So here it is, the very last post of 2022. May I take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting Natural Adventures this year and keeping me writing and sharing the wonderful street art of Bristol, and may I wish you a happy and improved 2023 (a change of government would be a good start).
I round off the year with this piece from Conrico painted in Elton Street on one of the high boards on the side of the Lost Horizons Arts Centre. On first inspection I thought that this was a weird piece with a man eating black doughnuts, but then I took a closer look, and if I am not mistaken, it looks like it could be a DJ with a record deck in his mouth, and he is feeding himself vinyl. Set on a trippy background and with trippy eyes, the character is certainly involved in some kind of story, something Conrico does so well in his work.
So we round off the year – a quite horrendous year I might add – with this lovely Vozie piece from the tunnel. I fear that in my efforts to adjust the light and colours to be more natural, I might have corrupted the piece rather more than I had intended. I have always struggled with the colours of pieces in the tunnel.
In this piece, from another recent RBF paint jam, Vozie presents us with a stunning piece, painted with the confidence and assurance of an expert graffiti writer. The colour fades are smooth and the accent lines on the edges of the letters add so much to the look and feel. Her letters are very easy on the eye, and the ‘V’ is a really great opening letter. Looking forward to seeing more of Vozie in 2023.
My first street art post on Natural Adventures was by an unknown artist on Park Street, and was a rather unusual political installation involving a coffin. How things have moved on since then. This piece by Conrico was photographed at night, so the colours might be a little deceptive.
The wonderful piece has been painted on the shutters of one of the multitude of café’s on Park Street and is a lovely portrait piece of a woman enjoying a hot beverage (to use British Rail language). Painted in the typical paintbrush style that is Conrico’s signature, he has created an engaging and welcoming piece, one of many commissions he has painted around the city.
This gorgeous Christmas treat from Ceus brings him back to a wall that he is really rather fond of, and one which is where I first became aware of his fine writing. There appears to be a Battle Royale going on with the warm and cold colour selections used in the piece, producing a stunning effect.
Ceus has settled into a great rhythm with his graffiti writing in Bristol, and he is fast establishing himself within the community. I love it that we have such a vibrant overseas community of artists in Bristol, adding a multicultural layer to the already enormous spectrum of street art that we are privileged to see here
I have a feeling that Taboo is a modest artist. He is difficult to pin down on social media, and when I have seen him comment on his own work, he is quite critical of it (I remember writing about this in a post from some time ago). He keeps going though, turning out his own unique brand of anti-graffiti style pieces.
This is a technicolour beauty from Taboo full of interest and detail woven into the TABOO letters. On first inspection, it might appear to be a little untidy, but it is in face very nicely crafted and the fills lines and borders are on-point. This is an accomplished piece from a very good artist, who I have yet to have the pleasure of meeting… it will happen eventually. A fabulous Christmas present.
There is never a dull moment following Bristol street art, but on top of the pleasure of seeing new work every trip out, there is the added excitement of finding new pieces from favourite artists, and Pekoe is one of those artists. Seeing her work gives me that added tingle of excitement.
This piece on one of the boards in Elton Street is an absolute classic Pekoe big hair portrait, and is presented in bright bold colours that grab the attention. There is a genuine honesty about Pekoe’s work that is never too self-indulgent or showy, she gets it about right every time. This one is a real beauty.
I intend to publish a gallery of Klashwhensober’s work early in the New Year as I have easily enough published pieces of his work. I tend to create galleries for any artist with 10+ pieces, and Klashwhensober easily qualifies in this criterion.
This is a fine, if not slightly dark piece at Greenbank which heavily features the 3D break out elements that Klashwhensober has been producing a lot of lately. I’m not too sure what the character to the right of the piece is, but it is great to see him incorporating new ideas.
The Pirate Wall Art (PWA) crew have had a fantastic year, as individuals and as collaborators, creating some of the most memorable pieces in Bristol, and this one at the entrance of St Werburghs tunnel is as memorable as any.
The trio of Face 1st, Soap and Zake have created this fun piece, with Face 1st and Soap propping up a frog by Zake. Everything you’d want to see from these three is here, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.