4176. M32 roundabout (376)

An artist who has certainly found his feet and confidence in Bristol is tattooist Chill. Over the last few weeks Chill has been hitting walls hard with some outstanding black and white cartoon characters set on red or orange backgrounds. His work is very distinctive and beautifully finished.

Chill, M32 roundbout, Bristol, January 2022
Chill, M32 roundbout, Bristol, January 2022

I only wish my photographic skills were as slick as Chill’s finishing skills. My camera has been playing up for a while, and I think I am going to have to replace it. It has been a trusty partner and accompanied me on every walk for the last three or four years, but is gets a real bashing and is covered in spray paint from my own efforts in the garden. Getting in my excuses first. I only got one picture of this piece, all the others were blurred, which is so annoying.

Chill is a very classy addition to the Bristol street art collective. Brace yourself for a few more from this fabulous artist.

4154. M32 roundabout J3 (374)

In the last few months, Slakarts has had a bit of a renaissance and what fun it has been. His familiar portrait pieces have been given more body and depth and are all the better for it.

Slakarts, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Slakarts, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

This is a perfect example of his newer work, where the character is lifted off the wall rather than being flat. Depth is an important development in street art work, and Slakarts is achieving it in bucket loads at the moment. An all round lovely piece.

4126. Greenbank (21)

Laic217 has three or four main themes that he likes to return to. Most of his characters are skeletons, often spraying, but he has also painted a lot of melting faces and face distortions, of which this is a fine example.

Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, December 2021
Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, December 2021

This one is a newish piece on the long Greenbank wall, which surely only has a few more months left, as the development behind it seems to be moving with some pace now. The distortion is deliberately unsettling and challenging, especially as it is confined to the face and the hand with a spray can in it. The rest of the character is normal, so there is a lot of confusion and deception going on. I love Laic217’s creativity and mischief, and this piece ticks all my boxes. Beautifully executed too.

4105. Greenbank (20)

A few weeks ago Pl8o told me that he had a whole bunch of new designs ready to go, and since then I have figured that each new piece I have seen would have been part of this roll-out, including this beauty on the long wall at Greenbank.

Pl8o, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2021
Pl8o, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2021

If I am honest, I think that brown and orange are my least favourite street art colours, although if used to highlight or fill pieces they are not so bad. I suspect that this relates to a rather horrible pair of nylon pyjamas I had in the 1970s that were brown with an orange trim. Yuk.

I absolutely love the stylised letters that Pl8o has drawn up and the character is a very welcome addition, which I assume is by him too. All in all a very nice addition to his portfolio, just a pity about the colours (in my opinion).

4094. Brunel Way (135)

I mentioned in a recent post that Mudra has taken to painting columns, which is all well and good in terms of diversity and experimentation, but is a real pain for anyone, like me, wanting to capture the pieces (I was going to say on film) digitally.

Mudra, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2021
Mudra, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2021

This one under Brunel Way is a classic Mudra character, full of colour, with a red nose, glasses and a yellow moustache, and signed with his @ signature on the character’s forehead. Mudra has a style that is all his own and has made a strong impact since first hitting Bristol’s streets, just over a year ago – sometimes it feels like he has been forever, but he is still a relative noob in the city.

4064. Peel Street Green (1)

It is always worth going the extra mile, or a few hundred yards at least. I recently followed the River Frome from the M32 roundabout into town, because I wanted to stretch my and the the dog’s legs a bit. What we found was a little green with a long wall covered in graffiti writing, that I have long been aware of, but never actually found before. Well now I have found it and the spot will be assimilated into part of my regular ‘rounds’ when I have a little extra time on my hands (some chance these days).

3Dom, Peel Street Green, Bristol, November 2021
3Dom, Peel Street Green, Bristol, November 2021

Opposite the long wall and on the other side of the green is a small wall with this single recent piece from 3Dom. This is so typical of his surreal style, featuring a character with a cloud head, dotted with a string of alternating happy and sad smiley emojis. This beautifully painted and colourful piece probably has a back story going on, but I am not too sure what it is. Might it have something to do with the changing climate?

A great spot and a great piece.

4058. Dean Lane skate park (436)

I posted a piece by Biers last week, that was actually painted after this one in Dean Lane, both representing a bit of a come back from this No Frills artist. Thanks to Paul H, I now know that Biers is writing WD40, it would have taken me a long time to work that out on my own.

Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021
Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021

This piece comes with a little bit of text saying: “I can’t wait to feel the weight of nothing on my shoulders” – a message that certainly chimes for me. The letters/character combination is tight as always, and the ‘0’ lends itself to all sorts of character opportunities which Biers has grabbed in this instance. It is so good to see his work appearing again.

4057. Sparke Evans Park (19)

This piece is from another birthday celebration, this time for Nightwayss. I am sure that these birthday jams are becoming more of a thing than they were a few years ago. Maybe there is a safety in numbers thing or perhaps there are simply more friendships emerging from the growing pool of talent in Bristol.

Morph, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, September 2021
Morph, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, September 2021

This small piece is by Morph, who more commonly paints at the M32 Spot, is beautifully painted and really powerful, which is made all the more impactful by its modesty. A young woman dressed in a kimono is brandishing a gun and there are target sights dotted around the piece. Disturbing, edgy and beautiful all in one piece. Very nicely done.

4056. L Dub (32)

I took these pictures a little while back, and the beautiful collaboration featured is by DFC1848 and Peanutsdeli, painted as part of the DJ Perks 50th birthday paint jam. I am very familiar with DFC1848’s work, but this is the first time I have seen anything by Peanutsdeli, but on this evidence I’d love to see more.

DFC1848, Ldub, Bristol, September 2021
DFC1848, Ldub, Bristol, September 2021

The central characters are a familiar sight on Natural Adventures and DFC1848 has switched things up a bit by positioning the second character upside down and separating the two with a yellow “f”. Stepping back, you can see the whole thing spells out DFC. Nice tidy work.

Peanutsdeli, Ldub, Bristol, September 2021
Peanutsdeli, Ldub, Bristol, September 2021

The centrepiece is bookended by two remarkable characters by Peanutsdeli. These mischievous little folk are great fun and beautifully painted. They represent that clever crossover from illustration to street art. The characters would not look out of place in a children’s story book.

Peanutsdeli, Ldub, Bristol, September 2021
Peanutsdeli, Ldub, Bristol, September 2021

I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more from Peanutsdeli, but I don’t think he paints much in Bristol, and I am guessing he is probably from the Cheltenham/Gloucester/Stroud area. Lovely work and a fine collaboration.

4046. Purdown HAA Battery (39)

On Natural Adventures, I typically prepare the images in advance that I am going to post, so I might have maybe up to two week’s worth of material waiting in the wings. Then each morning, before work, I quickly pull some words together and insert the prepared images, and hey presto, we have street art post number 4046.

This approach means that I know, several days in advance what pieces I will be posting, so when Skronius posted this new piece on Instagram yesterday, I was able to inform him that I had coincidentally prepared a blog which I would publish today.  I expect that this rambling is just too much information, so on to the piece.

Skronius, Purdown Battery, Bristol, October 2021
Skronius, Purdown Battery, Bristol, October 2021

Skronius definitely seems to favour this spot, and I haven’t yet seen any of his work anywhere else in Bristol. His style is quite illustrative and is full of dynamism and movement. This bright and colourful creature munching on steps reminds me very much of the Buddhist art you might see in Nepal or Tibet, the theme, style and colours could all have been lifted from that region and placed here in Purdown. I am a fan of Skronius’ work which is refreshing and different. Looking forward to finding more, and seeing Skronius develop as a street artist.