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STREET artists from across Bristol have been paying tribute to the man they dubbed the King of Paint, Matt 'Mibsy' Hibbert, who died last week.
Mibsy, who was 39, had built up a strong relationship with
many of Bristol's well-known graffiti artists after opening the King of
Paint shop and gallery on Haymarket Walk, which supplied spray paint and
other supplies to the city's street artists.
The death of Mibsy, whose face features on a large graffiti
mural in Chapter Street, St Paul's, shocked the many people who
visited the shop or knew him from the Stokes Croft area.
He had recently been staying at the Dean Neurological
Centre in Gloucester, but after falling ill was taken to Gloucestershire
People have since taken to social media to pay tribute to Mibsy, who they said had a "heart of gold".
Bristol graffiti artist Tom 'Inkie' Bingle, who painted one
of the arches on the Carriageworks in Stokes Croft, led the tributes,
saying without Mibsy Bristol would be a "greyer place".
He said: "RIP Matt Hibbert aka Mibsy, the King of Paint. My
deepest love goes out to all his family and friends, very sad news. As
well as supporting the See No Evil events on Nelson Street, without
Mibsy half of Bristol's graffiti scene would have gone without their
materials to create such beautiful works and the city would be a greyer
See No Evil gallery in Nelson Street said: "Bristol has lost a true gent... rest in peace."
Felix 'FLX' Braun, part of Bristol's street art scene for
more than 30 years, said: "I'm sure he had no idea how much his gentle
nature and warmth meant to the hundreds of writers he got to know whilst
working behind that counter."
Tom Deams has painted a large tribute to Mibsy in Stokes
Croft. He said: "So Matty or Mibsy would have walked past this spot
every day after closing up at The King of Paint graffiti shop... I felt
he deserved to have his name painted big here and I feel blessed to have
known him for the short period I did. Matty was a gentleman and such a
nice person to know. Shine on Mibsy, we all love you."
Artist Fiv3r, who recently proposed to his girlfriend with a
piece of Beauty and the Beast-themed graffiti, has also sprayed a mural
for him. And Inkie said more memorial pieces are likely to be popping
up across the city, including one he will be working on tomorrow with
fellow artist Cheo in a mystery location in Bristol.