Thursday doors

Door 51

Bamba Bazaar, Gloucester Road, Bristol.

This is an unlikely piece of door art next door to what I guess is my local pub, The Prince of Wales, which incidentally was painted by one of my favourite Bristol artists Andrew Burns Colwill…but that is another story.

Door, Bamba Bazaar, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Door, Bamba Bazaar, Gloucester Road, Bristol

I wasn’t looking for this door, which I think has been there for some time, but kind of noticed it while I was waiting at the pedestrian lights to cross the road earlier this summer. Actually it is more of a gate than a door, but it is utterly magnificent.

Door, Bamba Bazaar, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Door, Bamba Bazaar, Gloucester Road, Bristol

The gate actually guards the entrance to two further doors (so you get three for the price of one). I would think it was commissioned by Bamba Bazaar, a shop that specialises in beads (I bought some beads there once) and was constructed by Scroller Metal Work.

Scroller Metalwork, Bamba Bazaar, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Scroller Metalwork, Bamba Bazaar, Gloucester Road, Bristol

It would be nice if more businesses put in the effort to commission something beautiful and practical like this, but it is really rather un-British. I would expect to see something like this in Barcelona or Paris and perhaps take it for granted, but here in Bristol it is a hidden gem. It pays to look around.

by Scooj

More amazing doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

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Kid Crayon

A collection of street art from the Bristol street artist Kid Crayon

All photographs taken by Scooj

Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
SPzero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2018
SPzero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2018
SPzero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2018
SPzero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2018
SPzero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2018
SPzero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2018
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Kid Crayon, RIP Gledders, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Kid Crayon, RIP Gledders, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017
Kid Crayon and Lopes, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2017
Kid Crayon and Lopes, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2017
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Kid Crayon and Ugar, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017
Kid Crayon and Ugar, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017
Kid Crayon, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017
Kid Crayon, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon and SPZero, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon and SPZero, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon and SPZero, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon and SPZero, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
SPZero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2017
SPZero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2017
Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2017
Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, May 2017
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017
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Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
SPZero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, February 2017
SPZero76 and Kid Crayon, Millpond Street, Bristol, February 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
Kid Crayon, St Werburghs Tunnel, Bristol, December 2016
Kid Crayon, St Werburghs Tunnel, Bristol, December 2016
Kid Crayon, St Werberghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Kid Crayon, St Werberghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Kid Crayon, M32, Bristol, June 2016
Kid Crayon, M32, Bristol, June 2016
Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2015
Kid Crayon, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2015
Kid Crayon, March Street, Bristol, December 2015
Kid Crayon, March Street, Bristol, December 2015
Kid Crayon, Johnny Ball Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Kid Crayon, Johnny Ball Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2015
Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2015
Kid Crayon, Frogmore street, Bristol, February 2015
Kid Crayon, Frogmore street, Bristol, February 2015
Kid Crayon, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Kid Crayon, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Kid Crayon, Mark Lane, Bristol, July 2015
Kid Crayon, Mark Lane, Bristol, July 2015
Kid Crayon, Small Street, Bristol, August 2015
Kid Crayon, Small Street, Bristol, August 2015
Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Kid Crayon, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Kid Crayon, Fairfax Street, Bristol
Kid Crayon, Fairfax Street, Bristol

A collection of street art from the Bristol street artist Kid Crayon

All photographs taken by Scooj

1685. Upfest 2018 (25)

Bringing a wonderful splash of colour and some real class to Upfest was this fabulous small piece by Emily Donald. Some of you may remember her equally brilliant work from last year’s festival.

Emily Donald, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Emily Donald, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This talented artist from Cornwall has made this technique of using rays of light combined with flowers and birds her own. There is a lightness, peacefulness and joy about her work which makes it very easy on the eye. It would be pretty cool to have one of these hanging on the wall at home. Once again some great work from Emily…I hope she is able to return next year.

1646. Upfest 2018 (8)

Jimmer Wilmott is one of the warmest and most welcoming artists I have met. On the two occasions I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with him he has exuded enthusiasm from every pore, and his rather quirky and fun-loving personality is reflected in his pop surrealist art.

Jimmer Willmott, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Jimmer Willmott, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

It was great to see him at work at Upfest and to witness one of his ‘canvasses’ come to life – I have seen many of them on Instagram, but none ‘in the flesh’. Seeing the layers and the brush work during its genesis and then the final painting was a privilege. The last time I saw him he had created an eyeball using spray cans at Dean Lane skate park.

