3935. Greenbank (15)

I first posted about Eman on 20 December 2020 and since then I would think that he has been the most productive artist on the streets of Bristol, and although other artists such as Turoe and Hemper have had very productive pulses, Eman has been regular as clockwork and experimenting with characters and different writing styles. It is difficult to keep him off these pages, and I have dozens more of his works in my archives.

Eman, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2021
Eman, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2021

This is a lovely character piece featuring a young man contemplating a joint. In this piece, Eman uses an uncomplicated style of strong lines and solid fills to create a cartoon effect. There is not a lot in the way of shading, decoration or depth, but that is not important to pieces like this. I do know that Eman is constantly pushing the boundaries and striving to broaden his rage and improve his technique, and I am enjoying the ride. Great stuff.

3924. M32 Cycle path (139)

There is nothing like a bit of old school graffiti work to remind us where all of this started. This is a lovely collaboration from Veks and Turoe on the M32 cycle path on a wall that has a pretty slow turnover, so I would expect it to be hanging around for quite a while.

Veks, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2021
Veks, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2021

On the left is a classic character by Veks, holding a cigarette in his clenched fist and wearing a variation on a flat cap. This is a classy character piece and amply demonstrates Veks’ experience and skill.

Veks and Turoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2021
Veks and Turoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2021

The writing is by Turoe and is finished off with nice deep 3D work on the letters. Both elements are nicely bordered with a lime green and white line, cleanly applied. I managed to get these pictures on about my fourth visit – this particular wall usually has a shadow cast across it during the day, which makes photography rather challenging.

3923. Picton Mews (3)

Back in February 2020 I published a post for Thursday doors that featured the Charley Box in Montpelier. Kosc has gone one step further and produced this extraordinary piece on the side of the Charley Box depicting a miscreant who would have been caught while up to no good by the local nightwatchman and locked up in the little jail for the night to cool down.

Kosc, Picton Mews, Bristol, August 2021
Kosc, Picton Mews, Bristol, August 2021

Kosc has been producing some of the best portrait pieces in Bristol lately, with his greyscale faces and bright, vibrant backgrounds. In this piece, Kosc is playing with us duplicating the face of the character in a double exposure manner that we used to see a lot of in the days when we used little Kodak Instamatics to take pictures of our families or pets. He has also created a scene so totally relevant for the place and is helping to bring local history to life. An outstanding artwork.

3900. M32 Cycle path (138)

As if things weren’t busy enough on the streets of Bristol, I take a week’s holiday, and the turnover of pieces has been phenomenal. Possibly the pick of the bunch (but I am biased) is this door piece from Laic217.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021

Laic217 seems to have settled into a pattern of painting that I can just about keep up with, roughly a couple per month, which seems sensible to me. This piece is perhaps a little more unsettling than some of his skeleton pieces, because of the satanic references. The face is a design idea I have not seen from Laic217 before, but it has a horror film feel about it.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021

As always the execution of the piece is first class and the detail in the character’s coat, the creases and yellow cord, are fabulous. The blue smoke too is nicely done. Laic217 keeps on turning out brilliant work, no fuss, no bother.

3871. Cumberland Basin

It was really great to catch up with DFC1848 when he was painting this piece during a paint jam for Eman’s birthday at the beginning of August. The sun was out, there was a fabulous turnout of artists and all was good with the world.

DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021
DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021

DFC1848 has painted a few of these ‘double’ characters and in this one continues to add in title flashes and decorations, always looking to add complexity to his designs. One of the things I really like about this is how he has ‘stitched’ the two halves together with a bit of cord, rather like Andy Councils recent pieces.

DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2021
DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2021

A nice clean piece and a fun character, DFC1848 is going from strength to strength. During our chat he kept on telling me to get out and paint. I really do need to do something about this state of affairs having talked about it for the last couple of years.

Skor85

A gallery of superb character pieces from Bristol artist Skor85

All photographs by Scooj

Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2020
Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2020

Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Skor85, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2019
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2019

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018

Skor85, Leonard Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Skor85, Leonard Lane, Bristol, January 2018

Skor85, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Skor85, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Skor85, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2017
Skor85, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2017

Skor85, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016
Skor85, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016

Skor85, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Skor85, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017

3820. M32 Cycle path (135)

Laic217 – or old faithful as he should be called, has turned out yet another outstanding piece to add to his vast collection. Just to get a feel for his talent, it would be worth taking a quick look at this newly revised gallery to refresh your memory.

Laic217, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2021
Laic217, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2021

In this piece, we see Laic217 return to his trippy, psychedelic facial disruption theme, with doubling eyes vertically and mouth furnished with an additional row of teeth, not forgetting the duplication of smoking joints. I don’t think we have to look too far to understand where Laic217 gets his inspiration from.

Laic217, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2021
Laic217, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2021

The character looks a little worse for wear, his bloodshot eyes adding to the overall look, and the pink gunge dripping from his bucket hat rather neatly spells out Laic217 before settling on his shoulder. For Laic217 connoisseurs, this is a gem.

3819. Cumberland Basin

One of many great things about summer is that is gets people outdoors more often and in particular, artists who might be more familiar with their studios get a chance to express themselves by painting a few walls. This piece by Yoliws was created during a paint jam organised by the Bristol Womxn Mural Collective a few weeks back.

Yoliws, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, June 2021
Yoliws, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, June 2021

Although Yoliws doesn’t paint walls too often, her style is highly memorable and always rather fun and joyful. The figures she paints are wobbly and stylised, the sorts of things that would work really well on cards or illustrating the pages of children’s books. Simple and beautiful.

3814. Muriel Alleyway (5)

Hurrah! For Yoliws ( Yoli Ward-Streeter) a Bristol artist and member of the fabulous Bristol Womxn Mural Collective, hurrah! I say again for this delightful mural in one of Bristol’s less visited street art spots. This mural is bright and full of joy.

Yoliws, Muriel Alleyway, Bristol, July 2021
Yoliws, Muriel Alleyway, Bristol, July 2021

I managed to take these pictures on a bright day and without the trees casting a shadow, which is something of a feat in this particular spot. The character has been painted with Yoliws’ characteristic wobbly lines and the orange body filled with beautiful stars and squiggles. The piece has loads of movement to it and an underlying happiness, which is so great to see. A truly uplifting mural.

3809. River Avon (17)

Wherever you are in Bristol you are probably never too far away from a piece by Eman. This is an artist who has spent the last six months or so bombarding Bristol’s walls with writing and characters, stretching his portfolio ever wider.

Eman, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021
Eman, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021

This character piece is one that he is fond of, and it has cropped up in Natural Adventures a couple of times before. It is a character that Eman has used for his Instagram profile, so it it one he obviously identifies with. Painted an the cycle path alongside the River Avon, this blue face stands out from the crowd. Always more to come from Eman.