This is not the first time I have seen this pairing on a collaborative wall, and I am sure it won’t be the last. I met them both while painting underneath Brunel Way. I already knew Nugmoose, but it was the first time I met the lady who paints frogs. I asked her what her ‘street art name’ was, but she said she was still working on it, so until I know more, I will call her Frog (see what I did there?).
To the left, Frog has painted a few frogs about the place, and they make a fine addition to the diversity of pieces in Bristol. I believe that she is quite early on in here street art presence and am really looking forward to watching her technique and compositions develop. This is a beauty, and the flowers and hat bring a narrative to the piece, which is a whole lot more than just a frog.
To the right is another weird and mysterious piece from Nugmoose. It must be fun writing alien letters and confusing anyone trying to read them. The alien is proper alien, with no recognisable anthropomorphic features to identify with. These two demonstrate just what a fabulously varied offering we get in Bristol, and how blessed we are to see it all for free.
I was lucky enough to pass by this little wall when Nugmoose was painting it alongside a friend who has painted a few frogs in the area, but currently doesn’t yet have a ‘street name’. Nugmoose is an interesting artist who seems to take a sideways view of our world.
Nugmoose accompanies his trademark alien writing with a character, of sorts, but it doesn’t seem to matter ho much I look at it, I just can’t make out what it is. It looks organic, so I wonder f it is an alien. I will have to ask him the next time I see him. What you can be sure of with Nugmoose is that his work will always be super-imaginative.
The columns under Brunel way are a real pain to photograph, and it would be infinitely preferable if they were square, with four faces, like the ones under the M32. No amount of complaining will make any difference, so you’ll have to make do with these slightly inferior images of a rather interesting piece from Nugmoose. (Nice to see a Mr Draws piece in the background).
Nugmoose definitely has his own take and unique style of subject and painting, usually, if not always, built around a world of aliens. This rather satanic goat-alien is typical of his creativity, all wrapped up with some alien writing at the bottom of the piece. Not all street art is the same, and Nugmoose definitely pushes the boundaries.
Skor85 is a wonderful artist, living in Bristol, although I believe she is one of a number of artists in the city originally from Poland. It has been a very long time since I last saw any of her work, so managing to catch up with her, albeit briefly, at Upfest was a real bonus.
Her work often contains studies of the human form, although it might be contorted or in some way agonised, not unlike the work of Object…. I am pretty sure that there is some kind of narrative in this piece, but I am not quite sure that I can pin it down. I wonder if there is an anti-war theme to it.
The tortured character, an alien perhaps, appears to be fending off shells or satellites containing concepts such as television or money. A complex piece with plenty to think about together with a rich combination of a beautifully worked character and catastrophic scenes in the background, make this a real Upfesst winner.
This is the second piece of ‘alien’ writing that I am aware of by Nugmoose, both of which have been painted in the tunnel. Normally, we associate the artist with painting extraordinary and imaginative alien characters, but it is great to see him transpose his skill into writing.
The interesting part about any writing from Nugmoose is that it is written in alien letters, so we can never know what it might say. It is quite a skill to be able to create imaginary letters and then use them to make graffiti writing, because there are no recognisable reference points. I’m not sure if it makes things easier or more difficult, because nobody is going to know if you have made a mistake. Gorgeous glowing bright green with a ‘plasma’ streak dancing around the piece.
Nugmoose is enjoying these circular columns under Brunel Way these days, I spotted another new one yesterday when I was there, but they remain a real challenge to photograph, and I would prefer a flat wall piece any day. Nugmoose, I think it is safe to say, is one of the most interesting artists in Bristol, due to his themed approach of weird and wonderful alien figures and scenes.
This alien has a whole lot of brain sticking out of the top of its head, and a rather long pink neck, but otherwise is dressed reasonably conventionally. This is all a bit weird, and were my grandmother still alive today, it might prompt her to offer a penny for his thoughts. Fun stuff nicely painted.
I can’t believe it took me so long to find this spot, however, there is no point crying over spilt milk, is there? It is actually a nice spot to visit, because the dog likes the walk alongside the river, and there is a reasonable amount of turnover, so there is usually something new to see.
Nugmoose and Slakarts often paint together, one with his alien curiosities and the other with his stylised faces. Their styles are different, but there is a chemistry between the two, l would think sealed by their friendship. On the left is nugmoose’s alien, complete with mushrooms and spherical objects, and of course some alien writing.
On the right hand side is a classic Slakarts face, in bright and shiny chrome. I feel a gallery coming on for Nugmoose, and an updated gallery for Slakarts. The S Lover letters above the alien is a reference to Saturday Lover, a loose ‘crew’ approach to painting on Saturdays. You see it quite a lot about the place.
In this piece we see something rather special and unusual from Nugmoose, although the unusual is usual from this artist. Nugmoose has given us a writing/ character combo, which is the first I have seen from him. What makes it special is that the writing is in alien language.
Now I can neither read nor write alien, and I haven’t even bothered to try and decipher this writing, but I would like to think it says something like ‘hello’ or ‘we come in peace’ or ‘Nugmoose’. I suspect I will not know until I meet the artist again… he has certainly kept me curious. The whole thing is beautifully painted, and if I may say so, so utterly Nugmoose.
Nugmoose is another artist who has upped his game recently, which can only be good news, because his rather weird alien pieces add another dimension to the vast spectrum of artwork we see on the streets of Bristol. This was my second attempt at photographing this piece, my first pictures were disturbingly out of focus.
Peering through a winter hedge and iron railing fence, the obstavpcles in the way of this wall, you can make out a curious alien holding a pair of alien legs with a seedling growing out of them. Who’d have thought it? Crazy surreal stuff from Nugmoose, and his alien graffiti writing is equally curious. A wonderful and unusual piece.
It looks very much like Mudra and Nugmoose have recently discovered the joys of painting the columns under the M32, which in turn brings happiness to people like me who enjoy seeing their work, and making little discoveries in dark and dingy places.
This alien column piece, with cut-away skull and hair exposing a purple brain, is a bit of a beauty from Nugmoose and clearly demonstrates his creative and rather eccentric work. The alien script at the bottom is better than any signature for identifying the artist. A cool piece.