It has been great to see Kool Hand returning to the streets lately, hooking up with various friends to paint with them. I have a feeling that he might have been in London, or certainly out of Bristol, for a little while, but has been in Bristol over the winter and sprayed quite a few pieces of which this is one.
This misbehaving orangutan piece is part of a larger collaboration that I will return to at some point in the future. Kool Hand has taken his little character and made him a little bigger and animated him a little more than usual, which is great to see. I’m never too sure about street art with guns though, it somehow doesn’t sit well with me. Is this way too woke? Nice to see Kool Hand back I. Town.
The number of Rezwonk pieces appearing about the place has definitely dipped in the last 18 months or so, and I can’t help thinking that his painting pal Decay moving out of Bristol, might be a part of this reduction in frequency, along with other projects he has been working on.
Even if the number of pieces is not what it was, there is a certainty about the quality. You know that Rezwonk will always produce tidy pieces with carefully considered colour palettes and designs, of which this is a good example. We are blessed in Bristol to have so many graffiti writers who paint at such a high level.
It feels like barely a day goes by without posting something by Chill, such is the recent turnover from this revelation on the Bristol street art circuit. Although he has done the odd piece here and there, he really seems to have found some time and confidence to hit more walls more often.
This is a fun character piece in St Werburghs tunnel with two cartoon portraits taking delight in a brown of milk. I have no idea what is going on here, a little bizarre I might say, but the artwork is clean and crisp as always. Creative, imaginative and a whole lot of joy from Chill, who is just going from strength to strength.
It is not often that I am in the right place at the right time, but I got lucky with one of my lunchtime walks with the dog when I bumped into Ments and Sled One painting this collaboration. Actually I made my own luck a bit, because I spotted them painting from the other side of the river and gave myself enough time to swing by and have a chat.
Sled One reminded me, not for the first time, that it was he and Ments who first started painting this wall, before it became one of the more popular Bristol spots. I think it is good for artists and photographers/viewers alike due to the open space and length of wall, although with long shadows and reflections photography can at times be a bit of a challenge.
On the left of this beautifully prepped wall is Ments’ contribution, with a rather jazzy rendition of the ASK crew letters. Wall prep can definitely enhance a piece, and with this collaboration, the reddy-magenta works a real treat. There are definitely some strong Ments elements in the piece, but I am not certain I would have known it was by him if I hadn’t seen him painting it.
To the right is an interesting piece by Sled One, because it says 3Dom. It is most vexing, deceitful and confusing when artists write other artist’s names as a kind of shout-out to their mates, and makes misidentification a strong possibility. Again it was lucky I saw them painting this or I might have had egg on my face. This is a stylish collaboration from two very classy Bristol artists.
This lovely piece from Desi is another from the RBF paint jam a little while back and continues the bright and optimistic colour scheme adopted for the whole wall. I would love to watch an RBF paint jam, but alas, my working routine means I am restricted to lunchtimes and weekends (during which I have a whole ton of family commitments).
Desi is an artist who has only been painting for a year or two, and with every piece her ideas and skills improve. It won’t be too long before she is giving some of the more established female writers a run for their money. The pastel shades used have a touch of ‘love hearts’ about them and this is a nice sugar-coated piece. I like the introduction of the blue triangles, adding interest to the fills.
Ooh what a beauty from Logoe, in the last place I would expect to find a piece by him, and just how well does it work on this wall? I love absolutely everything about this piece, and was super-pleased when I found it, especially as I haven’t noticed on any social media (at the time of writing).
To the untrained eye, the piece might read something like ‘vogue’, but for anyone who knows his work, the script lettering and horizontal dusting of spots would give him away long before reading the Logoe letters. I think that this is one of my favourite pieces by the artist and a gem of a find. Still more to come (I think).
There were so many original and interesting pieces that appeared during a Bristol Womxn Mural Collective Dean Lane paint jam back in November that I simply have to keep returning to my archive to dig them out to share.
This Beauty was painted by Hana Moonface whose stunning illustrations can be viewed on her Instagram feed. The gold and black colours work well and there is a serenity in the face that is calming. Definitely an unusual piece to find in a spot more used to tags and throwups. Looking forward to seeing the collective at work again soon, perhaps in the spring.
For every piece that I post on Natural Adventures from Greenbank, there are probably a further twenty or so that never actually make it, which gives you some idea of just how many pieces there are on this long wall (hoarding).
This rather unusual piece, but all the better for it, is by Stika, AKA Apex_aloy, who has made a couple of appearances on this blog before. Everyday objects can be a surprising inspiration for artists, as this ‘camcorder’ seems to be for Stika. Another artist who is inspired by everyday objects is Merny, and both uses colour to the max. There is a charm about this piece, and an artist’s signature to be proud of. I’ll be on the hunt to find another Stika piece soon.
This is the second Chill/Etza collaboration that I have posted on Natural Adventures, and as you will have noticed, the former of these two tattoo artists has been really busy on the streets of Bristol lately.
The left-hand side of the pair is by Chill, and features another of his quirky black and white carton characters, looking little bit trippy if you ask me, judging from the mushrooms emanatinng from the character’s eyes. Set on a flaming orange background, the piece really stands out.
To the right is Etza’s contribution continues with the mushroom theme, but these are growing from a skull. Is it the same character as chill’s, only deceased? Who knows?. The skull again is rather cartoonish, and I reckon Etza could do with a little bit of advice from Laic217 on refining that jaw arrangement a little. This is a fun collaboration from these two, and I hope they continue to work together producing these vibrant pieces.
Oof! I am absolutely loving these script writing pieces that Mena painted in the late autumn, and the departure from her customary blocky letters is inspired. It is so good when writers experiment with new styles, and this is a winning formula in my opinion.
Painted alongside fellow RBF artists, this is a real stunner. Looking like a neon sign, the clever horizontal fills are really effective. Also the sharp lines are so skilfully done. All in all a really classy piece.