An oasis of colour in a desert of thick wet mud, and thank goodness for it, because the dog and I got filthy… if there hadn’t been any decent pieces on the battery walls I think I’d have been well miffed. But decent pieces there were and this one was a truly wonderful surprise from Hanski, who has recently hit the Bristol scene running.
With two Universities in Bristol, we have quite a large number of art students in the City, and some of them like to Chuck paint at walls… Hanski is one of them. Hanski’s work is like Cubism meets the 1980s, with tons of bright and bold colours and disaggregated features reassembled to create a new face. I am so much looking forward to a whole lot more from Hanski.
This piece has caused a bit of a stir and has attracted a lot of attention on Instagram. The reason for this is that it is so very different in style from much of what we see in Bristol and is by a new artist on the scene, Hanski.
Hanski is an art foundation student in Bristol, and I am seriously looking forward to many more pieces like this over the next two or three years. There is a clear and obvious influence from the Cubist movement and Picasso and I absolutely love it. I note that Hanski has painted another piece up at Purdown Battery and I must try to get up there before it gets over painted or tagged. A great introduction to this new to Bristol artist.
Right, there is an interesting thing going on here with the work of Panskaribas, and I’m not entirely certain how it all works. I understand that when he signs the piece with his Reseau signature, it indicates that it is a collaboration, but this piece looks like his work only. I think that Reseau might be the crew he belongs to and that there are one or two others who paint with him from time to time, which would explain the mix of styles seen in some of his pieces. The members of this crew appear to draw inspiration from the Cubists and surrealists though.
This is a witty piece showing one of his cartoonesque characters viewed from behind. I love the ‘Picasso’ hands and the cheeky face looking over his shoulder. Really interesting art, and so unlike anything else on the streets of Bristol at the moment.
Together with Zake (see previous post), Panskaribas is emerging as one of my favourite new(ish) arrivals on the Bristol scene. Both artists are becoming more bold with their wall selections as their confidence grows and it is a great thing to witness. I would continue to describe Panskaribas’s work as cubist doodles in spray-paint with a dash of surrealism thrown in.
One can see all sorts of references to various modern art movements in his work, but his skill has been ion blending these and coming up with something quite unique and really unusual in street art. An acquired taste perhaps, but so worth spending time to look at what is going on in these paintings – do I spot some Matisse in here?
More cubist doodling from Panskaribas in The Bearpit. In this piece we see one of his characters at a record deck on a magnificent red pink and white swirly background. I really like his work, especially as it is quite original and unlike anything else in Bristol at the moment.
There is a quirkiness and humour in his pieces and a kind of movement too. Because his characters are not instantly obvious, you have to work quite hard to make out the features which keeps your eyes busy dancing around the whole piece to make sense of it. Loving the work of Panskaribas.
I know that I am not alone when I say that at Upfest there are some pieces simply don’t remember seeing and yet here they are in full colour in my photographs. This is in no way to discredit any of the artists, but rather an acknowledgment of visual overload. It happens. This incredible piece by Darry Perier has been a wonderful surprise and gift when trawling through my photographs. It is such a striking piece it seems a bit weird that I don’t remember it.
This piece is where cubism meets street art and I love it. It is the kind of piece that would sit equally comfortably on a street wall or in a gallery, a fantastic crossover piece. There is a lot going on to tease the eye and the use of colours in those tight stripes creates a wonderful effect. I wish I had spent more time admiring it in the flesh.