Posts Tagged ‘bristol’

Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Dicey


Dicey is a street artist who works in an abstract style.

Dicey is based out of Bristol, England.

The artist has participated in Bristol’s Street Artist event called “See No Evil.”


The artist is influenced by letters and typography, but in a very abstract manner. He has developed his own abstract character language.

He originated in Birmingham, England and later would move to Bristol. Whilst in Bristol he joined the urban art group TCF.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

As one of the few street artists working in such an abstract manner, we can be assured Dicey will jump to the top of this genre. It’s awesome to see Abstract Art in such a massive size.




Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Nick Walker


Nick Walker is a wonderful street artist from Bristol, England renown for his images of a man in a bowler hat and business suit. Nick Walker was born in the year 1969. Walker is still based out of Bristol.


In this clip we view a time lapse of the artist at work on a huge mural:

Nick Walker was born and raised in Bristol, England. His first exposure to graffiti was via the BBC and music videos by groups including Blondie and Malcolm MacLaren.

The artist calls the main character of his art, the Vandal. This man travels around the world from city to city painting the town red by dumping red paint on various targets.


Below a wonderful interview with artist Nick Walker:

Price range information: Walker work’s as a printmaker but also works with acrylics and spray paint. Works range from $1,000 to $100,000.

The artist was employed by film director Stanley Kubrick to create graffiti for the film starring Tom Cruise ” Eye’s Wide Shut.”

Below a link to the website of Nick Walker:

His work is even has appeared in a music video of the Black Eyed Peas.

If you enjoy the subject matter of the modern day businessman be sure and check out the sculptor Jim Rennert.




Artist of the moment……..Mary Fedden


Mary Fedden was a British artist renown for her modernist paintings of the still life. Mary Fedden was born in Bristol, England in the year 1915.

Fedden attended the Slade School of Art located in London, England.

The artist was the first women to teach at the Royal College of Art located in London, England. Some students of hers included David Hockney and

She is sometimes mistaken as being the daughter of Sir Roy Fedden. Sir Roy Fedden helped to design aircrafts and was a noted engineer. Sir Roy Fedden was the uncle of Mary Fedden.

Fedden was married to another artist name Julian Trevelyan. As a huge fan of families of artist, Julian Trevelyan will be the next post! The couple were based much of their life sharing a studio on the famed River Thames.

In this clip we view a wonderful selection of paintings by Mary Fedden. She was able to have great depth in her work. This quality is always enhanced in her works by large very flat areas of the painting. A great combination:

Mary Fedden passed in 2012 at the age of 96 years of age.

Below we visit the studio of the artist. It is very interesting because she NEVER paints away from her studio. This is a short clip from a documentary about Mary Fedden:

Price range information: Fedden was a very prolific painter and printmaker. Works start at $8,000 for a watercolor, gouache, or print. Original oils can fetch $60,000.



Artist of the moment…..Hassel Smith

Hassel Smith was a wonderful American abstract artist born in Sturgis, Michigan in the year 1915. For his artistic education Smith studied at Northwestern University and the California School of Fine Arts located in San Francisco.

In the beginning of his career Smith focused on portraits and landscapes. In the gallery the portrait is a self portrait to give you an idea of his realistic painting style.

A brief biography and some works by Hassel Smith:

A link to the website of Hassel Smith:

Hassel Smith began to paint in an abstract starting in 1947.

Price range: Works range between $5,000 to $60,000.

Smith also was part of the teaching faculty at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Whilst there a fellow teacher named Clyfford Still was a heavy influence as was another Expressionist painter, Mark Rothko.

Also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, U.C.L.A., and also in Bristol England at the British Polytechnic.

Hassel Smith passed away in 2007.

Though the artist is renown for his abstract work, Smith also created some abstract works based on basic geometric shapes. These works began in the 1970s. Below some examples of this type of abstract art:

We close with a look at a show that took place in 2011:


Artist of the moment…..Ian Francis

Ian Francis was born in Bristol, United Kingdon in the year 1979. His art is made from a variety of mediums as one work usually contains oils, acrylics, pen, charcoal, and ink. For his artistic education Francis earned a bachelors degree in illustration  from the University of the West of England. Using such a wide variety of mediums Francis is able to get very realistic but also very abstract in his artwork.

For his studio habits the artist likes to create art anywhere from 1 to 10 hours per day.

A link to the website of Ian Francis:

Francis is still based out of Bristol, England.

For his subject matter the artist gathers information from pornography, the internet, movies, and street culture.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the work of Ian Francis:

What an awesome blend of mediums the artist uses. His work has a freshly painted and newly created feeling.


Artist of the moment….UK street artist Andy Council…

Andy Council is an illustrator and street artist hailing from Bristol, Englamnd. Council is renown for his work with dinosaurs. He is renown for mixing in city landscapes that seem to be blowing and moving about the picture in most cases.

For his collegiate studies Council attended Bournmouth Art College.

A link to the website of Andy Coucil:

A wonderful clip showing one of Bristols famed street artists in Andy Council.

A brief interview with Council talking about dinosaurs and illustrating a magazine cover.

Great to see street art using dinosaurs that are nearly lifesize!

Sorry, no price range information available.

Artist of the moment …Nick Walker

Nick Walker is a British artist born in 1969. He is best known for his artwork that refers to
icons and imagery. For instance when you hear of Mona Lisa you think of her smile
whereas Mr. Walker thinks of her Kardashian like booty!

In this clip see the artist interviewed by Fused magazine in 2010.

This is an awesome clip, right up there with watching Jackson Pollack drip his paint and spill his ashes onto his canvas. Here we see Nick Walker do a painter you may have seen in the gallery and the one I mentioned at the beginning with Mona Lisa being renamed Moona Lisa. Its awesome to see street art come to life and I hope more people give these street artists more credit.

Price range information:  Works done in pochoir or stencils can fetch between $10,000 and $25,000. Works done in spray paint range from $3,000 to $30,000.

As a street artist Walker is a great printmaker and often works with stencils. For black and white imagery he is as talented as Banksy. Banksy is perhaps the most famous street artist in the world because no one knows his true identity. Banksy comes from London and is famous worldwide for his street art. Here is a great example of his signature stencil style.


Banksy is also a passionate artist that enjoys expressing his political views. In this awesome clip we see see Banksy making his graffiti art or vandalism if you like, on the segregation wall that separates Israel from Palestine.

Walker is given credit for introducing street art to Bristol, England and in this manner is seen as the artist who inspired Banksy to do his thing years later.

Nick Walker was also used by Stanley Kubrick to reproduce the scenes involving the streets of the big city in his thriller with Tom Cruise titled Eyes Wide Shut. This was the movie with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman where he ends up at a party thrown by very rich people that end up having a sex party that he should never have seen.


I must say like Banksy, this artist has developed a quick reputation in the art world and his works sell for very large amounts. Moona Lisa sold in 2006 for $86,000 U.S. dollars or around 54,000 British pounds at Bonhams auction house of London.

Walker still lives and works out of Bristol, England.

This artist is great for all to enjoy. I have tremendous respect for artists who take their work to the street. At least the feedback would be very honest if not brutal if we all worked in this same manner.  Thankfully we have artists like Crash, Banksy, Nick Walker, and Swoon to inspire us all!