2054. M32 roundabout J3 (128)

Another one that slipped through the net is this melting face piece by Laic217 from a time when he was experimenting with these kinds of facial distortions and disfigurements, back in February 2017.

Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017

Although it is only a small piece, sandwiched between two bits of graffiti writing, it demands to be looked at, and why not…this is the kind of piece that typifies the work of this Polish adopted son of Bristol. Melting face, bucket hat, smilie face smoking… all trademarks used by Laic217. Another fine piece.

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2035. M32 cycle path (20)

How is it possible that I can still keep finding Laic217 pieces in my archive? This one is from October last year on the M32 cycle path but probably didn’t get published immediately on account of the poor light quality. This particular wall is very hard to photograph without getting flaring from the sun or bright sky behind it. So much about photographing street art is dependent on light quality and time of day – I get it wrong too often, but with a full-time job I am rather constrained in the times I get to go out.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2018

I rarely say this about Laic217’s work, but in my view this is not his best. The shirt material is exceptional , but I am just not sure about the face. I think a partially decomposed face is probably very difficult to do and the teeth and nose don’t quite seem right. Having said that it’s all still pretty good and utterly likeable. Will I be able to dig out some more oldies from Laic217…?

2013. Dean Lane skate park (189)

Back to home soil now and the warm and familiar sight of a Dean Lane piece by Laic217. This is the second recent piece that I have seen where he has been playing with these red eyes which are slightly disconcerting in their non-human (robotic) quality.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019

There is a slight shift in style too in this overall piece. To me it has a water-colour kind of quality and looks like it has been lifted from an artist’s sketchbook. This feels like Laic217 is moving on to a new level, where his confidence and competence is allowing him to experiment more.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019

I believe he was supposed to be painting this wall with Cort and Cros, but had arrived long before the others and had pretty much finished before they arrived. This is a pity, because it is a long time since I last met this elusive artist.

 

 

Laic217

A collection of brilliant street art by Bristol artist Laic217 – quite a few skulls here!

All photographs taken by Scooj

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic 217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic 217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, M32 roiundabout, Bristol, October 2016
Laic217, M32 roiundabout, Bristol, October 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, M32 junction 3, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, M32 junction 3, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217 and Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May2017
Laic217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 junction, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, M32 junction, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, King Square Avenue, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, King Square Avenue, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol September 2016
Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol September 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2016
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, Dean Lane skate park, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, Dean Lane skate park, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, M32 Roubndabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217, M32 Roubndabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
Laic 217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016

 

1957. Moon Street (57)

Back to things more contemporary now with this interesting recent piece by Laic217 in Moon Street. There is an interesting quality to this piece which is more about what is not included than what is. No face and no colour on the hat and track suit top.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019

Even though a lot of what Laic217 paints appears to be formulaic, or at the very least incorporating similar themes, each of his pieces is highly original, and I’m not quite sure how he achieves that.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019

It is great to see him back spraying in what I guess must be one of his favourite streets and what is certainly mine.

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.

1828. M32 cycle path (19)

I think the reason I didn’t publish this piece by the brilliant Laic217 at the time I photographed it is that the light was all wrong, and the colours of the piece were a bit disappointing. This narrow lane is a nightmare for photography if you are there on a bright day or at the wrong time of day.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018

The light is so bright above the hoarding, which means the artwork gets darkened by the auto settings. Now if I were a real photographer, which I absolutely not – I am an archivist – I would be able to use manual settings to overcome this conundrum. Enough excuses already…the piece itself is a nother fine work by this irrepressible artist.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018

This form reverts to his name accompanied by a character which is a distorted face, and the distortion carries on through all the letters as well. Signature bucket hat and smiley instantly tell you who the artist is. I rather like this overlooked piece and am glad that at last I have posted it.