4757. Upfest 2022 (54)

Snub 23, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Snub 23, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

This wall is a powerful and significant wall, reasonably new to Upfest, that although is impressive, is really difficult to photograph. Because it is high up, the bright sky behind it tends to lead to underexposure of the artwork, so I have to do a little bit of post-production work just to make these pictures reasonable.

Snub 23, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Snub 23, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

The mural is by Snub23, a regular at Upfest, and one who pretty much always gets to paint one of the premium walls. Snub23’s work these days usually features comic book-style characters, caught in a narrative and almost as if they were ripped out of the pages and stuck up on the wall. What is the rest of the story behind this magnificent piece?

Snub 23, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Snub 23, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

Technically, this piece is beautifully painted, with fabulous detail in the character’s mask and in the material around his neck. The background is a perfect, patterned backdrop for the scene, providing an almost pixelated or white noise environment, which is very effective. This is a great Upfest piece from Snub23.

3846. Upfest 2021 75×75 (30)

Upfest is the gift that just keeps on giving, and I cannot remember a time when so many high-quality pieces have been painted over such a sustained period. Given all the problems that the pandemic has thrown at us, I think the Upfest team have done an astonishingly brilliant job this year.

Snub 23, North Street, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21
Snub 23, North Street, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21

This superb piece by Snub 23 looks as if it has been lifted straight out of a comic book, it is quite remarkable. The artist has used the dimensions of the wall perfectly and has created a really interesting perspective with the curvature of the tunnel behind the main character.

Snub 23, North Street, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21
Snub 23, North Street, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21

The bright colours used for the hero of the piece contrast nicely with the grey scene and there is a sense of purpose about his stride. The whole thing reminds me of Dan Dare from the Eagle Annuals I used to read as a kid (they weren’t mine, they had belonged to my uncles when they were young). Amazing piece.

2083. St Werburghs tunnel (68)

Well what a lovely surprise from a few days ago. I took a quick trip to St Werburghs tunnel and right next to one of the Fiva (Fiver) pieces was this fabulous Robot face by Snub23.

Snub23, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2019
Snub23, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2019

I have only known Snub23 to come to Bristol for Upfest, so it was extra special to find a piece here at this time of year. Snub23 adopts two instantly recognisable styles… this one of cartoon-style robots and sci-fi scenes and his geometric patterning which is similar to the work of Bristol’s Paul Monsters. Sometimes he combines both styles in a single piece. Brilliant to find this nice piece.

1110. Upfest 2017 (91)

A truly awe-inspiring collaboration from Upfest this year was by the magnificent My Dog Sighs and Snub23. There is so much to like about this piece, starting with the wall itself, which played host to this fabulous piece by Sokar Uno in 2016.

My Dog Sighs and Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
My Dog Sighs and Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The eye and the water drops which provide the focus for the piece is by My Dog Sighs, and there is a whole story going on in the reflected figure in the eye itself. I am a big fan of his work, and it just seems to be getting better and better.

My Dog Sighs and Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
My Dog Sighs and Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Snub23 has been to Upfest for the last three years now, and his geometric patterns are becoming more of a feature of his work. You may recall he created similar patterns on the side of the bus at Upfest 2016.

My Dog Sighs and Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
My Dog Sighs and Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

This is an absolutely outstanding collaboration and one that will go down as a highlight of this year’s festival for many visitors, including myself.

795. Upfest 2016 (126)

In a car park just off Raleigh Road, a double decker bus was given ‘the treatment’ at last year’s Upfest. This side of the bus was given over to Snub23, and he made a beautiful job.

Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Snub23 Uses his geometric patterning and shading to great effect, and then looming down from the left is one of his characters that seem to be inspired by the comic genre. Powerful stuff.

Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Snub23, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

274. Clift House Road (1)

I went out to photograph this work in January, having seen it one time when passing in the car too quickly to stop without causing an accident. It is an impressive wall and will be well known to commuters who travel along Coronation Road.

SNUB23, Clift House Road, Bristol, January 2016
SNUB23, Clift House Road, Bristol, January 2016

The vibrant piece is by SNUB23, and depicts a futuristic scene with a robot and a background of mayhem – this sits very neatly with his profile description on his website. The writing at the top says snub, and the 23 appears on the character’s uniform. I’m not sure what the other wildstyle writing says.

SNUB23, Clift House Road, Bristol, January 2016
SNUB23, Clift House Road, Bristol, January 2016

One of the interesting things about this work, which was created as part of Upfest 2015, is the advertising hoarding in the middle of the wall – the advert changed several times while the piece was here. When it was painted there was an advert with a ferocious dinosaur screaming out at you which somehow added to the overall piece.