The turnover in St Werburghs tunnel is always high in Winter, but this winter it has gone off the scale. New pieces emerge daily, and there have been a plethora of paint jams involving several artists painting together. I hope to get down there today, having been away for a week, and expect to find quite a lot of new work.
This lovely piece by 3f Fino is slightly haunting, with a yellow-coated character hanging, phantom-like, over the green and purple FINO letters. The folds in the clothing have been worked really well, with some great shading and highlight work. Overall something a little bit different and also rather good from the LRS artist.
I met Peggy for the first time yesterday in Dean Lane, but it was the most fleeting of meetings. Peggy was finishing off a piece on a sloping wall and wasn’t really in a position to stop and chat, so I left her to it, and will I’m sure, have another opportunity to say hello.
This is a gorgeous piece at the farm end of the tunnel, which I don’t think lasted very long, which is a great pity. Clearly Peggy has a great eye for design and proportion, and manages to create a piece that fits a space very well. I expect she gets lots of practice from the henna work she does. As with other pieces she has created, there is an eye in the floral design. Quite what the eye signifies, I don’t know, but I will ask, if I ever get the chance. A fine piece from Peggy.
I think that Haka might have been let off childcare duties recently, because he has been prolific with his stunning recreations of children’s picture book characters, and this magnificent piece on the M32 roundabout is a perfect example. I genuinely don’t know where he gets the energy from to paint so much, but am glad that he does.
This piece features a worm, Superworm, from the book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Superworm, faithfully recreated, is wriggling his way through some beautiful chrome letters spelling out HAKA. A great way to start the year.
Conrico is an artist who sees to keep himself very busy either with commissions or his street art. Either way, there always seems to be something new by him to go out and find. This is a lovely piece on the back of a skate ramp in St George skate park, where the turnover of artwork tends to be rather slow.
In this piece Conrico has written his name in chrome on an oriental scene, a recurring theme for Conrico. The house on the left has beautiful architecture from, I would guess, China. A night time sky with a full moon leads across to a fox appearing from a wisp of smoke. As with most of Conrico’s work, there is a story here – I guess it is up the viewer to fill in the gaps. Lovely work, photographed on a very cold icy day.
I always enjoy seeing DJ Perk’s work. He has to be one of the most modest street artists in Bristol, although a great many others are too, to be fair. This is a particularly vibrant piece in the tunnel, which has been painted with precision and care.
The letters PERKS are in quotation marks and have several horizontal colour fractions, which seem to battle it out between the grey and white layers i9n thee middle. The border is very neat, and the 3D drop shadow is nice and clean. With every new piece, DJ Perks is improving and is worthy of rubbing shoulders with any of the longer established writers in Bristol. I love this piece.
What a whole ton of fun in this collaboration from Frog and Nugmoose. At this point, I feel I need to update my blog, because I gave Frog her name a little while back, on account of her preference for painting frogs. It turns out that her Instagram name is Mommynature, and so that is what I shall be calling her from now on. (I might need to go back into my archive and change the name in previous posts).
To the left, Mommynature has painted a fabulous banana, a fruit you don’t see enough of in street art (IMO). The banana is beautifully painted with some nice bubbles drifting about too. To the right is a curious piece of alien writing (perfectly executed) with a box of stuff – alien matter?, which is plugged into letters. The collaboration is an enjoyable and imaginative creation from these painting partners.
He’s only gone and done it again, Haka has smashed it on one of his favourite walls, at the far end of the St George skate park. Another wonderful recreation of a children’s picture book, faithfully recreated with a little bit of a Haka twist.
The book is called Peace at last, by Jill Murphy, and was a particular favourite of my daughter when she was little. Haka has entitled his work “A Piece at Last”, playing with us. I love this series of children’s illustrations that Haka has been painting over the last year or so, and it demonstrates that the Bristol graffiti scene is a vibrant and diverse one. A lovely piece.
This is an absolute beauty in the tunnel by Inca the Mole, possibly the best I have seen from the artist. The colour selection is really nice, and the mole lettering combination works so well.
There is a great balance in the piece, and of course the mole is beautifully painted with plenty of character about him. There is a lovely shout out to the RBF crew, who often hold paint jams in the tunnel, and Inca the Mole might have painted over one of their pieces. All good stuff.