The Street Art Of Upfest 2015

Well unfortunately we were unable to attend to Upfest this year, however that doesn’t mean we haven’t since been by to see a good chunk of the more permanent works created for the event. Upfest 2015 marked the seventh incarnation of the largest Street Art gathering in Europe and brought together some 250 or so artists from some 25 countries to paint on walls, canvases and boards around Bedminster, with the vast majority of works being created along North Street and it’s side roads. Whilst the works created on boards and canvases are no longer available to be seen, there are still many many fantastic works and murals to be seen from the festival, certainly making Bedminster – Bristol, worth a visit, as it is a veritable feast of Street Art along North Street and some of the surrounding locations. So we thought we would share what we found with you here as there are some incredible works displaying a real broad range of styles.

It is hard to pick our favourites, however as a particular spot, the Red Point Climbing Centre, a twenty minute or so walk from North Street, is a particular highlight with a series of five large-scale works put up by Telmo Miel, Irony, Dale Grimshaw, Cosmo Sarson & Mr Cenz. However as an individual piece it is a tough choice between the Martin Ron & Jiant collaboration and the large-scale Dan Kitchener work for pride of place from this years Upfest for us here. Other highlights for us here at London Calling Blog include the works from Lonac, L7M, Philth, Anat Ronen & Hannah Adamaszek.

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Work by Dan Kitchener in East Street. An incredible piece and one of the best works from Dan Kitchener we have yet seen, featuring a large-scale Geisha central figure accompanied by a stunning classic ‘Liquid Lights’ Scene.

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Work by Dan Kitchener in East Street.

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Work by Dan Kitchener in East Street.

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Work by Dan Kitchener in East Street.

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Work by Andy Council at the Tap & Barrel in Dean Lane.

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Work by id-iom.

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Work by My Dog Sighs.

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Work by C.O.P.21 in North Street.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Sepr in North Street.

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Work by Lonac at the Old Book Shop in North Street. Over from Croatia and marking the first work we have seen in the flesh from this talented artist whom we have long admired. The piece is entitled ‘Skinny Cap Thief’ and depicts a squirrel hoarding Skinny Caps used on spray cans in Lonac’s classic blend of hyper-realism and surrealism. 

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Work by Lonac at the Old Book Shop in North Street.

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Work by Angus in North Street.

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Work by Philth & Jay Sharples at No.74 in North Street.

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Work by N4T4 at No.74 in North Street.

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Work by L7M at the Masonic in North Street. A stunning piece that really grabs your attention from quite the distance along North Street, featuring a Macaw in his trademark loose and fluid style presenting a beautiful and engaging plethora of colour, seemingly taking flight along North Street.

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Work by ??? & Dr. Love (below).

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Work by ???

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Work by Dr. Love, incorporating real moss into the piece.

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Work by Inkie at the Parson’s Bakery in Gathorne Street.

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Work by Otto Schade in Royston Garden Mews off of North Street. Presenting the largest work we have seen from this artist to date.

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Work by Thierry Noir at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road.

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Work by Jim Vision at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road.

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Work by Jim Vision at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road.

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Work by Dank at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road.

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Work by ???

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Work by Gregos at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road. 1/21 placed up in Bristol around the festival.

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Work by ??? at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road.

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Work by Anat Ronen at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road. One of our favourites in this car park filled with many wonderful pieces.

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Beautiful work by Hannah Adamaszek at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road.

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Work by Fake at the Tobacco Factory in Raleigh Road.

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Work by Rob Wass in Raleigh Road.

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Stunning work by Martin Ron & Jiant in the Aldi car park in North Street. One of our absolute favourite pieces from the trip, with a superb blend of styles from this pair of Argentinian artists. Both Martin Ron & Jiant are no strangers to painting large-scale murals, but nonetheless hit out this absolute gem comprising Martin Ron’s hyper-realistic portraiture accompanied by Jiant’s fantasy driven translucent imagery, both fueled with a big dose of surrealism.

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Detail of work by Martin Ron.

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Detail of work by Jiant.

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Work by My Dog Sighs in St. Francis Street.

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Work by Louis Masai in North Street.

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Work by ATM in North Street.

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Work by ???

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Work by i_bee_w in North Street.

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Work by Goin at the Red Gate in North Street. A real treat to see work from this artist whom we have long admired, but never had the opportunity to see in the flesh.

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Work by Snub23 in Clift House Road. 

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Works by Dale Grimshaw, Cosmo Sarson & Mr Cenz at the Red Point Climbing Centre.

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Works by Mr Cenz at the Red Point Climbing Centre. A really striking piece as is typical of this artist and the largest work of his we have seen to date.

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Superb pair of works by Dale Grimshaw & Cosmo Sarson at the Red Point Climbing Centre, that sit fantastically side -by-side whilst each piece manages to retain it’s own individual integrity.

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Work by Cosmo Sarson at the Red Point Climbing Centre.

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Work by Dale Grimshaw at the Red Point Climbing Centre.

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Works by Irony, Dale Grimshaw & Cosmo Sarson at the Red Point Climbing Centre.

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Fantastic work by Irony at the Red Point Climbing Centre, yet again displaying his innate ability to fit his works in perfectly with it’s surroundings.

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Work by Irony at the Red Point Climbing Centre.

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Excellent work by Telmo Miel entitled ‘Glove Machine’ at the Red Point Climbing Centre.

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Work by Telmo Miel at the Red Point Climbing Centre.

4 comments on “The Street Art Of Upfest 2015

  1. It’s good to see some of these finished as we had bad rain during Upfest and even in the Monday following, many were unfinished. Also, some of them were obscured when I visited, such as Thierry Noir ones opposite the Tobacco Factory.

    I’ve done extensive coverage on my blog where you can see some of the ones you listed as ‘???’. I used the guide and website for the ones I wasn’t 100% sure about.

    http://jenikya.com/blog/2015/07/bristol-upfest-2015.html

    • Hi Jenn, firstly fantastic work in your post, most insightful and well presented. We have been very busy here the last week, but will be using your fantastic post to update the information on our post. Thank You very much for your help.

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