4969. Brunel Way (189)

Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023
Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023

One of the artefacts of the way I plan my blog posts is that I am always running a few weeks behind the time that the pieces were painted. So here we are on Sunday 21 January and I am posting a Christmas piece by Cobo.

Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023
Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023

This is an absolute chrome beauty by New Zealand artist Cobo, whose writing is out of the top drawer. In this piece, his wonderfully stylised letters are accompanied by a cat and a sign saying merry Christmas. I love a street art cat, and must, one day, get my act sorted out and d a gallery of street art cats. It will happen. In the mean time you’ll just have to enjoy this lovely fella.

4892. M32 roundabout J3 (438)

Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022
Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022

Quick ones this morning – a bit of Christmas ‘ground rush’ with way too much to do in a short weekend. This is a lively piece from Daz Cat in one of the tunnels under the M32 roundabout, which have had rather a low turnover in recent months.

Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022
Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022

Daz Cat’s work has grown over the last year or two and each piece adds a new layer of sophistication to his central cat characters. He has also created pieces which tells stories, and I wonder if this one is about heartbreak and sadness. Great colours and some real passion and emotion in this one. Poor cat.

4839.Brunel Way (181)

Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

I felt that this collaborative piece by Haka and Cats and That merited its own post rather than potentially being overshadowed by the adjacent Bob the Builder piece by Haka. In this collaboration, the bicycle is by Haka, and the cats, unsurprisingly, by Cats and That.

Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

The collaboration is a charming and endearing scene with a couple of cats lounging on the bicycle. The cats are simply painted, without bells and whistles, but this subtle approach is really effective, and anyway who doesn’t love cat street art? Cats and That has burst onto the Bristol scene in recent months and is already making a mark all over town. The column cats next to this wall are an example of this.

Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

Finally, I would just like to say that writing this blog is a genuine pleasure. Sometimes it can be a bit of a slog, especially when the trials of work and home life catch up with me. At times it might seem a little esoteric, but I stick by the guiding principle that I started writing street art posts to help others understand, appreciate and love the street/graffiti art scene in Bristol.

This comment from a visitor, Artemis BJJ, to Natural Adventures was left on my ‘About’ section, and it absolutely made my day and reinforced my resolve to continue doing what I do, because even if it makes one person happy, I have done my job.

What an awesome blog! Randomly bumped across it while googling “j3 roundabout bristol”. A considerably more engaging and aesthetically interesting result than I was expecting. Keep up the great work! 😁🖖”

4808. Brook Road (3)

Sled One, Brook Road, Bristol, November 2022
Sled One, Brook Road, Bristol, November 2022

I have said it countless times before on Natural Adventures, and will unapologetically say it again, that some of the most satisfying rewards can be found when diverting course from the familiar. Yesterday, I switched up my spots a bit and decided to visit the Star and Garter, because I haven’t been there for a while. On arrival, I spotted a large mural down Brook Street, that I hadn’t been aware of. As I approached I felt the excitement rising, and was blown away by this magnificent piece by Sled One.

Sled One, Brook Road, Bristol, November 2022
Sled One, Brook Road, Bristol, November 2022

This morning I took a quick look at Sled One’s Instagram account, and it turns out he painted it back in August, which makes me feel a bit useless. The mural itself seems to be an eclectic mix of components slapped on the wall resembling a collage of memories. A cat, razor wire, a knight’s horse, some flowers and a merry-go-round, with a rather sinister body precariously lying horizontally on a seat. The stuff of dreams and nightmares.

Sled One, Brook Road, Bristol, November 2022
Sled One, Brook Road, Bristol, November 2022

There is a photorealism in this piece that I wouldn’t ordinarily associate with Sled One, as more commonly he paints cartoony surreal pieces. His talent, whatever the style, is immense. My favourite part of this mural has to be the cat, although the razor wire does add a sense of threat that is rather uncomfortable. What a privilege to stumble across this piece.

4779. Horfield skate park (11)

Haka and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022
Haka and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022

I don’t visit Horfield skate park all that often, but whenever I do go there, it is always rewarding. John D’oh favours this spot, but this time there was a whole ton of stuff from various artists to enjoy, including this collaboration between Haka and Cats and That.

