2703. Shoreditch, London (38)

A stencil artist whose work I have always admired is London’s Unify. Unify’s work, for me has a real human touch, grabbing the viewer’s attention through an emotional draw. These works are more than illustrations they are stories, sometimes political, sometimes satirical, sometimes child-like and they are all pretty powerful.

Unify, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
Unify, Shoreditch, London, November 2018

This beautiful small stencil depicts a young girl painting some little red hearts that collectively form a peace symbol, something that is used a lot in Unify’s work. It is a touching piece full of hope, and beautifully presented between these two flowerpots.

2654. Richmond Street (2), Weston-super-Mare

More from JPS in his home town, with this delightful young gladiator stencil. I don’t know the back-story to this piece, but there surely is one. The young bespectacled gladiator is holding up a keyboard for a shield, is this a metaphor? Is the boy hiding behind his technology? Is the character someone we know, a famous person?

JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019

As ever the stencil is stunningly well executed and the quality is really noticeable in the detail on the keyboard. If you are a fan of JPS’ work then a trip to WSM is an absolute must, and part of the fun is in finding these stencils dotted around the town.

2653. High Street, Weston-super-Mare

 

Since acquiring a dog two years ago, I have managed to turn taking him for walks to my advantage, visiting street art hotspots in Bristol and beyond in the name of exercise duty. One such ‘walk’ was in the form of a day trip last summer that he and I took to Weston-super-Mare. Here he is photobombing a fabulous Yoda stencil by JPS. The dog actually only makes rare appearances on Natural Adventures despite being with me for most of my photography sessions.

JPS, High Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, High Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019

Having just seen the final film of the Star Wars saga, it feels appropriate to post this piece at this time, and JPS has as you would expect turned out a masterful piece he has. The pictures are a bit bleached out, an artefact of me getting used to photo editor and not making a great job of it.

Incidentally, the dog pee on the Yoda was absolutely not the work of my animal, he has far too much respect for street artists.

JPS

A gallery of wonderful stencil pieces by JPS (who originally hails from Weston-super-Mare)

All photographs taken by Scooj

JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, High Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, High Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Back alley, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Back alley, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Alma Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Alma Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Meadow Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Meadow Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Rear Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Rear Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Rear Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Rear Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2019
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2019
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2019
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2019
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2019
JPS, the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, University Road, Bristol, August 2014
JPS, University Road, Bristol, August 2014
JPS, Gloucester Road, Bristol, August 2015
JPS, Gloucester Road, Bristol, August 2015
JPS, York Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, York Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, West Pallant, Chichester, August 2016
JPS, West Pallant, Chichester, August 2016
JPS, West Pallant, Chichester, August 2016
JPS, West Pallant, Chichester, August 2016
JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Girl on swing, Park Row, Bristol, November 2015
JPS, Girl on swing, Park Row, Bristol, November 2015
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015
JPS, Culver Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Culver Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Culver Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Culver Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, North Pallant, Chichester
JPS, North Pallant, Chichester
JPS, North Pallant, Chichester
JPS, North Pallant, Chichester

2628. Shoreditch, London (35)

There is a great problem with street art, and that is that there is simply too much of it. I would think that for every piece I feature in Natural Adventures, there are probably two others I have photographed that never make it. That is why going back through my archives is such fun, bringing dormant pieces back to life.

Jaune, Shoreditch, London, April 2019
Jaune, Shoreditch, London, April 2019

This is a small piece from a trip I made to Shoreditch back in April this year painted by the artist Jaune, who specialises in pictures of waste disposal workers often in miniature like this one. It is great going to London occasionally hunting for street art, because there are many more internaional artists who visit there, compared with the provinces. Jaune I believe is from Brussels in Belgium, but I have never seen any of his work in Bristol.

2594. Upfest 2018 (165)

At Upfest 2018 there were a great many stencil artworks , which was great to see, including this cracker from S.A.S-Art. With a touch of menace and rebellion about it, this piece conjures up struggles with established authority, something of a common occurrence these days.

S.A.S-Art, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
S.A.S-Art, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The stencil looks like a fairly straight forward 3 layers, but what lifts it from the crowd is the background setting which looks like the piece could be set in a war zone sort of thing. A brave and atmospheric piece.

2593. Upfest 2018 (164)

This is the second great stencil I have seen from Random – the first was at Upfest 2017. There are a couple of features that are in common with these two pieces. The first is that they are multilayer greyscale stencils, presented on a black background and the second is that they have a political element to them.

Random, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Random, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This piece makes reference to the repeal of the 8th Irish amendment which was to remove the constitutional ban on abortion which was signed in to law on 18 September 2018. The piece itself I guess is in some way symbolic, but it is the execution of the technique that is very tidy indeed. A fine work from Random.

Random, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Random, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016