This striking portrait was sprayed by N4T4 during the Upfest 2015 festival. N4T4 is an artist and illustrator from Nuneaton in the UK.
In the artist’s own words:
“I paint portraits using realism as a reference point for more abstract experimentation. The images are built in layers that become ambiguous and open to interpretation from the viewer. I am inspired by aboriginal art and graffiti; aesthetically and conceptually with their self evolved visual languages, dual meanings, temporal quality and its basis in culture, people and environment rather than just commerce.”
This is my second attempt at publishing this post…something horrible happened and the draft I saved completely disappeared.
Soker is a Bristol-based graffiti writer who has been active since the 1980s and is well known for his work all around the city. He specialises in wildstyle burners and is not much bothered with making money from his works.
This wall is sited just off North Street, the main hub of Upfest 2015. Soker belongs to the ASK crew and KTF (After School Klub and Keeping Things Fresh respectively).
I am beginning to appreciate more these wildstyle murals, and will feature them more in my posts.
It is easy to work out that Bristol has been shaped, historically, physically and culturally, by the River Frome and the freshwater environment. Street names are the biggest clue. Here we have Marsh Street, but there are many other watery names, including Broadmead, Quay Street, Wade Street, Broad Weir and Ferry Street to name only a few.
I digress. This is yet another Kid Crayon whestpaste in a street that has very little other graffiti. It is a reasonably uninteresting street for pedestrians and street artists alike.
I was pleased to have found this work, because it is one of several that KC has themed with the two red stripes on the face. I’m not sure what the stripes represent and maybe I’ll never know. They make an appearance also on the faces of the characters from the mural in Fairfax Street.