Philthy Wales

Take a small, quiet market town in Mid Wales and add a really chilled out arts festival…oh and add a rather chilled out painter too – it was most definitely time to chill in a hot Abergavenny.

Street artist and illustrator Philth was invited to take part in the second Abergavenny Arts Festival held over the last weekend of June in 2019.

Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019

The quiet border town is only six miles away from neighbouring England and that is where artist Philth originated from to paint for only his second ever time in Wales.

The all encompassing arts festival featured music, dance, performance, embroidery, traditional painting and fortunately street art too.

Abergavenny Arts Festival will celebrate the arts in their broadest sense and aims to be as inspiring, inclusive and affordable as possible. The Festival will showcase amateur and professional artists from the vibrant local arts scene as well as inviting some exciting artists and art practitioners from further afield.

Philth was granted a blank canvas at the end of a small carpark that doubles up and usually hosts the weekly market.

Special boards were erected and the artist began painting early on Saturday morning battling the ever increasing temperatures.

Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019

Beginning with marking up a grid – the botanical beauty was being born on the wall.

Watching the artist at work was a masterpiece in itself then you realise there’s a huge biology lesson going on too!

Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019

Once the ghost lines were up the layers of colour were added soon afterwards.

Such a dope colour palette of avocado green and muted red.

Whilst the artist was hard at work a procession winded it’s way via the town featuring a host of dancers, performers, music and even the odd Legoman.

Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019

Around 2,000 locals descended on Bailey Park as part of the Abergavenny festival with a short video of Philth captured below.

Temperatures must’ve been close to 30oC as the artist battled on, maybe a bit burnt in parts, but evidence of the extreme heat were the cans clogging with some emergency ice to the rescue!
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019

One full day’s work and the piece already looked stunning.

The artist continued painting on the second day with the results posted on his Instagram feed.

It was such a delight to watch the master at work and is currently the only (official) work from Philth that exists in Wales. It’s well worth a visit to Abergavenny just to see it!

Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019
Abergavenny Arts Festival 2019

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