My daughter has a chameleon, which eats live locusts. Every now and then, when I have forgotten to order them I have to traipse over to the other side of Bristol to get some, and this journey takes me through St George where I spotted this shutter piece. This is in my view rather special, because it is by the highly talented Braga Last1.
Braga Last1 is a Belgian artist who has been over to Bristol for Upfest for the last two years, and I have a feeling he did this commission in 2016. There is so much to like about this piece. First off, the artist himself, secondly it depicts a cartoon version of Darth Vader and thirdly it is beautifully sprayed. I like it a lot. Belgium seems to be having a bit of a street art golden period at the moment, with other artists such as Mehsos, Bisser and Dzia all stunning audiences with their work. Of course Belgium has a very rich culture of art going back centuries, and maybe this heritage inspires them. More from Braga Last1 soon.
This is the second half of the wall referred to in the previous post, which accompanies Cheo’s work. This right hand side in the beautiful wildstyle writing so typical of Soker. It is a lovely piece and like it’s neighbour, really crisp and sharp.
Soker’s work is very distinctive and I have yet to see a piece by him which I think is a bit rubbish or below par. He always seems to turn out excellent work…an artist on the top of his game.
Tucked away behind an industrial unit in Church Road is a little lane that I have not visited before. The building is sprayed with permitted pieces all around, and many of them by Cheo. This is a recent piece, and the wall was shared with Soker – see the next post.
Cheo has been a little quiet in Bristol since Upfest, but seems to have gone on something of a spray spree recently. This is a quality bit of wildstyle work and there is a crispness so typical of Cheo’s style. This is a great piece, and nice to see a return of the bee.
Another fabulous mural created as part of Upfest 2105. This huge scene by DANK (Dan Kitchener) above the Salvation Army shop on the corner of Church Street and North Street is worth a trip to the area on its own. It reminds me of some of the street scenes from Blade Runner – and that is a good thing.
DANK, a London artist remains on the legal side of street art, and supports it through the large amount of commercial work that he does. He includes among his influences comics, science fiction films and black and white ’60s war films. There is a good interview with him from a couple of years ago here.