Last year, Maybe sprayed a piece that was all about hay fever, and the fact that this recent piece under Brunel Way is not dissimilar, leads me to believe that Maybe might be a pollen sufferer at this time of year. The main difference between the pieces is that this one is a little more direct and graphic in its content.
Those of a fragile disposition should look away, as the character in the piece has her finger deeply inserted into her nostril, while green bogey faces (I am guessing) look on from the sidelines. The piece is nicely painted, creative and a little bit edgy in a schoolboy humour kind of way. Maybe certainly keeps us on our toes with his ideas and unique style.
Good morning all. A fine start to a brand new week, the sun is shining and in the blink of an eye it will be Friday and the beginning of another weekend. This amazing cartoon portrait piece by Zake was added on to an existing collaborative wall, and looks like it could almost be a part of the paint jam, but it was added a day or two later.
Perhaps a little bit creepy, Zake’s face is less than happy, with large tears rolling down the cheeks and a rather snotty nose. The open mouth looks like an archetypal cartoon whale mouth, if you know what I mean. The face is sitting over a daisy and a bed of clouds. There may be some symbolism here, but I can’t quite fathom it out. I also don’t think the balance of the piece is quite right, and although I can’t put my finger on it, it leaves me a little uncomfortable.
This is an absolute classic collaboration from the crème de la crème of Bristol graffiti writing and street art, from Acer One, Dibz, Jody and Turoe, taking up the entire length of the bridge support wall under Brunel Way.
First off is aclean and ticy ACER from Acer One, with a lovely colour transition from top left to bottom right. The stylised font is accompanied by a trademark shadow, giving the illusion that the letters are standing out from the wall.
Next up is a wonderful piece of writing from Dibz. I hardly need to say too much about Dibz’ writing that I haven’t said before. Tight and classy – perfection itself really. It is a miracle that something like this is created using spray cans.
Jody has definitely come up trumps with an outstanding Satanic portrait piece, that is as good a character piece that I have seen anywhere this year. There is so much texture and depth in the face, which seems to be bursting through the wall and coming at ya. Just brilliant.
The collaborative wall is rounded off with a superb piece of graffiti writing from Turoe, who doesn’t hit the streets too often these days, but when he does, turns out high quality pieces like this. The black background, blue bubbles and cosmic cloud theme run through all four pieces drawing them together as part of a collaborative presentation. An absolute treat for the people of Bristol.
This is a cheeky little piece by Enn Kay, on a small ramp at the southern end of the Daveside DIY skate park. Somehow Enn Kay manages to create a really soft finish to some of his pieces, and I don’t know how he does it. Maybe it is the pastel colours or his shading skills.
I have a feeling that the monster character was painted on a pre-existing abstract piece, although it is possible that Enn Kay painted the background as well, but it doesn’t really fit with his style. It is always good to see his monster pieces about the place. Barp!
Like the Kid Krishna piece alongside it, this Marckinetic piece didn’t last long, which is a pity, but we all know how this works. I was lucky enough to catch up with both of them when they were painting these pieces, and although I spoke with Kid Krishna for some while, Marckinetic was busy getting on with his piece, stopping only to say hello – he was on a mission.
I am not certain, but I think I can see the letters MARK. There is an overall dreamy drippy feel to this piece with lots of bubbles and drips in the background as well as in the letter fills. There is a big fat white drop shadow around the piece, which doesn’t quite work for me, there isn’t enough contrast between the white and the yellow. A grey might have worked better… listen to me… ‘the critic’. A lovely piece, in Marckinetic’s distinctive and distinguished style.
I feel like I have posted so many Logoe pieces over the last eighteen months or so, that I don’t really need to say too much, in fact can’t say too much that I haven’t said before – to summarise; script writing, great colour palette and horizontal strip of oval dots adding interest.
I suppose that what is slightly different about this chrome writing is that the letters are a bit fatter than of late, and there are a rather nice couple of underlines incorporated into the piece. Some great shout-outs to Haka, Tes (Slim Pickings), Kush and Silent Hobo, accompany the piece. More to come from Logoe’s most recent Bristol blitz.
I have been photographing Kush pieces for a few years, but I think that this might be the first that I have published. I think that this horrendous under-representation on Natural Adventures has simply been down to not knowing who Kush is or even which artists he associates with. Anyhow, I feel it is time to start publishing his work, so expect to see some archive Kush pieces over the coming weeks and months.
Kush is an artist who pretty much always writes the same letters but always in a different form or design, demonstrating his skill, experience and technique on every outing. This piece, under Brunel Way, has rather nice curvy, cartoonish letters which are filled with a wonderful splash of colours – this is a classy piece. It might be my imagination, but it feels like Kush is painting more frequently these days, which means I am sure to be featuring his work more often.
With this piece, that incidentally didn’t last very long, Kid Krishna demonstrated his incredible versatility. If I hadn’t met him when he was painting this piece, I’m not sure that I would have known it was one of his, although the fact that it was painted next to a Markinetic piece might have been a bit of a clue, together with the FFS, NKA and TPN.
I think that I can see the letters CRIE in this rather more traditional wildstyle graffiti writing, which is so full of different textures and tones – a classy piece of work. We chatted for quite a long time, and I like it that Kid Krishna seems to be happy to stop and chew the fat – the subject of our conversation was one I seem to be having a lot lately, and the clamp down by BCC on graffiti/street art, and the recent announcement from the Government (and opposition) bout antisocial behaviour.
Of course in my mind, there is a big difference between tagging someone’s front door, which is vandalism, and painting creative artworks in places that have a culture of such. Maybe a topic of conversation for another post.
Some artists are so prolific, that the only way for me to keep up with them is to post several pieces at once, and so I present to you a series of column pieces under Brunel Way by monster specialist, Mote.
This first piece is one of his more recent productions, incorporating three wobbly-lined monsters, stacked like a totem pole. The wobbly lines are a recent introduction in his work introduced this year, which give him freedom to be a little bit more creative. I am still sitting on the fence about them, because his original USP was based on the clean lines and bold curves. These might take a little bit of getting used to.
It is difficult to date some of these pieces, because although I photographed them in February (some of them not for the first time), several have been around for quite a while. I think this one, which looks like a bit of a monster mash-up, is relatively recent.
This column piece, with the big eye and wonky teeth, has been around for quite a while, but is surprisingly intact, because these columns are a favourite with taggers.
Another one that might date from the back end of last year is this purple gentle and rather goofy giant. The poor thing doesn’t look in the greatest condition, and has a pot-belly not too dissimilar to my own.
Finally, this is a small piece at the southernmost end of this stretch of columns and is probably the oldest piece in this selection. It obviously pre-dates the new bit of wall that has been added as part of the Daveside DIY skate park extension. Phew… I hope you have had your fill of Mote for now.
This is another piece in a series in which we see Lee Roy spell out his name with his unconventional font that teeters on anti-style graffiti. There is a lovely symmetry about this piece, and something about the style, colours and composition that has hints of the Indian subcontinent (although I don’t think that is necessarily the intent).
There are many similarities with a recent piece he painted in Cumberland Basin recently, and it would seem that he is playing with themes and ideas. It is great to see this pulse of activity from Lee Roy, and I look forward to finding more as the weather improves and artists get busy (as if I don’t have enough to keep up with as it is).