3220. Cheltenham 2020 (9)

This year’s Cheltenham Paint Festival felt a little strange because of the far-reaching impacts of the coronavirus epidemic. In a way the Festival lends itself to social distancing because of the dispersed nature of the pieces across the town, but keeping one’s distance while talking to the artists, or the emptiness of some of the venues added a surreal layer to the whole experience.

Sam Art, Paint Festival 2020, Cheltenham, September 2020
Sam Art, Paint Festival 2020, Cheltenham, September 2020

I found this piece in the Two Pigs, and had to don a facemask to walk through the gaming pub to get to the back yard where a few pieces had been painted. I was there completely alone, which felt odd. I was however rewarded with this outstanding small piece by Sam Art, which is clearly a commentary on the state of our planet at this time. Some of you might remember his extraordinary photorealistic piece from last year’s festival. A fabulous artist.

Sam Art, Paint festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Sam Art, Paint festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

2446.M32 roundabout J3 (167)

Recently some rather uplifting and optimistic small pieces have been appearing on the M32 roundabout by an artist called Eden. This is yet another artist new to me and one I know very little about.

Eden, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019
Eden, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019

This rather subtle and understated piece is easily missed but once found is not easily forgotten. The bright colours give the viewer the sense that there is optimism for our planet, which is what I got out of it anyway. A simple design which is competently painted and which has given me pause for thought every time I have walked past. Nice one Eden.