1905. Upfest 2018 (101)

During the Upfest 2018 weekend, I really struggled with who was painting this piece. The difficulty was that it was on a new wall that didn’t really offer close access and the artist was perched high up on scaffolding. It turns out that the piece is by Bristol’s magnificent Jody.

Jody, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Jody, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Jody is meticulous with his work and certainly never rushes. For this reason, many visitors to Upfest never actually get to see his finished pieces, until they return some time later. It was days before he finished this one, but wow, it was well worth the wait.

Jody, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Jody, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This is a cleverly worked portrait of a woman behind a golden cat mask and it truly outstanding. Like so many of his works it seems to have gravitas…I can’t really express what I mean by that other than that there is a seriousness about the work. Beautiful piece beautifully executed.

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1904. St Werburghs tunnel (56)

I am really pleased to see that Face 1st and Soap have teamed up again, it feels like a while since they last collaborated, to produce this beautiful piece. The two distinct halves are joined by the hair of Face 1st’s girl.

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

I love the concept of Face 1st’s character sketching out an idea in her black book, there is a lovely story unfolding and it brings a whole extra layer to the piece. This really is something special.

Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018

The Soap half of the collaboration is yet another great example of just how good his writing is with the blue and lilac elements almost resembling stained glass windows. I always feel these two artists are so modest with their work, and it is a pity that something like this is lurking in the darkness of St Werburghs tunnel…it deserves more prominence.

1903. St Werburghs tunnel (55)

What a wonderfully clever piece this is from Fiva, who has used his trademark block letters to spell out his name but has repeated the word in a different font through the letters in a way that gives the whole thing a 3D look. This piece uses techniques that are used by Pref ID who is a master of this kind of visual wordplay.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018

As is often the case with Fiva’s work, he leaves us a character as additional interest in the piece. I really like his work and only wish he did more but realise that he, like many other street artists, is likely to have a real job and maybe family and can only get out to play when time and circumstance permit.

1902.M32 Spot (36)

This Deamze burner photobombed a recent post of a Silent Hobo column, but in my view deserves a post all of its own. This writing is one of the forms that Deamze uses in his work. It is much simpler than his wildstyle work, but still has a clean and sharp look to it.

Deamze, M32 spot, Bristol, November 2018
Deamze, M32 spot, Bristol, November 2018

The colours and drift of shading work really nicely and the whole thing stands out and looks so fresh. You could give a hundred artists a can and a wall and ask them to recreate this, but none would be as good. At the top of his game.

 

 

1901. St Werburghs tunnel (54)

Mr Klue, as I have mentioned before has been on a bit of a binge lately, and has produced as many pieces in the last couple of months as he has for the rest of the year. This is something that should be celebrated, as his work is emblematic of the down to earth Bristol street art scene.

This piece in the tunnel at St Werburghs by Mr Klue has an ephemeral, wispy, smokey quality to it. I think that the letters spell out KLUE, and the whole thing is a little different from his normal offering in that it is less complex somehow.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2018
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2018

I guess that when writing letters, there is less freedom for the abstract artist…sure you can do swirls and twirls and disguise the letters, but they are still letters. With the free-form abstract work one usually sees from Mr Klue, there tends to be a little more richness, texture and content. Having said all that, I rather like this and the colour selection too works for me.

1900. Dean Lane skate park (180)

I think I suffer slightly from Laic217 withdrawal, which is only ever cured by seeing another of his pieces. Of all the amazing artists in Bristol, I probably get most satisfaction when I find a piece by Laic217. In no way does that diminish the other artists at all, it is just that I get a special buzz seeing his work. I suppose it is a bit like getting a special card in a set of ‘Match Attax’ cards – they’re all good, but you cherish the special one.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018

This is a fairly regular piece by Laic217, a skeleton character spraying and a nicely composed LAIC lettering. The piece was sprayed together with Cort, to the left and Ugar to the right. These three seem to enjoy spraying together, which is great for me as I like all of their work. I hope it is not too long before I get my next Laic217 fix.

1899. Dean Lane skate park (179)

I have only met Cort once, and that was about three weeks ago at the M32 roundabout – he was half way through a piece that I never saw completed, which is a pity (I have added it to the end of the post).

Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018

His work is truly unique, as each of his letters seems to take on characteristics distinct from those adjacent to it, so while there is a style here, there is no formula pattern of letter shapes etc. It is interesting to note (again from the added half-finished work) that he outlines the letters and then fills out the background, which even though I know that this is how things are done, I find counter-intuitive.

Cort, Unfinished, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2018
Cort, Unfinished, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2018

I am warming more and more with every piece I see from Cort, and I believe his work has come on a long way over the last three years or so.