Have you seen our beautiful #MerryBristmas artwork for 2021? Created by local artist Bex Glover and creative agency Stuff Advertising, it’s been splashed across our festive content. Look out for the advent-style videos revealing illustrations of festive things to do in Bristol each day over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Prints of the main artwork are now on sale in Bex’s online Upfest shop, in case you want to a piece of Bristmas to hang at home. We caught up with Bex to ask about her artwork, inspiration and love for the city.

Merry Bristmas artwork 2021 by Bex Glover

A Q&A with #MerryBristmas artist Bex Glover

How long have you worked in Bristol and what influence has the city had on your artwork?

I’ve lived and worked in Bristol since 2008 and the street art scene here has had a big influence on the direction of my work. The city itself, with its rich history, waterside location and diverse culture, has been an inspiration too. 

Where else do you find inspiration for your murals and illustrations?

The natural world has always been an inspiration and key feature in my art. I’m interested in how the natural world lives alongside urban environments and how we are all connected in this world. The design for the #MerryBristmas artwork takes inspiration from the natural landscape of the Avon Gorge and the river as well as some urban wildlife featuring alongside some subtle Bristol architectural references and the iconic Clifton suspension bridge. 

Bex Glover signature on Merry Bristmas artwork

Where in Bristol can we see your artwork?

I’ve painted a number of murals in the city including one of the shop fronts in the Six Sisters row of murals on North Street. Further down North Street, next to Avon News is my recent Hedgehog Highway wall. You can also find my murals at Bristol Old Vic, Little Victories Cafe and Cathedral Primary school.

I have a couple of pieces on Gloucester Road (at the Hobgoblin pub and Shake Wrap and Roll), and I’ve been lucky to have had a number of private commissions in some lovely offices and gardens throughout the city. 

What are your favourite festive experiences in the city?

It’s always nice to wander around the city when the the lights go up and the Christmas markets start. I love St Nick’s Market and also the pop up stalls around town. My little boy was particularly excited by the snow machine at Cabot Circus last week!

With two little ones we like to try and get a Santa visit in and have had fun going to see him at Bristol Zoo in the past. I also like going to the Spiegeltent.

Merry Bristmas print by Bex Glover

Are there any local businesses you’d like to shout out?

There are so many great independents in Bristol, but to name a few places I like: Arnos Vale Cemetery have some great events on, a cafe and shop; the newly opened Nook cafe on Wells Road, which also sells lovely gifts; Sandy Park Deli for some tasty treats; Redcatch Community Garden and Café; and Upfest gallery for all your art gift needs. 

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