3601. St Werburghs tunnel (233)

Both of these artists have had a very busy year in terms of throwing paint at walls. Benjimagnetic and Hemper are not artists I would normally pair up, but they have painted together in the past and continue to do so from time to time. Benjimagnetic’s style is much more consistent, whereas with Hemper, each piece is incredibly individual.

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021

On the left is a fascinating piece from Benjimagnetic spelling BEN, which is much less frenetic and busy than his usual offerings. The yellow outline, where you can make out his letters, is sitting over a blockwork pattern, and the whole efect is compelling. Two little speech bubbles state: ‘Stand in the balance’ and ‘Hold your head up’

Hemper, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021
Hemper, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021

To the right Hemper has created a sensational piece of writing spelling out HEMS in beautifully curvy letters which are filled to perfection with various colourful shades and bubbles. The whole thing is set on a very atmospheric green background with a few subtle shout-outs. ‘Free assembly is a right… …not a privilege’ is a sentiment very close to many Bristolian hearts at the moment. Kill the bill.

3600. M32 roundabout J3 (302)

Soker is an incredibly versatile writer, managing to conjure up no end of extraordinary styles for his usual SOKER letters, but this piece is, in my view, an extra special one produced during a recent birthday celebration paint for Sled One.

Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

The colourful letters are framed within a beautiful flowery border that oozes pure class. It doesn’t take much more than the slightest glance to see that this is a masterful piece with an outstanding overall design, beautifully crafted fills and superb finishing. A supreme piece of graffiti writing.

3599. Greenbank (3)

Another new artists for Natural Adventures in 2021 is Zed in the Clouds. Zed has been busy in recent months painting his small character pieces in most of the popular Bristol graff spots, and this one is on the long hoarding alongside the development at Greenbank.

Zed in the Clouds, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2021
Zed in the Clouds, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2021

Zed in the Clouds (a great name by the way) creates these expertly finished little cap-wearing characters that tend to blend well with all that is around them. Take a close look though, and you will see that this isn’t simple character tagging, there is a lot of skill and care that has gone into the fills and his lines are crisp and even. Lots more to come from this relative newcomer in Bristol.

3597. St Werburghs tunnel (232)

Slakarts has been ever so busy in recent months and I have enjoyed meeting him a couple of times lately. I think it says so much about my age that street artists, like doctors and teachers, seem to be so very young. In my mind’s eye I expect them to be so much older and am always surprised when I meet them. DFC1848 is a rare exception to this perception.

Slakarts, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021
Slakarts, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021

In this piece in the tunnel, Slakarts has reverted to his front face projection rather than three-quarter profile that he has been painting a lot lately. This character has crazy hair, maybe he is waiting for the barber’s to reopen, and rather dodgy teeth. Not the most attractive, but nicely done.

3596. St Paul’s

Bright sun is my enemy (only in the context of photographing street art, you understand), it adds the kind of interest to a piece that I could well do without, in this case the ‘interest’ is a blooming huge shadow cast across this magnificent corner piece by Sepr.

Sepr, St Paul's, Bristol, March 2021
Sepr, St Paul’s, Bristol, March 2021

Sepr always has been and continues to be on fire with his distinctive cartoon style of character-based pieces and this one is a masterpiece. The central character is a Pied Piper playing on a flute, surrounded by an entranced troop of rats (mice?).

Sepr, St Paul's, Bristol, March 2021
Sepr, St Paul’s, Bristol, March 2021

The rats appear to be dancing to the tune of the piper, seemingly under his/her spell while a bird nonchalantly looks on eating some popcorn. How on earth does Sepr come up with narratives like this? He is a master storyteller, and we are blessed in Bristol that he decorates our walls so beautifully and frequently.

Thursday doors – 8 April 2021

Doors 144 – Archive street/graffiti art doors from last year

Already we are well in to April, over a year on from the first England lockdown, and apart from local doors, I haven’t been on a proper doorscursion in all that time. I am ultra busy this week, so these archive street art doors will have to do. Soon I will get out to find some new doors – I can’t wait.

In the meantime here are some street art doors originally published on Natural Adventures in August last year:

Little doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Little doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Silent Hobo, Hammersmith Road, Bristol, August 2020
Silent Hobo, Hammersmith Road, Bristol, August 2020
Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, July 2020
Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, July 2020
Kleiner Shames, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2020
Kleiner Shames, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2020
Taboo, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2020
Taboo, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2020
Silent Hobo, Belmont Street, Bristol, July 2020
Silent Hobo, Belmont Street, Bristol, July 2020
3Dom, Upper Sandhurst Road, Bristol, August 2020
3Dom, Upper Sandhurst Road, Bristol, August 2020

Aah! those glorious sunny days. I have a plan for my next Thursday doors, but it will depend on whether or not I have time to get out and take some pictures.

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  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj