363. Upfest 2016 (20)

Towards the end of North Street (the West end) there are a lovely pair of garage doors that constitute a desirable spot for local street artists. At Upfest 2016 the honour was given to Rocket01 to work his magic.

Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

When I got to his pitch, he was rather concerned about the inconsiderate car drivers who were impatiently tooting street enthusiasts as they photographed his work. An irritation shared by many who were trying to admire his work on this tight corner. I chatted with him for a short while and told him I would write about his work in my blog…so here it is.

This is a striking piece by Rocket01 who originally comers from Sheffield and tours the country as a street artist. This was the first time I have seen his work, and I was really impressed. I like this kind of thing.

Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

In his bio from the Upfest programme, he talks of his work with the following quote:

I have visions of a post-apocalyptic world where mankind has finally embraced nature and immersed himself within it. He swims with the fishes, he flies with the birds, chlorophyll runs through his veins and his eyes photosyntesize.

I rather like this, but that is no surprise coming from a ‘nature boy’.

Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

There is detail in this work that hints at sustainable energy, peace, nature…visions of hope. Another great Upfest piece.

Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rocket01, North Street, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

275. Clift House Road (2)

Following on from post 274, I feature another new artist to this blog at exactly the same site on Clift House Road.

Hannah Adamaszek, Clift House Road, Bristol, June 2016
Hannah Adamaszek, Clift House Road, Bristol, June 2016

This is in complete contrast to the fiery piece by SNUB23 that occupied the wall previously. The elfin figure by Hannah Adamaszek is calm and painted in cool colours that transform this wall completely. Surely a demonstration on how street art makes a profound impact on the immediate surroundings and environment where it appears.

Hannah Adamaszek, Clift House Road, Bristol, June 2016
Hannah Adamaszek, Clift House Road, Bristol, June 2016

Hannah has very recently just completed a piece in London, and was a visitor to Bristol for the Bristol Arts Trail, when she completed a piece at the Tobacco Factory. I am guessing that this may have been painted at the same time. Hannah has a spiritual approach to her work, and this quote from her website seems to capture it:

“Art is not just for viewing but an experience.  By merging Art and Zen, we are taken on a welcome journey of peaceful reflection in out chaotic lives.”

A lovely tranquil piece by a highly accomplished artist.

237. The Bearpit (16)

At one corner of The Bearpit, there is a large advertising cube which rises above the sunken area and can be viewed at the road level. It is a very prominent landmark when arriving in the centre of town. What is great about it is that it is not festooned with corporate marketing or consumer products. No…this is a place for messages to the people of Bristol by the people of Bristol. Some messages are politically inert, others are political commentary presented in a way so typical of this area.

Sepr, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2016
Sepr, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2016

This piece by Sepr is an interesting statement, a bomb holding hands with children – more thoughtful than the latest Mercedes model or Insurance company.

Sepr, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2016
Sepr, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2016

There is something slightly unsettling about the piece, the smiling bomb, the silhouetted children. I think this work has just been replaced very recently. You can see on the adjacent face a message ‘Peace – and not just for Christmas’.

Sepr, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2016
Sepr, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2016