4928. Temple Way (5)

Acer One and Andy Council, Temple Way, Bristol, December 2022
Acer One and Andy Council, Temple Way, Bristol, December 2022

I have driven past this piece countless times on my way to Temple Meads station, and always meant to stop for a couple of pictures, but I only got round to it about a month ago…it sometimes happens you know.

Acer One and Andy Council, Temple Way, Bristol, December 2022
Acer One and Andy Council, Temple Way, Bristol, December 2022

The innovative collaboration is by Acer One and Andy Council, who have done so many collaborative pieces in recent years, and rarely produce anything other than outstanding work. The piece is entitled Hybrid, and I am guessing that it is a reference to their different styles working together. The collaboration feels a bit like a half-finished page from a colouring in book, and I wonder whether Andy Council has considered producing a colouring book… on this evidence he could probably create a whole new income stream.

A fabulous collaboration, shared with you at last.

4920. St Werburghs tunnel (332)

Acer One, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022
Acer One, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022

Happy New Year! I am in good shape this morning, as my boozing days are largely over and I had a quiet night in last night with just me and Mrs Scooj and the dog. We had been planning a small party, but Mrs Scooj was hit with a rather nasty bug, so that put an end to that.

It was a very cold day indeed when I met Acer One prepping this piece so I was able to stop for a chat and ask him about the piece, as he was using letters I was not familiar with. Acer One explained that it was a tribute piece for a recently deceased friend to many artists in the Bristol community, Dring.

Acer One, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022
Acer One, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022

The colours used in this piece are sober and the design gentle, without quite so many straight lines and angles that we are used to seeing from Acer One. A fitting tribute to a man who obviously had a profound impact on the artist. RIP Dring.

4911. Dean Lane skate park (554)

Acer One and Andy Council, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022
Acer One and Andy Council, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022

Here is more prof that we do occasionally get the odd sprinkling of snow here in Bristol. I took these pictures about two weeks ago, and this collaboration is a very nice tribute to a close friend of many artists, Dring, who sadly passed away recently. You couldn’t want for a finer tribute than this one by Acer One and Andy Council.

Acer One and Andy Council, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022
Acer One and Andy Council, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022

The letters are by Acer One, beautifully designed with a sensational two-part graded fill and double shadow. The robot monster character (iconic character Chechen Wizard – thank you Paul H) in the middle is by Andy Council and is representative of a new direction being adopted by the artist – it will be interesting to see where this leads. OK – I have to sign off now for a couple of days of family revelry.

4858. Dean Lane skate park (543)

Dibz and Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Dibz and Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

Two of the greats of the contemporary street art scene in Bristol, Dibz and Acer One, have come together to create this magnificent collaborative wall in Deal Lane. You could hardly get two more contrasting styles of writing side-by-side – perhaps the inclusion of someone like Stivs or Mudra might just do it.

Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

Set on a buffed duck-egg blue wall, Dibz has painted one of his outstanding wildstyle pieces, which would normally spell DIBZ, but in this case it says EVIE. Using the tried and tested pink and blue (lilac) combination for the letters, Dibz has contrasted it with little yellow/orange squares, which personally speaking, I don’t think work very well with the background wall colour, and leaves me feeling a little queezy.

Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

To the right, Acer One, who I was fortunate enough to have a long chat with yesterday in the tunnel, has also written something different. The name TOBY is the focus of this piece, which was a birthday tribute piece for his son. What better present could a person wish for? Some great colours in the letters, and the customary double shadow together create an amazing 3D effect, with the letters really standing out from the wall. Happy belated birthday, Toby.

4801. Cumberland Basin

Andy Council and Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Andy Council and Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

There is something very comforting about the collaborative efforts from Andy Council and Acer One, particularly as their styles are so utterly different, and yet they find ways to combine them or create a read-across between them.

Andy Council, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Andy Council, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

Andy Council’s contribution is an unusual piece, bilaterally symmetrical, that appears to have a skull at its centre. Everything else appears to be decorative, but there might be significance – I can only see wings, possible. As I mentioned before, the segue into Acer One’s work is the white line behind Andy Council’s piece.

Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

In a temporary departure from geometric letters, Acer One gives us a rather pleasing geometric pattern with his current passion for using rainbow colours emanating out from the centre (Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain). The collaboration is set to remain for a while, as this particular spot is rarely tagged or painted. Great work from the pair.

4714. Chatterton Square (5)

Acer One and Andy Council, Chatterton Square, Bristol, September 2022
Acer One and Andy Council, Chatterton Square, Bristol, September 2022

One of the great joys of the long hot summer has been the frequency of pieces and collaborations from Acer One and Andy Council, two of Bristol’s best established and well know artists. Their sharply contrasting styles seem to work so well together, and this piece is one of the best examples of a truly collaborative effort.