Haka and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022
Haka and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022

Haka is a favourite of mine, and in this piece he brings us another Ahlberg reproduction of Burglar Bill, this time smoking a rather large cigar. Haka’s painting partner on this occasion is not an artist I know, but Cats and That has added six delightful cats on either side of Haka’s character. The two styles are rather different, but sit comfortably together in this collaboration. I have seen some more cats from Cats and That under Brunel Way recently, I hope that we will be seeing more from the artist. A great surprise from the skate park.

4747. M32 Spot (147)

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2022
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2022

It would seem that after a rather dormant spell over the summer, Daz Cat is becoming a little more active again, and his pieces are definitely moving more in the direction of narratives than straightforward portraits of cats and dogs.

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2022
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2022

In this column piece, under the M32, a cat, with a fox curled up on its head is holding a little dog and is standing next to a chicken with a frog on its head. Don’t ask what the story here is, I wouldn’t know where to begin. I prefer to enjoy the spectacle and the elements that make it up. Another fabulous us piece from Daz Cat.

4719. Upfest 2022 (50)

Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

This is definitely one for the cat lovers. Last year, the walls and shutter of ‘For the Pets’ pet shop on East street were adorned with some ultra-cute animals painted by Roo – a difficult act to follow, but Taker One has taken up the baton and excelled.

Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

There are three cats painted on the sides of the corner shop in a photorealistic style and using mono colour tints, creating a fabulous effect. The cats are absolutely gorgeous and full of character.

Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

Each cat is painted in a different colour tone, but my brain doesn’t interpret this as in any way strange, they simply look like cats. These cats definitely deserved a permanent wall, and it is reassuring to know that they will be here, most likely, until the next Upfest.

Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Taker One, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

Taker One is a mural artist from Hungary, and these cats add to his spectacular negative/positive portrait piece from Upfest 2016, which was a real hit. I sincerely hope that this extremely talented artist is able to return again to Bristol and wow us with his incredible art.

Takerone, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Takerone, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

4563. St Werburghs tunnel (300)

This is a fine collaborative wall from Mr Klue, and The Cat Came Back (who has possibly one of the best street art names in Bristol, although it is a competitive field). Mr Klue has been painting these walls more regularly of late, but it is a long while since I last saw much from The Cat Came Back.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022

To the left, and well within Mr Klue’s ‘safety zone’ is another fine abstract piece from the artist, in which it is possible to decipher the letters KLUE, if you look carefully. The whispy elements, and organic shapes are so unique to Mr Klue, and unlike anything else we see in Bristol.

The Cat Came Back, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022
The Cat Came Back, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022

To the right, is a beautifully executed and proportioned set of letters, I think spelling out MEAT, with a cat face for the ‘A’. The fill patterns, on alternate letters are well done, and the white accent lines are very effective in lifting the letters out of the wall, a trick used by writers to create a 3D effect. Great to see these two painting together.

4557. Porto (9)

Another prolific artist in Porto is Costah. What is really enjoyable about Costah’s art is that he has embraced the whole edgy culture of street art and seems to combine legal with non-legal walls and is equally at home with paste ups as he is with spray paints.

Costah, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Costah, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

This cat, painted on a derelict building on a steep hill just north of the river is a really classy piece. Just by looking at it, you can see straight away that it is painted by someone who knows and understands street art. The stylised cartoon cat is a real charmer and seems to fit in so well with the sun-baked wall it is painted on. More too from Costah to come.

4529. St Werburghs tunnel (298)

It feels like an age since I last saw a collaborative piece by Daz Cat and CDTC, probably because it has been an age. Neither artist has been out and about much this year, certainly nowhere near as much as during the lock down periods.

CDTC and Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022
CDTC and Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022

This is rather a nice piece, working to both artist’s strengths. To the left is an exploding head with a comic book orange ‘KAPOW’ burst across the character’s eyes by CDTC, painted with nice clean lines and interesting feature shading in the face. To the right, a rather sullen-looking cat wearing a fetching blue hoodie looks to be prepping a wall with a long roller. Again, care and attention have gone into this piece which is very nicely finished. This was a pleasant surprise to stumble across in the tunnel.