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Shaftesbury Avenue And The Star And Garter

Couple of quick bits found the other day, no idea how long they’ve been there.

First up, a small stencil like you get round Montpelier and have for a long time. Always funny how certain areas have their own little things going on paint wise.

Anyway, it’s on this old building of Shaftesbury Avenue, an old school?

You don’t need to know your news too well to get what it’s about.

Bit futher along, the Star and Garter Pub looks mighty as ever, the St Pauls Carnival production still holding up well. Hadn’t spotted this Motorboy paste up on one of the doors before though.

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More Christmas Shows…

Remember when it was just 12 days of xmas putting on a show for christmas? Things have come a long way in the last couple of years, here’s a couple more shows coming up, in addition to the Inkie and Weapon of Choice shows blogged last week.

First up, the ever reliable Art-El crew along with some fine art bods, doing something a bit further away from the grafstreeturban side of things than usual, but a big line up and an interesting new venue should make this one worth wandering along to this Friday night.

Picton Mews is off Picton Street down towards the Thali/Bells Diner part of it, where this used to be if memory serves.

Here’s the chat…

Art-el & Tunnadine Fine Art present ‘Advent’

Advent aims to provide a visual seasonal treat and bring an end to the period of expectant waiting, brightening up the festive season with a unique exhibition of new ideas and visual delights.

This show will bring you work from a wave of the galleries newer artists who present an aesthetic of visually challenging work, ranging from classic figurative portraiture to the grimy and still developing genre of the street. Although this show will be far removed from the usual urban/street art crew they are both primarily associated.

Selected from each gallery is a mix of local, international and national artists from as far afield as the USA, Portugal and Swansea!
High Renaissance, Fran, ill joseph, Joshua Barber, Leanne Ellis, Motorboy, Pedro Matos, Ria Hill, Simon Riley and Tom Hine.
The period of expectant waiting and preparation will cease and commence simultaneously at 7 p.m. on Friday 4th December at the newly discovered and delightful ‘2° Degrees Gallery’, a new creative space situated in Montpelier, in the heart of Bristol’s creative quarter.

2 Degrees Gallery, 2 Picton Mews (right off of Picton Street), Montpelier BS6 5PB
Preview will be on Friday 4th December 6.30pm until 10pm.
Then open from the 5th to the 20th December
(Wed to Sun 11am until 7pm)

The day before, this Thursday, there’s a shorter show opening down at Hamilton House on Stokes Croft, from 1LoveArt. On from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th December, the whole thing then moves down to The Lanes down by Bridewell from the 12th December to the 12th Jaunary. Definitely ‘Urban’ art this one, if that’s your kind of thing, although there are a few writers in there amongst the stencils.

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RWA Show – The Finished Thing

The show’s preview night is tonight then, and it opens properly tomorrow (Saturday) so the photos can go up. Got to say, unless you absolutely can’t make it down to this, don’t rely on the photos for it, they’re never going to capture the whole thing properly.

Anyway, photos of the finished works in there, again in no particular order, courtesy of WordPress.


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RWA Show – The Run Up

So, three weeks and a silly amount of photos later, here’s some shots that show some of how the whole RWA show came together. Not even going to attempt to put them in anything other than a gallery, but have put notes on them about what they are. WordPress is freestyling the order it puts them in too, but they’re all dated.

It was a blast watching it all happen, hope the photos are as fun to look at as they were to take.

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The New Originals Show


Interesting show starting this weekend with lots of Bristol names in it, interesting choice of venue too for those who know the Bristol graf history connected with it. Here’s the chat.

1LOVEART.COM London Shows February 2009

Sun 22nd – 25th February 2009 – Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Rd, W10 5JJ.

‘The New Originals’ will be bringing new work to London town in February, with a group show and afternoon shin dig and fantastic new work - to warm your cockles on Sunday 22nd February at Westbourne Studios, Notting Hill.

Sunday 22 Feb From 3 – 6 pm
New and original urban art from;

The Art Tart
Felix FLX Braun
Nick Walker
Jim Starr
LL Brainwashed
Michelle Barker
Alison Black
Simon Mills
Richard Heslop
Rachel Bright
3 Megabits
Paul Whitfield

More Artists to be confirmed…

Sat 28th Feb – 22nd March 2009, Upstairs at The Nellie Dean – 89 Dean Street, W1D 3SU

A smaller selection of work from the ‘New Originals’ will be showing at the Nellie Dean.

EDIT: turns out they sent the wrong link for the show over, for those interested it’s actually

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12 Days Of Christmas Show – 2008!

So once again, the Steal from Work guys and a huge army of helpers have pulled off another huge show out of nothing in hardly any time. This post is going live as the doors to the show open, so people not there can see it too, but that said, the show was a couple of hours away from finished when these photos were taken, so whilst most of the organisers were of course relaxing having finished setting it all up in advance, there were still a few final tweaks to be made.

