1789. Upfest 2018 (65)

What a wonderful clean and colourful piece by Bristol-based Zase. There is rather a nice little story going on in this piece, and I love the sketch on the floor of the 3D writing of the artist’s name that appears on the right hand side of the piece.

Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Zase has been painting solo for a little bit as his collaborator Dekor returned to his homeland for a while. It looks like this is by both of them, or at least it is signed by both on the bottom left-hand side of the piece, so maybe Dekor is back on the scene again. There is a serenity and maybe sadness about the piece, which is certainly one of my favourites of the festival. Oh yeah, and if you wanted evidence of the rain we had, the picture above is a little on the watery side…grrrrr.

1174. Cottrell Road (2)

Zase and Dekor are the masters of large high-impact walls in Bristol, and most of the pieces that they do, go up and stay up. In this particular case they have replaced a piece that they sprayed here a few years ago, because the wall needed to be re-rendered.

Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017
Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017

The wall is a local landmark which has a vast audience because it is just off the M32 and outside a large retail park and the Eastville Tesco. Thousands of people will drive past it every day and I’m sure will be captivated by the unfolding story.

Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017
Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017

The central theme of the piece revolves around some local wildlife, a squirrel, a robin, a fox, a hedgehog and a badger, set in a rather stark woodland. Hovering above is a fabulous 3D wildstyle ZASE, a feature common to all their collaborations.

Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017
Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017

There is a wonderful touch in this work, a reference to the piece that existed here before – a lady riding on the back of a turtle with a colander on her head – she is in the bottle. On reflection, I wonder if it is not a lady, but a gentleman…I can’t be sure now.

Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017
Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Road, Bristol, September 2017

This is a mighty and detailed piece that sits so comfortably in this location – I am certain that it will remain here for many years cheering up shoppers and commuters and bringing a smile to their faces. Xase and Dekor doing Bristol proud.

Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015

837. M32 Spot (5)

Another column under the M32, and another brilliant piece which is impossible to do justice to with my limited photographic skills. This distinctive and crisp piece is by Zase and Dekor with an imaginative and creative underwater scene.

Zase and Dekor, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Zase and Dekor, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

I love the artistic style of this duo and the combination of the wildstyle 3D ZASE lettering combined with a fantastical scene.

Zase and Dekor, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Zase and Dekor, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

The interesting thing about painting a column is that the story that unfolds is caught up in a loop, never-ending. There is no beginning and no end, simply a scene. This must present a bit of a challenge to the artists who choose to spray all four sides.

Zase and Dekor, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Zase and Dekor, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

There is a wit and charm about this particular work – the diver is holding a roller and seems unaware of the looming shark. Perhaps he will beat it off using his artistic weapon of choice. I am a fan of this project, but columns really are a nightmare.

764. M32 roundabout, J3 (36)

I saw this piece recently and had to do a double take. It is by Zase and Dekor, but so unlike anything I have seen from them before. Not the highly polished, meticulous work I am used to seeing, rather a fun quick piece, that almost looks incomplete. Nothing like this or even this which I have posted before.

Zase and Dekor, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Zase and Dekor, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017

The wildstyle writing clearly spells out Zase, and the characters are clearly influenced by the hand of Dekor, but somehow the whole doesn’t look like a work from them.

Zase and Dekor, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Zase and Dekor, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017

In a way it is great to see artists letting their hair down and just having fun. No pressure, no commission, just fun.

702. Upfest 2016 (106)

I love the high-end quality of the work produced by Zase and Dekor. Always highly designed and thought out, their pieces always contain a story picture and a wildstyle ‘Zase’. This magnificent wall sprayed for Upfest is no exception.

Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

It reminds me a little of a piece they did at Deaners a short while before Upfest, which might have been a fun practise run.

Zase, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Zase, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Dekor was rather quiet and focussed at Upfest, but Zase was happy to have a good chat while he was working. I asked whether he would be happy to do an interview for my blog, which he agreed to do, but of course I haven’t got round to it yet. Watch this space.

Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

There is something very clean about their work, and the stories contained in them really play a large part. Zase produces these amazing 3D wildstyle writing which are a little like puzzles to unravel, but once you get your eye in are really pleasing.

Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

They workm on a lot of commissions, which is why it is so good to see them at Upfest, and at Deaners during July.

Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Zase and Dekor, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
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313. Dean Lane skate park (12)

I was away in London earlier this week, starting a new job that requires me to work two days a week in ‘the old smoke’. It is my home city, so I feel quite comfortable being back there, but would never swap it for my life in Bristol now. This, however, is a slight digression.

On Monday night in my soulless hotel room, I was fretting about this amazing new Zase and Dekor piece that they slapped up in Bristol on Saturday (and had posted on Instagram).

Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016
Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016

The turnover is so high at Dean Lane, I was desperate to get back to Bristol and photograph it before it got tagged or over-painted.

Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016
Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016

On Wednesday, my first day back in my Bristol Office, I sprinted over to the skate park in my lunch break (I’ve got the return journey down to about 40 minutes) and was rewarded with this remarkable piece. I have always had huge admiration for the Zase-Dekor collaborations that mostly reside in the North of Bristol.

Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016
Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016

Usually they craft huge works, but this one is much smaller and clearly a bit of fun. Many of the hallmarks are there…the cartoon-style character and wildstyle ZASE, and the wonderful crisp lines and clean finish. A small masterpiece.

Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016
Zase and Dekor, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016

73. Ashley Road (1)

Another huge and vivid mural appeared at the end of September by the Bristol based duo Zase and Dekor. I have seen the mural a few times, and it is truly stunning. It also occupies a fantastic spot, at a three-way road junction, and is seen by huge numbers of people every day.

Zase and Dekor, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2015
Zase and Dekor, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2015

The cheerful piece contains all the characteristics you would expect from the pair. Fabulous detail, a dream-like subject matter and Zase’s name taking centre stage. Some great photographs of its creation can be found here.

Zase and Dekor, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2015
Zase and Dekor, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2015

The mural is thought to feature Zase’s son, but beyond that Zase suggests that you simply have to make of it what you will.

Zase and Dekor, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2015
Zase and Dekor, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2015

Other works by Zase and Dekor appear in Cottrell Street, Claremont Road, Cheltenham Road and York Street.

8.5/10

36. York Street

The side of this house and the wall next to it have recently been given a wonderful makeover by Zase and Dekor. This is typical of the large murals we expect from this magnificent pairing. See their work in Cottrell Road, featured previously.

Zase and Dekor, York Street, Bristol, September 2015
Zase and Dekor, York Street, Bristol, September 2015

Typical of their work are the scale, vibrant colours and dream-like scenes. I am not too sure what this is about, but flight appears to be the central theme.

Zase and Dekor, York Street, Bristol, September 2015
Zase and Dekor, York Street, Bristol, September 2015

These works all contain the main themed image with a wonderfully worked wildstyle signature incorporated.

Zase and Dekor, York Street, Bristol, September 2015
Zase and Dekor, York Street, Bristol, September 2015

Zase lives locally, and there are several more of his works nearby.

8/10

10. Claremont Road

Another large mural from Zase and Dekor just off the Gloucester Road in Bishopston.

Zase and Dekor, Claremont Road, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, Claremont Road, Bristol, August 2015

I’m not sure how long it has been here, but I live nearby, and I can’t recall seeing it before.

Zase and Dekor, Claremont Road, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, Claremont Road, Bristol, August 2015

I would love to know the backstory to this one. The wasps are beautifully sprayed and the movement in their wings cleverly portrayed. As usual we have the trademark Zase wildstyle signature taking up a large part of the piece, but not dominating it.

Zase and Dekor, Claremont Road, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, Claremont Road, Bristol, August 2015

A good mural.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Cottrell Road

This is one of several spectacular murals by Zase in Bristol. Zase, originally from Slovakia now operates out of Bristol, and runs a business called Zase Design.

Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015

Most of his works are large and bold, and generally pleasing to the eye. The site of this mural is fantastic, and it will be seen by thousands of people heading for Tesco or Ikea every day.

Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015

Dekor is a French muralist specialising in photorealism. He often works on large murals with Zase. He also has interests in the hip hop culture for which Bristol is famous.

Zase and Dekor, detail, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, detail, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015

It is also great to see that, although it has been here for a few years, it has remained clean. It is also interesting to note that Zase’s contact address is also in Cotterell Road.

Zase and Dekor, detail, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015
Zase and Dekor, detail, Cottrell Street, Bristol, August 2015

The marine theme and large scale make this a favourite.

8.5/10