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.

4542. Upfest 2022 (24)

This is a fine piece of graphic writing from Acer for Upfest on a permanent wall, although the permanence of the wall is no guarantee for the permanence of the piece and sadly this has already been dogged, which is a pity, because it is a classy piece that commands this spot overlooking Greville Smyth Park.

Acer, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Acer, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

It is something of a joy to watch Acer’s work and how it progresses from month to month and year to year. His theme these days seems to be based on a highly stylised font or series of fonts that incorporate black base-lettering with transitioning rainbow colour outlines, creating both high design and depth. The sentiment is a good one… PARTY, which is what Upfest 2022 turned out to be, and a great one at that.

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.

4444. Dean Lane skate park (494)

On the curved wall at Dean Lane, Acer One painted this rather attractive piece, using his preferred rainbow writing that he has been working hard to perfect recently. The letters, in this case shapes, are slim and regular, and look as if they painted from a corporate font template. That sounds like a bad thing, but it really is not. Acer has designed up his lettering and shapes with thought and precision to create this font, and as ever his execution is faultless.

Acer, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2022
Acer, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2022

Painting the curved wall is always a risk, because turnover is quite high, so it was brave of Acer to paint here and in fairness, it did last quite a few days. The extra nice thing about this font is the double shadow, one black and the second grey. I am very much enjoying this reinvention of Acer’s style and look forward to seeing a whole lot more.

4441. Brunel Way (158)

Nothing lasts long in Bristol these days, and even ‘high end’ pieces can have shorter lifespans than they deserve. A case in point is this wonderful collaborative wall under Brunel Way from Dibz and Acer. Rather more tragically, these two painted together again in the same spot last Friday/Saturday, and by Saturday afternoon it had been overpainted.

Dibz, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022
Dibz, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022

To the left is the Dibz contribution, but to add a little fun, each of the artists wrote the other’s name. So in this outstanding piece of wildstyle writing, Dibz has written ACER. I cannot put into words how good this writing is, so you can just judge for yourselves.

Acer One, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022
Acer One, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022

To the right, it is Acer One’s turn to play the game and adopting his favoured style of writing (at least recently) he has written DIBZ with care and precision, adding a little bit of interest behind the letters. The whole thing is a beautifully executed bit of fun from Dibz v Acer One.

4383. Greenbank (39)

This epic collaboration between Conrico, Acer and Zake, an unlikely trio of collaborators, appeared on the Greenbank hoardings about two weeks ago and is truly eye catching in its boldness and presence.

Conrico and Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Conrico and Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

I know that pairings of these three artists have happened in the past, but I don’t think I can recall that the three have collaborated together before. Starting at the left hand side, Conrico has provided a landscape backdrop, that actually runs to either side of the whole collaboration. Conrico definitely seems to enjoy painting these landscapes, and they have that paintbrush appearance that he achieves, I think by using banana caps. The mountain range and greenery is in stark contrast to the outstanding ACER writing in the prism colouring and superb letter design that Acer is painting with at the moment.

Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

It has been fun observing Acer, whose central theme is geometric design, change his ‘look’ several times over the years. This latest rainbow lettering is such a strong statement, and demands to be looked at and enjoyed.

Zake and Conrico, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Zake and Conrico, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

To the right hand side of the collaboration is the painting of Zake and Conrico, with the latter rounding off his mountainous landscape which incorporates a rather cheesy full moon in a blue sky scape.

Zake, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Zake, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

The Zake portrait is as good as any I have seen from him, and is a reminder of just how far the artist has come over the last two or three years, especially if you look back at his column pieces at the M32 Spot. The features and shadows are outstanding in this face, and there is a movement from Zake’s figurative style towards a more realistic style… watch this space to see what direction his work goes in. What an eclectic and amazing collaboration from these three artists.

4376. St Werburghs tunnel (288)

The last time I met these two, Benjimagnetic and Acer, they were painting this exact spot with an epic piece that regrettably had been painted over by the time I went back to photograph it. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake again, and having seen it on Instagram, made the tunnel my first port of call.

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2022
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2022

The left hand of this collaborative wall is a superbly clean and light piece of wildstyle writing from Benjimagnetic, spelling out BEN. The colours and shapes are inspiring, and the little grey shaded areas provide a little bit of solidity to the frame. Lovely work.

Acer, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2022
Acer, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2022

On the right, Acer continues to dazzle us with his highly stylised rainbow lettering, spelling out CHAOS. Is this a random word, or a description of the mad, mad world we live in? This is a thing of beauty and great skill, I love the grey shadows of the black shadows. An absolutely fabulous collaborative wall.

Benjimagnetic and Acer, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2022
Benjimagnetic and Acer, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2022

4350. Cumberland Basin

You can be pretty certain that when Paul Monsters and Andy Council team up, you are going to get something rather special, and this collaboration in Cumberland Basin is definitely special. The two have combined their unique styles into a bit of a mash up piece, rather than painting side by side in what I would call a true collaboration.

Andy Council and Paul Monsters, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022
Andy Council and Paul Monsters, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022

The colourful geometric shapes are by Paul Monsters and set the framework for  a stunning Andy Council nautilus or ammonite, a large version of the icon he uses for his signature. Set on a black buffed wall the collaboration is truly outstanding, and all for free! So good to see these two collaborating, and I hope they plan to work together again some time.

4306. Cumberland Basin

This recent collaboration by Sepr and Acer replaces a Valentines Day piece by this pair last year. I wonder if this piece had been planned to be a repeat to mark the day of lovers, but got delayed for a while. Whatever, it is a truly outstanding collaboration, sharp, clean and tidy.

Sepr, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022
Sepr, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022

On the left is a rather clumsy Cupid figure who has somehow managed to shoot himself in the foot with an arrow. Sepr has an amazing ability to bring his characters to life, and tell big stories. The shadows are supremely well painted and lift the character right off the wall.

Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022
Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022

To the right, Acer has written LOVE in a lettering style that he appears to be playing with a lot at the moment, judging by recent posts on his Instagram feed. Rainbow colours on nicely designed regular letters… a fabulous font design. Altogether brilliant.

Sepr and Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022
Sepr and Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022

4140. Cumberland Basin

Underneath the flyover complex in Cumberland Basin, in a spot favoured by the artist, is this magnificent recent piece by Acer. The stylised work depicts the Clifton Suspension Bridge that would be visible from this spot were it not for all the concrete.

Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2021
Acer One, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2021

Acer has many strings to his bow, and this geometric piece has a stained-glass window appearance. It is beautifully designed and very calming in a less than calming environment. Superb work in a spot that he has painted before.

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