739. Raleigh Road, Tobacco Factory (6)

This is a subtle piece that I photographed in August 2016, and so I am guessing must have been part of Upfest 2016. It is by Lost Monkeys who produced this wonderful tiger at the same time. I hadn’t been aware that he did two pieces for Upfest.

Lost Monkey, Raleigh Road, Bristol, August 2016
Lost Monkey, Raleigh Road, Bristol, August 2016

I love the use of colour in what appears to be a black and white piece, and it has the appearance of having been drawn with charcoal…beautifully done. I couldn’t get a great shot of it, because it was stuck behind a parked car when I saw it.

Lost Monkey, Raleigh Road, Bristol, August 2016
Lost Monkey, Raleigh Road, Bristol, August 2016

There is a story going on here, but I am not too sure what. The figures and lines remind me a little of Bristol’s own Shab. This is a fabulous understated piece by a very accomplished artist.

 

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533. Upfest 2016 (72)

This energetic and rather curious looking tiger is by the artist Lewis Campbell who paints under the name of Lost Monkey. Lewis Campbell, who comes from London is an illustrator story board artist who turns his hand to street murals and larger canvasses from time to time.

Lost Monkey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Lost Monkey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

This work has loads of energy and an element of menace about it, but also seems to have something of the child about it. The name ‘Lost Monkey’ is (according to his website) a symbol of the potential ideas and imaginings that fill an artist’s head – just bubbling under the radar of the subconscious. As he is a native Londoner, I’m not sure we’ll be seeing a lot of Lost Monkey in Bristol – maybe at Upfest 2017.

Lost Monkey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Lost Monkey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016