NASS FEST!

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We got a call from our good friend Steve from Upfest asking if we could do a last minute job at a secret location in Bristol.

The details were vague and the whole hing seemed to be cloaked in secrecy. We weren’t told what or where, only when at this stage. We agreed and a couple of days later met up with Steve. After signing non-disclosures regarding the job he then explained to us what we would be doing.

It tuned out NassFest, the UK’s premier Extreme Sports and Electronic music festival wanted to make a promo video to announce their exciting new line up for the summer 2019 festival.

We were super excited to be a part of this, so didn’t hesitate to get involved!

On the day of the job we met at the crack of dawn in a disused warehouse in an industrial estate in Bristol. This would be the venue for the job. Inside there had been two walls prepped for us. One was for myself and the other was for Tom (the other half of the Paintsmiths duo).

Tom’s wall was to be painted in collaboration with two of our close painter friends. The theme was pattern based and they masked off various different shapes which would then include bright and vibrant shapes and patterns. This was the backdrop for the stencil which would finally reveal the name of the first headline act, Rudimental !

The whole thing was filmed by a really nice team of camera men and film editors. They were with us in the cold all day but kept their spirits high, filming every part of the process throughout the long day.

I was in a separate room within the warehouse, painting the second big headliner. It turns out it was the one and only Giggs. His management team sent us an amazingly lit promo shot, with a bright magenta under light. It was a real pleasure to paint. Not all jobs are as fun as others, but I left this one feeling like I had a really fun days painting, and I think it reflects that in the final image.

So the Nassfest video went live and here it is. I think everyone involved did a fantastic job with this, and it really built the excitement for this years festival.

The good news is just a couple of days ago we were asked to come back to the cold warehouse and paint the third and final huge headline act. The job was a tough one but we think it looks great. I can’t show you it yet, as the festival are yet to announce it to the public, but I’ll be sure to attach some images and tell you all about it once it’s dropped.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our latest adventures. We have a lot of things planned for the new year so watch this space for regular updates regarding all things paint related! That’s it for now. Off to the next job, every day is completely different in this line of work, and that’s something we love.

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Second Seven Saints Mural Goes Up!!!!!!

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We have just finished our second mural for the seven saints of st paul's project, A series of 7 murals scattered across the st pauls area depicting 7 influential figures who made st pauls what it is today.

We are back painting in st pauls bringing a huge piece of bristol history back to life with one of the biggest murals we’ve ever created, with thanks to Michele Curtis who’s artwork focuses on the contributions of the African-Caribbean community in Bristol. We have both joined forces to create one of our most successful walls to date!

We started this project last year with a large scale mural depicting Owen Henry who was one of the first of the Windrush generation who moved to Bristol and helped many settle in the area, playing a key role in the bus boycott. This time we are painting another influential figure, Delores Campbell,  who was a foster carer to more than 30 children and a lifelong campaigner for racial equality. “I’m highlighting these very humble heroes. Some people may know their names but not necessarily know they were the driving forces who changed the city and the country for the better,” Curtis says.

We started this piece by collecting a few images from Michele, the portrait of Delores (created by Michele), some Hibiscus flowers ( A wildey used flower in jamaican culture ) and a drawing of a happy family drawn by Michele’s son. (as Delores was a foster carer we felt this was a fitting element.) We then worked our magic and produced a design we both felt did dolores and the community justice.


We then started the painting process, it took 8 days in total and we loved every second of it especially when we got to badly colour in the childrens drawing, really putting our skills to use. We were over the moon with the result and had constant positive feedback from passers by, we even had some relatives of Deloris come past and was a very humbling experience for us. Michael and her son also had a go at painting in the mural and we also brought in a few other people in the community making this piece really feel like a combined effort within st pauls.

While we were painting we were interviewed by organizations such as The Guardian, The observer, Bristol 24/7, The BBC and Bristol Post. who all were blown away with our artwork and proceeded to take photos which spread the word even further on this amazing project.

This project has grown to become part of a gallery show, in which michele exhibited the original drawing we worked from culminating in an exhibition in clifton in the summer.

We utterly enjoyed this piece, we feel we really pushed the boat out with scale and where pleasantly surprised by the reception this piece got. In following weeks since we finished we regularly see people taking photos of this mural and we hope this keeps the history of the site alive.


Tiny Rebel's Not So Tiny Brewery

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This summer we began work on one of our biggest challenges yet! Our good friend Brad at Tiny Rebel gave us a call and told us that they were planning to build a huge extension to their Brewery in Newport and that he wanted us guys to help transform the new walls into a weathered industrial looking scene, suitable for the thousands of guests they would be welcoming there over the coming years.

We have been working with Tiny Rebel for a the last 6 or 7 years now and have seen their business go from something quite modest to something quite huge! But they've not lost their ways, which is why they have such a large and loyal following, both locally in Wales, and internationally, having won several awards for their ales, beers and ciders

The idea was the new extension would cater for tours of the Brewery and a large Bar in which people could enjoy the wide selection of Ales and beers they provide, direct from the brewery next door!

