bristol street artist angus

Born and bred in south Bristol, Angus has always been based within a two mile radius of  Totterdown.

His artwork is scattered across the city and the UK and has a very distinctive style.

He loves the City so much he has never left.

I love Bristol. There’s always something to do or see. It’s diverse and constantly evolving. It really is the place to be. It has something for everybody, no matter what their background is.

1.  Good Game.        

good game street art

My piece in the ‘Ivory Towers’ gallery, to help raise awareness for the International Anti-Poaching Foundation .

On Bristol and art

Growing up in Bristol, I think I subconsciously took it (street art) in. I mean, it’s everywhere! Then I asked myself, why aren’t you already doing this?

I only really started 12-16 months back. Friends were telling me to do something, and helped set up a Facebook page for my work and off I went! I don’t really take many pictures of my work. I do it for the people of Bristol. Brightening their day or trying to make them laugh or think.

I do often get tagged in other people’s pics. I keep the stencils as a photo album / memory scrapbook sort of thing. I am constantly thinking about what to do next. Scribbling down ideas and looking out for more locations. I think it was in Brick lane, in London, I realised I was doing something people liked, when I turned around towards the end of doing a piece, as it was getting dark (which one?) because I could hear lots of camera clicking going on, and realised there were 30 people taking photo’s of my work! I was blown away.

2. The Peace Enforcer

peace enforcer

My reaction to the decision made by the House of Commons on the 3rd of December. Bombing for peace.

 How would you describe your style?

The majority of my work is stencil work. I started out with a pencil, some card and acrylic paint. And now pencils, card, Posca pens, spray-paints, tape (always have tape!) and a cutting mat.

Yeah, I’d say my work is cartoon based. Not necessarily done deliberately. I wanted to do something for children and adults. Playful, colourful cartoon images for children, with a controversial text beside. For example, the Aladdin piece, I overheard a child asking their parent, “Why is he wearing a life jacket mummy?”

I like to shock people a little. Play around with taboo subjects. Be a little offensive, but not too offensive. Show them what is really happening in the world, but making it a little bit more palatable by using a cartoon characters. If I make one person smile, then I am happy. You are never going to win everyone over.

3. A whole new world

aladin bomb jacket

Tell us about your influences?

Growing up in Bristol was a big influence. Street art is everywhere. I think we all subconsciously soak it in, whatever our view of it is. I grew up loving pop art. Andy Warhol always caught my eye, I’m a fan of bright colours. I respect fine art, but pop art spoke to me. I found it easier to comprehend.

4. You Silly Sodsilly sod

My real inspiration was UpFest 2013. I was going into town to meet some friends and I took a wrong turn and ended up on Nelson Street surrounded by a sea of people, smiles and painters. Art works going up left, right and centre. I instantly wanted to be a part of it.

I met an artist called Bill who asked if I wanted to hang out and paint. He encouraged me to pick up a can and have a go. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I stayed for the rest of the afternoon. We’re still friends now. I don’t think I would have started it it wasn’t for him getting me to try it. He taught me to say yes more, to try things out and to join the Secret Society of Super Villain Artists, a group of over 5000 artists, who are all about art and who do not condone vandalism.

5. Vandalism or Art?

vandalism or art

big influence would definitely be Inkie, another Bristol bred street artist (he did the piece on the side of the Thekla). He was an artist I knew of in 2013 and had seen his work around Bristol for years. I have massive respect for him, he does everything freehand, which blows me away!

6. Cliche Soup

cliche soup

7. Robophobic 

bender art

A piece for the night The Artist Awakens at The Underdog Gallery.

8. Divine Intervention 

devine intervention

9. No Thrills

tesco value spray paint

10. Where is the Love. Collaboration with Diff 

where is the love

It’s really a hobby. I get commissioned to do pieces for people and places. I always get a massive rush doing it, even with permission! I think progression in street art is endless. You can see that down at Deans Lane, it’s a great practice ground for all types of street artists. The paint there must be inches thick (laughs) with many stories to tell.

What about my future? I want to do more cartoons, covering more taboo subjects, going for bigger sizes and spaces. One of the most exciting things about what I do, is not knowing what happens next. I’m excited to find out. I would like to think I have made some sort of impact in the Bristol scene. Hopefully good.

That was 10 awesome pieces of street art by Angus, what a nice, talented chap. If you would like to see more of his work you can find him on his Facebook page or on Instagram.

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