2711. M32 roundabout J3 (191)

Well this is an absolutely cracking piece of writing from visiting Australian artist Lens. Spelling out LENS, I consider this to be pretty much perfect. The whole thing is so easy on the eye and it is hard to believe it has been created with spray paints.

Lens, M32 roundaboout, Bristol, January 2020
Lens, M32 roundaboout, Bristol, January 2020

The design of the letters is outstanding and the circle around the ‘e’ is very clever indeed in that it draws the eye to that part of the piece. There are lines that break up the letters which also delineate different colour regimes. The fills are awesome and the spots both inside and outside the letters add interest and fun. This is what great graffiti writing looks like – you can come back anytime Lens and will always be welcome in Bristol.

2710. Brunel Way Bridge (26)

I really don’t think I need to say too much about this one from Smak. It is brilliant. Strong clean lines, a sensational letter style, outstanding colours that slap you in the face and the graded fills are first class. I’ve said enough.

Smak, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020
Smak, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020

2020 has started off with a bang in the Bristol street art scene. Even though the weather hasn’t improved much, there have been a few dry days and artists have been out in force. So much for being able to catch up with lost treasures in my archive. I am going to struggle to keep up this year. I can feel it in my bones. Still, I’ll have plenty of material to blog about into my retirement.

2709. St Werburghs tunnel (135)

I have mentioned before that until relatively recently Turoe One has been a little off my radar, but that situation is being rectified. I am puzzled though, has my blind spot been because I simply didn’t see his work, or has he been much more active on the streets over the last six months or so? Either way, I am enjoying his work.

Turoe One, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020
Turoe One, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020

This recent piece in the tunnel carries all the hallmarks of a confident and experienced artist at ease with his skills. Great letter shapes, colour selections and fills, and although not my favourite piece by Turoe One, it is an accomplished work.

2708. Hepburn Road (12)

So here he is again, this time turning up in ‘crack alley’ or Hepburn Road as it is formally known. I am of course talking about Slakarts, an artist that I can’t seem to keep off the pages of Natural Adventures at the moment, and there are more in the pipeline.

Lobe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Lobe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020

This piece is a little different from most of the work we see by this artist, because the face is in semi-profile, where normally his subjects are seen from the front. The piece is nice and clean with strong outlines and solid fills, and there is a little bit of movement going on with the double lines near the nose and cheek. I don’t remember ever seeing a piece by Slakarts down here before and it is good to see him moving about the place.

2707. Brunel Way Bridge (25)

Wowzer! I first saw this on Paul Harrison’s @bristolstreetartandgraffiti Instagram account and instantly fell in love with it. I am a child of Star Wars and although never had any of the toys and stuff I have been a big fan of the films, even the bad ones. The saga has spanned much of my lifetime and has offered a series of enjoyable landmarks in a sometimes choppy sea.

Dasco, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, January 2020
Dasco, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, January 2020

Dasco is still very much an artist whose work I am acquainnting myself with and everything I have seen so far I really like. His style is extremely versatile and in addition to his obvious talent for graffiti writing, he shows us here just how good he is at character pieces too. The yellow shading on Darth Vader’s helmet cleverly lifts the whole piece and brings about a 3D effect. An outstanding and memorable piece from Dasco. Note to self… must do a Star Wars special (after I have done a kingfisher special).