4015. M32 Spot (121)

This is a joyous celebration of Pirate Wall Art (PWA) by Soap, Face 1st and Nightwayss alongside the slip road off the M32 J2 roundabout. In this piece the three friends have combined to fill the space with icons and tags that they use in their work. It is almost like a giant doodle, and a concept these three are having some fun with at the moment.

Face 1st, Soap and Nightwayss, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2021
Face 1st, Soap and Nightwayss, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2021

There are so many little bits to this collaboration, and it is one of those true collaborations where all the artists have combined to make the whole. The faces are by Face 1st, the mouthy skulls are by Soap and the monkeys by Nightwayss. The only mystery is the blue-faced character with the crown, top left, which I think is by Soap.

Face 1st, Soap and Nightwayss, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2021
Face 1st, Soap and Nightwayss, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2021

A whole bundle of fun.

3653. M32 roundabout J3 (315)

I don’t understand what is going on in Bristol at the moment, but some truly magnificent pieces are being painted over far too quickly. Maybe we have too many artists (is that a thing?) or maybe we don’t have enough ‘safe’ walls (probably), whatever the reason, there is a lot of great art that has a very short lifetime. This collaboration from Hemper and Benjimagnetic is one of these ephemeral pieces.

Hemper, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Hemper, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

The artists have worked really well together here and their pieces appear to be a bit of a fusion, each mimicking the other one’s style. They have matched the colour scheme across the two pieces, and on the left is this exquisite HEMS (difficult to see) so skilfully crafted.

Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

To the right is the Benjimagnetic half spelling BEN and equally expertly sprayed. It would seem that in working together on this, both artists have raised their game, particularly Benjimagnetic, whose work at the moment is entering a new level. This is simply a beautiful collaboration.

Hemper and Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Hemper and Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

 

 

3509. M32 roundabout J3 (284)

This surely is a collaboration made in heaven. When two artists combine, whose styles somehow mesh together so well, then the outcome is going to be rather special, and this is what happened recently in this fabulous collaboration from Mr Penfold and Zoe Power.

Mr Penfold and Zoe Power, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Mr Penfold and Zoe Power, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021

I love this, because both artists have contributed to the whole and there are elements of their work evenly distributed throughout the piece. The colours too are a great combination of their individual preferences. I know that I could identify each of the artist’s contribution, but many looking at it would not. Some great ideas and a superb abstract piece. More, please Mr Penfold and Zoe Power!

3458. Moon Street (86)

It has been sad to witness the downfall of graffiti spots in the Stokes Croft area under the relentless march of gentrification. I understand that redevelopment is part and parcel of the growing up of a city, it is just a shame that local communities and cultures are swept aside, without any allowance for them. For example the creation of ‘legal walls’ to keep that ‘feel’ of an area. Obviously that goes against the proliferation of clinical, sanitised, overpriced housing that we see emerging in towns and cities across the country.

It is the lack of imagination and creativity that is so upsetting, almost as if town planners and corporate architects have had their ‘fun chips’ removed. It is all about squeezing as much profit out of every square inch of land, no regard for local communities or indeed the natural environment. I don’t see much in the way of creation of proper green spaces accompanying the gentrification agenda. Let’s line our pockets with gold. Greedy fools.

There won’t be many more posts from Moon Street, is my guess, because of this relentless building programme, and many street/graffiti artists seem to have abandoned the area altogether. That is why it was especially gratifying to come across this quick collaboration from Rezwonk and Mena.

Rezwonk, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2021
Rezwonk, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2021

Rezwonk has been fairly quite over the last six months, working on other projects not entirely unrelated to his art. This piece has an industrial/construction feel to it, with rivets locking pieces of his letters in place. Modest, but really nicely done. This could be walked past quite easily as a simple throw up, but it is rather more sophisticated than that.

Mena, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2021
Mena, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2021

Menaces adopted the same colour scheme, but her fills are rather more straightforward. Both artists have followed the ‘code’ of the colour scheme, and it is one of those collaborations that are joined but not fused. Nice to see.

3260. Nelson Street (13)

Sometimes I’m just not quick enough off the mark. This lovely collaboration between Mr Penfold and RichT is a case in point. I had seen the piece on Instagram and knew exactly where it was, ut by the time I got organised to check it out it had been tagged with the word WONK. Not really a surprise in this part of town, but really annoying nonetheless.

