2080. Nelson Street (7)

Blink and you might miss it! Sited right next to one of the best collaborations in this part of Bristol that I can remember, between Smak and Sled One (to follow very soon), is this beautiful cat stencil by the utterly awesome Kin Dose.

Kin Dose, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Kin Dose, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

Continuing on from his Upfest utility box theme, Kin Dose has blessed those right in the centre of Bristol with this little gift. Looking rather innocuous and disguised as a bit of tagging many citizens will have walked by without noticing this charming piece. Suggestion… get yourself down there and take a look.

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2046. Upfest 2016 (164)

A rare treat indeed, getting to see John D’oh in action at Upfest 2016 finishing off his five piece stencil. How on earth can this have languished in my archive for so long? I just don’t understand it. It is great to use this trawl to share it with you now.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The theme of the piece is getting connected, or at least that is how it comes across. John D’oh tells us in his recent book that the piece features friends of his to whom he pitched the idea of them talking into cans with the string between them spelling out his name. It seems to have worked out well.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The way that John D’oh frames these pieces makes them look a little bit like a cheesy girl’s comic from the 1970s, like Jackie (I only know this because my sister had a subscription). Kevin Bacon I think is included because of his links to the EE advertising campaign which has been running for a few years now.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Rounding things off is a sublime stencil of the wonderful Jeff Knight, my local Big Issue seller. An all round excellent Upfest piece.

2041. Dean Lane skate park (195)

It is such a pleasure to come across something new in Bristol, and visiting artists are always very welcome. This is an easy piece to miss, as it is on one of the ramps at Dean Lane skate park which is easy to walk past while focussing on the larger walls behind. The stencil of Kurt Cobain (from a photo shoot for a hat retailer) is by Cartoonneros, an Argentinian artist who appears to reside in London, judging from his Instagram posts.

Cartoonneros, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Cartoonneros, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018

Although I have pictures of his work from my London trips, I haven’t yet posted anything by him… but finding this one in Bristol recently might be just the prompt I was looking for to post his London stuff. The stencil itself is nicely composed with a basic black outline and areas coloured to bring the whole thing to life.

Cartoonneros, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Cartoonneros, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018

The style reminds me a little of Bristol’s Hoax, but only a little. I am so pleased with this find, especially as any art sprayed onto skate walls become scuffed very quickly and this still looks relatively fresh. I hope Cartoonneros makes another trim to the west of England again soon.

1991. Upfest 2018 (127)

Always, always a firm favourite with me are the pop culture stencils by Stephen Quick, a brilliant Bristol artist and Upfest regular. This piece ‘Can stand up, will stand up’ is one of a series of similar pieces that he has created with this character.

Stephen Quick, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Stephen Quick, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

There are several cultural references in the piece, which include the obvious homage to Star Wars, but also there is the sword of He Man and the bracelet (not in this picture) of Wonder Woman. His style is unique and vibrant, and I always look  forward to a quick annual catch up at Upfest.

1948. Upfest 2018 (122)

About Ponny left us a few of his poignant wheatpastes about the place during Upfest, of which this is the third I have posted. All of them have featured subjects who have hit upon hard times. The beautiful stencils in dark tones highlighted with copper have a sad but gentle feel to them and they are full of pathos.

About Ponny, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
About Ponny, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I am full of admiration for the work of this Italian artist, and how, in a quiet and subtle way, he reflects the troubles of our age of austerity and economic struggles. No fuss, no ranting, simply an honest portrayal.

1931. Shoreditch, London (11)

This is the first of several more Shoreditch pieces from my visit there back in November to see the old year out and the new one in. What joy to spot this trio of Madonna stencils by the flamboyant and vibrant Pegasus, whose work has appeared in Natural Adventures a few times over the last four years.

Pegasus, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
Pegasus, Shoreditch, London, November 2018

These images capture Madonna beautifully, in what looks like her Desperately Seeking Susan period, sporting crosses on her ears and large quantities of bangles. It is interesting to note that in the two right hand side stencils, there are extra squares obscuring part of the piece, this in addition to the colour changes leaves us with three different stencils together. Lovely piece.

1913. Upfest 2018 (109)

Tell me honestly…who doesn’t love a stencil of a chimp? And as they go, this is about as good as you are going to get – a brilliant piece by Matti. I don’t know too much about the artist, and although he has a website, it appears to be unpopulated.

Matti, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Matti, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This stencil captures so beautifully the nature and soul of this little chimp. What is going on behind those glassy eyes? This piece so perfectly matches the perfect subject matter with brilliantly executed technical skills.

Matti, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Matti, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I could look at those eyes for hours.