The last few weeks have seen a rash of Pekoe pieces popping up all over the place and it has been a real pleasure to see. Her distinctive style is the perfect complement to the large and growing cohort of graffiti writers in the city.
This piece by Pekoe is a real celebration of Bristol and articulates exactly how I feel about the city. Bristol has a great culture and with its history steeped in colonialism and the slave trade it is working hard to confront and come to terms with its past and move forward in a progressive and equitable way. The Black Lives Matters movement has had huge support in Bristol and a desire to understand white privilege and to take steps to make things right. We are at the start of something special I hope.
I love the green face and the hairstyle in this piece is a little different, but no less marvellous. A terrific work.
This is the last piece from the RBF Black Lives Matters wall organised by Pekoe a couple of weeks ago. It is by honorary female artist Rezwonk, and rounds off the whole collaboration with some real style. I understand that Rezwonk was a stand-in for a late withdrawal, and what better understudy could you want.
It’s a funny thing, but when I first saw the piece, I didn’t know it was by Rezwonk, and only found out subsequently. I’m not certain I would have identified it immediately, which shows how we become familiar with the letter shapes as much as we do the style of different artists. Anyhow, this is a fine ‘Matter’ from Rezwonk and a fine conclusion to a fine collaboration.
On now to part 4 of the Black Lives Matter wall organised by Pekoe, mobilising the RBF crew into creating one of the most memorable collaborations of the year so far. This part of the wall is by Hazard and is similar to the clenched fist that she painted on Turbo Island a week or so earlier.
This is such a strong image made stronger by Hazard’s mastery of colour and shading, creating an almost iridescent effect. A beautiful and emotionally charged piece. There is a rather nice little cameo appearance by Smak whose ‘no justice, no peace’ writing edges the top of the fist. So good to see this as part of this collaboration.
On to the third part of the Black Lives Matters wall organised by Pekoe and her RBF crew from a couple of weeks ago. This section ‘LIVES’ is by Evey, an artist I don’t think I have featured on Natural Adventures before.
What a beautiful piece of writing. Everything about it is peaceful and calm and it is beautifully executed too. I suspect, just from looking at the spacing of the letters that Evey doesn’t paint walls as often as her counterparts, but she has a wonderful light touch that is far removed from the edgy reputation that some graffiti writing has. The leaf fill is very nicely done. I hope to see more from Evey.
The second piece from the RBF collaboration is by the organiser of the BLM wall Pekoe, and is a superb face and characteristically colourful and decorated hair. Pekoe’s work is so distinctive and somehow feels very ‘Bristol’ if that makes sense.
I don’t think I will ever tire of her work, which is always colourful and vibrant. Her pieces often seem to be tinged with a little sadness, emphasised by the tear, a signature element of her work. This one is a real beauty and even more powerful as part of this Black Lives Matter wall.
This is the first of five posts from this magnificent Black Lives Matters collaboration which was organised by Pekoe under the banner of the RBF (Resting Bface Crew) from a couple of weeks ago. This is an all female (plus one honorary female) collaboration and starts off on the left with the word BLACK by Bnie.
We are more used to seeing Bnie writing the letters of her name, but whatever she writes, the quality of her lettering and unique style of fills and 3D shading shine through every time. She is one of the tidiest writers I know of and consistency is a given. The green and black shading is absolutely stunning. The whole wall was amazing but as with all street art, it just didn’t last as long as it deserved… it was painted over a day or two ago.
At the south entrance to St Werburghs tunnel is this wonderful piece from Decay that just kind of appeared under the radar in a modest and quiet way. I love it when that happens, no fanfare, just an appearance… as if by magic.
Decay has managed to introduce a gentle and light summery feel to this piece, and a really clever touch is the light grey shadings at the lower half of the letters that give the piece body and lift it out from the wall a little. The more observant of you might notice that this is a BLM piece and the ‘Chuck’ character makes a second appearance on the left hand side wall with BLM speech bubble.
Since lock down measures were eased At the end of May, 3Dom and Sepr have collaborated on several occasions and are absolutely smashing it with each new wall they paint. This wall opposite the Star and Garter marks the Black Lives Matter campaign in two very different ways.
3Dom has opted for a big bold statement “Unity is Power” set on a red and orange background which gives the whole thing a kind of explosive impact. The large letters have shading that has a central vanishing point so the whole thing looks like it is heading straight for us. Nicely done, and unusual writing from 3Dom.
Contrast that with Sepr’s birds. His piece tells us a complete story in the simplest way possible. The three birds are identical in every way except their colouring and they are proudly marching hand in hand. This is an exceptional piece which deserves as much exposure as it can get. Poignant and relevant and not preachy.
Clearly, this piece is more about the subject than it is about the artist, however as a chronicler of street art in Bristol I reserve the right to acknowledge and praise the artist Hazard for painting such a poignant and striking piece for #blacklivesmatter.
This is yet another wonderful and uniquely Bristolian piece from this brilliant artist. How lucky to have had two new pieces from her in recent weeks.
Of course, the Bristol BLM demonstration has hit the headlines at the weekend for the pulling down and throwing into the floating harbour of a statue commemorating Edward Colston, a Bristol slave trader. This lawless act has caused consternation at the highest levels of government, but I have to say it was completely understandable and rather predictable. The Bristol constabulary were amazing in the way they dealt with the demonstration and prevented anything flaring up by keeping a light touch approach to policing. One really has to ask what a statue commemorating Colston was doing in the centre of town in this day and age in the first place.
Without denying our history (a dangerous avenue) perhaps it is time to have a review of our commemorative monuments in today’s context and to mothball or place into historical museums statues that are inappropriate today.