Our job involved something slightly different than the normal requests. We were asked to transform white, freshly rendered walls into weathered concrete looking walls. As if they has stood there for decades rather than days! We were also asked to paint similar effects, painting walls to look like rusting metal panels, that would match with the exterior real panels. For this we bought in our good friend Sally, who has been a scenic artist for the last 15 years. She worked with us, and guided us through the best techniques to use to get the effects we needed. As versatile a painters as we are, we are also aware of the vast differences in skills sets between mural painting and complex scenic work, so we love that we have a good arsenal of friends and fellow painters that we can call on to get any job done.

Once we aged the walls, the next job was to re-create a stained glass window, designed by Tiny Rebel, it depicts Brad and Gazz as the saints of Ale, a nice tongue and cheek reference, sat in the 'cathedral' of beer! This was a real challenge, involving hundreds of hours of cutting stencils and painting, but in the end it was all work it, it looked fantastic!

Next we got back on the scissor lifts and painted the front sign. A huge 30m painting that was the first impression as you entered the road. It had to be spot on, and we worked all through the night to make sure it was! Then a few extra paintings here and there to finish it all off inside, and we were done. Three weeks of long days, but it was well worth it!

This was a real labour of love for both us and Tiny Rebel, we worked together closely on this one and we think the results speak for themselves. All topped off with a sit down and a lovely pint. We've worked in worse places!

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Bristol Sign - Cabot Circus

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This project was hands down one of the most interesting and experimental pieces we did of 2017, We were approached by cabot circus bristol and where asked to produce a mural upon seven 3D wooden cut out letters that spelled ‘Bristol’ which reflected our energetic and creative flare married up with famous bristol landmarks.

We started the project by digitally mocking up 3 versions of the letters which were later sent off to be judged by the general public on social media sites such as instagram resulting in a winner which we would then paint.

A few weeks went by and the winner was announced, number one won but there wasn't much in it. The work was received really well and we had great comments through the duration of us painting. We could not have been happier with the result of the mural as we felt there was a perfect balance between fractured abstract colourful shapes and the more obvious bristol landmarks such as the bridge. We also felt that having each letter a different colour and having the design wrapping each letter gave a very unique and powerful finish, and overall made the area a far more inviting place to be.

Running alongside the production of this piece a competition was held within Cabot Circus, in which members of the public could take a selfie with the artwork and post on instagram with the Hashtag ‘Gurtlushselfie’ the prize was a £100 shopping voucher.

 

The Brewhouse - Inside Out!

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A project that we hold in high esteem this year has got to be The Brewhouse Theatre Mural we painted in Taunton. It was a piece that really pushed us in terms of scale and composition. It definitely has to be up there with the biggest, most successful paintings we have ever done.


We were approached by the theater company in taunton and where asked to produce a large
scale mural reflecting the different arts and performances that happen within the building. The
title for the project was ‘inside out’. After meeting we went away and tried to formulate a plan for the wall, and after much deliberation we eventually landed on a sort of collage theme. Taking little tasters of all the diverse bounty that the theater had to offer. We also liked the idea of a theater being a constantly moving and evolving space so we favoured the aesthetic choice to leave parts of the piece with pockets of colour, to give the work unapologetic bursts of rawness which we felt illustrated this.
Another prevailing theme in the piece was the dancer who is the main focal point. We took her
as a jumping off point for the other ideas we had, viewing her as the energetic force behind the theater whereby all of the creative beauty emerges. She reminded us of a kind of Ganesha style god with some of her arms playing the trumpets, some as a Shakespearean actors and others as drummers. A couple of personal favorite sections in the mural is the Tommy Cooper Fez floating above the skull held by hamlet's hands, and the spaceman being fired out of the trumpet which is a little homage to the movie 2001 space odyssey.


Subsequently to the mural we painted, we were thrilled to be asked back to run a workshop with a group of local foster children. We Held two workshops in which the aim was to create a mural inside the Brewhouse similar to the painting we did outside but with ideas generated by the young people highlighting their interests and art forms they enjoy.
We were amazed by some if the ideas generated and couldn't have been happier with the
dedication and interest that the young people showed towards this project, we were especially
happy with the way they collaborated on certain elements of the painting without our input. This resulted in a mural that we were astounded by, and more importantly the young people were over the moon with.

Four Acres

This week we found ourselves in Withywood, right on the edge of the fine city of Bristol. It's an amazing place, where the city suddenly stops and you find yourself surrounded by rolling green fields. And the reason we found ourselves on the edge of town!?

Because that's where the great kids at Four Acres Academy are! 

We were informed by the head a couple of weeks ago of an up and coming art exhibition the school were having, showcasing all of the creative talents of Key Stage 1 and 2 students, and asked if we could help create 2 collaborative mural's on the themes of London and Bristol.

The children were asked to come up with stencils of characters that they thought would fit into each scene, and we were amazed at some of the idea’s they came up with. From eggs in a birds nest overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to  pirates on the SS Great Britain. We even managed to get Gromit involved in the action! London also received it's fair share of characters, including some unusual creatures taking trips on the London Eye!

