Biers has been in a rich vein of form this year, consistently turning out his WD40 pieces, which usually include a character peering out of the 0. This time it is the turn of the Hanna Barbera character Huckleberry Hound – a cartoon dog I haven’t thought about since my youth.
The writing is neat and tidy with a horizontal separation of two shades of purple, reversed spots and dots decorate the writing which is all bounded with a white 3D drop shadow and yellow border. More nice work from a class act.
I may have mentioned recently that Biers has been absolutely smashing it recently, and this Sherlock Holmes piece alongside the river confirms this rich vein of form. You can see more from Biers in this recently updated gallery of his work.
What I like about Biers (the name he was using when I first became aware of him) is that although his style remains ostensibly the same, he manages to completely reinvent his letters, this evolution so far being – BIERS – OHYEAH – WD40 -. In the last two reincarnations, he has used the ‘O’ or ‘0’ to act as a frame for his character. In this piece he has cleverly incorporated green colours commensurate with the outdoor clothing (deer-stalker and macintosh) of Sherlock Holmes. A belter.
Biers, has been doing some brilliant pieces recently, and this one in Dean Lane really tickled me. My mother and I often discuss Mr Magoo, and our own age-related comical mishaps, a conversation that I expect not many people have these days, as Mr Magoo is probably quite unknown to younger audiences. I can’t help thinking that he was central to the creation of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean.
The piece has been really beautifully finished and it would seem that Biers put a lot of time and effort into this one. Some of his other ‘quicker’ pieces can look a little untidy. The fills and colours have been done well, but it is the Mr Magoo character that steals the show for me, appearing in the 0 of the WD40 letters.
One of the things that is happening on Natural Adventures of late is that some artists are simply not being represented as much as they might deserve, because of the sheer volume of new pieces being painted every day of the week. One of those artists is Biers, whose WD40 pieces continue to appear all over town.
This is a decent orange and green piece with a grey spotty feature running through it. I am not too sure what the character is, but he looks like he is up to no good, as if he is a gangster or burglar or something like that. It is his work that has turned the green colour to grey. This is a nice piece from Biers that has a story to tell.
After a very quiet lockdown period, there seems to have been no stopping Biers, who now writes WD40, from decorating walls all over the city. This piece from a couple of weeks back is on one of the best known walls in Bristol, and a particular favourite of mine – I have even done a special gallery of it, that needs updating.
In this lively piece, Biers takes something of a self-deprecatory look and critique of his own work that is not entirely complimentary. I would beg to differ with his analysis, as I think it is a rather tidy piece with loads of activity and movement, and the character with the speech bubble is nicely done too. Don’t be so hard on yourself Biers.
Although I was very pleased to see this piece from the revitalised Biers, I was at the same time gutted to find that he had sprayed over a magnificent Ceus piece that I saw as a work in progress (WIP) but never got to see in its final form. Such a pity as it was really rather magnificent. The law of the jungle!
Biers, who currently writes WD40 has created a piece with his always recognisable lettering style and a fabulous lollipop-sucking Kojak character. Some of the older readers among you will remember this ‘must watch’ cop series starring Telly Savalas, which was a tv highlight for my family when I was a kid. Who loves ya baby?
I have found it a little difficult to identify some of the little characters in Biers’ pieces recently, but there is absolutely no mistaking this grey man, former Prime Minister John Major. A long time ago, when I lived in Godmanchester, I used to see John Major and Jeffrey Archer drinking together in my local pub. Goodness knows what plans they were cooking up.
So Biers has portrayed John Major brilliantly peering out of the ‘0’ in WD40 with his laser stare. Major must be wondering what on earth is happening to his political party at the moment, they are such a rotten lot, and the Johnson defenders, by lining up behind him, are hanging themselves. It is the quiet ones we have to watch (Sunak, Gove, Hunt).
Biers is favouring the wobbly border at the moment, something that the PWA crew were playing with a little while back. This is a lovely piece painted during a rich vein of form from the artist.
Without doubt, Moon Street is my favourite graffiti spot in Bristol. It was where I cut my teeth discovering the joys of the art form, taking little detours on my walks to work (I haven’t been to the office for nearly two years now, imagine that!). Although the frequency of new pieces in Moon Street has been low for some time, I still like to swing by now and again for old time’s sake.
Imagine my happiness when I came across this Biers piece on my most recent visit. I can’t think I have ever seen any of his work here before, so it was a double surprise. The piece adopts his WD40 moniker with a musician emerging from the ‘0’. The colours are nice and the whole thing really works for me. Great fun from Biers.
I told you a few posts ago that Biers has been hitting the streets pretty hard recently, and here is another of his WD40 pieces from the M32 roundabout. If I am honest, I’d say that Biers seems to be a man in a bit of a hurry. He virtually stopped painting since the first lock down, and has only recently started up again but would appear to be making up for lost time. While he has massively increased the quantity of his work he has perhaps let his quality go a touch, but I am sure that will come back when he settles into a new rhythm.
The piece is a classic letters/character combo. Sometimes Biers’ characters are based on personalities or known cartoon characters, but I can’t identify this one at all. He reminds me a little of the ‘calm down Scousers’ parodied by Harry Enfield. Lots more to come from Biers…
Not many Christmas pieces, and then (on January 9) two come along at once. This Christmas cheer was brought to you from Sparke Evans Park in the form of this graffiti writing from Biers. I call Biers ‘Biers’ because they were the letters he used when I first started seeing his work. Since then, he has moved through ‘OhYeah’ to his current preferred set of letters ‘WD40’. I still call him Biers though.
The letters can be difficult to pick out, but once you know what they are, you can start to pick them out. As well as the Christmas theme, Biers has also contextualised the piece with a lateral flow Coronavirus test, showing a positive result. It is funny to think that a little over two years ago none of us had ever heard of such a thing, and now it dominates our every waking moment. I guess the ‘Merry Shitmas’ message is linked to the Covid-19 situation. A nicely done piece. Expect to see a whole lot more from Biers as he has been hitting walls with gusto in recent weeks.