3882. Upfest 2021 75×75 (43)

This modest piece by Emma Philippa Maeve is one of the smallest of Upfest’s 75 walls in 75 days, and could easily be missed by many due to its location just off North Street and the recess it sits in. It is a really interesting piece and quite unlike anything else from the event, demonstrating the breadth of styles and talent that is on display in Bedminster.

Emma Philippa Maeve, Merrywood Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Emma Philippa Maeve, Merrywood Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

The bright and colourful piece looks like an etching scratched into the surface of the wall and her work is influenced by her travels. Emma Philippa Maeve has a very interesting website that shows you more of her work and tells you a little about her inspiration. She uses the term Flaneuse, derived from Flaneur, to describe her lifestyle, and it is a subject close to my own heart. To explore for the sake of making new discoveries and learning more about what is around you… keeping your eyes open is what it is all about. Fabulous.

2677. Cheltenham 2019 (26)

One of the rather comforting things about the Cheltenham Paint Festival was the number of familiar Bristol-based artists who had been invited to paint, including the wonderful Mr Draws who is no stranger to Natural Adventures.

Mr Draws, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Mr Draws, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

This imaginative piece combines a toothpaste tube with mountains… who’d have thought? When I first started photographing pieces by Mr Draws, a great many of them featured mountains, so it was nice to see this retrospective piece in Cheltenham. I have previously published a gallery of his work which you can see here.

1441. The Bearpit (134)

This is another piece from the recent Spring paint jam in The Bearpit. It is something of a change from the norm for Mr Draws, who usually sprays his name or mountains. Here he has sprayed one of his favoured boards with a training shoe. It is rough, and vibrant, and my guess is that Mr Draws probably freestyled it.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

It is a fun piece, and very much in the spirit of the paint jam, which was to ensure that The Bearpit continues as a street art gallery and spray paint area. Of course, Mr Draws has managed to incorporate some mountains just for good measure. I believe the piece was dogged after a few days, which is a pity as it is a rather uplifting work.

 

1282. The Bearpit (117)

I had to wait a little while to take this picture by Mr Draws because a street cleaner had decided to park his cart in front of it for what seemed like an inordinately long time. The work looks like a bit of a quick one that incorporates two common elements Mr Draws uses in his pieces – letters making up his name and his beloved mountains.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2018

I think it has to be said that this is not his finest work, but I don’t think that it matters too much, as he is continuously learning and developing his style and techniques. Not everything he tries to do will necessarily be his best yet. I do like his work very much and enjoy seeing what he does next.

683. The Bearpit (48)

This was a quick one by Mr Draws in The Bearpit. Mr Draws is another Bristol street artist who is hitting something of a purple patch in terms of productivity. I had always assumed that the Winter and early Spring were not particularly busy times for street/graffiti artists, but that has not been the case this year. I wonder if some of that is attributable to the relatively dry winter period we have had this year.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017

So we come back to mountains by Mr Draws, although these are a little more stylised than some of his previous peaks. If I were to be critical I would say that this looks like it was done really quickly. I remain, however very fond of his pieces…they are so different from the norm, and easily identifiable.

602. The Bearpit (34)

Mr Draws has, it would appear, had an epiphany. Only a few months ago he was a little bit in danger of becoming a ‘one-trick-pony’ with his colourful mountain scene murals. It was a theme he played with for some time, gaining confidence spraying more walls in more areas of Bristol.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017

The big change in his work appears to have happened in November/December time, when he started painting letters and playing with those, then on to rather different mountainscapes like this one. He is now churning out works like a man possessed and some contain quite different subject matter. It is like the shackles have been removed and we are seeing a new Mr Draws. I am really looking forward to documenting this progression and constant search for something new. I’m not sure what has led to this significant shift in his work, but it is to be celebrated.

489. Upfest 2016 (63)

Mr Draws is a busy Bristol street artist who specialises in spraying colourful impressionist mountain ranges. His style is simple and at times appears to be naive, but it is far from that, and some of his pieces demonstrate his sophistication.

Mr Draws, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Mr Draws, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Mr Draws has been spraying a lot since Upfest in July, but I haven’t been out as much as I would like recently and so have missed lots of his work. I know he is not everyone’s cup of tea, but like so many of the Bristol street artists his work has grown on me. I also like it that in amongst all the international ‘big name’ artists invited to Upfest, there are dozens of local artists upholding the Bristol graffiti tradition. Good work.