So these photos aren’t necessarily the final final thing, you’ll only see that there, and am not putting names with everything just yet, but this blog isn’t here so people can live life through the web, it’s here to encourage you to get out and see stuff for yourself, so get down there!

Incidentally, rumour has it that a load of free spray paint on card pieces will be being left round the area this evening too by an artist not in the show, so keep an eye out.

When you’re round there, you should also definitely go and check out the PRSC gallery at the Stokes Croft end of Jamaica Street. Photos on the blog tomorrow all being well, but it’s got some top work in it, and it’s all for auction, starting at just 99p.

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Pics From Sepr’s Show At The Croft

Was only on for a day this show, but a pretty good selection of pieces from a whole bunch of different artists had been put together for it. The Croft was actually a really good venue for something like this too, pretty chilled, good music, decent bar and lots of space.

Photography was pretty difficult, especially in the darker back/gig room, but here’s some shots of some of the bits that were there.

3 monkeys style piece from Acer, like it, and surprisingly cheap too.

A print in typical Motorboy style, same as in the ‘Not A Penny’ show if memory serves.

There were a few pieces like this, really liked them, and, of course, forgot to photograph the name. Any reader care to fill in the blank in the comments section?

UPDATE: These are by Silent Hobo, cheers Greg!

Black on gold print by Rowdy, very impressive in the flesh, a bugger to photograph.

Big piece by Body English.

More Dosar, like in the last Guerrilla Galleries show…

…and a treasonous piece by Aero too.

Bid dubby diptych by Haka

This was very different, more Body English, looked great in the darkened room, sort of reminiscent of 3D’s work in a way. Very lovely.

Trademark Sepr work.

More Sepr, a pretty darn huge piece.

Finally, a couple of pieces by Epok, only £75 and they’re yours.

This show was a bit of a dry run in a way, but think they’ve hit on something here, be very good to see them get another one together at The Croft in the not too distant future.


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More Going On This Saturday

Sepr’s posted it in the comments, but worth pulling it into its own post in case people miss it. Stokes Croft’s got even more stuff going on in it this saturday, with a show at The Croft. Here’s the news from Sepr

There will also be a free exhibition at the croft (just down the rd from jamaica st) this saturday daytime from 11am till 6pm to celebrate (!?) the queens birthday featuring a range of different work from local artists- Body English, Epok, Motorboy, Poer, Samfrancisco, Dosar, Shikha Kuehn, Haka, Simon Lloyd, Sepr, Song, Rowdy, Flx, Tape Ears, True, Aero, Silent Hobo and more on the day.

There will be djs in the front bar and theres a new record shop opening upstairs that day. Its free so if you’re in the area anyway pop in n ave a look!

Sound very cool, The Croft’s a top venue too, so get yourself down there! 

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Drewett Neate Urban Art Auction

Not blogged this yet, as was hoping to get some decent resolution images to go alongside, but no-one seems to have any, so been a bit stuck!

Anyway, for the last few months, loads of different Bristol graf and street art people have been mentioning this auction in one way or another, and it looks like it’s going to be really interesting.

Drewett Neate is an auction house generally more thought of for dealing with land, property and the like, but also with an angle in fine art. Perhaps seeing the massive interest in ‘urban’ art at the moment, they’ve decided to put themselves together a specialist auction for just this kind of thing, and to be honest, they seem to have done a pretty good job of it.

Loads of artists have got pieces in this auction, including some lovely Banksy pieces, and some not half bad Nick Walker bits too. Lots of Bristol names have got new pieces in the auction too, including;

  • Inkie
  • Dicy
  • Mudwig
  • Graham Paris
  • Eko
  • Motorboy
  • Mau Mau
  • Cyclops
  • Dora
  • Mr Jago
  • Xenz
  • SPQR

So, a pretty fine line up of artists. The Let Them Hang print blogged below is going to be launched at the London auction preview too, and in a very nice touch, the auction house is taking the preview of the pieces on tour before the sale. So if you want to check out what’s there, then get yourself along to the following places;

The Ultralounge in Selfridges on Oxford Street in London from the 23rd May – 1st June

Paintworks, Bristol (which is apparently now in ‘Bristol’s Totterdown creative quarter’, always seemed more Brislington way to me…) from the 5th to 10th June. Suspect there’s gonna be some more painting over the river to go with this one too.

Then finally at Village Underground, Shoreditch (London’s Nathan Barley quarter) on view from 13th to 17th June

The sale itself will be on the 17th of June from 6pm if you’re feeling cheeky and fancy going along to have a waggle of a paddle.

Annoyingly, there doesn’t seem to be any sort of online catalogue for this one, which seems a bit of an oversight. Will try to get some photos of the more interesting pieces up on this blog though soon if permission allows…

EDIT: Typical isn’t it, catalogue goes up just as the blog does. Check it out here.

