1828. M32 cycle path (19)

I think the reason I didn’t publish this piece by the brilliant Laic217 at the time I photographed it is that the light was all wrong, and the colours of the piece were a bit disappointing. This narrow lane is a nightmare for photography if you are there on a bright day or at the wrong time of day.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018

The light is so bright above the hoarding, which means the artwork gets darkened by the auto settings. Now if I were a real photographer, which I absolutely not – I am an archivist – I would be able to use manual settings to overcome this conundrum. Enough excuses already…the piece itself is a nother fine work by this irrepressible artist.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018

This form reverts to his name accompanied by a character which is a distorted face, and the distortion carries on through all the letters as well. Signature bucket hat and smiley instantly tell you who the artist is. I rather like this overlooked piece and am glad that at last I have posted it.

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1543. Moon Street (46)

I don’t thinkĀ  that there has ever been a time when I didn’t enjoy finding a new Laic217 piece and this one is no exception. The work is in one of his favoured spots in Moon Street and fits the frame of the doorway perfectly. There is a sinister element to the piece with the eyes missing and the scarf obscuring the face – I would expect nothing less.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018

I have mentioned many times before that Laic217 has developed his techniques a great deal over the last few years especially the different materials worn by his characters. In this piece the handkerchief tied around his neck has folds that disrupt the pattern on it, a nice touch.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018

Three hallmark signs mark this out as a Laic217 piece…The bucket hat, the smiley and the distorted face. They just keep coming.

 

1494. Moon Street (44)

Just when I begin to think that I havebn’t seen anything from Laic217 for ages, up pops a new piece in one of his favourite spots. All the usual motifs we are accustomed to seeing in this artist’s work are here: the bucket hat and smiley; the gold chain with 217 and skeleton dressed in a tracksuit top. All very Laic.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018

This piece is interesting in its use of bright colours on the black background, it gives the whole thing a strong and fresh look. The smile on the hat has an interesting shadow, which would suggest a light source quite close and to the right of the piece because of the way it lands on the hat. (I think I know what I am trying to say here).

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018

Finally, you just have to admite the gold rings on each hand spelling out LA – IC, awesome stuff from a firm favourite.

1328. Dean Lane skate park (111)

Laic217 is most definitely back on the street again after something of a quiet time recently. This writing and character piece, typical of the artist, contains a skeleton in a beautiful quilted jacket, which has been sprayed expertly, to give shadows and texture.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018

The greeny blues contrast nicely with the pink background and the whole piece has something of a familiar feel to it. Of course, no Laic217 piece would be complete without a smiley or a bucket hat, and this one has both.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018

I don’t know why he has been fairly quiet recently, maybe he has work commitments, but it is great to see him back out again, and there are a couple more works from him to follow soon.

1248. The Bearpit (115)

This is a lesson in always making sure you get a photograph of a new piece when you can, even if the photograph is compromised by poor light conditions or weather of street furniture etc. If you don’t snap it up straight away, then the next time you see it it may be tagged.

Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

This piece by Laic217 appeared in The Bearpit in October after something of a quiet period in his street work. I managed to photograph it, but the morning sun was casting a shadow across the wall. I figured I would return to get a ‘clean’ picture. The next time I visited however the smiley face had been tagged, albeit rather tastefully, with a tribute. Annoying as it might seem, this is all part of the street/graffiti art scene.

Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

As always I like this work from Laic217, and hope he keeps it up. I have been enjoying the incredible progress he has made in the time that I have been doing this and get pleasure from seeing the direction his work goes in.

1102. Bedminster

I took this picture a couple of months ago in Bedminster, and of course it is instantly recognisable as a piece by Laic217. All the signature elements are there, a portrait, distortion, this time through broken glass, the bucket hat and smiley.

Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017

it was after seeing this piece, that the frequency of work Laic217 was churning out decreased markedly. I am pleased to say that he appears to be back up and running and firing on all cylinders.

Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017

Although this is not my favourite of his pieces, it is striking, and the colours really stand out.

1040. Upfest 2017 (63)

Anyone who was at Upfest 2016 would have been utterly charmed by the incredible tree frogs by JXC. It was one of my favourite pieces from last year, and I wrote about it here.

JXC, Upfest, Bristol July 2016
JXC, Upfest, Bristol July 2016

This year he was afforded a larger wall, one that Voyder wrote ‘Bristol’ on last time round. Instead of tree frogs, JXC treated us to an extraordinary seascape with a rather intimidating octopus in the foreground and some naval mines in the background.

JXC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
JXC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

This was another of the pieces that probably took longer to create than might have been expected, due to the constant rain interruptions over the three days of the festival.

JXC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
JXC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The mouth on the side of the octopus isn’t the octopuss’s beak, rather is it a shark mouth inked onto its side. JXC’s work is heavily inkled with words and drawings that resemble tattoos, creating an interesting effect o the surface texture of the subject.

JXC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
JXC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

There is a story going on in this piece which is a little tricky to decypher. The words ‘Just Lie’ appear under the shark but I’m not sure what that refers to. Nice to see a smiley on the bomb – some ironic commentary there?