1835. Prince Street

Mystery solved. Regular readers will know that I am really quite uncomfortable with posting pieces if I don’t know who created them. Occasionally I post them anyway because I don’t think I’ll ever find out who did them. In this case, I have held on in with the firm conviction that I would find the artist. And I have.

John D'oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018
John D’oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018

I recently bought John D’oh’s excellent book ‘Street Art and Graffiti‘ and there on pages 40 and 41 is this wonderful stencil piece. These photographs were taken this October, but I have some much older ones somewhere in my archive. The original installation had a little red word ‘why’ to the left of the piece and it was placed on 16 November 2015 as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Paris terror attacks of 13 November that same month.

There is a little shelf beneath the piece which had little battery operated flickering candle lights to give the piece a shrine appearance. Beautifully conceived and executed. This is a poignant and touching piece from a great Bristol artist who puts a lot of thought, time, energy, passion and effort in to his work.

I was thrilled to find out it was by John D’oh. Good things come to those who wait (and buy books).

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1817. Upfest 2018 (77)

I love this striking stencil work by Paintily. The concept of a mask hiding another mask beneath it is a good one, and the ancient look adds to the mystery of the piece. The whole thing is worked really beautifully with great care and attention being paid to the shadows cast by the outer mask on the inner one.

Paintily, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Paintily, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This piece is all the more remarkable for being a stencil, which must have taken an eternity to prepare. The standard of stencils at Upfest 2018 has really been quite staggering and we are lucky to have seen so many over the course of the festival. Below is a little reminder of Paintily’s piece from last year.

Paintily, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Paintily, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

1790. Upfest 2018 (66)

Often humorous and always tinged with a bit of edge, John D’oh’s stencils can be found on walls all around Bristol (and Cheltenham) and of course at Upfest. This year’s ‘official’ piece was a double-header, the first part of which was a witty corruption of the Infinite Monkey Theory.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The second board is another pithy pop at Brexit, featuring Noel Edmond’s Deal or no Deal as its headline. I absolutely love these topical political stencils, and look forward to his injects about the place.

Street art and Graffiti, John D'oh, Bristol, October 2018
Street art and Graffiti, John D’oh, Bristol, October 2018

Coincidentally, his new book arrived yesterday and I can’t recommend highly it enough, it is one of the best graffiti/street art books that I have read in a while, intelligently written and full of photographs and commentary on his own work. Brilliant.

1787.Upfest 2018 (63)

My oh my this is a very fancy stencil indeed by the incredible RTC from Cheltenham. You would have been hiding under a rock not to know that the subject of this piece is film director Tim Burton surrounded by some of his creations – besides which, just in case we didn’t know, attributes a quote to Burton at the bottom of the piece. “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality“.

RTC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
RTC, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I cannot imagine just how long it must take to prepare this multi-layered stencil, which has such amazing fine detail, but it is all utterly worth it. I can only gaze on in disbelief. Bravo! champion of the art of stencilling.

I had a go at spotting all the films in the piece…

Batman – Mars Attacks – Edward Scissorhands – The Nightmare Before Christmas – Sleepy Hollow – Alice in Wonderland – Beetlejuice.

John D’oh

A collection of fantastic stencil art by Bristol street artist John D’oh

Published on 17 October to celebrate the publication of his new book “Street Art and Graffiti” – Buy it here

All photographs taken by Scooj

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, August 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, August 2018
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2018
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D'oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
John D’oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D'Oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
John D’Oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Decay and John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
Decay and John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D'oh, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
John D’oh, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, May 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, May 2016
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

1771. Park Street (2)

Park street seems to be in a continual state of refurbishment. Businesses appear and disappear with alarming regularity, something that has been particularly noticeable since the banking crisis began. I suspect shop rents are high and returns subject to the prevailing economic conditions. The upshot is that hoardings can be found covering up shopfronts…and these hoardings need decorating.

Lemak, Park Street, Bristol, October 2018
Lemak, Park Street, Bristol, October 2018

Step up Bristol Business Improvement District who commissioned this work by Lemak and another by Inkie and Cheba further up Park Street. This is an exceptional stencil by an exceptional artist and one which he used for his Upfest 2018 piece.

Lemak, Park Street, Bristol, October 2018
Lemak, Park Street, Bristol, October 2018

Take a good look at the multiple layers on the face and helmet of the astronaut – this is an incredible work. It is great to see these boards in a street with so much footfall – better to have great work like this on display than tags. I’ll post his Upfest version soon.

1732. Upfest 2018 (43)

The quality of Stencil work at this year’s Upfest was once again really high, and this beautiful piece from Neverender Design is just one of many examples of this. The portrait is a six layer stencil piece which looks rather tribal to me and is full of atmosphere and mystery and well as being technically excellent.

Neverender Design, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Neverender Design, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Neverender Design is a huge inspiration to any wannabe artists because he was inspired to start his own work at Upfest 2013 and he decided he would like to return to the festival as an artist rather than as a spectator. Well, here he is, and in my view he has absolutely smashed it. There’s hope for me yet.