Laic217 is, as regular readers will know, one of my absolute favourite Bristol artists, and his work has been going from strength to strength over the last few years. One of the things that has really improved is how he creates textures on the clothes of his characters.
In this piece the skeleton looks like he is wearing a fleece hoodie, with gentle folds and creases. The colour is outstanding, and lifts the whole thing…it’s in your face.
Skeletons clutching spray cans is a speciality of Laic217 and although he does a lot of them, they are all quite different and it is difficult to tire of them. I think it is the combinations of colours that sets this piece apart from others.
I first saw this piece piece in Instagram but couldn’t work out where it was. The cycle track that runs alongside the M32 has been closed off while construction work is going on, and this particular spot has become a bit of a cul-de-sac, which I only occasionally visit. I had to ask another photographer where it was…something I don’t like doing too much…it is a pride thing.
Laic217 is most definitely back on the street again after something of a quiet time recently. This writing and character piece, typical of the artist, contains a skeleton in a beautiful quilted jacket, which has been sprayed expertly, to give shadows and texture.
The greeny blues contrast nicely with the pink background and the whole piece has something of a familiar feel to it. Of course, no Laic217 piece would be complete without a smiley or a bucket hat, and this one has both.
I don’t know why he has been fairly quiet recently, maybe he has work commitments, but it is great to see him back out again, and there are a couple more works from him to follow soon.
You might have noticed that I am posting quite a few old pieces at the moment. I tend to do this from time to time when I look through my files and see some wonderful stuff that I never got round to sharing. Sometimes I have been holding onto pictures where I didn’t know who the artist was, but that was not the case here. Somehow this wonderful Laic217 piece just got through the net.
A spider with a skull and an Adidas logo (disguising the word Laic) – it is all here and a bit weird, but brilliant and such a striking combination of colours. The biologist in me feels I should point out that spiders have eight legs, but that is probably splitting hairs. A Fine piece from July 2017.
This is a lesson in always making sure you get a photograph of a new piece when you can, even if the photograph is compromised by poor light conditions or weather of street furniture etc. If you don’t snap it up straight away, then the next time you see it it may be tagged.
This piece by Laic217 appeared in The Bearpit in October after something of a quiet period in his street work. I managed to photograph it, but the morning sun was casting a shadow across the wall. I figured I would return to get a ‘clean’ picture. The next time I visited however the smiley face had been tagged, albeit rather tastefully, with a tribute. Annoying as it might seem, this is all part of the street/graffiti art scene.
As always I like this work from Laic217, and hope he keeps it up. I have been enjoying the incredible progress he has made in the time that I have been doing this and get pleasure from seeing the direction his work goes in.
A pairing that I have seen a number of times over the last couple of years is that of Laic217 and Cort. An interesting aspect of this is that while I have seen numerous solo Laic217 pieces, I can’t recall ever seeing solo Cort work, but maybe I’m just not seeing them.
This is the first piece to cover over the amazing work of Apset and Ionas from Upfest in July this year. To be honest, I am amazed it has taken so long, but finally the piece had been dogged and then covered over by this new collaboration. We see in this piece the familiar skeleton work of Laic217, this time in a monochrome red with purple accent.
The Cort writing is great to look at and plays with a few styles and techniques. All in all this is a nice collaboration, but one which I expect to be far shorted lived than it’s predecessor.
Although Laic217 seems to be slightly less busy on the streets than he was say, six months ago, he is still producing regular pieces, which is great for me as it is no secret that I love his work.
This piece contains the familiar format of a skeleton in a tracksuit sprayiong out the letters LAIC. The two components of the piece blend realy well and I love the color selections across the whole piece.
He has sprayed this in a particularly narrow passage which explains why there aren’t any decent front on pictures of this piece. As always, a real pleasure to share his work with you.
I took this picture a couple of months ago in Bedminster, and of course it is instantly recognisable as a piece by Laic217. All the signature elements are there, a portrait, distortion, this time through broken glass, the bucket hat and smiley.
it was after seeing this piece, that the frequency of work Laic217 was churning out decreased markedly. I am pleased to say that he appears to be back up and running and firing on all cylinders.
Although this is not my favourite of his pieces, it is striking, and the colours really stand out.