4999. Dean Lane skate park (564)

Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023
Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023

This wall is a little tiresome to photograph, especially as my camera doesn’t have a wide angle setting. The wall is in a narrow space opposite the wall of a ramp on the skate park, meaning that getting decent shots of anything painted here is a challenge. Biers, AKA WD40 has set me the challenge on this occasion.

Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023
Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023

With his WD40 letters, Biers has incorporated a cartoon character, and I have to say I have drawn a blank on this one, so if you have any idea who he is, please feel free to drop his name in the comments. This is a particularly tidy piece from Biers, who can sometimes be a little rough around the edges, but not here, this is clean and on-point. A really lovely piece by Biers.

4997. St Werburghs tunnel (348)

Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Here we have yet another fine piece from Mudra, in what seems to be a rapid-fire series of work from him. It is satisfying, as an onlooker, to watch as he develops and improves his style and to observe his creativity and imagination. To see his development, I have linked to his gallery, which is well worth a quick look.

Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This piece, at the end of the tunnel, follows his template style of letters and character, mashed up into a single coherent work. The letters are connected through a common colour palette, but their shape, design and size are somewhat varied. The letters are quite concealed, although easy to find if you know what you are looking for. The little ‘d’ is probably the easiest. The character in the middle of the piece, on this occasion, is not a substitute letter, but instead just a bit of fun breaking up the piece. You’ve got to love the little floating had. There is a reference to recreational drugs and a bit of trippyness about the piece – but I am way too conventional to know about such things. More to come soon, I have no doubt.

4964. Purdown (49)

Slakarts, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023
Slakarts, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023

I am guessing that Slakarts is busy these days in his non-street art life, because 2022 has been a very quiet year for him, and this is one of only a handful of pieces I have seen in a long time. This is how it goes for most street/graffiti artists, peaks and troughs of activity for a multitude of different reasons. It was fabulous, therefore, to come across this piece up at Purdown.

Slakarts, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023
Slakarts, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023

Slakarts tends to maintain his central character, pimping it with ever more elaborate ideas. In this piece, the character is on the left, but the whole piece is a bit of a mash-up of randomly distributed elements of the character’s features, a nose, teeth, an ear and a tongue are thrown into the mix. Nicely designed and thought out. Let’s hope Slakarts can get out more in 2023.

4951. Cumberland Basin

Stiff, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, June 2022
Stiff, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, June 2022

I have a feeling that I never posted this piece by Stiff at the time (June 2022) it was painted, because it wasn’t quite finished, and when I returned to photograph it in its final glory it had already been painted over. I have decided to share it now, simply because I like his unique take, and enjoy his art. Furthermore, I was lucky enough to meet him for the first time when he painted this piece, as he tends to be quite elusive.

Stiff, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, June 2022
Stiff, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, June 2022

Stiff usually paints some kind of alien character as the subject of his work, and I think that artists choose to paint aliens or monsters, because there are no references against which they can be judged, and you can be as creative as your imagination allows, in a way that portrait artists, for example, can’t. Nice work from Stiff.

4924. Brunel Way (187)

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022

I have a feeling that 2023 will be a year in which we see Mote reach a new level. The artist is already turning out pieces at a phenomenal rate, and his character compositions are becoming more sophisticated. What will be interesting is to see where all this goes this year, and I can’t wait to see it unfold.

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022

This is another piece with a pair of characters connected via an upturned crown (a motif that Mote is fond of). The characters are also connected by a reverse colour scheme, so there is definitely a story being told in the piece. As always, Mote has kept the fills strong, with all the borders and detail lines clean and tight. A fine pair under Brunel Way.

4900. Dean Lane skate park (553)

Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

Mote always pleases with his clean and simple designs of monsters that can be found pretty much everywhere in Bristol. This beautiful (ugly) pair are on the small part of the curved wall in Dean Lane skate park.

Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

I think that Mote’s work is a great example of why it is important to buff a wall for best results. Imagine if these two characters were painted directly onto a messy wall without the clean background, the balance and status of the characters would be completely lost. I love these giant doodles, and have enjoyed the ride this year with Mote’s appearance on the Bristol scene. I am really looking forward to seeing how he can develop his style next year as he gains experience and new skills. Thanks for all the monsters.

Nugmoose

A gallery of weird and wonderful alien creations from Bristol artist Nugmoose

Instagram: @nugmoose

All pictures by Scooj

Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2022
Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2022

Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2022
Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2022

Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol June 2022
Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol June 2022

Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022
Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022

Nugmoose, Peel Street Green, Bristol, February 2022
Nugmoose, Peel Street Green, Bristol, February 2022

Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022
Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022

Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2022
Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2022

Nugmoose, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021
Nugmoose, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021

Nugmoose, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2021
Nugmoose, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2021

Nugmoose and Slakarts, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2021
Nugmoose and Slakarts, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2021

Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021
Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021

Nugmoose and Mudra, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2021
Nugmoose and Mudra, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2021

Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021
Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021

4897. Cumberland Basin

Mudra and Peggy, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2022
Mudra and Peggy, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2022

This wonderful collaboration reminds me of an early moving picture of an early Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon – some of you may know what I am imagining, some of you might think I have lost the plot. No matter. The colourful collaboration is by Mudra and Peggy and an absolute joy.

Mudra and Peggy, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2022
Mudra and Peggy, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2022

The character is by Mudra and looks like it is a letter (B?) walking and whistling and so gull of animation, it looks like it could walk right off the wall. The character is holding a beautiful flower stem and flower, painted by the up-and-coming Peggy. The whole thing is set on a black background which helps with giving the character definition and purpose. This is a very welcome and joyous pairing; long may they continue to collaborate.

4867. New Stadium Road (45)

Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

This is an interesting dystopian character piece, painted during a paint jam a few weeks back, that definitely brightened up this rather dismal little corner of St Agnes. The character is by Acesartworld, who is an artist bubbling away just beneath the surface and occasionally popping up to create something quite unusual before disappearing again into the ether.

Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

As a whole, the piece stands up well to scrutiny, although it has a slightly naive feel to it. At a guess, I would say that Acesartworld is self-taught, and producing some fine work, but some of the proportions and perspectives are slightly off. I feel like I am being over-critical, because as a piece it stands out. I think what I am saying is I would like to see a lot more from Acesartworld and observe any developments and improvements.

4860. River Avon (36)

Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022
Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022

I should know by now, not to bother with going down to Sparke Evans Park and the River Avon on sunny days. The results are always patchy at best. But there is another school of thought that says always photograph what you can when you see it, because it might not be there the next time you visit. I don’t know if this lovely portrait piece by Zake falls into that category, as I haven’t been back to take a look.

Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022
Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022

Zake has been enjoying himself recently with these rather more cartoon style pieces that still contain his mastery of light and shade, but have introduced a little bit more in terms of character and emotion. This is a fabulous piece painted alongside PWA crew mates.