947. Upfest (17)

Upfest this year hosted so many talented artists and they produced a plethora of really striking pieces. This one by graffiti artist Sonic Oner is a real eye-catcher, and a quick look at his Facebook page shows you what an extremely talented artist he is.

Sonic Oner, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Sonic Oner, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

It was a real challenge to take good pictures at Upfest this year, because of the very changeable weather conditions, and these pictures just don’t do justice to the amazing contrasts between the black background, the bright green and wispy white.

Sonic Oner, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Sonic Oner, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

This wasn’t the only Upfest piece that Sonic Oner did…he managed to find a permanent wall as well which I will feature in a future post. This really is an outstanding piece.

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936. Raleigh Road, Vector (14)

There is rarely a Voyder piece that I look at and think…that’s not much good. In fact I can think only of one, and I am not going to share which one here. This is another stunning piece from a little while before Upfest 2017, when Boogie was in town, whose piece can be seen just to the right of this picture (to follow).

Voyder, Raleigh Road, Bristol, July 2017
Voyder, Raleigh Road, Bristol, July 2017

This time Voyder has gone for a copper coloured design which carries a really nice 3D quality about it emphasised by the white shading and stars. Appearing to lie behind the writing is a rainbow, interestingly in reverse order from convention, which would normally start with red on the left.

Voyder, Raleigh Road, Bristol, July 2017
Voyder, Raleigh Road, Bristol, July 2017

I have several more Voyder pieces in my files – I just need more time to get them all out.

742. M32 roundabout, J3 (35)

I haven’t seen much of Sled One for a while…apart from the man eating fridge piece…so it was nice to come across this wildstyle work on the M32 roundabout at the start of April.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017

I can’t help that the piece is Easter chocolate egg inspired. The colours of purple and gold, reminiscent of Cadbury branding, and the chocolate brown colours definitely have that Easter egg look about them.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017

So the story here is to write a wildstyle piece in the theme of Easter eggs, and I think Sled One has cracked it…sorry.

689. Church Road top (2)

This is the second half of the wall referred to in the previous post, which accompanies Cheo’s work. This right hand side in the beautiful wildstyle writing so typical of Soker. It is a lovely piece and like it’s neighbour, really crisp and sharp.

Soker, Church Road, Bristol, March 2017
Soker, Church Road, Bristol, March 2017

Soker’s work is very distinctive and I have yet to see a piece by him which I think is a bit rubbish or below par. He always seems to turn out excellent work…an artist on the top of his game.

Soker, Church Road, Bristol, March 2017
Soker, Church Road, Bristol, March 2017

 

687. Upper York Street (5)

This is a quick one from Whysayit in Upper York Street, replacing one he had there before. It is also a quick one from me. I like Whysayit’s work, and the way that he fist his moniker into the space available, always retaining his characteristic ‘font’. While not his best or most colourful piece, it is still skilfully worked.

Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, January 2016
Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, January 2016

648. Upfest 2016 (97)

In the car park of the Tobacco Factory, the far left area of wall space was taken up by the Spanish artist Rudiart. Reading from the Upfest notes, it seems that Rudiart began painting in the streets of Cacares in the early 90s, but the City simply wasn’t ready for this kind of art, so by the end of the decade he moved on to Madrid.

Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Since that time he has grown as an artist and travels around Europe to different festivals, exhibitions and events.

Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I managed to take pictures of his work on both days of the festival, and he was in full flow with spraying on the Saturday.

Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

This piece comes in two halves. On the right is some wildstyle writing with a heavy 3D effect, something of a specialisation for Rudiart.

Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

On the left hand side of the piece he paints a futuristic scene depicting a lady in a spacesuit, with a rather nice ‘R’ on her cap.

Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Rudiart, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The two halves come together nicely, although I don’t have a very good picture of the whole. His Facebook page is worth a quick look, and he did post a decent picture of the whole piece in one shot. Nice to see him at the festival.

 

560. Armada Place (9)

Well this pair is a rather good collaboration of wildstyle writing from Whysayit and Nero. Whysayit’s work can be found dotted all over Bristol, and as well as these more elaborate burners, he does his fair share of tagging too. The colours are very easy on the eye and the translucent effect really clever.

Whysayit, Armada Place, Bristol, December 2016
Whysayit, Armada Place, Bristol, December 2016
I have seen a few of Whysayit’s pieces, but this is the first I have seen of Nero, and I have not been able to find out any more that I can add to this post, having trawled the Interweb. In time I will have more to report.

Whysayit, Armada Place, Bristol, December 2016
Whysayit, Armada Place, Bristol, December 2016
In my view, this is top drawer graffiti writing, but by many it will be discarded, overlooked or disapproved of. That is the nature of urban art.

Nero, Armada Place, Bristol, December 2016
Nero, Armada Place, Bristol, December 2016