382. Upfest 2016 (26)

Having recently posted a piece by Mr Sle7en, I thought it would be good to share his contribution to Upfest 2016. Again, Mr Sle7en incorporates the third eye into this piece and uses the strong colours associated with his work.

Mr Sle7en, Upfest 2016, Bristol, July 2016
Mr Sle7en, Upfest 2016, Bristol, July 2016

The writing says ‘Free Sesk’ which is a reference to the recent custodial sentence dished out to Jack Keeling, a well known tagger and graffiti writer in Bristol. I featured one of his throw ups on New Year’s Day this year. It seems a little unfair that he has been jailed, when there are so many other taggers in town, but I guess this happens from time to time and they all know the risks they are taking.

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378. Stokes Croft, the Carriageworks (16)

I do love the Carriageworks. The pieces here tend to be quite large because of the framing of the arches, and so we are often treated to ‘special’ work. The turnover for any work here is about a month or so, so this piece is approaching its ‘sell by’ date. It has been a while since I posted about Mr Sle7en, which is a pity, because I love his work. It would seem that he is not as prolific as some of our other artists, but he is no less talented.

Mr Sle7en, Stokes Croft, Bristol, August 2016
Mr Sle7en, Stokes Croft, Bristol, August 2016

In this mysterious piece, we have the ‘signature’ single eye that is common to Mr Sle7en’s work.There is always something about his work that I like. I can’t put my finger on it, but it is unusual, sometimes unsettling but always beautifully executed.

159. Jamaica Street (2)

On the practice wall outside the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, is a very different piece by Mr Sle7en from the one featured a couple of days ago.

Mr Sle7en, Jamaica Street, Bristol, January 2016
Mr Sle7en, Jamaica Street, Bristol, January 2016

This time a humorous piece, somewhat critical of middle-class activists and people, well…a bit like me I suppose. Ouch! It is very funny, and I love the bourbon biscuit. Lots of nice Bristol references, and some more Buzz tributes just to the right of the picture.

7/10

157. Stokes Croft, the Carriageworks (5)

Slap bang next to the Tom Miller piece posted on 13 March 2016, is a striking collaboration by two Bristol street artists not yet featured on my blog, Mr. Sle7en and Klue.

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Mr Sle7en and Klue, Stokes Croft, Bristol, March 2016

I have seen works by both of them, but only recently worked out who they are. The top part, a rather typical three-eyed character is by Sle7en (Luke Sleven), who describes himself as a ‘freelance artist, illustrator, painter, muralist, aerosol alchemist, and all round artisan’. The lower part is by Klue (Klue Wone), an artist, illustrator and designer, whose wall pieces are very distinctive, with colourful angular swirls mingling to form beautiful freestyle designs.

Tom Miller, Stokes Croft, Bristol, March 2016
Tom Miller, Mr Sle7en and Klue, Stokes Croft, Bristol, March 2016

There will be more from these two to come.

7/10