I hadn’t seen Jee See for quite some time, so it was really great to catch up with him during a paint jam under Brunel Way organised by Skor85. By the time I got there he had already completed his Seismic column piece and was sitting in the sun chilling out.
In this piece, Jee See has worked the column well. I have to say that as a photographer, cylindrical columns are a major pest for two main reasons, it is hard to avoid reflected light and often the piece wraps around the column. In this instance Jee See has done me a real favour.
At the base of the ‘seismic’ is a character resembling a bit of a mash up of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and Marc Bolan. Just as a footnote, Jee See stands for Goshiku Chavu (Japanese interpretation of Gothic Chav). You can see Goshiku Chavu written to the left of the character. This is all very Jee See.
I am still puzzled about how I have only recently (over the last year or so) noticed work by Turoe One. I know he has been around for a long while, but It is only in recent months that I can recall seeing his work just about every time I look up. I guess it is a bit like when you hear a new word that you have never heard before, and then, would you believe it, you hear it again and again and think how did I miss that?
A digression I know, but I wonder how many Turoe pieces I missed before he came onto my radar. This is a fine specimen and perfectly turned out. It would appear from the last few pieces that Turoe is going through a bit of a ‘green’ period at the moment, or maybe he simply over ordered on the green paints. I happen to rather like green pieces, so that is good.
Possibly the most difficult piece I have tried to photograph. This is a magnificent column piece by the wonderful Skor85 who organised a small paint jam last weekend under Brunel Way. She had invited various folks along via FB Messenger and so I was able to get along and get some WIP pictures.
Before I say anything else, I have to share that Skor85 is without doubt the nicest and most enthusiastic street artist I know and when I arrived she made me feel so welcome and seemed genuinely pleased to see me, which after months of lock down felt really good.
Her piece is all about balance, equality and unity which is an understandable theme in these troubling and uncertain times. Two fish sitting on a set of balance scales illustrate this theme and remind me a little of Al Gore’s film ‘Inconvenient Truth’ where he puts the earth and money on either side of a scale and poses the question ‘which is more important’. I digress.
Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Skor85 has a lovely touch to her artwork that almost looks like brush strokes rather than spraycan art. I have always liked her work and can’t wait to see more as the summer unfolds.
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.
In the previous post I was talking about a large piece by Taboo that I never got to see. Well, a tiny little bit of that piece, the ‘B’ I think, lies behind this delightful three-way collaboration from Laic217, Soge and Nevergiveup (Followmyrabbits).
On the left of the three pieces is a rather dark and menacing face-masked face from Laic217, wearing a hat with the letters ACAB emblazoned on it. You might notice that many pieces in Bristol carry those letters at the moment, which resonate with the Black Lives Matters movement and the acronym stands for ‘All Cops are Bastards’. Bristol has lately become famous across the world for its rather revolutionary support for BLF.
In the middle is a bright and vibrant pink piece by soge, who like his two Polish buddies here has been extremely busy since the end of May. Clean and tight writing spelling out the letters of his name SOGE. The yellow stars and weave in the centre of the piece add nice touches.
On the right is a very long-eared rabbit by Nevergiveup, beautifully filled and perfectly executed. This artist is tireless it would seem and I have utterly lostcount of how many of these bunnies I have photographed, and that probably only accounts for about half of the total. Gallery soon? A very tidy collaboration from three top artists.
Unfortunately the photographs of this fine stencil by Madderdoit simply don’t do the piece justice, which is a pity because this is the first piece I have knowingly seen from this Bristol artist. How did that happen?
The column piece features a woman wearing a blue face mask, which is I’m sure to become an iconic symbol for the year 2020. I see some similarities in technique to Stephen Quick’s work, which is of course a good thing. I love surprise pieces like this one, they keep me interested (not that that is difficult). I’d love to see more from Madderdoit.