2512. Cheltenham 2018 (6)

I have been aware of Mr Wigz for a long time, ever since I saw a collaboration he painted with SPZero76 in Gloucester Road back in 2016, but I have seen little of his work since. Finding this enormous piece in Cheltenham, which was painted for the 2018 Paint Festival, was both a surprise and pleasure.

Mr Wigz, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019
Mr Wigz, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019

I was fortunate enough to spot him at this year’s festival and chatted with him for a little while as he was finishing off his piece (to follow). This fantasy piece though is quite magnificent and uses the wall to great effect creating a window into another world, or reflection of our own (in better times). There is a depth to the piece and plenty to look at and think about. There is something about the subject matter that reminds me a little of the work of Xenz. It is a fine piece indeed and how lucky we are that the Cheltenham Paint Festival organisers are trying to keep the walls from previous festivals intact.

1464. Upfest 2017 (163)

Where do I begin with this piece, a collaboration from Will Barras and Xenz? Not that we knew it at the time, but this is the swan song for this premium wall on the Masonic pub. The second hand car business has sold up and developers will be moving in soon.

Will Barras and Xenz, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Will Barras and Xenz, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I spoke to Will Barras Before he started this piece, and he felt rather intimated by the size of the wall, by the previous piece (Pichiavo) and by collaborating on something this large. However, he faced his demons and got on with the job.

Will Barras and Xenz, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Will Barras and Xenz, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

My first impression was not favourable – I didn’t like it. I felt the wall was way too big and there was so much going on it was difficult to engage with it. It has taken me several months to change my views, but change they have – I have become a fan.

Will Barras and Xenz, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Will Barras and Xenz, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I’m not sure why I think this, but I think it is called ‘she’s a waterfall’ – a song by The Stone Roses – anyhow I might be wrong about that. The two artists with similar styles, but different subject matter preferences (Xenz – fantasy worlds and birds, Will Barras – bikes and abstract stuff), have combined to create a huge picture story which contains beauty, hope, fantasy and of course a bike. A fitting farewell to this stunning wall.

Luis Seven Martins (L7M), North Street, Bristol, May 2016
Luis Seven Martins (L7M), North Street, Bristol, May 2016
PichiAvo, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
PichiAvo, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

 

1354. Upfest 2017 (140)

The boards erected in South Street Park played host to some of the very best work at Upfest 2017, and this piece by Krimsone and Scott Nagy was right up there with the very best. This amazing collaboration shows street art storytelling at its very best.

Krimsone and Scott Nagy, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Krimsone and Scott Nagy, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The magical story unfolding here is of a young child in bed, and a bedroom that is transforming into a dream-like fantasy world, and his bed is in fact a little boat. The whole image has the look of an illustration from a children’s book.

Krimsone and Scott Nagy, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Krimsone and Scott Nagy, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Both artists are from Australia, and if it weren’t for Upfest, how on earth would I ever get to see their amazing work? Such is the draw of the festival that artists from all over the world make the journey to Bedminster. I sometimes wonder if Bristolians know how lucky they are.

This is such a skillfully painted piece, such a shame that it was only temporary.

586. John Street (1)

Some pieces in Bristol are really hard to photograph and this is one of them. It is a large work by 3Dom sprayed on the side of a business unit in a residential area of St Werburghs. There are always cars and vans parked outside the unit, so the pictures are from rather awkward angles and distances to avoid bonnets, wing mirrors interfering with the shot.

3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016
3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016

I spotted this some time ago and have tried, unsuccessfully, to get a single clean shot of the whole piece. It is a 3Dom classic. Dreamlike and fantastical. I am not entirely sure what exactly is going on in the picture, but looking at the detail of the piece brings out more than first meets the eye.

3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016
3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016

For example, the leg is like an X-ray exposing the bones, and the shoes are literally rooted to the ground. The head is like a light attracting moths and insects and the whole figure appears to be paying homage to a little toadstool.

3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016
3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016

Creative and fun, but utterly unintelligible. I love 3Dom’s work.

15. Leonard Lane (2)

Tucked away in Leonard Lane on a white plank of wood is this unusual piece of street art by Wolfskulljack. It would appear from her Facebook page that street art is a bit of a departure from her usual illustrations.

Wolfskulljack interestingly misspelled her name on the signature, which made me doubt its authenticity, but it is definitely hers.

Wolfskulljack, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Wolfskulljack, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015

This is the first time I have seen her street work and I suspect, given that she is an illustrator, that there won’t be too much more. She comes from Cheltenham and who knows, maybe if she does get a taste for street art, we’ll see more of it in Bristol.

A mysterious and beautifully detailed drawing

7/10