3896. Upfest 2021 75×75 (48)

I first came across the work of Elaine Carr (Instagram – Cuicasolo) when I saw her iconic ‘Bristol’ piece in Dean Lane, painted across someone’s garden fence and gates. It was obvious even then that she is a talented artist and designer. Elaine Carr has a career in model making and set design, amongst other things, and has had little time for painting street walls, but from the small number of pieces I have seen, they are first class.

Cuicasolo, Greville Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Cuicasolo, Greville Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

Although a little tricky to access, this is a beautiful and very stylish mural by Elaine Carr in the little outdoor seating area of the Hen and Chicken on North Street. The architectural design has all sorts of false perspectives and 3D tricks, not unlike the work of Escher. The subtle tones and colours are sublime and the including of a little bit of green landscape is very clever. I love this piece, which amply demonstrates the range and variety of walls painted at this year’s Upfest 75×75 event.

851. Upfest 2016 (138)

I was really pleased to find this delightful small piece by an artist I wrote about way back in February 2016 — Elaine Carr. Her previous piece was of a Bristol landscape painted on a front garden fence. This, as you can see is quite different.

Elaine Carr, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Elaine Carr, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I am always going to favour any scene with a marine theme, and this fun piece ticks several boxes for me personally. It is the kind of work that I would love to have hanging up at home, although I’m not sure what Mrs Scooj would have to say about that. For the time-being it will hang in my virtual blog. I look forward to seeing her work at Upfest 2017 and hope to be able to say hello.

131. Dean Lane (5)

What I particularly like about Dean Lane is that it is a quiet residential road that spills out into North Street, the hub of Upfest street art. The spill-over art and graffiti that can be found in Dean Lane is more understated and less showy. It is art that you might stumble upon, rather than actively seek out.

Elaine Carr, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Elaine Carr, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016

The Bristol scene on these gates was completed last September by a local scenic artist  and prop/model maker, Elaine Carr. The subtle piece incorporates some of the iconic buildings found in Bristol, and really brightens up these ordinary gates.

Elaine Carr, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Elaine Carr, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016

Note to self…I must do a gallery of all the interpretations of the Clifton Suspension Bridge by street artists as a Bristol Special some time.

6.5/10