I pass this mural every week on the way to my daughter’s piano lesson. Every time I see it, I say to my daughter “I must get a picture of that”. She groans, and has become very bored with me repeating myself.
Today I took the pictures. This commissioned piece appears on the side of a shop on the Whiteladies Road. A commission is probably the only way street art is going to make it into this area. It is by Andy Council, and I have posted a couple of his works previously from the Hotwell Road and Nelson street. You will see he has a very distinctive style.
His works often incorporate Bristol landmarks and here he has included the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This is very safe street art, but brightens up the area nonetheless.
Following on from yesterday’s post I thought I would add another piece by Aspire. This mural is tucked away off the main road at the southern end of Stokes Croft. This beautiful robin is in great company…is that marilyn in the yellow telephone box?
I have no idea who pasted the yellow phone box, I like it…it is quirky and it appears to have changed colour from red (as seen on streetview). I like the robin more though. I’m on a bit of an Aspire streak…maybe more next week.
The pure joy of Bristol street art is that it is so incredibly varied; from the sanitised masterpieces to the illegal spraying. Fine art and burners sit side by side. For those interested in art Bristol is becoming a very large free-to-view canvass.
I have recently become aware of a number of pieces by Aspire, a Bristol-based artist who specialises in portraits of birds, using his spray paint to create pixelated images. More on this in a nice interview with the artist from the Our Autonomous Nature website. I like his work very much and will post more works from around the Stokes Croft area.