This unusual and rather haunting portrait, on the hoardings in Raleigh Road, is by the amazing Wasp Elder.
Rather than try to write something clever about his style, that I am not over-familiar with, I thought I’d quote his biography straight from the Upfest programme, because it so perfectly describes what is going on in this picture.
‘Wasp Elder paints pictures populated by enigmatic souls and unstressed backgrounds, enticing a sentiment of an obscure journey.
His drawings, paintings and films present an evocative combination of solitary figures, collaged scenes, close-ups, obscured features, and potential catastrophe.’
It is a fine piece and was in stark contrast to the rather more lighthearted pieces on the rest of this hoarding, lending weight to the wonderful diversity of street art. I like this a lot.
Sometimes we are lucky enough to see work by artists that is quite different from their normal work, or the style for which they are known. This is a case in point. After Upfest, Wasp Elder (Sam Worthington) took a trip to the walls at the M32 roundabout with Kid Crayon and sprayed this excellent wildstyle piece. It is so unlike anything he normally creates as you can see from his website, Kid Crayon said he was just having a bit of fun.
What I love about the piece is how the black letters have an amazing 3D feel, they seem to bulge out of the wall. Take a closer look and you can see the effect is created by clever shading…all so simple once you gert to look at it, although I’m sure it is not simple to do. Yet another Upfest extra for you to enjoy. Now gone of course.