1730. Upfest 2018 (41)

Off we go again on another batch of fabulous street/graffiti art from Upfest 2018, starting with this stunner from Lokey. Lokey, a Bristol artist is a specialist at 3D writing, and this piece is close to perfection in my view. With subtle shading and clever ‘hourglass’ highlights the letters LOKEY are lifted out from the black background.

Lokey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Lokey, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Everything about this piece is good – the colours, the design and proportions and the lovely clean sharp lines. This is definitely one of my favourite graffiti pieces from the festival this year. It took me a couple of days to get a good picture of it though, because every time I went to take a look at it, there were bunches of people standing in front of it. There should be a law against that.

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1725. Dean Lane skate park (166)

I’m getting to see quite a lot of work by Kool Hand dotted about the place, and what I see I like. His work is distinctive, using only a few strong colours to fill strong clean lines around his characters. There is a light-heartedness about his work which brings a smile to my face.

Kool Hand, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Kool Hand, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018

The writing part of this piece spells out KoolH and is rather nicely filled out with what looks like a bit of a jungle scene commensurate with his crocodile character. It looks like his dark green might have been running a little low. I love the way he always preps his walls with a whitewash background, another tell-tale sign that Kool Hand is about.

1608. Dean Lane skate park (145)

A nice chrome piece from Cort in Dean Lane and one that incorporates an interesting decoration in the middle, the black lines with circles at the end, which reminds me of the work of the magnificent Joan Miro.

Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2018
Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2018

When I see Cort pieces, I am alwaus on the look out for Laic217, as they often paint together, but not on this occasion. I know little about the artist, but he seems to be a little overlooked on the scene, in spite of some really terrific work.

1607. St Werburghs tunnel (31)

You wait for ages to see a piece by Mr Klue, and then two come along at once. I love the style that Mr Klue uses, both his colour selections which are often in these blues and purples and his abstract style.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018

I think that this piece is also a very clever bit of writing, although I might be reading too much into it. I think that I can make out the letters KLUE, but it might just be wishful thinking.

1605. The Bearpit (152)

Tireless and irrepressible, words I am sure I have used to describe Mr Draws in the past. His habit must cost him an absolute fortune in paint. Until I had a go myself, I hadn’t realised how much paint one can get through to cover quite a small area of wall.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, July 2018
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, July 2018

This quick one in the Bearpit has an interesting ‘bleed’ from the shadow into the letters, giving it the effect of degrading in front of our eyes. More to come from Mr Draws, before he moves to Germany.

1591. Dean Lane skate park (142)

I have always been rather fond of Hire’s work, it is wildstyle writing with a gothic twist. In this piece I am not certain, but it looks like he might have written HIRE in reverse, more likely though is that he has written something else altogether – writing can be very tough to read at times.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018

I like the colours he has selected and the depth of shading on his spiky letters. He’s also created a nice background, although it ends rather abruptly on the left hand side. Maybe he ran out of paint? A nice one from January.

1587. St Werburghs tunnel (27)

A whole bunch of artists from PWA and some others had a bit of a paint jam in St Werburghs tunnel a couple of weekends ago. This amazing piece of writing is from an artist I featured  for the first time only a few weeks ago, jon Sikoh.

Sikoh, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Sikoh, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018

I think this is a stunning piece of 3D writing, thin and angular, with beautiful and subtle shadings. The decorations surrounding the piece help to fill in the surrounding sea of blue. Sikoh is a very tallented artist and I look forward to seeing more from him.