My Dog Sighs

Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017

The inaugral Cheltenham Paint Festival took place over the first weekend of September in the Westcountry spa town in 2017.

Around 70 artists descended on the town to work their magic on venues such as the North Place car park and the main High Street areas.

Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017

Battling the weather conditions, and also the Tour of Britain, mass painting continued throughout the weekend in a variety of locations around the picturesque town.

One artist who had such an amazing spot was My Dog Sighs who had the largest wall of the festival based at the Hardwick Campus of the University of Gloucestershire.

Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017

Above you can see the detail of the eye beginning to be filled in but as there were some immense downpours during Saturday the painting had to stop – as the video below shows.

Another visit a few weeks later brought better weather and it was good to see the work in a contrast of conditions!

Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017

My Dog Sighs was the creator of the ‘free art’ movement giving away lots of his work including his iconic faces on squashed up cans and aerosols but has since moved onto much bigger street art pieces like this.

The artist is known for his artwork of details eyes and reflections – where here with the addition of the rain it did really make for some great pictures!

Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017

My work obviously has themes. Loss and love, reaching out for help, environmental issues.

Pretty much all aspects of live we deal with everyday. Art, that strange mirror that forces us to look at and question ourselves. – My Dog Sighs speaking to Streetart360

Cheltenham paint festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2017

Street art was to be found around every corner of Cheltenham with My Dog Sigh’s work taking centre stage at this fantastic location.

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