4805. Cheltenham 2022 (19)

Eyesaw, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022
Eyesaw, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022

I was not aware of Eyesaw until Upfest this year, where he painted at least two and possibly three pieces over the festival period. I have not posted those yet, but this piece from the subsequent Cheltenham Paint Festival, is typical of his style.

Eyesaw, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022
Eyesaw, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022

Eyesaw’s works are painted with the colours and blur of 3D pictures, and to date I haven’t tested them with the blue and red specs that you get from time to time, because I haven’t got any (note to self – get some 3D specs). This one is of a tiger flexing its muscles. The designs are clever, but are slightly lost on me without knowing for certain that they work.

4596. M32 roundabout J3 (418)

Although from these pictures, it might look like I photographed this while the artist was finishing off, it is an illusion – the paint paraphernalia belongs to Corupt who was painting a piece along the top of the wall. This is of course yet another outstanding work from 3Dom during a bit of an ASK paint jam celebrating Mr Jago’s birthday.

3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022

There are a number of motifs in the piece that we see a lot from 3Dom, such as eyeballs, stripy trousers, bleak landscape etc. I wonder if he has been watching the latest series of Stranger Things, as there is a gateway to the upside down maybe, or perhaps this is the upside down, the clouds might suggest it. All in all, this is just yet another outstanding surreal piece from one of the very best street artists around.

4532. Dean Lane skate park (502)

A recent visit to Bristol by Goldie and Posea was enough to draw some of Bristol’s best artists, 3Dom, Dibz and Shade One, together to create a magnificent collaborative wall in Dean Lane, a couple of weeks ago. The end result is something quite magnificent and a wall that will last long in the memory, and might well remain in situ for quite some time, as there will be lots of respect for it.

Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The left-hand side of the wall is propped up with this wonderful portrait piece from Shade One. I don’t know if I might be imagining it, but recently Shade One’s style has moved from a cartoony style to a more photorealistic style, and he seems to have raised his level considerably.

Shade One, Goldie and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Shade One, Goldie and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The left side of the wall features three artists, Shade One, Goldie, with the writing (SAKUKO) and 3Dom with the fantasy and rather fantastical landscape of mushrooms and snail thing. I understand that the two pieces of graffiti writing are names of two of Goldie’s children.

3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The 3Dom snail with a house for a shell is crazy and imaginative, but I have seen him paint this house a few times before, and I wonder if there is some significance to it. The snail is magnificent, and the eyes are beautifully painted  – I’m not too sure what it all means though.

Goldie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Goldie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The second piece of Goldie Graffiti writing spells out CHANCE, the name of his daughter, and is in a style more reminiscent of his writing in St Werburghs tunnel a few months ago. There is a flag sticking out of the ‘a’ with the word bleu on it – another mystery of the piece.

Dibz and Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Dibz and Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The right-hand side of the wall is rounded off with some superb writing from Dibz and a hand with a lighter by Posea. Both of these elements are superbly painted, as you’d expect, and the flame from the lighter acts as a bridge between the two halves of the collaboration.

Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

I don’t know much about Posea at all, other than that he comes from Sheffield and judging from his Instagram feed is a hugely talented and productive street artist. This hand holding a lighter is outstanding, but the flame takes it to another level. Since I photographed this piece, I have seen another of his pieces in Bristol which is equally impressive. I hope he can return soon to share the joy again.

An awesome collaborative wall.

4492. The Carriageworks (44)

I believe that these arches at The Carriageworks are on borrowed time, as the developers of the site have plans to build retail outlets as part of the overall redevelopment of the site, so let’s make hay while the sun shines. Two of Bristol’s most recognised street artists, Sled One and 3Dom, have paired up to give these two arches a bit of a makeover.

Sled One, The Carriageworks, Bristol, May 2022
Sled One, The Carriageworks, Bristol, May 2022

On the left is yet another spellbinding piece from Sled One, featuring a skull-like character in a red hat next to a pond with a rather arrogant-looking duck swimming about. Sled One has created this surreal scene with such extraordinary detail and clarity. For me there is something of a retro feel about the piece, perhaps it is the colours or the overall way the elements in the water and foliage around the pond are presented, but it looks like it could be a poster from the 1950s with a surreal 2020s twist.

3Dom, The Carriageworks, Bristol, May 2022
3Dom, The Carriageworks, Bristol, May 2022

On the right hand arch 3Dom has painted an incredible dreamy piece where the main character, unlike anything we know or understand, is curled around the shape of the archway space. There is something most endearing about this smiley faced, reptile-humanoid creature, but look a little closer and there is something a little intriguing too. A love arrow runs through the character, although I’m not entirely sure what it signifies. I get a feeling that much of 3Dom’s work is about cherishing our beautiful Earth and a warning about its decline and losses in the natural world, he tells these stories through his ‘otherworldly’ characters almost as if warning us about the perils ahead. Of course they might simply be beautiful images without any hidden meaning, but I doubt it.

4302. The Carriageworks (43)

I am clinging to every minute that the Carriageworks continues to be a street art spot. This iconic site on the Cheltenham Road has been redeveloped, but the arches of the original Carriageworks have been retained. Before the site was developed, the arches became a fabulous canvass for artists in Bristol and beyond. Two or three years under scaffolding, it seemed like we’d never see the wall again, but recently the scaffolding was removed and the wall returned to artists. I don’t know how long it will be before anti-graffiti paint and CCTV appear, but let’s make hay while the sun shines.

