4802. Cheltenham 2022 (16)

Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022
Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022

This photograph was one of the last to be taken on my old camera before it broke (I dropped it). This is a good thing, because I am not so pleased with the replacement camera I bought. The collaboration came only a few weeks after DC Guts and Jimmer Willmott shared a board at Upfest 22.

Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022
Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022

When these two get together, something crazy and imaginative always happens, and this colour burst shows off the work of two creative talents. To the left, Jimmer Willmott’s character, wearing a Charlie Brown t-shirt, has elements of Mr Potato Head about it and is full of fun. To the right, Guts presents a face made up of constituent components, with the word ‘TWINS’ written in the middle. Are we to believe that these two creations are twins? I can see the likeness.

4571. Upfest 2022 (29)

You couldn’t want to meet two nicer, albeit slightly bonkers, artists than Jimmer Willmott and Guts, who don’t paint the streets all that often, but when they do really bring things to life with their imaginative work.

Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

It was genuinely a real pleasure to catch up with them just as they were finishing off the piece, and we chatted for a while, and they asked me to take the obligatory ‘artist selfies’ in front of the finished work, which was great fun. Unfortunately, the pictures were on their phone and not mine. On the left of the piece is a rather curious, and slightly disturbing character, looking a bit like Mr Potato Head given some Picasso treatment.

Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Jimmer Willmott and Guts, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

To the right is a busy gathering of monsters and things, with a bit of slime thrown in, so typical of the bright and ‘happening’ pieces that Guts paints. I am not even going to try and interpret the piece, to do so would be foolish. The collaborative effort as a whole is so full of energy, joy and creativity, and it is such a pleasure to see more of their street work.

855. Dean Lane skate park (59)

This is a fun little piece in Dean Lane by Guts, another artist new to these pages. I met him on the same occasion as I met Jimmer Wilson and Lumagro. I have absolutely no idea what the in joke is about, but it made me laugh anyway…”Joe Habgood Rides Scooters”.

Guts, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Guts, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017

This is the type of childish speech bubble that absolutely encapsulates graffiti, I think. A public space sprayed and a cheeky message. Harmless but subversive. It works for me, probably because I have a tendency to be a bit childish too – just ask Mrs Scooj or the Scoojlings. Great colours and great monster face. I like this…and it is still there some weeks on.

If you want to read more about Guts or several other Bristol artists, then I cannot recommend highly enough Auntie G’s fabulous blog post on a recent Bristol exhibition ‘3 is the Magic Number’ – A superb insight into the Bristol art scene and interesting commentary on the crossover between fine art and street art.