Caught in a rainstorm

 

A map of London

printed on the underside

of my umbrella;

incongruous reminder

of my original home.

 

by Scooj

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458. Upfest 2016 (55)

My favourite piece of the 2015 Upfest was the incredible geisha by Dan Kitchener on the wall of the Salvation Army shop. It was fantastic then to have DanK┬áreturn to Bristol this year. His spot was slightly off the beaten track, and I didn’t find him until the Sunday when it was all a bit drizzly.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Dan Kitchener had pretty much stopped spraying for a while and was leaning over the lift and chatting to a friend when I took a couple of the pictures. He really wasn’t too impressed with the weather.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The piece, once it was revealed, turned out to be something of a reflection of the weather in which it was produced. In fact much of Dan Kitchener’s work creates the effect of wet night time scenes viewed through a car windscreen…or that is how it feels to me.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Looking closely at the woman with the umbrella, allows you to see that part of the picture away from all the distraction around it, and it is just beautiful. Step back and add in all the bright lights and you have the most vibrant scene.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I am always so impressed with his work, and I could look at these scenes he creates for hours, studying all the details and effects. It is hard to believe that he paints these things with spray cans. Yet another artist at the very top of his game.

Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dan Kitchener, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016