3Dom, The Carriageworks, Bristol, March 2022
3Dom, The Carriageworks, Bristol, March 2022

3Dom is known for his amazing ‘other world’ type pieces where his imaginative characters exist in unusual or surreal settings. This magnificent piece is clearly a reference to the terrible war in Ukraine, but is rather more subtle in its messaging than some anti-war pieces.

3Dom, The Carriageworks, Bristol, March 2022
3Dom, The Carriageworks, Bristol, March 2022

The creativity of 3Dom and his astonishing touch has produced one of the finest pieces in Bristol this year, in one of the finest spots. Long live 3Dom and long live peace.

4136. M32 Cycle path (152)

It’s Christmas Eve, hooray! I am going to give us all a bit of a break and keep my commentary of this sensational collaboration by Sepr and 3Dom brief. Characters accompanied by writing in this long panel. Great stuff.

Sepr, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021
Sepr, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021
Sepr and 3Dom, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021
Sepr and 3Dom, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021
3Dom, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021
3Dom, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021

4064. Peel Street Green (1)

It is always worth going the extra mile, or a few hundred yards at least. I recently followed the River Frome from the M32 roundabout into town, because I wanted to stretch my and the the dog’s legs a bit. What we found was a little green with a long wall covered in graffiti writing, that I have long been aware of, but never actually found before. Well now I have found it and the spot will be assimilated into part of my regular ‘rounds’ when I have a little extra time on my hands (some chance these days).

3Dom, Peel Street Green, Bristol, November 2021
3Dom, Peel Street Green, Bristol, November 2021

Opposite the long wall and on the other side of the green is a small wall with this single recent piece from 3Dom. This is so typical of his surreal style, featuring a character with a cloud head, dotted with a string of alternating happy and sad smiley emojis. This beautifully painted and colourful piece probably has a back story going on, but I am not too sure what it is. Might it have something to do with the changing climate?

A great spot and a great piece.

3952. Felix Road (2)

I will begin this post with an apology – the photographs aren’t up to much because of the parked cars, and I don’t think that is ever going to change, so this is the best we can hope for. I found this extraordinary piece by 3Dom while I was hunting down Alex Lucas’ wonderful mural on the Easton Business Centre.

3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021
3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021

I had to do several double-takes with this mural, because of its rather interesting content. On first inspection it might look like some innocent patterns and flowers, but look more closely and you might recall some of your reproductive biology lessons from school. The whole piece is an homage to the creation of life, presented as a growing shoot.

3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021
3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021

The ‘flowers’ represent eggs in the process of being fertilised, although you have to look pretty hard to see evidence of this, but it is possible to make out little sperm cells doing their best.

3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021
3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021

I’m sure that most passers-by probably won’t appreciate what is going on in this mural and the location is an interesting one, being on the perimeter wall of a children’s adventure playground. Initially I raised my eyebrows, but then thought that celebrating the gift of life where children play is probably the best place to site a mural of this nature.

3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021
3Dom, Felix Road, Bristol, July 2021

The root end of the shoot is rather more overtly phallic, with additional layers of symbolism. The planed earth is ejecting a stream of sperm which spells out freedom (3Dom) and the shoot of the plant is growing out as if from a seed. As I said, this is an extraordinary piece, and well worth a closer look if you find yourself in the area.

3859. St Werburghs tunnel (252)

This was what was left behind on the day Goldie came to town. For those of you who haven’t heard of Goldie, I can summarise as follows: he is a musician, music producer, DJ, artist and actor. When in the tunnel though, he is just another graffiti artist… no room for celebrity here. The occasion was a large paint jam, Funday Sunday, from a few weeks back and this is a loose collaboration from Goldie and Bristol’s 3Dom.

Goldie, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2021
Goldie, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2021

I haven’t seen any of Goldie’s work before so I don’t have much to compare it with. His style is quite traditional, with a deep 3D shadow and central vanishing point, and the letters spell out Goldie. He has certainly gone for a full-on colour splash and his work is surely accomplished. A very nice piece.

3Dom, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2021
3Dom, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2021

To the right of Goldie’s letters is an unusual piece from 3Dom, the story of which I just can’t seem to pin down. There is a serpent with a hand instead of a head, holding the Earth gently in its long fingers. The tail of the serpent wraps all the way over to the left of Goldie’s piece, hence the partial collaboration. There is an orange arrow piercing the hand. The piece is packed out with symbolism, but I’ll be damned if I know what any of it means. It all looks very nice though. A fun collaboration.

3750. M32 Spot (116)

Ooh! a mouthwatering, commentary collaboration piece by 3Dom and Sled One taking up a large stretch of the Skate Spot wall at the top end of Stapleton Road. This spot is often taken up by ‘top end’ art work and is favoured by the ASK crew, and when you see something like this it is easy to see why.

Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021
Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021

The first time I passed by, Sled One was still painting his half of the collaborative wall while 3Dom had departed and was due to return later or the following day to tidy up. We stopped and chatted for a while before he continued with the piece. His work is extraordinary and his talent is there for all to see.

Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021
Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021

The two halves of the collaboration represent a stark contrast between the choices we have as citizens of planet earth. We can work with the planet which is reflected in Sled One’s contribution or we can destroy it through the pursuit of material wealth and greed. It is interesting how the choice of colours can set a tone or a mood and Sled One’s ‘mother earth’ character is full of positivity and hope. The only out is in.

3Dom, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021
3Dom, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021

3Dom got the short straw and his half of the piece is a portrayal of capitalism and greed where the earth is to be divided up like a cake for profit. The cigar-puffing pig is brilliantly painted and instantly creates a sense of disgust and loathing. Dark satanic mills be here.

3Dom and Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021
3Dom and Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021

What an outstanding collaboration of contrasts from two of Bristol’s top street artists.