3182. Cheltenham 2019 (36)

This is the last of three pieces from last year’s Cheltenham Paint Festival that wasn’t completed during my visit in 2019, but that I had the opportunity to revisit this year. The Star Wars AT-AT is by Pad303 and continues a style that he has been developing over the last three or so years. I’m not quite sure if it qualifies as anamorphic art, but he likes to trick our eyes into believing that the brick wall is coming alive.

Pad303, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020
Pad303, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020

Star Wars is a popular theme for street artists and Pad303 has nailed this war machine of the Empire, that I always felt was rather fragile in battle. This is a very clever piece, blending in with the colours of the wall (a wall which I’d like to add is most unsympathetic to being painted) and lifting the image out and giving it an animated quality. Brilliant. I have a few more of these pieces from Pad303 to share, when I have a moment.

853. Upfest 2016 (140)

I don’t know an awful lot about Pad303, other than I guess he works out of London judging from the amount of work he does in Leake Street Tunnel.. I stopped to chat with him as he was finishing this piece, and what a fun and affable bloke he is.

This is a fine piece, with a lovely bit of 3D wildstyle writing, and a hooded figure full of motion and energy kicking the lettering. I love it when artists combine styles like this, showing the breadth of their skills. A great Upfest piece.

Pad303, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Pad303, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016