Alex Lucas is everywhere in Bristol, a street art celebrity. Even if people in the city don’t know her by name, they will almost certainly have seen her work, and will recollect it if you describe it to them.
This is a recent piece that I was lucky enough to see as the shutters were down when I happened to be passing by – something that doesn’t seem to work out for me too often because I do most of my walking and photographing during daylight hours.
What a great advert these beautiful butterflies are for the Independent Desigh Collective which sets out to feature and promote designers and makers from the local area. Maybe one day I’ll come knocking on their door/shutters.
I don’t know how many days these pieces had been up before I noticed them, but they are another gift to the city of Bristol from a visiting artist who was here for Upfest. Dabuten Tronko is from Tarragona in Spain, which I found out from his ‘couchsurfing’ profile. The Interweb is an incredible thing!
These pieces can be found either side of the main road on the vertical walls of the 5102 building overlooking The Bearpit. They are something of a before and after reflection and need to be seen in conjunction to hold any real meaning.
The boats on the left hand side of the road (heading North) are intact and jolly, while in stark contrast, those opposite are smashed up or deconstructed. I’m not sure what it all means, but I like the concept going on here.
The colour scheme is quite subtle and sort of blends in with the background blue. The boats somehow feel like they have always been there or were always meant to be there. I’ll bet I’m not the first person to have missed them first time round.
Just a quick one that I have been meaning to post for ever – since Upfest last year in fact. This is a small piece by the imaginative and creative Feoflip, who was in my view one of the highlights of Upfest 2016.
This is a plug socket brought to life and animated, looking almost like a little dog. It is a 2-pin socket betraying the continental background of the artist. This utility box has since been sprayed green…and had a little Upfest 2017 treatment!
Not long after Upfest was over, and just as the dust was settling, this wonderful piece from Bristol’s Cheo appeared in North Street Green. It is a very strong piece, and in my view, far superior to the Morph characters he produced for Upfest.
In this piece he has sprayed a couple of very cool frogs appearently chewing the fat and puffing away on a cigar and cigarette. It is an incredibly neat and crisp piece and in my view shows Cheo at his absolute best.
I’m not too sure how long this would have taken him, but it looks like he took care with it. Yet another great piece from the master.
On an advertising hoarding in North Street, there is this wonderful Losthills wheatpaste of Jake the dog posing as Yoda. The placement and writing make this piece just about perfect. I have said it before, that the placement of paste ups plays a major part in the impact they can have, and this one drew the attention of passers by, where others did not.
I am not sure who introduced the writing, whether it was Losthills or somebody else, but it sets the whole thing off really well, given the subject matter of the advertisement.
Losthills absolutely ‘nailed it’ at this Year’s Upfest, and I am looking forward to sharing a whole bunch more of his work in the coming months. Bravo.
This site on North Street has played host to some great street artists in recent years, including N4T4, Phil Blake, AgeAge, Caro Pepe and most recently a collaboration between Paul Monsters and Copyright. At Upfest this year, another wonderful piece was painted, this time by Brazilian artist Inke.
I had not heard of Inke before and chatted with him briefly on the Saturday of the festival. I think I must have utterly confused him, because I don’t think his English was too good, and my Portuguese is non-existent. I think I was blabbering on about the potential for a mix up with Inkie, the Bristol artist…an effort at trying to be humorous that fell a bit flat.
While he was spraying, the residents of the building emerged from their home, which all seemed a bit surreal. The piece itself took Inke quite a while to complete, and the rain certainly interrupted things. The final piece though I think is stunning, a really beautiful and exotic work.
The crab in the centre of the piece is sprayed in a bold floral pattern, but the shadows of the crab and its form are incredibly well presented. It reminds me a little of the way Louis Masai creates his quilted animals. Superb technique and one of my top pieces at Upfest 2017.