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.

2402. New Stadium Road (19)

I have a feeling that this might be another Monday Club collaboration, this time from Conrico and Rebecca Prince with what might be her debut street piece. (Actually if I had bothered looking properly I’d have noticed the words Monday Club – d’oh)

Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

Conrico has really impressed me since he appeared on the scene a few months ago. His work has such a strong narrative about it and his illustrative style is imaginative and creative. I believe that he painted this dragon on the M32 roundabout but it didn’t last very long, the turnover on this wall isn’t quite as high.

Rebecca Prince, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
Rebecca Prince, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

Rebecca Prince is a Bristol artist whose Instagram feed would suggest that she has only very recently started painting walls. I think she has yet to find her touch, but I am very much looking forward to seeing her develop and translate her lovely drawings into great wall art. I love people giving it a go and having the courage to take to the walls.

2372. St George skate park (2)

The Monday Club is really establishing itself as a tour de force in the Bristol street art scene. It is a crew made up of several artists who will get together on a Monday and paint somewhere in Bristol. This time it was the turn of Conrico, Nevergiveup and Nightwayss.

Conrico, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, St George, Bristol, July 2019

I am loving what Conrico is bringing to Bristol and his pieces tend to be comical and light-hearted. His painting style is interesting and less easily described although it all looks rather illustration derived – I’ll bet he can draw well. I haven’t seen many of his pieces yet, and one or two have eluded me altogether, but this one is a beauty.

Nevergiveup, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Nevergiveup, St George, Bristol, July 2019

I think I have said everything I need to say about Nevergiveup’s rabbits and they even turn up in collaborations like this one. Always welcome and always fun.

Nightwayss, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Nightwayss, St George, Bristol, July 2019

The Jewel in the crown of this little collaboration on a ramp in St George skate park is the monkey in the moon with a banana by Nightwayss. I love this monkey, and rather like Conrico’s piece, it is painted in an illustrative style, typified by the hatchings in the arm and leg. So full of cheek, humour and fun. Long live the Monday Club.

2327. Devon Road (11)

This is the second piece I have found from relative newcomer, Conrico. In fact I found this one before I came across the diver piece that I posted yesterday. Any artist who recreates Dr Seuss art in any form gets a big (Seuss-like) thumbs up from me.

Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019

This writing, bookended by the Lorax and some trufula trees, is nicely done, and the whole piece has an air of calm about it. His style, and I can’t quite pin it down just yet, is a little rough at the edges, and I mean that simply in the sense that it is not crisp and clean like the work of Cheo, for example.

Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019

I am really looking forward to seeing what Conrico can do, and like very much what I have seen so far.

2325. New Stadium Road (16)

A beautiful aquatic scene and collaboration by Bristol fave Tasha Bee (keeping it colourful) and new boy on the block (to me at least) Conrico. For a while now, a loose aggregation or crew has been in existence called ‘the Monday Club’. At its heart is Tasha Bee, but other members include Soap, Zake, Face 1st and now Conrico amongst others. This is a Monday Club production.

Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019

I have only seen two pieces by Conrico to date (the other one to follow soon) and what I have seen so far I like. There is a great story going on in this piece with the diver who seems to be making away with some pearls or at least looks like he is up to no good. I like the spray cans in his helmet and the manic fish adding to a sense of mischief.

Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019
Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019

The other half of the collaboration, by Tasha Bee, has a mermaid who seems to be equally obsessed with the Pearl she has in her left hand. And just next to her is the shell from which the pearls are coming. Speaking as a marine biologist I ought to point out a few inaccuracies in the piece, but speaking as an admirer of art I think this is a wonderful collaboration in the story-telling style.