2730. Dean Lane skate park (276)

Hurrah! Seeing a wall like this just makes me so happy. A collaboration from two outstanding Bristol artists Kid Crayon and Subtle. Such a nicely prepped wall and great colour selection. Oh I do like this.

Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020

On the left is a fabulous Kid Crayon piece which sadly had been ‘got to’ by some idiot before I managed to photograph it. What possible joy can a person get from spraying over the face and eyes of a nice piece like this? Of course, apart from the character (and return of the floating crayon) the other outstanding feature is the pine car air freshener forming the A in crayon. Typically KC and typically appealing.

Subtle, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020
Subtle, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020

On the right Subtle’s contribution is superb. Beautifully proportioned letters creating the word Subtle are combined from two colour schemes, one with white shades and one with black, the whole lot coming together neatly. I don’t know who Sophy is… why would I? But I love the shout out to her. This is a beautifully presented collaborative wall.

Kid Crayon and Subtle, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020
Kid Crayon and Subtle, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020

2729. Hepburn Road (14)

I absolutely love this stylised portrait by Pekoe. It kind of ticks a lot of boxes for me. It is bright and colourful, thoughtful and emotional, simple and complex, a really great piece which is tucked away at the lower end of ‘crack alley’.

Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020

I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Pekoe, but look forward to such an occasion… it is only a matter of time. Pretty much all of her works that I have seen are portraits, and most convey a lot of emotion, for example, in this piece the subject is crying triangular tears, there is a sadness here, common to a few of her other works. I was so pleased to find this, before seeing it on Instagram as is the case with so many pieces these days… nice to make a real discovery.

2728. L Dub (9)

What a lovely prize to find at L Dub recently, in fact this wonderful work by Flava136 was one of several outstanding new pieces by various artists in this ‘out of the way’ spot. Flava136 is an artist I am very familiar with, but whose work I just haven’t seen enough of, so finding this was a real bonus.

Flava136, L Dub, Bristol, January 2020
Flava136, L Dub, Bristol, January 2020

His monster characters are very distinctive, I think it must be those peg teeth, and always so beautifully presented. Such clean lines and fills, fantastic work, and I love the clever way the ‘bubbles’ superimpose colours onto the design beneath. Super work from a talented artist. I just need to see more of his stuff, but I guess I’d have to move to Cheltenham for that to happen.

2727. Armada Place (16)

This is something of a new style being developed by Ments, and I have to say I like it and I think it has great potential. The clever combination of colours has the appearance of molten metal, but if you look up close it just looks like streaks of paint. Really clever work.

Ments, Armada Place, Bristol, January 2020
Ments, Armada Place, Bristol, January 2020

most of his work spells out MENTS, but I have to say that I struggle to see it here, but I suspect it is there somewhere. This work reminds me a bit of Fanakapan, although it is doing something different. I saw a little sneak preview of this new style in development down under Brunel Way bridge a little while back. I am so looking forward to seeing where this will lead us.

Ments, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020
Ments, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020

2726. River Avon (4)

Those of you who read my Thursday Doors post this week will have already seen this wonderfully colourful rabbit accompanied by a whole bunch (is that a collective term for rabbits?) of his mates lurking in various doorways around Bristol.

Nevergiveup, River Avon, Bristol, January 2020
Nevergiveup, River Avon, Bristol, January 2020

Nevergiveup or Followmyrabbits, the artist is relentless in his persuit to paint every square inch of Bristol (and Bath) with these cute creatures. I have completely given up trying to capture all of them, and I imagine Bristol City Council and others feel much the same. It is becomig a bit of a thing as people are becoming rabbit hunters – there is a father and son in Bristol who have photographs of well in excess of 100 of these creatures. And still they breed.

2725. Brunel Way Bridge (28)

I haven’t seen a great many pieces by Zinso just yet, and those that I have seen have been quite small like this one, but I very much like his fresh clean approach and his cartoon style. This piece is so clean that it looks like an enormous sticker (or slap as the jargon goes).

Zinso, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020
Zinso, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020

I wonder if, like Zake, Zinso will focus on vertical portrait pieces like this column or whether we will see a larger landscape piece in time. Looking forward to seeing how things progress.