Mr Penfold and RichT, Nelson Street, Bristol, September 2020
Mr Penfold and RichT, Nelson Street, Bristol, September 2020

The mural is one of those ‘true’ collaborations which is a blend of the two artist’s styles incorporated into the one piece. The flowers are courtesy of RichT and the abstract shapes are Mr Penfold’s. I think that it works exceptionally well and I would love to see more of these blended collaborations in the future.

2919. Dean Lane skate park (307)

When a large wall like this one at Dean Lane skate park is prepped along its full length, you know you are going to be in for a treat. This piece is a collaboration between Dasco and Apnea.

There are three basic types of collaboration. One is where two or more artists contribute to a single piece of work and it can be difficult to be sure which artist painted which bit; another is when two artists paint together at the same time, but their pieces are discrete. The third type of collaboration is amply demonstrated here where artists paint alongside each other, but the theme or colour scheme used join the pieces up in some way. There are other types of collaboration of course, but I’ll not go into those here.

Dasco, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Dasco, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

On the left is a super piece of writing from Dasco, who in recent months has made his presence known in Bristol with a series of outstanding productions. His work is assured and clean and he changes his design and style with each new piece, where some artists such as Elvs or Slim Pickings tend to stick to a basic formula that they play with.

Apnea, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Apnea, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

On the right of the wall is a piece from Apnea, and I have to confess that I know nothing about the artist and don’t recall seeing much of their work. I am guessing that Apnea may have bee a visitor who hooked up with Dasco for a while, but I could be quite wrong (I usually am). This too is a nice piece, although not quite as tight as Dasco’s.

2364. M32 roundabout J3 (156)

This is the other half of an outstanding collaboration between Rezwonk and Decay from a couple of weeks back, and for both artists was a great success. Here Rezwonk or Rezer as he writes, plays with the same themes that Decay used and with equal success.

Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

There is a lot of movement in this piece, aided by the explosive flames around the lettering. The whole thing is deliberately rather busy, typified by the patches of spots and clouds in the background. It seems that each of the artists have approached this collaboration with their own identities, but in sharing themes and ideas have played off one another to create two great individual pieces and a great shared piece. So good.

Decay, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Decay, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

2141. M32 roundabout J3 (137)

Great to see this amazing collaboration between Pekoe and Mr Sleven lurking to the far left of one of the walls of the M32 roundabout. I’m not sure if I have seen a collaboration between these two before, although I do know they paint together quite a lot.

Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019

The green portrait on the left is by the wonderful Pekoe and resembles a rather attractive Shrek-type ogre, or is it the empath from Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Neither probably, but a striking image nonetheless. Great hair.

Pekoe and Mr Sleven, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Pekoe and Mr Sleven, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019

The writing by Mr Sleven is in a really unusual style, appearing almost as if it is organic in some way. The letters spell out SLEV, wityh the ‘V’ being a heart. Is this love between the two artists? I have no idea, but this is a neat collaboration brought together nicely with the green colour shared between both halves.

2121. M32 roundabout J3 (134)

It is always great fun to see how street artists can play with each other’s work. For example, this piece is not a collaboration, it is an add-on. The original work was a RAW collaboration the centrepiece of which was this fabulous character by Jaksta.

Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019

Turnover on this wall has been unusually high this spring and when ‘the monday club’ a group of artists including Nevergiveup, Tasha Bee, Soap, Run Z and Zake set about painting here, Nevergiveup worked around Jaksta’s piece almost like a respect thing, his bunnies leaning in towards the character, together with a carefully, thoughtfully resprayed background.

Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019

Often Jaksta’s characters are well known film stars or personalities, but I’m not sure I know who this is. What we have here is two pieces for the price of one… and some more bunnies for the collection.

Jaksta and Nevergiveup, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Jaksta and Nevergiveup, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019

2104. Upfest 2018 (131)

When I looked at this collaboration for the first time I found it rather peculiar because it carries three very different styles and subject matter and the only common thread at first sight appears to be Upfest. However, this primary assessment rather overlooks several other important factors in creating a good collaboration.

Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Firstly, I think that the chemistry between collaborators is hugely important which is why for example, SPZero76 and Kid Crayon collaborate brilliantly despite very different styles – they are great collaborating friends. So, in this collaboration between Process, Korp and Winniemmay one can see some good vibes going on. There is also a design thread that carries through the whole piece of black and white dots and dashes, suggesting Morse code (but I think that is me over-thinking it).

Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Process, Korp and Winniemmay, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The overall outcome is certainly curious and apparently fragmented, but dip in a little further and the whole is probably greater than the sum of the parts. If there is a story here, I’d like to know it, but for me the whole thing stands up for me and it is really interesting piece.