Acer One and Andy Council, Chatterton Square, Bristol, September 2022
Acer One and Andy Council, Chatterton Square, Bristol, September 2022

Acer One is responsible for the incredible geometric background and the rainbow curve (with all the right colours in the right order), creating a perfect backdrop for Andy Council’s prehistoric creatures. Andy Council has been painting these ammonites an awful lot recently, but these ones are absolute beauties. I love the way the tentacles of the ammonites interact with Acer’s rainbow line. A very classy piece indeed.

4489. Greenbank (46)

There are some artists who never need introducing because their style is so unique, and without doubt Acer is one of those artists. Although he switches up his design concepts from time to time, they are still instantly recognisable as his work.

Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, May 2022
Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, May 2022

This playful rainbow lettering piece at Greenbank uses his current style and typeface to create the word ACER, with one small twist, literally, the piece is upside down. Clever work, once again perfectly executed.

3852. Upfest 2021 75×75 (33)

I came across this fabulous collaboration between Andy Council and Acer One quite by accident while they were painting it. I was actually seeking out another Upfest 75×75 piece on West Street and drove through this road on a bit of a cut- through. Andy Council was chatting with some people, but I did manage to meet Acer One for the first time, and of course, he was a great guy happy to stop for a while and talk about his work and a host of other things.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

The whole piece is difficult to photograph, because the wall is long and there is car parking along the whole length. All the elements are interwoven with both artist’s work. The blue-green creatures are by Andy Council and the block geometric writing by Acer One.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

The writing spells out ‘CHALLENGE CORRUPTION’ which is becoming something of an anthem in out country at the moment. This conservative administration is, more than any before it, pushing rather sinister boundaries, most of which appear to be about securing power, rather than serving the people… sound familiar? Their latest wheeze is to drive through legislation to make it easier to jail journalists who write exposés criticising government and who won’t disclose their leak sources. Oh dear.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

I was able to study Acer One’s technique close up, and it is blindingly obvious really. He uses a trapezoid board, about a metre long and about 15 cm wide, with a handle in the middle, to act as a mask and measure for his letters, helping create the uniformity and sharp, straight lines of his writing. Finding out how he paints his letters has at last put to rest my curiosity.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

Andy Councils creature, stitched together in several places, is wrapped around the lettering and is made up of separate blocks which look like they could be connected to each other, a little bit like a child’s toy like LEGO. The colours are imperial and the entire collaboration is rather grand. These two have been smashing it this year and it is lovely that they have been rewarded with this long wall for Upfest 2021.

Acer One

A gallery of outstanding graffiti writing and cityscapes from Bristol artist Acer One.

All photographs by Scooj

Conrico and Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021
Conrico and Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021

Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021
Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021

Sepr an Acer One, Chatterton Square, Bristol, April 2021
Sepr an Acer One, Chatterton Square, Bristol, April 2021

Acer One and Andy Council, Chatterton Square, Bristol, April 2021
Acer One and Andy Council, Chatterton Square, Bristol, April 2021

Acer One, Bedminster, Bristol, April 2021
Acer One, Bedminster, Bristol, April 2021

Acer One, Bedminster, Bristol, April 2021
Acer One, Bedminster, Bristol, April 2021

Acer One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Acer One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

Acer One, Temple Way, Bristol, September 2020
Acer One, Temple Way, Bristol, September 2020

Acer One, St Werburghs, Bristol February b2021
Acer One, St Werburghs, Bristol February b2021

Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021
Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021

Sepr and Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2021
Sepr and Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2021

Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2021
Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2021

Awkward and Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020
Awkward and Acer One, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020

AcerOne, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2019
AcerOne, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2019

3742. Cattle Market Road (8)

The extraordinary pieces on Cattle Market Road from last summer were beginning to get a bit tagged up and have recently been fair game for new work. This is one of the new collaborations to appear there, by Acer One and Conrico.

Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021
Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021

It seems to me that Acer One is pretty much up for collaborating with anyone in Bristol who can chuck paint at a wall. Here he gives us a ‘LAZY DAZE’ block of writing in his geometric font on a beachy backdrop painted by Conrico. Acer One’s letters always play tricks with my eyes, sometimes when I look at the lettering it is completely flat pattern and I can’t make out the shapes, other times, if I stand further back, the 3D effect kicks in. Very clever stuff.

Conrico and Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021
Conrico and Acer One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, May 2021

Conrico is a busy artist who paints loads of walls, but often in places unfamiliar to me, so he is somewhat underrepresented in Natural Adventures. In this collaboration Conrico has created an island paradise setting with some fun elements such as the exaggerated wave and little yacht, and the crab waving a placard which reads ‘Oli T, Conrico Steez, Acer One’. Which brings me to the point of the piece, which is a tribute to Oli T’s original Lazy Daze piece painted in Kingsdown in the early 1980s, one of the earliest spray can murals in the city (information taken from Acer One’s Instagram thread).