4726. Cheltenham 2022 (11)

Korp, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Korp, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

You might recall that I posted a piece by Korp only a few days ago of his Upfest piece. Here he is again with another fine ‘worm’ character portrait, this time from the Cheltenham Paint Festival.

Korp, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Korp, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

The character in greyscale with some pink elements is rather cute, if that is the right word, peering from the boarding out at viewers, feathers either side of its face. What Korp does really effectively is create shadows with different shades of paint, to create depth in the face, all of which is done with sharp lines and great solid fills. This is another fine festival piece from Korp.

4715. Upfest 2022 (46)

Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

It will take me all year to post everything I want to post from Upfest, so you will have to be patient. I have to intersperse the Upfest pieces with the contemporary work that appears on the streets of Bristol every day. This is a wonderful piece from Koop, an artist I have seen a fair bit on the Festival circuit.

Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Korp, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

Korp creates these rather endearing creature characters – I think that they are worms – and this is quite the best one I have seen to date. There is something about the colours in this one that work so well. The feathers are beautifully worked and the whole piece is very neat and tidy with crisp, sharp lines. Look out for more from Korp, coming soon.

2515. Cheltenham 2019 (14)

I have not seen much of Korp’s work but everything I have seen from this artist I very much like. His highly distinctive style is instantly recognisable and quite unlike anything else out there. I don’t know what he calls his characters, but they usually look a bit like worms to me, although this one painted at this year’s Cheltenham Paint Festival s a little different.

Korp, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Korp, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

The piece is painted on a backdrop of hand paste ups with the words ‘The Hand Mischief’ written on them. Over the top of this paper wall Korp has painted a demonic looking character with ears and red eyes I wouldn’t normally associate with his pieces. Is this simply what it is, or is it a piece full of symbolism and meaning? I am not sure, but it is a classy piece either way.

2104. Upfest 2018 (131)

When I looked at this collaboration for the first time I found it rather peculiar because it carries three very different styles and subject matter and the only common thread at first sight appears to be Upfest. However, this primary assessment rather overlooks several other important factors in creating a good collaboration.

Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Firstly, I think that the chemistry between collaborators is hugely important which is why for example, SPZero76 and Kid Crayon collaborate brilliantly despite very different styles – they are great collaborating friends. So, in this collaboration between Process, Korp and Winniemmay one can see some good vibes going on. There is also a design thread that carries through the whole piece of black and white dots and dashes, suggesting Morse code (but I think that is me over-thinking it).

Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The overall outcome is certainly curious and apparently fragmented, but dip in a little further and the whole is probably greater than the sum of the parts. If there is a story here, I’d like to know it, but for me the whole thing stands up for me and it is really interesting piece.

1096. Upfest 2017 (89)

Collaborations are always fun to observe. Some take the form of two artists creating a seamless piece in the style of the pair, for example Nomad Clan, while others produce work incorporating their own styles that complement each other. This piece is a great example of the latter. What makes it more appealing is that both of the artists clearly got on and really seemed to enjoy working together.

Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The bunny figure in the centre of the piece is by Miss Wah, and the three worm-like creatures either side are by Korp. I would like to think that the two characters sandwiched in between are by both artists, but they have more of a Miss Wah feel to them.

Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The colours work very well together across the whole piece, and overall it has an upbeat feel to it. I’m not sure that they have collaborated since, but I’m sure they would both be up for it if the opportunity presented itself again.