We got off to a windy start on the Wednesday, battling to hold the stencils in place as they were being painted. By mid afternoon the weather took an even more drastic turn and we were rained off by mid afternoon. We knew what this mural meant to the kids, and we knew they had the exhibition opening the following week so we turned up the next dry afternoon that we could and completed the two murals in the nick of time!

We felt there was real sense of accomplishment with the children's stencils dictating the outcome of each artwork. The response we had from the children was brilliant and we were told frequently that “this is the best thing, I’ve ever seen!”. Although we were also called sluggy slug slugs once, but we didn't take it to heart.....................honestly :_(

It was great to see the involvement of such young kids in such a big project, and we really feel they did themselves and their school proud! 

Thanks for having us Four Acres

Big Tesco's and a Skate Park

This weekend was a busy one for us at the Paintsmiths so we thought we'd let you know why.

A year ago we worked with Bradley Stoke Councilor and Youth worker, Graham Baker, helping to run a Street Art workshop during The Bradley Stoke Festival. The Graffiti Art drop in workshop proved to be busier than we could have ever expected, which kept us on our feet till the last minute of the day! He was a pleasure to work with and really understood how to engage the various youngsters to come and get involved. 

So when he mentioned the possibility of working on a larger project for the new skate park, recently made by another Bristol outfit, Wheelscape, we were all ears!

Ask any of the local kids what there is to do in Bradley Stoke, and they'll tell you there's a big Tesco and the Skate Park, and not much else. So it's difficult to describe just how important a space the skate park is for the dozens of kids, teenagers and young adults that use it on a daily (and nightly) basis. 

What we wanted to do, much like in the designing of the skate park itself, is really take instruction from the people who use it. We wanted to hear what ideas they had, what their requirements might be, and what they wanted it to project. The ethos of the park, and it's community if you like. 

We began with a couple of evening workshops at the Skate Park itself, getting to know the guys there, and getting them involved in some basic techniques of using spray paint. Once we had a firm group of interested participants we decided to focus on the ideas. 

There were some great ideas that came up for the Murals, namely the transformation of the old Skate Park, into the new, as well as themes such as nature, and words that symbolised what the Skate Park meant to them. I'm not going to explain too much as I'll post the final photo's up in a couple of weeks once they are installed and they have the grand opening, but we just wanted to say that the two days we have just spent painting the mural with the guys at Bradley Stoke has been a real pleasure. They were fun, but kept their focus, and were happy to do the necessary work as well as the fun work. So all in all, if every workshop was like this, we wouldn't mind working on the weekends ;)

More pics to follow soon!


Thanks for reading

 

Follow The Fox!

Something very exciting is happening at paintsmiths Headquarters. We can safely say we are used to painting almost every surface on any building, but this massive commission we are currently planning for is one of the most ambitious and community benefitting pieces we have ever painted!

 

When you think of prisons you tend not to think of creativity and artwork, but Horfield Prison Bristol are trying a new approach to the visitors section. Instead of the intimidating experience of Prison Visitor waiting rooms, and security checks (especially for the younger visitors) Horfield Prison have decided to brighten up these clinical environments, and make them a friendlier, happier, less intimidating ordeal for the children and their parents, who often spend a lot of time there. So who else to call, but The Paintsmiths!

 

We are having a blast creating our first storyboard which stars a little fox who the children will follow from entrance, through the security checks, then up the staircase, finishing in the waiting room which we have transformed into a busy Bristol high street. On their journey they will encounter lots of fun characters, including some of the sniffer dogs they meet along the way, and even including some of the workers of the prison (who have been turned into cute furry animals of course!) The murals will be interactive with crazy mirrors and areas where the children can even become a character in this bright fun world!

 

The little fox will be traveling through everyday scenes of Bristol but not quite as you know them! We can't wait to show you the progress with this one, it’s one of the biggest projects we have ever done, and I’m sure it will be one of the most rewarding too!

 

 

The Paintsmiths grand unveiling

We’re really exited to announce we’ve gained a new addition to the Paintsmiths team and as such we felt it was time to give ourselves a long overdue rebranding. So we’ve created a shiny new website to showcase what we know is possible with a brush, pen or spray can.

Whatever project your looking to brighten up with a lick of paint, the Paintsmiths are here to turn your concept into reality, whether that be for a company, private commission or teaching the next generation of future Paintsmiths through our workshops. Both of these gallery’s are available to view HERE. we can also help if your wanting to give your Event that Personal touch.

But enough with the past! We are here to unveil our swanky new website, where we will be showcasing our finest artwork. In addition to these awesome pieces we have added a few new pages.

Firstly we have a 'How it works' page in which we guide you through the 4 very simple stages of how we make your idea into a reality. We have also added a 'Press page'. After recent attention from the media we thought it would be rude not to show off some of the press we have been attracting, with the the likes of 'The guardian', 'The Telegraph' and 'BBC News'. 

We are very excited to show you some of our upcoming commissions on this Blog so keep those eyes peeled! If you have a surface or even just an idea don’t hesitate to get in touch Here.

Stay tuned to see us covering the world in paint one piece at a time.