For more information on it (and a few small pics), check out the Drewett Neate web page here

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Not A Penny Off The Pay… Opening Night Review

So, am back from the opening night of the ‘Not A Penny’ show, and damn was it good. Many people met, many discussions had, and some art viewed too. It was a crazy night, let me tell you about what i can…

Got there later than intended, and saw the first of the shutter pieces i’d heard were being done. A big 45rpm owl…

checked the queue at, what, 6:45pm. Bonkers.

Went and met some mates on Jamaica Street round the corner, found these Cyclops, S.W.A.T. and LPA bits on Hillgrove street, bonus. Have seen ‘LP’ in the same style round before, not ‘LPA’ though, will do more digging, is distinctive. Not seen a new S.W.A.T. for a while too, at least not knowingly. Old skool tag tho…

Joined the queue, check how long it was. It got longer before the doors opened!

and really, within a minute, or maybe two, of the doors opening, this was the queue to buy pieces. Does anyone else think this has got a bit out of hand of late?

So, stepped outside into a courtyard style place, and saw this SPQR piece on the wall, free advertising huh? Love the image though, lots.

The rest of this space wasn’t exactly shabby either though…

So, to the rest of the pieces. Not necessarily going to cover everything here, as covered some of them in the preview blog, so here’s what wasn’t around before, starting with good Mr Graham Paris.

Next to him, Herr Das Mudwig. Couple of prints as well above, that i’d love to bring you, but, for various random Mudwig reasons, i can’t right now. He’s the artist, innit.

Above that, on this wall of Wet Sshame, some lovely Eko pieces. Watch these Wssk people people, it’s real Bristol art, long very underecognised. Who in the queue when this was taken was queueing for this stuff?.

I think, if memory serves, another Kunstterroist.

A Motorboy print, summing up the theme of the show i guess, despite the fact he’d put loads of work into making it happen…

Cyclops, meets Joy Division, meets Disney. Ace.

This is the Sweet Toof that you only saw the very edge of yesterday, the other two big pieces are in that post if you wanna check them out.

But this is what pretty quickly happened to them once the doors opened…

Some Will St Leger pieces there…

As mentioned before, my very favourite SPQR piece. Ace idea. But having heard the guy’s story tonight, it reconfirmed my thoughts on the current art scene.

Some K-guy, the bottom piece is marble you know, for those of you who live in Clifton.

K Guy again. Yeah kids, we don’t need them guns…

Not the image for the show, but certainly the sign for it, by SP38.

Cyclops and Mau Mau meet. Pretty cool huh? To be fair, any meeting with either of them is gonna be pretty cool…

SP38 again.

Guy Denning again. Getting photos that weren’t ruined by glare was almost impossible. Here’s one that worked.

Realised i missed getting a photo of this last night, a big old Rowdy. For those that know Bristol, it’s the view from the Kingsdown flats, Armada Place to be precise. Funny thing is, he’s included the derelict buildings (to the left), but missed off his own hugely visible piece that’s been on them for yonks. Also missed off the Xenz piece that’s on the bottom left wall there, but who could recreate that?

Now these were freaky. Evol and Pisa from the sign, i think, but hell, correct me on the name, and far more besides if you would.

(Text L to R) ‘Hello, i was your mother’, ‘Hello, can i shit your hat?’, etc. Those crazy artists huh?

Here’s a Cyclops piece, on top of a Lucie Akerman light box. The Cyclops piece was £2,750. It sold within minutes.

This piece was a bit odd, apparently by a somewhat unknown collective originating in Nottingham. Forget the name, but this piece was titled ‘Can Can (Can’t Can’t)’. It certainly raises far more questions than it answers. It also plays with the concepts of style, culture and, i think, correct me if i’m wrong, Wednesday. It’s certainly up there with the outer reaches of the avant garde.

Bit steep perhaps?

There was an upstairs too, but not that much going on there really. Other than toilet queues.

A shot of the back half from some stairs, including the Guy Dennings there to the right a bit.

Another random crowd shot.

The Will Barras pieces. I got chatting to a mate about them. They got sold. C’est la vie…

Edit: Bit of an update, didn’t cover in this post originally the C215 work, but it’s caused a bit of debate, cos it was getting pulled off the wall as it was bought. Apparently, this was because keeping track of which was which got difficult in the busyness of the buying queue, nothing else was taken down on the night or since, so it’s all still there for you to see.

Edit part 2: Photo now gladly removed, see comments below!

And finally the SPQR print that, it seems, sold out on the spot.

A bonkers night. You have to go and see this show. Apparently pieces were getting pulled off the wall as they were bought though (Edit: see explanation above). Didn’t see any of that myself, it was all still there that i saw, but still, go see it. Go check out the new pieces on the Gloucester Road too that stem from it.

Hell, just go and bloody enjoy the free street art in this city dammit. This show has caused people from across the country to come and check it out. People across the globe are watching it. So let’s all just enjoy what we have going on here.

Cos it’s really rather good.


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