2282. The Bearpit (183)

In recent days, The Bearpit has been shut off and there is no access. Bristol City Council stealthily went in to evict a group of rough sleepers who had made themselves at home in a bus (formerly a cafe) and some container units. In forcing the eviction they have completely closed down the space. This was an not an inevitable conclusion to the problems caused by homelessness, addiction, antisocial behaviour in The Bearpit but  a terrible failure in ‘upstream’ thinking about how to tackle the issue.

As a result of this intervention, all the good things about this public space have been closed down, possibly permanently. In my view this has been really poorly managed by Bristol City Council, but I would concede that they are grossly underfunded and what we are witnessing is the result of years of austerity and public sector funding cuts, and this in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Disgraceful.

I say all of this because this lovely piece by Panskaribas is likely to be one of the last I will be posting from The Bearpit for some time.

Panskaribas, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2019
Panskaribas, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2019

Panskaribas is probably the easiest artist to identify in Bristol on account of his kind of cubist-doodle style and this is a wonderful example of his work. The other outstanding thing about this artist is his incredible energy, he seems to be the most prolific artist in Bristol currently. RIP The Bearpit.

2072. The Bearpit (178)

I am really enjoying the work of Panskaribas at the moment and luckily for me it is popping up all over the place. His pieces add to the already remarkable spectrum of styles that we are privileged to witness in Bristol.

Panskaribas, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2019
Panskaribas, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2019

This one in The Bearpit exemplifies his cubist doodle approach. I’d like to think his work has been influenced by Picasso, Matisse and the like, but it might simply be utterly original. Whatever it is I love it. Right, I’m off to hit the slopes… see ya.

2062. M32 roundabout J3 (129)

Panskaribas is my favourite ‘discovery’ so far this year, and this piece is slap bang next door to the first piece of his that I found, in fact you can just see the edge of it to the right of the picture.

Panskaribas, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Panskaribas, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019

His pieces have what I would call a sophisticated doodle style to them that feel like a mash-up between a cartoonist and a cubist… cuboonist maybe. I have absolutely no idea whatsoever is going on in this piece, but I am intrigued by the hand on the piano keyboard and by the main character’s facial features. So much more to come from Panskaribas.