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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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).
This it the third and final post from this outstanding wall down near Temple Meads station, this section being by Acer One and Sepr. I kind of wish I had posted the whole wall in one go, but I didn’t and there is no point in crying over spilled milk.
Acer One has had such a busy year so far and has collaborated with so many different artists as well as doing solo pieces. Here he has written Hood, which is the first part of the full phrase Hood Rats. The collaboration which included Rowdy and Andy Council had a bunch of rats, including this rather sweet clockwork rat by Sepr. Sepr is another artist who has had an outstanding year so far, but his work has quietened down recently now that his band is back in rehearsal, preparing for the easing of restrictions, and of course there is also his day job as a tattooist.
This wall presented a dilemma for me. It is one contiguous collaboration piece and I could have presented it as that, however my photographs were compromised by extraordinarily bright sunlight and I could only get decent shots of sections of the piece rather than the whole, and so I have split it into separate posts of which this is the second.
This panel in by Andy Council and Acer One who collaborated several times very successfully over quite a short period this spring. The two rats are by Andy Council and show his composite approach to creating creatures, where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. The geometric writing from Acer One has completely stumped me, and every time I try to decipher it my eye goes funny and the pattern goes flat – it looks like it might say A2. I am fully expecting chapter and verse from Paul H on this one (no pressure Paul).
The final effect is a stunning one and there is still more to come from this wall just across the road from Temple Meads Station.
This extraordinary piece from Acer One has been on my hit list for quite a while, but I never quite knew where it was, and being an independent, stubborn and rather proud individual I didn’t really want to ask anyone about its whereabouts.
Unfortunately the sun was a little bit unkind being directly behind the piece on the day I took a walk into deepest Bedminster. The large piece is not like the geometric work that Acer One has been churning out lately, but one of his cityscapes. The whole thing is a little bit like a Dan Kitchener piece in its urban scene with lights, but there the comparison ends.
I suspect the piece depicts a street scene somewhere in Bristol, but I can’t quite be sure where. The blurred lights give the impression of cars in the night photographed with a long exposure. This is an amazing piece and so well worth a visit if you can find it.
There are so many outstanding artists in Bristol, which is a bit of a contradiction in terms, because if there are lots of them, then by definition they are not outstanding, but I think you probably know what I mean. One of them who seems to be at the top of his game at the moment is Acer One.
This relatively recent piece (gone already) is in his two-tone 3D geometric lettering style and appears to spell out ‘CLEO 4PCC’ although I am not certain about that, nor what it means. These pieces create a dazzling effect, and to some passers-by may not be seen as letters, but simply shapes and patterns. So wonderfully distinctive. I need to catch him painting one of these so I can watch how he does it.
In have held on to this piece in my archive for way too long, and spurred on by the surge of recent pieces by Acer One, I wanted to share this geometric piece that is quite different from his more recent stuff, but still carries that heavily designed feel to it.
The hoardings on Temple Way around a huge development will in time be removed, but at least the developers had the foresight to commission some pieces which have not only brightened up this very dull bit of road, but have also gone a long way to keeping taggers at bay. This design is not only beautiful but has been meticulously painted by Acer One. I am becoming a very big fan.