12. North Street, heating and plumbing

This self-portrait? by Brave One AKA Scotty-B is another Upfest 2015 artwork (I think).

I have not seen any of his work before, but I guess this is the joy of Upfest, which brings so many artists to one place, and allows us to enjoy their work, often for the first time.

Brave One, North Street, Bristol, July 2015
Brave One, North Street, Bristol, July 2015

Brave One is a UK based graffiti artist who has been spraying since the late ’80s. He runs a creative business that offers spray can art/graffiti art. He does private or public commissions and also runs teaching workshops and events.

I rather like this, but especially like the setting.

7/10

 

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11. Small Street

In a small alley close to the NW end of Small Street is an intriguing wheatpaste by Kid Crayon. I am noticing more and more of his street art in Bristol, and rather enjoy his approach. I don’t know what it is called, but ‘blue face’ might have to do for now.

Kid Crayon, Small Street, Bristol, August 2015
Kid Crayon, Small Street, Bristol, August 2015

Kid Crayon describes himself as an illustrator or animator, but works mostly as a street artist. He considers the aesthetics, subject matter and location of a particular work, and indeed his locations tend to be low key and slightly off the beaten track.

Most of KC’s work are wheatpastes, which until I went to Paris this Spring, I had little time for, but am becoming rather fond of. I will post more. One has already been the subject of a haiku I wrote a few weeks back (20. Wheatpaste).

Kid Crayon, Small Street, Bristol, August 2015
Kid Crayon, Small Street, Bristol, August 2015

KC tends to sign his works with his initials reversed and the K mirrored.

 

 

 

8. North Street, midway

This is the first post from North Street, the home of Upfest 2015. There will be dozens more to come.

This wonderful and humorous conflation of Minions and Pulp Fiction is really striking, and is an extension of the original Banksy Pulp Fiction piece.

Angus, North Street, Bristol, July 2015
Angus, North Street, Bristol, July 2015

It is by another Bristol artist, Angus, who has only been creating works on the street for about a year. He is known for bringing well-known characters and objects into his work.

I really like this.

Banana!

8/10

7. Trenchard Street, the one-way bit

This wheatpaste is a recent addition, slapped on a rather over-tagged door hoarding in the one-way section between the back entrance of Colston Hall and Colston Street in Bristol.

I have no idea who it is by, but it appears to have been initialled IM. I have tried to find out who this is, but not had much success.

IM? Trenchard Street, Bristol, July 2015
IM? Trenchard Street, Bristol, July 2015

There is something rather peculiar and sad about the face that I like. I’ll certainly be looking out for more.

7/10

5. Stokes Croft, Canteen (1)

Breakdancing Jesus is a huge mural on one of the most desirable walls in Bristol. The work was commissioned by the Canteen and completed in June 2013.

The artist, Cosmo Sarson, is a painter from London, who was inspired by his love of breakdancing and witnessing some breakdancers performing for the Pope.

Cosmo Sarson, Breakdancing Jesus, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2015
Cosmo Sarson, Breakdancing Jesus, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2015

It is a really striking and challenging mural, and I love it. You might also just spot a small blue disc to the left of the mural which commemorates the Bristol riots in the area in April 1980.

It is opposite the famous Banksy ‘Mild Mild West’ mural. This mural was planned to remain for two years, which means that it may not be there much longer. We’ll see.

8/10