3049. Brunel Way bridge (44)

I haven’t seen nearly enough of Mr Draws this year. I know that his painting sprees go in fits and starts in a good year, but the disruption imposed by coronavirus this year seems to have impacted on Mr Draws more than on other artists. I was really pleased therefore to find this one by him under Brunel Way.

Mr Draws, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Mr Draws, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

This is a simple enough piece, but the element that stands out for me is how effective the black shading is with the orange outline. This is a combination that tidies up the whole thing really well.

I am away fishing at the moment, in fact just about to head off for the Lizard in Cornwall, but am aware that Mr Draws has just painted another piece and hope it is still there by the time I get home on Sunday/Monday.

 

 

3048. M32 roundabout J3 (228)

Superb. But we expect that from Smak. Writing like this is something that we are privileged to see in Bristol on a pretty regular basis. There is a cohort of about 10 or so graffiti artists who are at the top of their game and Smak is at the front of the pack.

Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020

This particular piece from a couple of weeks ago is a real stunner and is one of his more colour-rich pieces. The App reminds me a little of a piece he did on the M32 cycle path about a year ago.

Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019

3047. Dean Lane skate park (331)

Oh it has been such a long time, but definitely worth the wait. This piece by Tuco is characteristically cheerful and bright. It is amazing how artists can convey different moods using just letters and colours. This piece says to me ‘fun’.

Tuco, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020
Tuco, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020

I guess like many of us Tuco is a busy man and just doesn’t get to paint very often which is a shame. The use of two shades of green combined with the pinks and white all set on, and contrasting well with, a blue background gives this piece an air of confidence and ease. Great work… come back soon.

3046. M32 roundabout J3 (227)

I believe that this is the penultimate piece from the magnificent Poland v Spain paint jam from back in May and it is by Spanish artist @clara_que_sssnoh. Blimey, that’s a mouthful and is the artist’s Instagram handle… I am not sure what other name he goes by, but that is most certainly unwieldy.

Clara_que_sssnoh, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020
Clara_que_sssnoh, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020

The piece itself is yet another outstanding work of writing, and I think that this whole wall was possibly the best show of graffiti writing here in one go for a considerable time. The letters are nice and regular with some great features in the fills. I hope to see more from the artist, but only when I know his name.

Poland 5 Spain 4

3045. Cattle Market Road (4)

There aren’t really the words to describe how good this bull piece by The Hass is. The trip down to Cattle Market Road would be worth it for this piece alone. The bull, so the story goes, escaped from the cattle market (we are talking some years ago) and terrorised the locals until it was captured.

The Hass, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020
The Hass, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020

The Hass coordinated the gathering of five artists to decorate the hoarding around the development site at the back of Temple Meads station, and I have to say the collection is one of the highlights of the year so far, and this piece is the highlight of the highlights.

The Hass, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020
The Hass, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020

The composition and colours are utterly stunning and contrast so amazingly with the blue sky and piles of rubble behind the hoarding. I think that the buildings represent the old Post Office sorting office that was knocked down to create this brownfield development opportunity. The bull looks a little bit more like a Spanish bull rather than a British one, but I’ll forgive The Hass for that.

I don’t want to go overboard on a description, but rather just leave you to enjoy and study the piece for yourself. Magnificent.

3044. Brunel Way bridge (43)

I hadn’t seen Jee See for quite some time, so it was really great to catch up with him during a paint jam under Brunel Way organised by Skor85. By the time I got there he had already completed his Seismic column piece and was sitting in the sun chilling out.

Jee See, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Jee See, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

In this piece, Jee See has worked the column well. I have to say that as a photographer, cylindrical columns are a major pest for two main reasons, it is hard to avoid reflected light and often the piece wraps around the column. In this instance Jee See has done me a real favour.

Jee See, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Jee See, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

At the base of the ‘seismic’ is a character resembling a bit of a mash up of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and Marc Bolan. Just as a footnote, Jee See stands for Goshiku Chavu (Japanese interpretation of Gothic Chav). You can see Goshiku Chavu written to the left of the character. This is all very Jee See.

Thursday doors – 9 July 2020

Doors 114 – More street art doors

There is no end to my busy period, I rarely seem to have time to come up for air. I am writig this when I should be tucked up in bed. To make things easier for me until I get a bit of a break I have once again plundered my archives for some more street art/graffiti doors, first published in 2018. Enjoy…

Graffiti door, Lydstep Terrace, Bristol
Graffiti door, Lydstep Terrace, Bristol

Alex Lucas, Charlotte Street, Bristol, November 2017
Alex Lucas, Charlotte Street, Bristol, November 2017

Paul Monsters and Loch Ness, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Paul Monsters and Loch Ness, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Buff Monster, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Buff Monster, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Door, 161 Essex Street, New York
Door, 161 Essex Street, New York

Barcelona door, March 2018
Barcelona door, March 2018

Alex Lucas, Stokes Croft, Bristol, February 2018
Alex Lucas, Stokes Croft, Bristol, February 2018

NEVERGIVEUP, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2018

Unify, Shoreditch, London, February 2018
Unify, Shoreditch, London, February 2018

Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, April 2018
Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, April 2018

So that’s it for another week. I’m off fishing in Cornwall this evening and for the weekend… I’ll be thinking of you all.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj