2669. Newfoundland Road (5)

I caught sight of this amazing new mural by Conrico from the M32 and I was driving past a week or two back. I had to go back and take another look and found that it is a large commission piece for the ‘Jerusalem Falafel’ shop in Newfoundland Road.

Conrico, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, December 2019
Conrico, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, December 2019

Conrico is an artist who I have only really known about for the last year or so but his work has certainly made an impact on me and he has featured in Natural Adventures rather a lot, which is a good thing. This bright and colourful mural features a young man in a red shirt and baseball cap grasping a wrap framed in a wall of fruit and vegetables. It is all very Conrico. It would be interesting to see how other Bristol artists might have played out this brief… now there’s an idea.

2666. M32 Cycle path (46)

On a wall that is predominantly used for graffiti writing it was great to see this rather unusual collaborative mural appear recently by Kool Hand and Conrico. If I am honest I have absolutely no idea at all what is going on in the piece but when Conrico is involved, there is usually a story of some sort behind the piece.

Kool Hand, M32 cycle path, Bristol, December 2019
Kool Hand, M32 cycle path, Bristol, December 2019

On the left is a character by Kool Hand who I would more commonly associate with painting animals such as crocodiles or orangutans, but the solid fill and clearly defined outlines give this piece away as being by Kool Hand.

Conrico, M32 cycle path, Bristol, December 2019
Conrico, M32 cycle path, Bristol, December 2019

The rest of the piece seems to be made up of floating islands, two of which appear to be at war with one another. Unfathomable, but original and interesting. I am a big fan of Conrico’s work and am enjoying finding pieces by him dotted all over the place. More to come in a day or two.

2624. St Werburghs tunnel (118)

As you can probably guess from the last post, I have been having a bit of a rummage around in my archive of 2019. Regrettably there are so many great pieces that haven’t made it into Natural Adventures, many of them because at the time of taking the photograph the artist was unknown to me and I try not to post too many ‘unknown’ pieces.

Conrico, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019
Conrico, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019

From back in February 2019 this might be one of the earliest works I have from Conrico but it is a really cracking piece of writing, beautifully designed in a cartoon style and nicely set in a coastal scene with the sea, a beach and palm trees – it is details like these that mark it out as a Conrico piece. Nice to see a reference to ‘the Monday Club’ a loose crew that is now well established in Bristol.

2569. New Stadium Road (21)

Another fine collaboration, this time from Conrico and Crafty Cicada, with a strong oriental theme going on. While I have posted many pieces by Conrico, this is the first from Crafty Cicada who I can only presume was on a visit to Bristol and kindly left us this beautiful work.

Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2019
Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2019

The left hand side of the collaboration is unmistakably by Conrico and as always is more than just a piece of artwork because his work always has such a strong narrative, a story going on. In this piece a cartoon character is serenely sitting cross-legged, as if meditating on the back of a very large catfish – so what’s the story?

Crafty Cicada, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2019
Crafty Cicada, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2019

The other half of this collaboration by Crafty Cicada is an altogether more stylised with a fish (of unknown genus and species), a rising sun, some bamboo and some Japanese Kanji characters. There is a peace and tranquility here, and on seeing this, I would be very interested to see more from the artist.

A lovely and unexpected collaboration on a wall favoured by Conrico.

2555. The Bearpit (184)

As a street art hunter (a rather geeky description that I am not very fond of – archivist might be better) it is always worth taking pictures of everything you see, even if you don’t know the artist – you never know, you might be able to find out more later. And so it is with what is probably the first piece I saw by Conrico back in April 2018.

Conrico, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Conrico, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

You can tell this is an old piece, because it is from The Bearpit, which has been ‘hermetically sealed’ since the spring this year. The picture is of a coiled snake and a hat without a body – presumably the owner of the hat – has been consumed or crushed by the constrictor, with only his spray cans and hat surviving the ordeal. The patterns on the snake are brilliantly done and this piece was an early indication of the talent that has since been unleashed on the streets of Bristol this year.

2529. St Werburghs tunnel (105)

At the farm end of St Werburghs tunnel is this magnificent comic-strip piece by Conrico. I was lucky enough to meet Conrico last week while he was just putting some finishing touches on  a different work on the M32 cycle path. I stopped for a chat and do you know what, a nicer bloke you couldn’t hope to meet. He stopped what he was doing and we chewed the fat for quite a while, during the course of our conversation he gave me a ‘banana cap’ (a type of cap that you fix to the top of a spray can that regulates the pressure and spread of the paint) which he said might help me with my thinner lines. It was very kind of him and greatly appreciated.

Conrico, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Conrico, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

I think the thing I like most about Conrico’s work is that each pecture tells a pretty elaborate story, and trying to work out what that story is is all part of the fun. I don’t know enough about anything to explain what might be happening here, but it is beautifully illustrated and the little details simply make the piece. His style is quite different from many of the character artists in Bristol, and I for one love it.

2408. St George skate park (5)

On first inspection, this doesn’t really look like very much, mainly because of the condition of the wall (ramp) and the quality of the photograph. However, take a closer look and there are three lovely pieces of work from Conrico, Rebecca Prince and Tasha Bee. I assume that this is yet another Monday Club production.

Conrico, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Conrico, St George, Bristol, August 2019

The left hand side is a delightful illustration of  a Chinese (?) man sitting on a rock blowing smoke rings from his pipe.. The thing I love about Conrico’s work is that the picture he creates is only one part of the work, it is the way he gets your imagination going with trying to unpick the story – a real talent. I could look at his work all day.

Rebecca Prince, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Rebecca Prince, St George, Bristol, August 2019

In the middle is street art newcomer Rebecca Prince with a portrait of a girl with fruit in her hair. There is something quite dreamy about this piece, and I am really looking forward to seeing her progress. She and other new starters give me hope.

Tasha Bee, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Tasha Bee, St George, Bristol, August 2019

Finally we have a gorgeous piece by Tasha Bee who has such an assured and confident touch to her work. There is joy in the simplicity of her designs and soul in the poise of the characters. This really is a teriffically difficult wall to paint, because of its textured surface and orientation, but all three artists have done a great job. Love it.