3328. St Werburghs tunnel (206)

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, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

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.

3327. Brunel Way bridge (73)

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 2020

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.

3326. Dean Lane skate park (367)

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.

Squinty, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2020
Squinty, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2020

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.

3325. M32 roundabout J3 (264)

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.

Biers, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2020
Biers, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2020

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.

Thursday doors – 26 November 2020

Doors 130 – A big thank you to Norm

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.

For Norm:

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.

by Scooj

Gratitude

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A humble ‘thank you’

Norm Frampton for opening

so many great doors

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by Scooj

* 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.

3324. Dighton Street (4)

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.

Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020
Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020

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.

Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020
Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020

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.

Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020
Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020

Below are some of the older versions for comparison:

  • Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020
  • Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, December 2017
  • Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol August 2015
  • Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, November 2020
  • Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol, December 2017
  • Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol August 2015

3323. St Werburghs tunnel (206)

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.

Angry Face, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Angry Face, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

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.