2513. Cheltenham 2019 (12)

So you get nothing from an artist forever and then two posts in the space of three days, and so it is with this character piece by Flava136. I don’t really know why I haven’t seen much of his work before, but I seem to be finding plenty of it now.

Flava136, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Flava136, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

This is one of a couple of pieces by Flava136 at the Cheltenham Paint Festival, but this one lasted rather longer than his other one in the Honeybourne Line tunnel which was wrecked, along with several others the night it was completed. Every time I see his work I am reminded of Stitch from the film Lilo and Stitch, I’m sorry I can’t help it…my bad.

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2499. Cheltenham 2019 (10)

Miss Wah might be familiar to readers of Natural Adventures because she has made an occasional appearance with her Upfest pieces. This striking Kawaii style figure is beautifully painted with yellow and black bands that we might normally associate with bees and wasps and indeed Miss Wah has given this character wings.

Miss Wah, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Miss Wah, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

Miss Wah’s simple and oh-so-easy-on-the-eye pieces are always a welcome addition to any festival and tend to be real crowd-pleasers. This fine piece in Cheltenham this year is no exception.

2458. Dean Lane skate park (249)

Readers of Natural Adventures will know that I am a monumental fan of the work of Laic217, and here is the latest collaboration with his often painting partner Cort in Dean Lane. I have to say though that this is not their best piece in my opinion. There is something not quite right about it. The two elements of the collaboration do not complement each other and I think these would be better as stand-alone pieces. Don’t get me wrong, this is still great work only not quite up to the usual high standard.

Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019

The central Cort writing is book-ended by two rather dark characters by Laic217. Although we are used to seeing Cort write CORT, he has also taken to writing PADY this year – I’m not sure what has prompted this variation, but writers often do this probably just to swicth it up a bit.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019

On the left side is a post-apocalyptic character with a skeletal face and mask. The mask could be interpreted as a gas mask or spraying mask and the two seem to intertwine. It all feels a bit chilling and like something out of a Terminator movie.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019

On the right of Cort’s writing is another character inĀ  the same dark and depressing regalia wearing a full overhead gas mask. These two Laic217 characters speak of doom and convey a dystopian future in a chilling and convincing way. I would have liked to have seen these characters separated from Cort’s writing, which is at odds with them.

 

2387. New Stadium Road (17)

Oh I really hate the light in this bridge/tunnel it is almost impossible to get decent pictures of anything, especially near the edge of the wall. Even though the picture doesn’t do it justice, I still felt it was worth sharing this recent collabortation between Decay and Ryder with you.

Decay, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
Decay, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

Decay as you know already is simply smashing it out of the park with every piece he does at the moment, and although the general shape of his writing is reasonably consistent from piece to piece, the colour palette and shadings and backgrounds continue to amaze.

Ryder, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
Ryder, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

I haven’t posted anything from Ryder for a while now, even though he has painted quite a lot recently, no reason, it just hasn’t happened… I’ll have to raid my archive and unlock a few I think. This small part of the collaboration hosts a couple of Ryder’s trademark character ‘Rs’ one of which is shooting laser beams across the whole thing.

These pieces are two of a larger collaboration which included Tasha Bee and T-Rex (to follow).

2367. St George skate park (1)

I have been meaning to get down to St George skate park for some time and finally a week or so back I made it and was rewarded with a whole ton of art that I had been aware of but thus far not seen. It was beautiful weather on the day I went to the skate park and it was incredibly busy, so I had to dodge pre-teens on their scooters, skateboards and bikes to get these pictures.

Fiva, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Fiva, St George, Bristol, July 2019

Regulars will know that I love the work of Fiva (Fiver), and although this one is a bit worn, it has all the hallmarks of a great piece from the artist. The cartoon character on the right sets the whole piece off nicely and the writing in seven colour tones ranging from green through to lilac and wonderfully worked, with an urban skyline depicted with the darkest shade of purple. A really lovely piece. I love his little shout out to Nightwayss (who has peppered this spot with pieces) at the bottom right too.

2347. L Dub (4)

I am enjoying finding these pieces by fellow hunter DFC1848, and these characters in the entrance to the underpass have encouraged me to probably start my spraying ‘career’ on these walls. It all seems so remote that I wouldn’t need to keep one eye over my shoulder, at least that is the theory.

DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, July 2019
DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, July 2019

I think I established in one of my previous posts that the letters DFC appear in the character, in the eye, the ear and the cheek. I think that the way forward for non-artists like myself is to work really hard on a particular thing and practice it and repeat it, before branching out and becoming overambitious. DFC1848 basically sticks to two characters (for the time being) and repeats them in different spots. All good.

2324. Dean Lane skate park (232)

This is the second post I have written about a piece by DFC1848. You may recall from the last one that the artist is better known to me as a street art hunter who takes great pictures of street art in Bristol, Cheltenham and further afield.

DFC1848, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
DFC1848, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

DFC1848 has started doing a bit of spraying himself, and in my eyes it is pretty good. This little character contains the letters DFC, although what these stand for I have no idea… I’ll have to ask him next time I see him. I went to this wall yesterday, and sadly (but rather predictably) it has been sprayed over, but it is possible to see remnants of the piece. I am full of admiration for his work and inspired to carry on practising so that I can take the leap and do a piece on a wall somewhere, sometime.