3200. M32 Spot (80)

Most of Sled One’s pieces tend to tell a story. Sometimes the stories are quite linear and easy to fathom out. Other times the stories are just too surreal and no amount of creative thinking will help with working it out. This is one such crazy surreal piece.

Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

Painted alongside some of his ASK friends this intricate and detailed piece in great pinks and turquoises appears to show a sheep standing on the shoulders of a cow which is holding a pitchfork. The sheep is milking the poor unfortunate cow whose milk is spilling onton the Soker piece to its right.

Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

Sled One is just getting better and better at these crazy cartoons, but it isn’t just the quality of his painting that amazes, but the creativity of his compositions that makes these pieces so good. Weird and wonderful.

3042. Cattle Market Road (3)

A new piece from Bnie and something really quite different from her. Bnie is an artist that I love, particularly for the fills she uses in her letters. Well, in this large piece there are no letters, only fills on a geometrically divided background.

Bnie, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020
Bnie, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020

Five creative and beautifully consistent patterns have been cleverly distributed along the length of the hoarding and there is an oblique reference to cows (Cattle Market Road) in the black and white cow-print pattern. This is a fine piece and sits comfortably with the other artists in this magnificent outdoor gallery.

3037. Cattle Market Road (2)

This is the second outstanding piece from a gathering of great street artists a week or two back orchestrated by The Hass. On Cattle Market Road, a theme has emerged on some of the pieces, involving a cow/cattle, the first one by Sled One that I posted yesterday.

Hazard, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020
Hazard, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020

This beauty is of course by Hazard and it really is an absolute stunner. Hazard talked about this a little in her Instagram feed saying that the vibrant red colours were chosen to reflect the sizzling lay hot day on which the piece was painted. The cow is magnificent, but it is the whole composition that screams out Hazard, with the amazing flowers and soft touch she creates with her spraying.

I hope that these hoardings remains intact for a while and that the taggers keep clear, because here we have a great showcase of Bristol talent.

3034. Cattle Market Road (1)

This is one of five new pieces on Cattle Market Road on the previously blank hoardings that are on the southern perimeter of the development site behind Templemeads Station that should have been Bristol’s new concert venue. The session from a week ago was co-ordinated by The Hass and the opportunity arose through Out of Hand.

Sled One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020
Sled One, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020

This extraordinary piece is by Sled One and is a welcome return by the artist – I believe this to be his first piece in the city since lock down measures were eased. The outstanding piece tells the story of the site, from a cattle market to the chaotic development site it has become, illustrated by a wrecking ball crashing across the piece on a gold chain. The cow, or more accurately bull, is looking a little crazy and is part of the narrative that recalls that when the place was a cattle holding space a bull escaped and terrorised the locals. As you would expect from the artist, this is an imaginative piece full of movement and wonder. First class (a little reference to the Royal Mail/Parcelforce buildings that were derelict/knocked down to create this development opportunity).