Railroad

 

Abundant green growth

shares the trackside with discards

and bold graffiti.

 

by Scooj

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261. The Bearpit (19)

19When it comes to Deamze pieces, we have come to expect some complex and elaborate wildstyle work. It is not always the case though, and this is an example of a simpler style of piece that he produces from time to time.

Deamze, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Deamze, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

More like a throw up (a rapidly produced and usually spontaneous work), this clean and simple piece demonstrates the full range of talent springing from the incredibly prolific Deamze. Bristol’s greatest writer?

Deamze, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Deamze, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

260. Ashley Road (7)

I can keep this relatively short and sweet. The practice hoardings at the Stokes Croft end of Ashley Road tend to have one of the highest turnovers of graffiti art in Bristol. Because of this it is easy to miss new pieces before they are over-painted, but sometimes, if you get the timing right, you will see a beauty like this.

Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, May 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, May 2016

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Face F1st, and this is my favourite to date. I really love the the way that PWA (Pirate Wall Art) is incorporated into the hair decoration. The  designs in the lettering are becoming more elaborate too.

Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, May 2016
Face F1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, May 2016

It sounds patronising, and certainly isn’t meant to, but I find this piece really charming. Just beautiful.

259. North Street, Workout (2)

It recently occurred to me that I am going to have to work through my backlog of Upfest 2015 pieces, because it will not be too long before they get replaced during the 2016 extravaganza and appear a little out of date. July 23-25 will see an influx of 300 artists showing off their talent, and I have to say I can’t wait. Among them will be Louis Masai, a London based artist who is renowned for his beautiful animal works.

Louis Masai, North Street, Bristol, January 2016
Louis Masai, North Street, Bristol, January 2016

Louis Masai gained an art degree from Falmouth in Cornwall, and has been living in London since 2010. More about him from his own website. This is a beautiful picture of two macaws (I seem to have posted a lot of these lately) and a clear and simple message that they belong in the wild and not in cages. I can go with that. His work is outstanding and his presence in Bristol this year will be a real bonus.