3210. M32 Cycle path (78)

This piece was painted a little while back by Decay, but I decided to dig it out because it marks further experimentation from an artist, who, when I first met him only painted in black, white, red and grey colours. His artistic journey has blossomed over the last three or so years and his pieces are becoming more and more interesting as a result.

Decay, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020
Decay, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020

Most unusually, Decay has gone for orange and purple colours with green highlights and arrows. More unusually he hasn’t used black outlines for his letters, although his little Chuck character does have an outline. Spelling out DECAY, I see this piece as pivotal in the artist really pushing himself to try new ideas. I love the orange splashes above the A. Looking forward to more developments.

3209. Dean Lane skate park (355)

I last met Jee See during a mini paint jam under Brunel Way back on a sunny summer’s day, and he had already completed his column piece and was just chilling and chewing the fat with friends. I haven’t seen any of his work since then until a week or two ago.

Jee See, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020
Jee See, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020

Jee See presents us with one of his ‘seismic’ pieces which has a political strand to it with the accompanying message of ‘Underclass rising’. It is nicely sprayed and planted over the top of an existing graffiti piece which makes the whole thing quite busy.

Unfortunately the piece has been dogged, probably by a kid with an almost empty discarded spraycan (it happens a lot). It is a pity, but it goes with the territory. My message – artists…take your empty cans home and dispose of them properly.

3208. William Street (1)

It always, always pays to switch things up a little bit and alter the routes taken to reach regular spots. I decided to drive down the City Road a week or two back, something I rarely do, but was most excited to catch sight of this bright red vision to my left. I parked up and went to investigate.

Face 1st and Soap, William Street, Bristol, September 2020
Face 1st and Soap, William Street, Bristol, September 2020

Deep joy. The red flash was this magnificent collaboration from Face 1st and Soap and by the look of it was rather recent – certainly I hadn’t had any tip offs on social media. Sometimes you just get lucky.

Face 1st, William Street, Bristol, September 2020
Face 1st, William Street, Bristol, September 2020

The left hand side is by Face 1st and depicts two happy girls mucking about with spray paints and their combined big hair spelling out FACE. This is a joyful and fun piece, which this artist is so good at creating, spreading a little happiness.

Soap, William Street, Bristol, September 2020
Soap, William Street, Bristol, September 2020

To the righ is the Soap half of the collaboration where he uses the same righ red colours to spell out SOAP with the most elaborate fills and highlights, so full of detail. Of course there is his trademark mouth, although it looks a little different in style to his usual one. A lovely collaboration surprise.

3207. John Street (2)

A welcome return to John Street and the second of the special pieces in the ten archways on the side of a building undergoing redevelopment. This archway has been beautifully painted by 3Dom and is a direct reference to the Covid-19 pandemic.

3Dom, John Street, Bristol, September 2020
3Dom, John Street, Bristol, September 2020

As social commentators, many street artists have found the coronavirus pandemic to be a rich source of inspiration and 3Dom has created this powerful piece. This clever work feels rather threatening with CCTV cameras and a whole host of intimidating shapes and references in red surrounding the blue light of humanity – I suppose the blue light is a symbol of hope. It will passs. A nice shout out to Hazard too.

3206. Dean Lane skate park (354)

Well, what can I say about this really classy piece of graffiti writing from Hire? It is out of the top drawer that is for sure and it demonstrates clearly the benefit of prepping a wall properly to create a big impact.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2020

The last piece I saw by the artist was a real departure from what we are used to and I have to say that I am comforted by this triumphant return. The midnight blues and blacks work well together and the sharp letters spell out the artist’s name. This is simple (although not really) and beautiful and I think might be my favourite piece by him ever. Bravo!

3205. Frogmore Street (12)

Mutatee has been rather quiet with her street art installations this year, but she seems to have started up again recently and this lovely and rather curious figurine is at the bottom of the wall that is famous for Banksy’s well hung lover.

Mutatee, Frogmore Street, Bristol, September 2020
Mutatee, Frogmore Street, Bristol, September 2020

There is another of these figurines in Leonard Lane, which I posted last October. There would seem to be a small floor in the casting of this piece because in both of them there is a small crack on the ladie’s arm. Nonetheless this is a creative and imaginative addition to the wonderful spectrum of free publc art in Bristol.

Mutatee, Leonard Lane, Bristol, September 2019
Mutatee, Leonard Lane, Bristol, September 2019