4431. Brunel Way (156)

On a regular basis, Maybe Paints manages to charm us with his imaginative and creative pieces, usually on the columns underneath Brunel Way. This piece, which is larger than many I have seen, was painted a couple of weeks ago at a height that would have required a ladder or platform to stand on – possibly an anti-tagging measure.

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2022
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2022

There is a tranquillity and serenity to most of Maybe’s work, and in this piece we see one of his stylised faces experiencing the start of the hay fever season, a significant moment in my annual cycle – the tree pollen has already got to me. Maybe’s technique of blending colours works so well, and his style is utterly unique in Bristol. I very much hope to see more from Maybe over the summer.

4401. Brunel Way (154)

Nugmoose is enjoying these circular columns under Brunel Way these days, I spotted another new one yesterday when I was there, but they remain a real challenge to photograph, and I would prefer a flat wall piece any day. Nugmoose, I think it is safe to say, is one of the most interesting artists in Bristol, due to his themed approach of weird and wonderful alien figures and scenes.

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

This alien has a whole lot of brain sticking out of the top of its head, and a rather long pink neck, but otherwise is dressed reasonably conventionally. This is all a bit weird, and were my grandmother still alive today, it might prompt her to offer a penny for his thoughts. Fun stuff nicely painted.

4363. M32 Spot (137)

You can expect a whole lot more of these wonderful monster pieces from Mote, because I have a lot in my archive, and he paints regularly enough to keep me busy. This is a great example of his work, and also typifies his preference for columns. Although the monster might seem a little naive, it is actually beautifully painted and Mote takes his time to keep his lines sharp and his fills really solid.

Mote, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2022
Mote, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2022

I take great inspiration from artists like Mote, Enn Kay and Maybe Paints who are all pretty new to painting the streets and have come on really quickly, presenting some outstanding work. If I get a moment, I hope to do my first public piece this summer, following their brave example, very possibly on one of the columns under the M32.

4344. M32 Spot (136)

I have a feeling that you will be seeing a lot more of Bogat and his painting pal Asre on Natural Adventures over the coming weeks and months, as they have both been rather busy of late. This column piece by Bogat, might have been the first piece of his that I consciously knew was by him. Before this, I’m not sure He was on my radar.

Bogat, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2022
Bogat, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2022

Although this is perhaps not the best piece by Bogat, it is certainly striking and unmistakably his work. The writing in the brain is something I have seen before from another artist, but I don’t recall which one. The piece definitely stands out, and is a magnet for graffiti photographers like me, and Bogat’s work which is often tall and thin, definitely lends itself to columns.

4282. Brunel Way (144)

What a wonderful piece to come across a week or so ago. This was one of several new pieces tucked away in the D.I.Y. skate park under Brunel Way, following a paint jam by the Bristol Womxn Mural Collective. These paint jams always throw up some unusual and unique pieces, bringing studio art out onto the streets.

Erviti, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022
Erviti, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022

This column cat, by Erviti, is set on a dark blue background and stands out as something rather special. Apart from Daz Cat’s offerings, you don’t see too many street art cats about the place, so this is a real pleasure.

Erviti, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022
Erviti, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022

One of the things about studio artists painting murals is that they often use rather more conventional paints and materials, rather than spray paints and so the artwork is often more detailed and stands up to close inspection. Erviti has absolutely nailed this cat portrait, and what a fine contribution to the urban landscape it is.

4245. Brunel Way (142)

This is absolutely amazing. This column piece is by yet another new artist on the Bristol scene, Morag, and it absolutely ticks all my boxes. Beautifully executed, with a unique style and endearing expression. There are so many things it reminds me of… Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures and Thomas the tank engine faces, for example.

Morag, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022
Morag, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022

This particular piece is the second one I have found in Bristol so far and I will be posting the other one very soon. I am not usually so fond of circular column pieces because they are so difficult to photograph, but this one can be forgiven because it is just so good and original. I am really looking to seeing from Morag this year – we need great creative stuff like this.

4243. Brunel Way (141)

It feels like Maybe has slowed down just a tad with his frequency of work, but the quality has certainly improved since his early pieces first started appearing on the columns under Brunel Way.

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2021

This is a fine piece of two faces, one smoking a cigarette and the other a face in the smoke. The composition is thoughtful and tells a story, and the soft colours typical of the work of the artist. I recently published a gallery of Maybe’s work, so if you like this piece, the gallery is certainly worth a squint. One of the finds of 2021.

Maybe

A gallery of amazing small pieces by Bristol’s brilliant Maybe

Instagram: @maybepaints

All photographs by Scooj

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021

Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021
Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021

Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021
Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021

Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2021
Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2021

Maybe, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021
Maybe, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, March 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, March 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021

Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021
Maybe, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021

4231. M32 Spot (132)

3F fino has been smashing it lately, along with his LRS friends, and barely a spot in Bristol is without one of his pieces decorating it. This particular figure is on a column under the M32. Round column pieces are quite tricky to paint, I am told, but this one is on a square column, and apart from the limited width, is nicely done, albeit probably a quick one.

3F fino, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2022
3F fino, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2022

In this piece, 3F fino has created one of his masked characters, wearing a hat with the word Fino emblazoned on it. The character’s body contains the letters LRS, a nod to the crew that is quite large and growing in Bristol.

4224. Brunel Way (139)

Painted a little while ago on a column shared with Andy Council is this magnificent crocodile piece from Rowdy. My first photographs of the piece weren’t very good so I have had to delay this post a while until I managed to get something a little better. The light conditions under Brunel Way are always a challenge.

Rowdy, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022
Rowdy, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022

The bright and contrasting colours of this piece make it stand out, and it certainly grabs your attention, but I am not too sure what the significance of the medieval-style heraldry is all about. The crocodile gives away the artist, and it is always great to see a new Rowdy piece, as they don’t appear all that regularly. This is a fun column piece.