2175. New John Street (4)

Last week I was on a bit of a brownian motion walk in Bedminster following the scent of some pieces that Paul Harrison had mentioned to me. On one of my meanders, I walked past this piece by Sofly which I hadn’t seen before probably because it is on a workshop door that is usually open during daylight hours.

Sofly and ?, New John Street, Bristol, April 2019
Sofly and ?, New John Street, Bristol, April 2019

I can’t be certain that the whole thing is by Sofly or whether she had an accomplice who painted the cat on the right hand side (Yala? Tam?). Sofly’s Work is always so crisp and clean and shaded beautifully. It was a real unexpected treat to find this one.

1873. Upfest 2018 (92)

I have featured the work of Sofly a couple of times on Natural Adventures before and each time hoped that she would return to Bristol which thankfully she did at Upfest 2018. Sofly (Sophy Robson) was an official artist at the festival but nonetheless decided to paint on an unofficial wall, something I admire and something that keeps the festival ‘real’.

Sofly, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Sofly, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Tis is simply a really nice piece of writing, beautifully proportioned, and the colours are wonderful, especially the way the pink gets lighter towards the right hand side of the piece. I tried to have a quick chat with Sophy, but I think she was keen to finish up and move on, so the conversation was brief.

Sofly, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Sofly, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017

1415. Stokes Croft, the Carriageworks (36)

I love this piece which has remained intact and unspoiled for such a very long time in Stokes Croft. It is beautifully well proportioned and the shading is first class – it is a crisp and fresh piece of writing that stands out from the mess around it. The artist is Sofly

Sofly, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Sofly, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017

On trying to find out a bit more about Sofly, I managed to find her website. It turns out Sophy Robson is a nail artist from London who appears to be at the top of her game, and as a sideline she runs graffiti workshops. How brilliant is that? I know she has visited Bristol on a few occasions, and I have another of her pieces from Dean Lane somewhere in my archives. I love this a lot.