The hoarding in Raleigh Road has become a popular spot with Cheo, Soker, Voyder and Deamze in particular, and between them they keep refreshing it with some great work. This is a great piece from Cheo featuring a couple of spraying characters and his signature bee.
This piece is fresh and clean, and looks as tidy as if it were still in his black book. I’m not quite certsin what the characters actually are, but they are both dressed in hoody and baseball cap respectively. Very street.
So many more of his pieces in my archive…more time needed.
It is all too easy to become a bit blasé about Voyder’s incredible writing as everything he does is of such a high standard and in a class of its own. One expects perfection and usually that is what he gives. This piece, in one of his favourite haunts is so crisp and clean and beautifully set off by the neon green flash.
Unfortunately, the true colours of the piece haven’t really come across very well as I took the pictures on a bright day, but the wall was in the shade. Nonetheless the quality of the piece shines through.
I really like the clever way he seems to be able to lift the neon squiggle from the writing by giving it a shadow that drops below the lettering, giving it a stunning 3D effect. Do I like this piece? Do you need to ask?
This was a truly sublime piece that went up in Raleigh Road back in July this year, a little while before Upfest. It is always great to see dog street art, and this piece is a real treat. It is by Nilko White, a french artist from Paris, who I guess was taking a trip to the UK and teamed up with some local artists, maybe Hempster (the writing to the right of the dog) and found this hoarding to decorate.
It is a really great piece and quite different from much of the stuff we see in Bristol. It took me a while to find out who the artist was but Instagram (as is so often the case) came to the rescue. I’m not too sure what the Staffordshire terrier is about, but there is a story here. Maybe these are dogs the artist knows. A refreshing piece.
On the hoardings in Raleigh Road, there were some really high quality pieces, including this rather posh whale by Boaster. His Upfest profile reads:
‘Hailing from Nottingham,graffiti artist Boaster brings his own style to his quirky, gritty and sometimes macarbe characters. Part of crews The Shrunken Heads(SH) and In Living Colour(ILC), this long standing painter continues to ruin peoples walls up and down the country!!!’
Which all sounds rather fun.
There is a nice story here of a rather grumpy looking, well-heeled whale, and it is difficult not to admire the pipe, top hat and monocle. I am not familiar at all with Boaster’s work, but you can see more on this Global Street Art page.
This is a wonderful compisite piece stitched together perfectly by Kid 30 on the hoardings in Raleigh Road. Kid 30 is an artist based in the midlands and member of the highly regarded Oxygen Thievez, of which Deamze is one too. His style is always clean and bold, and this piece is pretty awesome really.
The dogs I can identify are Snoopy, Pluto, Scooby and Slinky…I think. This piece was favourite of many who attended the festival. You’ve got to love a dog, of four.
There is rarely a Voyder piece that I look at and think…that’s not much good. In fact I can think only of one, and I am not going to share which one here. This is another stunning piece from a little while before Upfest 2017, when Boogie was in town, whose piece can be seen just to the right of this picture (to follow).
This time Voyder has gone for a copper coloured design which carries a really nice 3D quality about it emphasised by the white shading and stars. Appearing to lie behind the writing is a rainbow, interestingly in reverse order from convention, which would normally start with red on the left.
I have several more Voyder pieces in my files – I just need more time to get them all out.
It is always great to see artists emerge from their studios and create wonderful public pieces like this one. In this case the young artist is Liz Clayton, a graduate artist from University College Falmouth who is now living and working in Bristol.
I have heard great things about University College Falmouth and I believe Louis Masai went there too. I have a niece studying there now and she seems to rate it very highly, and what a gorgeous part of the country to be a student in.
This is a striking piece and reminiscent of Mexican art celebrating Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), which I am sure is entirely deliberate. This is a great stencil piece by Liz, and it is fortunate to have pictured her while she was working on it. I hope to see more of her public work.