it just doesn’t get much better than this. Laic217 just keeps on doing it and with each piece his technique improves. This piece looks like it has been lifted straight off a sketchbook and the tones he gets in this greyscale piece are to be admired. The overall composition is really interesting and has some resemblance to a piece he painted on this wall in March last year with the words ‘Ice Ice Baby’.
Making an appearance, a feature of so many street works, are some ‘Hello, my name is’ stickers. Now can somebody please tell me the significance of these – why do they appear so often? On these, one says Laic217, another says CortOne (one of his painting pals) and the third I’m not too sure about.
Hats off to DJ Perks for this amazing character piece of Hong Kong Phooey in the depths of the underpass at Lawrence Weston. There is no doubt about it, this spot is very much favoured by Perks and the walls here are peppered with his writing but I think that this was his first character and what a start.
The piece is nice and clean, and the colour matches are great. Seeing how well DJ Perks has been doing over the last few months fills me with inspiration and hope for my own exploits, which are probably on hold now until the Spring.
At the farm end of St Werburghs tunnel is this magnificent comic-strip piece by Conrico. I was lucky enough to meet Conrico last week while he was just putting some finishing touches on a different work on the M32 cycle path. I stopped for a chat and do you know what, a nicer bloke you couldn’t hope to meet. He stopped what he was doing and we chewed the fat for quite a while, during the course of our conversation he gave me a ‘banana cap’ (a type of cap that you fix to the top of a spray can that regulates the pressure and spread of the paint) which he said might help me with my thinner lines. It was very kind of him and greatly appreciated.
I think the thing I like most about Conrico’s work is that each pecture tells a pretty elaborate story, and trying to work out what that story is is all part of the fun. I don’t know enough about anything to explain what might be happening here, but it is beautifully illustrated and the little details simply make the piece. His style is quite different from many of the character artists in Bristol, and I for one love it.
So you get nothing from an artist forever and then two posts in the space of three days, and so it is with this character piece by Flava136. I don’t really know why I haven’t seen much of his work before, but I seem to be finding plenty of it now.
This is one of a couple of pieces by Flava136 at the Cheltenham Paint Festival, but this one lasted rather longer than his other one in the Honeybourne Line tunnel which was wrecked, along with several others the night it was completed. Every time I see his work I am reminded of Stitch from the film Lilo and Stitch, I’m sorry I can’t help it…my bad.