Featured Artists: #ParkStreetUnleashed

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On Sunday 8 July, Park Street was transformed into an urban canvas as seven past and present Gromit Unleashed artists decorated shop fronts and canvases on this iconic Bristol street. It’s #ParkStreetUnleashed.

Here’s who you could have seen in action at the first Art is Central event organised by Bristol City Centre BID.

Cheba

Cheba began painting the streets of Bristol in the early 2000s. Shortly after picking up a spray can, he quickly became addicted to painting the city’s landscape and has been a long-standing figure in Bristol’s thriving street art culture.

Cheba has gone on to showcase his work across the world alongside illustrious figures from the world of street art including the ‘Crimes of Passion’ show at the Royal west Academy of Arts, and more recently The House of Commons. His work has also featured in a plethora of publications including ‘Graffiti World’, ‘The Art of Rebellion’, ‘Children of the Can’ and ‘Banksy’s Bristol’ to name a few.

Splash! Gromit

Inspired by the cosmos, star clusters, fluorescent colours and nature, ‘Splash!’, painted by artist Cheba, is a splash of colour–literally! Sponsored by Destination Bristol, ‘Splash!’, filled with sprinkles and bursts of pigment, is sure to catch your eye as he sits peacefully along St Marks Road!

The Knitted Pea

Bev Cavendar – The Knitted Pea – has been passionate about art and nature since she was very young. After working in national environmental policy for a decade, she set up her design business in 2014 to pursue a more artistic championing of all things green.

Based at her home studio in Bristol, she takes inspiration from Japanese woodcuts, outdoor adventures with her young family and from the geometry often found in nature.

DRACO Gromit

A fire-breathing dragon has been spotted in Bristol! The Knitted Pea has made it possible to let your imagination soar–and roar–when you stop by to say “hi” to ‘Draco’ at Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood. No sharp teeth and claws for this friendly flying reptile, only a sweet smile!

Paula Bowles illustration

After graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2005, Paula now lives and works in Bristol.

She loves thinking up stories and characters, sketching, and trying out colours. She enjoys the part when they seem to come to life on my desk in front of my eyes. One of her favourite places to be is in her studio, with the radio on, a cup of tea and and a pencil in her hand.

THE WENSLEYDALE KID Wallace

Bristol’s very own slice of the Wild West is painted by artist Paula Bowles, “Cowboy Wallace” is decked out in the whole wrangling kit and caboodle. Cowboy hat? Check. Cowboy boots? Check. Bandana? Check. Horse? Erm… looks like a park bench will have to do for now! Yee-haw! So pony-up and skedaddle over to Clifton Observatory to meet this buckaroo!

Laura Hallett Art & Illustration

Laura is originally from Birmingham who, after graduating from Falmouth in 2012, now works as a freelance artist and illustrator in Bristol. She works in watercolour and ink and specialises in illustrated maps, information, travel and lifestyle illustrations. She also loves creating artwork for narrative fiction and children’s books.

STELLAR Gromit

In this celestial scene, ‘Stellar’ is showing off a view of the sky way, way above Bristol. Artist Laura Hallett decked Gromit out in this cosmic design both in celebration of Bristol and as a nod to ‘A Grand Day Out,’ one of Gromit’s first adventures. Can you spot one of Bristol’s iconic hot air balloons drifting through the skies? Reach for the stars, and planets, by visiting ‘Stellar’ at sponsor Cass Art on Park Street!

Hannah Bone Illustration

Hannah graduated from Plymouth University with a First Class degree in Illustration and now works as a freelance illustrator, specialising mainly in narrative and children’s illustration.

Her biggest inspirations are the people, animals and interactions that surround her everyday in my hometown, the vibrant city of Bristol!  She especially loves to draw natural environments and animals, along with imaginative narratives and characters.  Her use of bright colours and texture brings life and personality to her designs.

ROCKIN’ ROBIN Gromit

Decked out in feathers and sporting a beak, a wonderfully winged Gromit, painted by Hannah Bone, is ready to take flight! This scarlet-breasted flyer is currently on the hunt for worms at sponsor Ashton Gate Stadium!

Inkie

Inkie is one of the most notorious graffiti writers in UK history to emerge out of the 80s Bristol scene. Painting alongside 3D and Banksy, coming 2nd in the 1989 World Street Art Championships, the Kingpin was arrested as the head of 72 other writers in the UK’s largest ever Graffiti bust, Operation Anderson.

Inkie has since worked as head of design for SEGA, Xbox, and currently resides in Jade Jaggers west London studio. As in-house artist and designer for prints, illustrations, clothing and with his trademark beauty on large-scale pieces, Inkie is a globally respected artist.

LeMak

Lemak is a self-taught urban street and gallery artist. Born in 1980, he is currently based in Bristol but originates from Fleetwood. He was inspired to pick up a spray paint can by stencil artists such as Snik and Tank Petrol and started creating art in 2011.

He is developing a signature style of his own, merging the skills of his previous trade as a joiner with his artistic talents, and now specialises in reverse stencilling on glass. The lighting elements of the art bring out different features of the work, such as the intricate patterns of tattoos, in a distinct and unique way. He’s building his name across the UK and the rest of the world.

All of these artists appeared at the interactive outdoor Art is Central event #ParkStreetUnleashed organised by Bristol City Centre BID.