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I am a narrative figurative artist painting in oils.

I live on North Street in Bristol, UK, which is a hub for street art and graffiti.  Each year it plays host to Upfest, the Urban Paint Festival.   Street artists from all over the world descend on  the street where I live and cover every available wall, hoarding, etc with wonderful, sometimes humorous, sometimes political, always interesting street art and graffiti.

I decided I wanted to preserve some of this art, as it is by its nature ephemeral;  it gets painted over and that is its point, which I find sad.

I go around the area and take photos of street art that interests me.  I then obtain the street artist’s permission to incorporate their work into my own composition and tag them into my work in progress images on Instagram and Twitter.  In this way I can give them added exposure wherever possible.     I place a woman somewhere in the vicinity of the street art, performing an action which changes the dynamic of the 2d street art, bringing art to life and vice versa.

I also paint small oil paintings in alla prima style or direct painting.   These are painted in one session so I can keep prices low.    They are available at £65 framed in white and are 8 x 8” square.  Clients also buy sets of 3  which go well in their kitchens.   I paint whatever fruit or veg is in season and show these at North Gallery on  North Street in Bristol.   I buy most of the produce from local organic greengrocers Hugo’s Greengrocers and they also show my work.   I also paint donuts.  I love the bright cheery colours and we all need some of that at the moment.     You can see all of my recent work on my Instagram account @michewatkins and I have a link a text the top of this page to a Catalogue of paintings that are available now.  I update this regularly.

If you would like to email me an image of your kitchen, etc.  I can produce one of these small still lifes to match your wall colours.  Happy to do this.

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So please feel free to join me on Facebook at Miche Watkins and my art page Miche Artist, let’s connect on Twitter or Instagram MicheWatkins or email me at michetoots@yahoo.co.uk.

April 2020

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