1072. Upfest 2017 (78)

I think that this is a bit of a cheeky Upfest piece from Jee See, a Bristol graffiti artist that I have featured on this blog many times before, and one whose work I particularly like. The suggestion that it is a bit cheeky is because I can’t see his name on the artist list for the festival, and this board was erected outside one of the venues, almost as if it was a bit of a teaser.

Jee See, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Jee See, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I am guessing that there were a few ‘no shows’ for the festival and that spare boards were available for some local artists. This is all based on my own assumptions, and as I was once told, to assume things is to make an ‘ass of u and me‘.

Anyhow, I am pleased that Jee See managed to present his work and combine his trademark seismic writing alongside a beautiful portrait…all so very Jee See.

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833. M32 Spot (4)

A couple of weekends ago, there was a small gathering of Bristol street/graff artists underneath the M32 in the dry weather DIY skateboarding area known as the M32 Spot. The Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) had used their reach, to encourage some artists to adorn the concrete pillars under the motorway. There will be several posts on this particular gathering.

Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

First off is this fabulous piece by Jee See, whom I was fortunate enough to meet, at last, as he was just finishing off this piece (not the bloke in the picture). Square pillar works are a devil to photograph, due to the different light intensities on each of the sides and the background lighting ranging from very dark to very bright.

Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

I guess the pillars must be rather challenging for the artists too. Jee See told me that Japanese the writing on the side of the pillar says Gothic Chav, although I might have got that wrong.

Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

All in all this is a nicely thought out piece in which Jee See expresses his thoughts . I enjoy his work very much, and perhaps a little more now having seen him at work. An  guy with some cool things to say/spray.

826. Stokes Croft, the Carriageworks (26)

A quick one from Jee See on the Carriageworks carrying his trademark ‘seismic’ lettering, this time with accompanying ‘Why sick?’. I’m not too sure what it all means, but it is bright and upbeat.

Jee See, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2017
Jee See, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2017

Since I took this picture, I have at last met Jee See, and what an utter gent he is. More about this soon. I like this picture with the sun and shadows and the skulking Silent Hobo character on the adjacent space. All good.

686. The Bearpit (50)

The Bearpit is probably the most productive street art spot in Bristol. It has four subways and stairways so there is a great deal of wall space in this central location. In any week there could be as many as twenty new pieces, but typically it might be five or six. This piece from Jee See appeared after a weekend when quite a few artists descended into the pit for a bit of a session.

Jee See, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
Jee See, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017

This is something rather different from Jee See. I am used to seeing his ‘seismic’ burners and his stencils of girls with ‘castro’ hats, but I’ve not seen piece like this before. I rather like it, even if the subject matter has a rather dark undertone to it.

557. Picton Lane (7)

Tucked away in this little lane in Montpelier is this nice work by Jee See. Here he combines his ‘seismic’ writing with his stencil favourite of a military style girl, both of which can be found separately in Bristol.

Jee See, Picton Lane, Bristol, September 2016
Jee See, Picton Lane, Bristol, September 2016

The colours of this piece are what really make it stand out from the other graffiti in the area. Jee See is an artist with a different and interesting style and is starting to make his mark in this incredible city.

Jee See, Picton Lane, Bristol, September 2016
Jee See, Picton Lane, Bristol, September 2016

467. Dean Lane skate park (24)

‘Seismic’ is becoming a trademark word for Jee See at the moment. There are several versions of this burner popping up in various hot spots around the city. This one, although the photograph doesn’t really convey it, is quite unusual in that the background is in a metallic copper finish and really striking.

Jee See, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2016
Jee See, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2016

I have a feeling that with Jee See being so busy on the streets recently, there will be more of his work appearing in my posts soon.