1953. Upfest 2018 (117)

What a clever juxtaposition is presented to us by Spanish artist Sr.X in this piece that shows Joseph Stalin painted in a period propaganda pose, holding Mickey Mouse in his hands. Surely these represent two opposite ends of the political spectrum and what fun to squeeze them together like this.

Sr.X, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Sr.X, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I like Sr.X’s work and have not long ago posted an enormous work by him in Shoreditch. I am surprised that he was allocated such a tiny board for Upfest 2018 and would hope that maybe sometime in the future he gets to paint one of the bigger festival walls. All good.

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1128. Mott Street, New York (1)

I have the most enormous backlog of images to post, and can see that the only way to share as many of them as I can is to have slightly shorter written descriptions of the artists and their work, particularly with the non-Bristol street art, which takes me a lot longer to research.

Jerkface, Mott Street, New York, October 2017
Jerkface, Mott Street, New York, October 2017

On my recent trip to New York I was lucky enough to be staying in the lower East Side where there are amazing street/graffiti art surprises literally around every corner. This clever Mickey Mouse piece is by Jerkface who produces some amazing works in this grand cartoon style. Unfortunately his beautiful website reveals little about the artist.

Jerkface, Mott Street, New York, October 2017
Jerkface, Mott Street, New York, October 2017

This was one of my landmark finds from my trip, and I think it had only recently been sprayed.

454. Upfest 2016 (51)

There is something dark, political and edgy about What Have I Done Now’s work. His paste ups are full of menace, like this one (called laugh riot) of a riot police figure, waving a US flag and adorned with Mickey Mouse ears. Taking a swipe at some attitudes in a small wheatpaste without words is part of the skill of this kind of street art.

What Have I Done Now, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
What Have I Done Now, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
This piece was situated in the small lane at the bottom end of Dean Lane skate park where it joins North Street. I think some bits of it still remain. I have also found in my Upfest archive his ‘official’ piece for the festival and I will post it shortly.

This is one for the fans of political street art, an art form that seems to be slightly out of vogue at the moment.

443. Dean Lane skate park (20)

Well I have been defeated. I’m sure the explanation is simple, but I have exhausted all my investigative powers. This amazing piece by OHMS appeared back in April 2016 and I fell for it immediately. It is quite unlike other pieces I have seen. Amazing pastel colours, great wildstyle writing and a character, Mickey Mouse. I love this a lot.

OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016

BUT…can I find out anything about OHMS? No I bloody well can’t. Several months of searches have thrown up nothing. I hope that posting this and the image on Instagram will help me to track down this elusive artist/crew. Anyone out there who has any clues…fire away.

OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016

Worse still, I have several other wonderful pieces by OHMS lined up, but I am reluctant to do so until I have a bit more to say about the artist.