Painted alongside RBF friend Pekoe, this is a rather nice and colourful piece by Bnie. If it weren’t for Adobe Photoshop, this piece would appear to be rather yellow due to the very awkward lighting conditions in the tunnel, and although not perfect, the adjustments are a truer representation of the colours of the piece than the original photograph.
Bnie always conveys a sense of fun and joy and has definitely done so with this piece, typified by the smiling mouth in the B that Ryder himself would be proud of. The colours are an interesting choice and I think they work well, but I am not certain about the darkness of the green. The 3D blocking is outstanding as always, made up of dozens of little black circles on a purple fill. Excellent work.
I have to confess that when I photographed this piece I couldn’t work out who it was by and it wasn’t until I saw Paul H’s Instagram post that I found out, and then of course it was blindingly obvious. It is funny how sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. It is of course by Mr Sleven.
Mr Sleven, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020The piece is entitled ‘the devil wears khakis’ and is a fairly dark portrayal of a demon or the devil. I love the way the piece kind of blends into its surroundings and the end spot on this concrete wall is the perfect space for it. Mr Sleven conveys a strong sense of menace and horror – a fine piece.
At the far end of the bowl in the skate park is this fantastic illustration piece by Squinty. I’ve not come across the artist before, but this is a real beauty in a style that you don’t see in Bristol all that often.
In his Instagram profile, Squinty describes himself as an artist, film maker, graffiti artist and illustrator. He describes this piece as a quick throw up. How can that be? This is a lovely piece and I’d love to see a whole ton more from the artist.
It says Biers and that makes me happy. Biers went through a phase over the last 18 months or so of writing OhYeah, but reverted to Biers at some point during lockdown. His Instagram handle is Jimothy_Cool_Aid, but Biers will do.
This is a nice little piece tucked around the corner on the M32 roundabout and includes a little ghost for good measure. The piece has the heading high spirits, which is a word play on the ghost smoking a spliff. The letter shapes are great and the fills ‘to die for’. A nice modest one from Biers.
As ‘Thursday doorsters’, you will all know that Norm is stepping down from hosting Thursday doors. This week’s post is some of my favourite doors from the last year or two to thank Norm Frampton for opening my eyes and helping me to see such door beauty in the world.
Blue door beyond a blue door, Montpelier, Bristol, March 2020
Two doors and street art, St Pauls, Bristol, May 2020
Multiple workshop doors, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2019
Multiple doors, Gibson Road, Bristol, March 2020
A pair of doors with beautiful stained glass widows above, Montpelier, Bristol, March 2020
Arched garden door with a boot scraper, Bristol, December 2019
Charley Box door and post box door, Montpelier, Bristol, February 2020
The all important Stage Door for cast, musicians, tecnicians and groupies, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
That is some red door, Cheltenham, September 2019
Old red door, Wareham, Dorset, October 2019
Hotwells doors, Bristol, August 2019
Main front door to the house dating back to the 17th century, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Great doors, great shutters, great colours, Fournier Street, London, April 2019
Door accompanied by Sophie Long’s chickens, Kingsdown, Bristol, March 2019
Door, North Street, Bristol, Artist: Paul Monsters, February 2019
Door of the dead, Corso Cavour, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
Go well Norm and thanks for all the doors (especially Italy and Ruelles Vertes).
That’s it for another week.
If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors Norm 2.0 blog, where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.
* on the news that tomorrow will be Norm Frampton’s last Thursday Doors post for a while as he puts his efforts into other things. I shall miss his doors and weekly appearances and am eternally grateful for his opening my eyes to the magnificence of doors.
Sepr owns these two little walls at the end of Dighton Street. For several years now he has had a couple of musicians keeping us all smiling in these spaces and what pleasure they have brought. Each time they get tagged or a bit tatty he repainted them looking slightly different each time. This is the third incarnation that I am aware of, but there may have been more.
The first character is a gentleman with a trumpet, painted in the customary grey scale with a vibrant red tabard and ribbon round his hat. An extra special and contemporary element is the addition of a face mask in the PPE blue we have all become so familiar with.
The other piece features a lady musician playing a violin also masked. I love these pieces to bits and particularly like this recent makeover. Sepr has a great gift and we are privileged to benefit from it.
Below are some of the older versions for comparison:
One of the most recognisable ‘mega-tags’ in Bristol is that of Angry Face. What you see is what you get, and he rarely disappoints. One of the advantages of a ‘brand’ like this is that you can spend time doing a nice one, or spend ten minutes with a single-colour throw up, but they all conform to the stock format and identity.
I mentioned last time that after a long spell away, Angry Face seems to be hitting the walls pretty regularly these days, including with this recent one in St Werburghs tunnel. I’m not sure if the tags either side of the face belong to the artist or not, but the central face is more than enough for me. Good to see.