2820. M32 Spot (62)

This little area of columns at the M32 Spot is very much favoured by Zake and there are a few of his pieces that have remained here for about a year untouched by taggers or other artists – quite unusual really and perhaps a gesture to his unusual face pieces.

Zake, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2020
Zake, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2020

The inclusion of a portion of neck lends itself well to spraying character portraits on these narrow columns and Zake has perfected the art. The absence of pupils gives Zake’s pieces a ghostly appearance that is a little unsettling, which combined with humorous expressions leaves the viewer on edge slightly. I like his work and am pleased that he has started painting again after a quiet winter period.

2784. Dean Lane skate park (285)

Regular readers will know that I really don’t like posting pieces by ‘unknown’ artists, but sometimes I’ll see something that is just too good to consign to the depths of my archive and this is one such piece. Rather simple, yet appealing to me at least, is this slightly geeky looking character on one of the walls at Dean Lane.

Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020

The cartoon style and subject matter appeal to me, and while it might not be the best piece of art in town, I actually like it a lot. I can’t work out the letters just to the left, it could be GTIFF or STIFF ot STTFF or some other combination, but Google searches have yielded nothing so far, so if anyone out there knows who the artist might be please shout.

2776. Gloucester Road, Filthy XIII

It is strange how you can notice something for the first time and then start wondering how long the thing you have just noticed has been there, and so it is with this Sepr commission on the facia sign for Filthy XIII just near the arches on Gloucester Road.

Sepr, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2020
Sepr, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2020

On a wet walk to work I spotted this piece and was really rather taken by it. As with all Sepr pieces, the cartoon style character, looking like an illustration from the 1960s is part of an unfolding story involving a dog and some birds and drink.

Sepr, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2020
Sepr, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2020

I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of Sepr’s work and my only criticism is that I just don’t get to see enough of it. At least I can enjoy this one every time I walk to work.

2725. Brunel Way Bridge (28)

I haven’t seen a great many pieces by Zinso just yet, and those that I have seen have been quite small like this one, but I very much like his fresh clean approach and his cartoon style. This piece is so clean that it looks like an enormous sticker (or slap as the jargon goes).

Zinso, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020
Zinso, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020

I wonder if, like Zake, Zinso will focus on vertical portrait pieces like this column or whether we will see a larger landscape piece in time. Looking forward to seeing how things progress.

2658. M32 roundabout J3 (184)

It has been a very long time since I last posted a piece by Thelocknessmonster mainly because, if I’m completely honest, I don’t think his work has been as good recently as it has been in the past. This piece down on the M32 roundabout is the first that I have really liked in ages and in my view, he seems to be getting his mojo back.

Thelocknessmonster, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019
Thelocknessmonster, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019

The style is really unusual, composed mainly of cartoon-like line drawings that come together to tell a story although it is often difficult to be sure what the story is. Thelocknessmonster will often use motifs and symbols such as statues and shapes. He signs his pieces with the word ‘Egotist’ and often includes ‘Splab Lads’ or ‘Splab Gang’ which I think is a crew, but I don’t yet know any other members of the crew.

Always imaginative and creative and deliberately different Thelocknessmonster occupies his own special place in the Bristol street art scene.

2577. Cheltenham 2019 (22)

Nol is a big personality who paints big personalities. His cartoon characters are always beautifully sprayed with crisp and clean lines and so full of charm (even the monsters). His fills are so solid, never anything coming through underneath, no cheating on the paint from Nol.

Nol, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Nol, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

I have met Nol on a couple of occasions and he is a hunter with Street Art Cities, like me. I think he is a bit of a festival-goer, because I have only ever seen his work at festivals and don’t recall seeing anything randomly placed in Bristol, although he is from Holland, so I guess festivals are his way of putting himself about a bit. I like the message on this one ‘Be excellent to each other’. Always cool cartoon pieces perfectly turned-out.

2574. M32 Cycle path (39)

When I first started posting street art on Natural Adventures about five years ago I thought that it might be dominated with 45RPM and RichT pieces, because at that time I would come across them all over the city. I don’t know if, as my interest has increased their activity has waned, or whether there is some other explanation, but I just don’t get to see enough from these artists.

RichT, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019
RichT, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019

I was watching RichT as he was prepping the brown letters for this piece, but because I didn’t know him, I thought I’d let him just carry on without disturbing him. I think the letters say LUIS, but I can’t be certain, but the star of the piece is the schoolboy cartoon face, done in the great style of Beano, Dandy or Beezer comics – I just love it.

I regret not introducing myself to RichT and 45RPM while they were painting this wall together, but I’m sure there will be another time.