3547. St Werburghs tunnel (230)

I was looking in my archives for something specific a few days ago and within moments was absorbed, sucked in, to folders from years ago. There are so many good and interesting pieces I have photographed over the years that have never made it into the blog. The next few posts are an attempt to adjust that imbalance, just a tiny amount.

Conrico, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Conrico, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018

Starting with this one from Conrico in the tunnel back in 2018, which I think might even pre-date the first piece of his that I posted. I’m not too sure what this character is or represents, but he seems to be enjoying his smoke. Colourful and tidy work from Conrico, whose style while being quite unconventional is most compelling.

3493. M32 Spot (106)

This excellent piece from Conrico is part of an unlikely three-way collaboration from Ryder, Soap and Conrico himself, tucked neatly under the M32 motorway. The piece is an incredible mash up of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny, where the former seems to have been a little careless with his shotgun.

Conrico, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2021
Conrico, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2021

This is a fine piece that showcases Conrico’s distinctive style so well. There is always a lot of movement in his pieces, illustrated with fluid lines, rather than the cleaner stiffer lines adopted by other character artists. It is especially nice to see this, because I have sometimes had some difficulty finding recent pieces by him.

3406. Frome side (4)

I managed to get out to do some street art photography during the Christmas break without the dog. That meant that I could clamber down into the Frome side spot, which is behind and below the M32 Spot, with only my own safety to think about. The trip was well worth it, and I expect to post several pieces from this cavernous location in the coming weeks. One of the first pieces I saw was this rather nice burner from Conrico which I believe he had only painted the day before, so I was there at just the right time.

Conrico, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020
Conrico, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020

For one reason or another I haven’t seen much Conrico work for the last few months. I think he has been painting a fair bit, but just not in the places that I tend to go to. The piece was painted during a particularly wet couple of days and is a warming fire set in a stormy sea kind of background. I like the piece very much, it has an untamed feel about it, bursting with colour and emotion. The message ‘F*ck the rain away’ tells its own story of frustration. Great to find.

3244. John Street (8)

I would like to capture more of Conrico’s work than I do, but he tends to paint a lot in places that I don’t go to very often or at all, so it is always great to find a piece like this one in an archway in John Street.

Conrico, John Street, Bristol, September 2020
Conrico, John Street, Bristol, September 2020

This open air gallery is one of the most refreshing things to happen on the legal wall side of things to happen in Bristol for a long time, and I hope that when the development is finished that the gallery is continued, although I am not optimistic. The piece itself is a little bit weird and I am not too certain what is happening. The central character with big hair appears to be telling the bugs not to touch the light, or he is being warned not to touch the light. Either way, touching the light seems to be a bad idea. This is an unusual pieceand I’d love to know more about the story behind it.

3092. Purdown HAA Battery (4)

Every now and then we take a walk up at Purdown because it is a wonderful open space for the dog. When we get there he just runs and runs and then runs some more. There is an additional interest for me, which is the twenty or so 6×6 walls which occasionally get a makeover. This one is by the fabulous Conrico.

Conrico, Purdown battery, Bristol, July 2020
Conrico, Purdown battery, Bristol, July 2020

I haven’t seen too much new stuff from Conrico of late, so this was a nice surprise. For the dog lovers, I think the ‘sniffin balls and hittin walls’ phrase will resonate. I like the freedom in Conrico’s pieces, they somehow feel much more like conventional paintings rather than spray art, the sign of a good artist. Woof, woof.

3029. L Dub (19)

There are certain artists whose work you expect to see at L Dub, but Conrico is not one of them, so it was a double pleasure to find this piece on my last visit. Conrico has a fabulously imaginative and creative mind, and his pieces are always exploring new ideas and styles.

Conrico, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
Conrico, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020

This is a clever piece of writing that appears to have been sliced apart horizontally almost as if it had been written in the sky or on the surface of water and then disrupted in some way. Conrico has a ‘brush stroke’ touch that is quite unique and that makes it quite easy to spot his work… oh and the big letters are a bit of a give away too.

2933. New Stadium Road (24)

Conrico came on to my radar a little bit late, even though I had been photographing his work for a while without knowing who he was or anything about him. This was one of those earlier unattributed pieces that I had seen but placed in my files, where it has lingered until today.

Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2018
Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2018

This burner from July 2018 is an accomplished piece of writing in one of Conrico’s favoured spots. The cartoon writing style is beautifully filled and given a double shadow in black and brown to push the letters out from the wall. A very nice piece indeed.

2901. M32 Spot (64)

Going through the archives is turning out some nice surprises, and I have been fiding quite a few old pieces by Conrico, like this one at the M32 Spot from August 2018, at a time when I wasn’t familiar with the artist.

Conrico, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2018
Conrico, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2018

This wonderful melty column piece I suspect in some way might be drug related. There is certainly something fairly unusual and dreamlike going on and the separation of the character’s head and copious amounts of smoke suggest something weird is going on. Ever colourful and imaginative, Conrico is a lovely bloke whose work really brightens the place up.

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.