1826. The Bearpit (166)

I absolutely love this old one by Face 1st in The Bearpit, with its copper tones and trademark hair spelling out FACE. I guess that fairly soon I will need to do a gallery of his work because I have quite a large collection from the last three years.

Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018

What I really like about this artist is that he is relentless in pursuing his passion and will find any wall in Bristol that he can find and give it a face lift (see what I did there?). Always one of my favourites in Bristol and this particular one is a cracker.

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1812. Upfest 2018 (72)

Damn those parked cars!

Caro Pepe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Caro Pepe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Although this extraordinary piece is signed by Caro Pepe, I think she had some support from her frequent painting partner Age Age. This wall was another one themed with Bristol Women’s Voice (along with the Nomad Clan Lisa Simpson). Commemorating one hundred years of the Women’s vote.

Caro Pepe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Caro Pepe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I really like these rather surreal pieces that Caro Pepe is producing at the moment, with the cut-away pieces of head exposing thoughts, emotions and ideas – very powerful stuff and a further dimension to the covered eye that distinguishes her work.

Caro Pepe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Caro Pepe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

So, another great wall and another great artist at Upfest 2018 – I think this is another one that makes it into my top 10.

Face 1st

A collection of amazing faces by Bristol street artist Face 1st

All photographs taken by Scooj

Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2018
Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, City Road, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, City Road, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2018
Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2018
Soap, Tasha Bee and Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2018
Soap, Tasha Bee and Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2018
Soap and Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Soap and Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018
Face 1st, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Face 1st, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Face 1st and Tasha Bee, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, June 2018
Face 1st and Tasha Bee, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, June 2018
Face 1st, City Road, Bristol, May 2018
Face 1st, City Road, Bristol, May 2018
Face 1st and Soap, Norrisville Road, Bristol, May 2018
Face 1st and Soap, Norrisville Road, Bristol, May 2018
Face 1st, The Carriageworks, Bristol, April 2018
Face 1st, The Carriageworks, Bristol, April 2018
FaceF1st, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2018
FaceF1st, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2018
Face F1st, M32, Bristol, March 2018
Face F1st, M32, Bristol, March 2018
Face F1st, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2018
Face F1st, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2018
Face F1st and Unknown, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2018
Face F1st and Unknown, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2018
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, November 2017
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, November 2017
Face F1st, City Road, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st, City Road, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
FaceF1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, August 2017
FaceF1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, August 2017
FaceF1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
FaceF1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
FaceF1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
FaceF1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2017
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2017
Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2017
Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2017
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2017
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2017
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2017
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2017
Face F1st, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2017
Face F1st, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2017
Face F1st, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, February 2017
Face F1st, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, February 2017
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, December 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, December 2016
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, August 2016
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, August 2016
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2016
Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, May 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, May 2016
Face Fist, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2016
Face Fist, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2016
Face F1st, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, May 2016
Face F1st, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, May 2016
Face F1st, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, May 2016
Face F1st, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, May 2016
Face F1st, Drummond Road, Bristol, March 2016
Face F1st, Drummond Road, Bristol, March 2016
Hoax, Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2015
Hoax, Face F1st, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2015
Face F1st, PWA, Wilder Street, Bristol, November 2015
Face F1st, PWA, Wilder Street, Bristol, November 2015
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, March 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, March 2016

1805. St Werburghs tunnel (47)

The first time I saw this piece, the bright sun was streaming into St Werburghs tunnel from the right hand side, cutting this piece in two. I had to discard the pictures and return a second time. Fortunately the work, by the fabulous Tasha Bee, was exactly as it was previously and untouched by taggers.

Tasha Bee, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Tasha Bee, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018

It has been so good watching the development of Tasha Bee over the last year or two and this piece demonstrates how far she has come. I am starting to notice a lot more tone and shading coming in to her work, giving her characters a more rounded look. This I believe is one of her finest to date…the colours work really well, especially the yellow which offsets the blues and purples. Looking forward to seeing more and I know I won’t have too long to wait.

1803. The Bearpit (163)

This is just the best, best, best cheeky piece I have seen in ages. Beautifully simple but incredibly engaging. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to have a little smirk on your face seeing this on your way to work in the morning.

Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018

I have said before how much I am enjoying the diversification of Face 1st’s work these days, and this piece has to rank high among my favourites. He told me the day after he painted this (when I was buying a couple of small originals from him) that he started off doing full length figures 18 years ago before conbcentrating on the faces that he paints.

Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018

It is very rare to see any kind of nudity in Bristol street art, which is quite strange really, because it seems to be quite common place in other street art hot spots around the globe.

1800. City Road (9)

Oh I wish I had got to this piece before it was partially ruined by the chrome throw ups. At least they had the decency to leave the face intact. This is yet another gorgeous piece by Face 1st , whose work is reaching a new level both in terms of quality and quantity. One can barely move for new pieces.

Face 1st, City Road, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, City Road, Bristol, October 2018

I particularly like this one for its overall pleasing shape and colours, but it is the attention to detail on the background that I really like in that autumn brown. It is a nice gesture too that he includes a little ‘Happy Birthday Eleanor’ in the top right – I love it when street artists do this.

I met up with Face 1st last Friday and bought three small pieces from him and I am so utterly chuffed with them. I will be giving one to Scoojette for Christmas and I can’t wait. More fantastic work from this lovely artist to come.

1782. St Werburghs tunnel (44)

So back we go now to St Werburghs tunnel where we find another Face 1st piece, this time it is just the face and hair which has a leaf-like appearance. I think the hair might spell Face, as in other works by the artist, but I fear I am losing my grasp a little and see writing in things where there is none.

Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018

I think that Face 1st tends to do a couple of these at a time when there is a paint jam in the tunnel, because there always seems to be something by him in there at any one time. This piece features his commonly used purples and pinks which often dominate his colour palettes.