838. Upfest 2016 (131)

This is a stunning piece by Naskool that was situated on hoardings just off North Street, next to the Green. Naskool is an Austrian artist who started spraying in 2004 and now specialises in photorealistic street art.

I managed to take pictures while he was still creating this piece, and it is interesting to see how he built the layers. It seems different artists adopt different techniques.

This is one of the great works of the 2016 festival in my view – the expression and character that oozes from this piece is quite captivating. Alas, it didn’t last very long, as these hoardings were fairly swiftly ‘corporatised’ by the construction firm who are developing the site.

817. City Road (3)

Shortly after I met 2Keen while he was spraying his fabulous REDLAND piece in Redland Court Road, he was at it again just off Stokes Croft. This wall was sprayed as part of the Rave on Avon event in late July in conjunction with the RAW (Read and Weep) crew.

2Keen, City Road, Bristol, May 2017
2Keen, City Road, Bristol, May 2017

I understand from this piece why he is held in such high regard by other graffiti artists in Bristol, his work is well thought out and exudes years of experience – I think the word I am looking for is classy.

2Keen, City Road, Bristol, May 2017
2Keen, City Road, Bristol, May 2017

I am really looking forward to seeing more of his work, and on taking him up on the offer of taking me out spraying sometime. I’ll have to find him again first though.

 

814. Millennium Square

It took me an absolute age trying to find this piece, after another Bristol street art Instagrammer posted it a couple of weeks back. I was expecting a normal sized face mask, like I have seen in Bristol and London before, but this one is a mini, and very well disguised on a sign for the Bristol Aquarium (which is well worth as visit if you’ve not been before).

Gregos, Millenneum Square, Bristol, May 2017
Gregos, Millenneum Square, Bristol, May 2017

I have posted two of his pieces before, one in North Street (Bedminster) and the other in North Street (by The Bearpit). This one is rather cute and subtle, and so far has not been stolen. I believe Gregos left it here in July 2015, so it has certainly taken me a long while to find it.

Gregos, Millenneum Square, Bristol, May 2017
Gregos, Millenneum Square, Bristol, May 2017
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Gregos, North Street, Bristol, January 2016
Gregos, North Street (A38), Bristol, April 2016
Gregos, North Street (A38), Bristol, April 2016

 

 

803. M32 Cycle path (8)

For those of you not keen on Laic217’s work, I apologise. I, as you should know by now, am a big fan, and as long as he keeps painting them, and as long as I keep finding them, I will keep posting them.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017

This is a quick one from a little while back in a narrow cycling alleyway that runs alongside the M32 between the St Pauls and Eastville junctions.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017

A wall, an obscured face, a bucket hat, a tracksuit, letters…it is all here and all so beautifully done. I’m not at all keen on the yellow background, but I am just being a bit picky.

789. M32 roundabout j3 (37)

Yet another excellent Face F1st piece, in fine colours and exhibiting yet another beautiful and simple face.  The wildstyle outline of the word FACE is becoming more cryptic, and he is really going for the beaded decorations.

Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2017
Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2017

I have always loved his work, from the very first one I saw, It just does something for me. Face F1st has taken to spraying a lot recently, and it is difficult to keep up with his faces. There are a couple that I have not published from the subways at this roundabout, which are difficult to photograph on account of the poor lighting and narrow passages. Be assured however that there is more from this quiet artist in the pipeline.

Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2017
Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2017

783 North Street Savanna (1)

A little while ago Frankie Beane posted a piece by Telmo Miel which was absolutely stunning. We had a short exchange of comments, and I looked into whether or not Telmo Miel had been to Bristol for Upfest. It turns out they have been a couple of times before, the last of which was in 2015. It also just so happens that I photographed their shutter piece not knowing who they were, and only now am I able to share it.

Talmo and Miel, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
Talmo and Miel, North Street, Bristol, June 2016

Telmo Miel is/are two artists who paint as one. This was the Dutch duo’s biography from the Upfest website:

‘Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann are the names behind Telmo Miel artistic machinery. Telmo Pieper was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands where he graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy. He is a creator, image maker and a contemporary graffiti artist. Miel Krutzmann also received his degree from the Academy in Rotterdam, and he is a mural painter and illustrator, who started drawing as a child and never stopped. Together, they share a fascination for (sur)realistic imagery and are currently making life-sized wall paintings using spray-paint all over the globe.’

I hope they return soon as their work is actually rather good.

 

 

753. Upfest 2016 (115)

I saw this magnificent piece at a couple of different stages in its genesis and what a masterpiece it turned in to. It is by Pikto, an artist who has been working on street art and graffiti art for some ten years. He has created pieces in London and all over the UK, in Poland and Denmark.

Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

This is really eye-catching and different, combining a photorealist technique with a rather surreal image. I love this piece, it is one of the outstanding images of Upfest 2016 in my view.

Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pikto, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016