3929. Upfest 2021 75×75 (58)

Curtis Hylton is a superstar, and this mural confirms his status as a worldie and no mistake. He has been to Bristol a few times in recent years, both for Upfest events and for painting with his mates, he has also painted at the Cheltenham Paint Festival where a couple of his works are still on show.

Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

This piece, tucked away in one of the residential streets in Bedminster, is simply stunning. The owners of this property have been blessed with a magnificent piece of artwork to call their own and share with their local community.

Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

The mural features a little boy in a yellow raincoat feeding a collection of yellow birds that are partially composed of flowers – a theme that lies at the heart of Curtis Hylton pieces. This combination of petals and feathers is so effective and creates a wonderful connection with nature.

Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

Next to the front door is a cheeky little robin painted in slightly more russet tones, but well-matched with the rest of the piece. This photograph will undoubtedly be making an appearance in Thursday Doors sometime in the future – a fairly ordinary door enhanced by its surroundings.

Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

To the right of the piece is a beautiful finch with its wings spread out wide and its chest revealing a couple of roses and a magnolia flower. Amazing. This is a ‘must-visit’ mural from Upfest’s 75 walls in 75 years event, and I hope that it remains well beyond the usual one-year life cycle for these things.

Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

All of this activity and the little boy watches on.

3281. Clift House Road (4)

A recent epic collaborative piece on an ‘Upfest’ wall appeared without warning or fanfare a couple of weeks ago that brought together some fine atists, namely: Smak, Sled One, Ments and Curtis Hylton. What an utterly pleasant surprise and something of an improvement on the piece that adorned this wall before it.

Smak, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020
Smak, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020

On the left is a crazy but exquisite scene depicting venus flytraps feasting on various flying insects. In the middle is what looks a bit like an old microphone, although I’m not too sure if that is what it is. The story here… your guess is as good as mine.

Curtis Hylton, Ments and Sled One, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020
Curtis Hylton, Ments and Sled One, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020

Sled One has pulled together an equally bizarre piece that sems to be of a king cobra dressed as a policeman complete with truncheon and whistlewith an iced ring doughnut round its neck. The policeman woud appear to be in pursuit of a graffiti spraying mouse or two. Could this be a reference to some heavy handed policing which let to the prosecution of a street artist in St Werburghs tunnel recently?

Curtis Hylton, Ments and Sled One, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020
Curtis Hylton, Ments and Sled One, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020

To the right is a beautiful Hornbill by Curtis Hylton whose work usually involves a blend of stunning creatures composed of flowers, and he has worked miracles with this style here. Curtis Hylton has also embraced the colour scheme used by Sled One so that the two pieces merge into a true collaboration.

Ments, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020
Ments, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020

Dotted around the whole piece are a dozen or so ‘liquid’ spheres painted by Ments. It has been clear from recent pieces by Ments that he is working hard to create these solid/liquid forms and judging from his contribution to this collaboration this direction he is moving in is going really well. The whole collaboration is a celebration of bright creative ideas and utterly worth seeking out, although parking nearby is a bit of a challenge.

Smak, Curtis Hylton, Ments and Sled One, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020
Smak, Curtis Hylton, Ments and Sled One, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020

 

2188. Windmill Hill (1)

I know that some of you will have been waiting for me to post this, as it is an internationally high-profile collaboration by My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton and is already deeply embedded in the ‘datasphere’. Nonetheless I wanted to give you my own perspective of this wondrous Bristol piece.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Firstly, props to Upfest for organising this special event. This year Upfest are taking a rest, a fallow year, from the Summer street art festival. Instead they are going to be orchestrating a few large and significant walls like this one, which will continue to keep Bristol firmly on the street art map.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

While I am certainly familiar with the work of My Dog Sighs, I don’t think I have come across Curtis Hylton before, but he is an artist/muralist based in Hampshire, which is probably why he teamed up with MDS who lives in Portsmouth. Curtis painted the amazing artwork surrounding the eyes by MDS. The blue feathers on the left hand side, I believe are of a kingfisher, and in a WIP shot I saw from Paul121 showed some orange feathers, which were subsequently replaced with blue.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Eyes are one of the things that MDS specialises in and this one shows a very Bristol scene… the windmill is from Windmill Hill, the balloons from the Bristol balloon fiesta (one of the largest in Europe) and the Clifton suspension bridge. The silhouette runs through the middle of the eye with an extraordinary orange below and stunning sky scene and reflected eyelashes above. Just amazing.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

The eye on the right hand side of the piece shows the same scene… it would look very odd if it didn’t.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Surrounding this his eye is a different scene altogether. Beautiful cream roses and rose petals, together with some other flowers just below the eye. Taken as a whole the collaboration is beyond impressive, and one of the best to be seen in Bristol for a long time.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Just to the right of the piece, the artists completed the wall with further decorations that on their own world be worth the trip, let alone the main work. MDS has really nailed the water drops here. I am going to try and see if I can copy them this weekend, if I get a chance to practice in the garden. Not holding my breath though.

Great to have this world-class piece in Bristol. Bravo My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hilton.