This photograph was one of the last to be taken on my old camera before it broke (I dropped it). This is a good thing, because I am not so pleased with the replacement camera I bought. The collaboration came only a few weeks after DC Guts and Jimmer Willmott shared a board at Upfest 22.
When these two get together, something crazy and imaginative always happens, and this colour burst shows off the work of two creative talents. To the left, Jimmer Willmott’s character, wearing a Charlie Brown t-shirt, has elements of Mr Potato Head about it and is full of fun. To the right, Guts presents a face made up of constituent components, with the word ‘TWINS’ written in the middle. Are we to believe that these two creations are twins? I can see the likeness.
This is indeed a special wall because there is not one, but two pieces by Face 1st painted I think at different times. I found these pieces on a walk of St Paul’s with Paul Harrison a couple of weeks ago.
Both of the murals demonstrate beautifully the way that Face 1st is developing his art and on the left are twins dressed up like Everton mints. These cheeky girls were painted first, and when I saw them on Instagram I couldn’t work out where they were… probably because I’ve never photographed this wall before.
It is the second piece that really captivates me though, where a girl is peering over her sun specs standing in front of some kind of structure (is it speakers?). Her flowing hair is unmistakably Face 1st, and the pattern on the dress a technique shared by fellow PWA member Soap.
There is something about the form of this young woman that I find incredibly compelling, but I just can’t quite put my finger on it. What a treat to find both of these pieces, and what fun watching Face 1st doing new stuff. I look forward to his next pieces.