Upfest: Stencil wowwing

UPFEST 2018: Louis Masai
UPFEST 2018: Louis MasaiUPFEST 2018: Louis Masai

A grey canvas on the side of Lilit Hair and Beauty was ready for it’s yearly makeover courtesy of the street art festival ‘Upfest’.

The Upfest is now in it’s tenth year and Louis Masai was one of hundreds of invited artists to paint in Bristol in late July.

UPFEST 2018: Louis Masai

UPFEST 2018: Louis Masai
UPFEST 2018: Louis MasaiUPFEST 2018: Louis Masai

Louis is known for his colourful designs featuring a range of animals in a patchwork style.

Here we can see the beginnings of a turtle.

“My subject matter focuses on animals but always strives to find a human reference to juxtapose an element that might not be previously obvious.”Louis Masai website

UPFEST 2018: Louis Masai
UPFEST 2018: Louis Masai

Here Louis has painstakingly created a geometric turtle but also an endless underwater landscape full of textures and colours for it to habitate in.

UPFEST 2018: Louis Masai
UPFEST 2018: Kin dose

It’s such a huge canvas for one person to be painting over a couple of days with such intensity and high level of detail that it came as a total surprise when a stencil artist appeared opposite and caused QUITE a stir!

UPFEST 2018: Kin dose
UPFEST 2018: Kin dose
UPFEST 2018: Kin dose
UPFEST 2018: Kin dose

Stencil artist Kin Dose 87 quickly sprayed some swirls on a green facility box and then whipped out two layers of stencil to create this stunning rabbit – it was literally all over in less than 5 minutes!

UPFEST 2018: Kin dose
UPFEST 2018: Kin doseUPFEST 2018: Kin dose
UPFEST 2018: Kin dose
UPFEST 2018: Kin dose
UPFEST 2018: Kin dose

A large audience stopped to watch this artist at work, totally blocking the road.

Everyone that had gathered was busy taking photos throughout and it ended with a loud round of applause when the last layer of stencil was removed to reveal the masterpiece.

Louis Masai was still busy working on his own masterpiece opposite and I think maybe wanted some attention….. did someone say it was his birthday?

UPFEST 2018: Louis Masai

Check out the quick video below showing the artists in action!

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