1545. Dean Lane skate park (133)

A week or two back it seems Elvs hit the town with at least three pieces of which this was the second. This one was on the long wall at Dean Lane. The subtle and toned-down writing is in marked contrast with the scarlet backwash which brings the whole piece to life. I’m not sure the impact would be the same on a dull background.

Elvs, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2018
Elvs, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2018

Elvs offers another reworking of a successful style and two things stand out for me. First is the vertical graded shading of the piece which is graduated from bottom to top, and second is the central vanishing point which is central to the work of Elvs. A fine piece.

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1544. Leonard Lane (16)

I know nothing about Hank. I haven’t seen his stuff before, or at least registered it. This slightly curious piece is in Leonard Lane and I am not too sure if the top and bottom half even belong together. The signature at the top would suggest that they do.

Hank, Leonard Lane, Bristol, June 2018
Hank, Leonard Lane, Bristol, June 2018

I’ll be on the look out to see if there is any more from this elusive artist.

Andy Council

A collection of work from Andy Council.

All photographs taken by Scooj

Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, April 2018
Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, April 2018
Andy Council, Newfoundland Street, Bristol, March 2018
Andy Council, Newfoundland Street, Bristol, March 2018
Andy Council, North Street Green, Bristol, February 2018
Andy Council, North Street Green, Bristol, February 2018
Andy Council, Chalk Farm Estate, London, November 2017
Andy Council, Chalk Farm Estate, London, November 2017
Andy Council and Hemp, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017
Andy Council and Hemp, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017
Andy Council, Chalks Road, Bristol, July 2017
Andy Council, Chalks Road, Bristol, July 2017
Andy Council, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Andy Council, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Andy Council, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Andy Council, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Andy Council, Greville Road, Bristol, April 2017
Andy Council, Greville Road, Bristol, April 2017
Andy Council, Stapleton Road, Bristol, January 2017
Andy Council, Stapleton Road, Bristol, January 2017
Andy Council, North Street Green, Bristol, February 2017
Andy Council, North Street Green, Bristol, February 2017
Andy Council, North Street, Bristol, January 2017
Andy Council, North Street, Bristol, January 2017
Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, September 2016
Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, September 2016
Andy Council, Nelson Street, Bristol, October 2015
Andy Council, Nelson Street, Bristol, October 2015
Andy Council, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Andy Council, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Andy Council, Hotwell Road, Bristol, August 2015
Andy Council, Hotwell Road, Bristol, August 2015
Andy Council, Hurle Road, Bristol
Andy Council, Hurle Road, Bristol

1543. Moon Street (46)

I don’t thinkĀ  that there has ever been a time when I didn’t enjoy finding a new Laic217 piece and this one is no exception. The work is in one of his favoured spots in Moon Street and fits the frame of the doorway perfectly. There is a sinister element to the piece with the eyes missing and the scarf obscuring the face – I would expect nothing less.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018

I have mentioned many times before that Laic217 has developed his techniques a great deal over the last few years especially the different materials worn by his characters. In this piece the handkerchief tied around his neck has folds that disrupt the pattern on it, a nice touch.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018

Three hallmark signs mark this out as a Laic217 piece…The bucket hat, the smiley and the distorted face. They just keep coming.

 

1542. Upfest 2017 (175)

This is one of my favourite stencils from one of my favourite stencil artists (although he has moved more into freehand work), Dice 67. The painting features his daughter Izzy wearing a hoodie, gold skirt and pink wellies. Izzy has her own fine work to the right of the feature image.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

This was not the main Upfest piece from Dice 67, rather it was a bit of a bonus, sprayed on a vacant board from a no-show artist. All good.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Angus with extras from Dice 67, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017
Angus with extras from Dice 67, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017

1541. Upfest 2017 (174)

The unmistakable face of Johnny Rotten.

When I asked some artists from the RAW crew about who painted this they told me it was by the legendary Turoe (Turo). Now, I have come into this rather late, the last 3-4 years or so, and I find it quite difficult penetrating the street art world that predates my interest. Because of this, there are many gaps in my knowledge and this was the first time I had seen work from the artist.

Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The entry for Turoe in the Upfest programme simply reads “Old school Bristol graffiti legend”. Further reading in the book ‘Children of the Can’ (Bristol graffiti and street art) by Felix Braun confirms his standing as a major player in the Bristol graffiti and hip hop scene.

Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The work itself is beautifully done, which screams punk rock. It is interesting that before the eyes were completed the punk rocker is reasonably generic, but with the eyes it could only be Johnny Rotten. Nice piece.

1540. Upfest 2017 (173)

One of the more academic and mind-blowing pieces at Upfest 2017 was this absolutely stunning classical style piece by Mezla. I managed to catch up with him while he was painting this piece and he said that he was supposed to be using the boards down at Ashton Gate, but that he found the music just a little bit too loud for his liking, so he crossed over the road and found this wall.

Mezla, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Mezla, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I absolutely love the way he has combined abstract work with some life form, and the subtle shades and colours are perfect. This really is one of my favourites from Upfest 2017 and is so very different from pretty much everything else on display.

Mezla, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Mezla, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I don’t think I can praise this piece highly enough. His Upfest biography reeveals how he started off as a writer but has moved on since.