85. North Street, No. 74

This striking portrait was sprayed by N4T4 during the Upfest 2015 festival. N4T4 is an artist and illustrator from Nuneaton in the UK.

N4T4, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
N4T4, North Street, Bristol, September 2015

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.”

N4T4, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
N4T4, North Street, Bristol, September 2015

The more I examine this work the more I like it.

 

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84. New John Street (1)

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.

Soker, New John Street, Bristol
Soker, New John Street, Bristol

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).

Soker, New John Street, Bristol
Soker, New John Street, Bristol

I am beginning to appreciate more these wildstyle murals, and will feature them more in my posts.

6.5/10

83. Stokes Croft, Slix (1)

A recent 3Dom work in the heart of Stokes Croft that depicts a sad picture of the future, with only one leaf surviving. There is something of the ‘Lorax’ about the scene. Love is the answer.

3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Messages and warnings like this do not go unheeded, I mean hey, I looked at it and now I’m talking about it.

7/10

81. North Street hoarding (2)

I photographed this lovely Sepr work at the end of July this year, shortly after Upfest 2015. I particularly like this mural, probably because I rather like most of Sepr’s work.

Sepr, North Street, Bristol, July 2015
Sepr, North Street, Bristol, July 2015

It is similar to another piece he sprayed around the same time in Dighton Street. Grey shades and musical instruments.

Sepr, North Street, Bristol, July 2015
Sepr, North Street, Bristol, July 2015

8/10

80. Marsh Street

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.

Kid Crayon, March Street, Bristol, December 2015
Kid Crayon, March Street, Bristol, December 2015

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.

Kid Crayon, March Street, Bristol, December 2015
Kid Crayon, March Street, Bristol, December 2015

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.

Another unusual but likable work.

7.5/10