Jimmer Willmott, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Jimmer Willmott, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I think he got a bit carried away during our conversation and was inviting me to go with him to the Cheltenham street art Festival and paint with him. I had to remind him that I have no artistic talent and a total of 2 hours spraying experience. I am however tempted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmer Willmott, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Jimmer Willmott, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

It was great to see him at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Dom

A collection of street art by Bristol’s 3Dom

All photographs taken by Scooj

3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, M32, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, M32, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Feek and Sepr, Fern Street, Bristol, June 2018
3Dom, Feek and Sepr, Fern Street, Bristol, June 2018
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Sepr and 3Dom, Princes' Place, Bristol, February 2018
Sepr and 3Dom, Princes’ Place, Bristol, February 2018
3Dom and Epok, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
3Dom and Epok, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
3Dom, Moon Street, Bristol, December 2015
3Dom, Moon Street, Bristol, December 2015
3Dom and Voyder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
3Dom and Voyder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Feek and 3Dom, Albert Park, Bristol, May 2017
Feek and 3Dom, Albert Park, Bristol, May 2017
3Dom, Wilder Street, Bristol, April 2017
3Dom, Wilder Street, Bristol, April 2017
3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016
3Dom, John Street, Bristol, May 2016
3Dom, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2017
3Dom, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2017
3Dom, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2016
3Dom, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2016
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2016
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2016
3Dom, Wilder Street, Bristol, June 2016
3Dom, Wilder Street, Bristol, June 2016
3Dom, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016
3Dom, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016
3Dom, Brunswick Square, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, Brunswick Square, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, Stikes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
3Dom, Stikes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2016
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2016
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2014
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2014
3Dom and Voyder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2016
3Dom and Voyder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2016
3Dom, Unity Street, Bristol, June 2016
3Dom, Unity Street, Bristol, June 2016
3Dom and Feek, Bolton Road, Bristol, November 2015
3Dom and Feek, Bolton Road, Bristol, November 2015
3Dom, Princes Place, Bristol, February 2016
3Dom, Princes Place, Bristol, February 2016
3Dom, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, Picton Lane, Bristol, November 2015
3Dom, Picton Lane, Bristol, November 2015
3Dom, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, Jamaica Street, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom, Jamaica Street, Bristol, March 2016
3Dom,Brookfield Avenue, Bristol, February 2016
3Dom, Brookfield Avenue, Bristol, February 2016
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol
3Dom, Stokes Croft, Bristol

All photographs taken by Scooj

 

Thursday doors

Door 30

Door, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Door, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

Set in a wall on a hill very close to where I work is this beautiful old weathered door. It is the perfect ‘secret garden’ door, but it is not the secrets that hide on the other side of this wall that grabbed my attention, rather it is the small stone sculptures that pepper the outside of the wall along its length.

Commemerative plaque , Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Commemerative plaque , Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

The artwork is by the late Bob Ballard, an artist from Bristol, and I found this tribute on the Society of Graphic Fine Art website which tells you a little more about him:

Bob Ballard was born in London in 1944. He had worked full time as an artist since 1989, when he won a Goldsmiths Travel Bursary (drawing and studying Romanesque art in Spain). Thereafter he was awarded many prizes, including the Bruckhaus Derringer Award from the Royal Watercolour Society. Bob’s work encompassed abstract and representative styles in a wide range of media, such as sculpture, print, oils, watercolour and pastels. Later in his career he was a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England, and senior tutor and research associate for COREOX, University of Oxford. Bob was a council member for both the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) and the Bath Society of Artists (BSA). He lived in Bristol with his wife Maggie.

Bob Ballard attached a number of small sculptures to the wall which the curious would notice. Little gifts of artwork that brighten up a day. I love this wall, I love the door and I love the sculptures.

Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

I found this quote from Bob Ballard on his Facebook feed, which I rather like:

In my work I always try to place the unknown next to the known. Defamiliarisation is the essence of art. The closer you look at it the greater the distance from which it stares back at you.

Thank you Bob Ballard.

by Scooj

More doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

1052. Upfest 2017 (70)

The light rays cascading across this piece catch me out every time I look at it…they feel real. This is a lovely small piece by Emily Donald, an artist based in Newquay, Cornwall – the coolest county in England. She works with inks and creates wonderful layered pictures, usually incorporating birds and flowers. You can see more of her artwork on this website.

Emily Donald, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Emily Donald, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

In this piece two hummingbirds are busy collecting nectar from beautiful flowers. The whole work has a feeling of tranquility and peace, but it is the light rays that set the whole thing off for me. A wonderful work. I hope we get to see her again next year.