The large tunnel that runs underneath the railway tracks of Bristol Temple Meads station is home to a whole ton of graffiti, but is not a place I visit very often. It was great to see, therefore, on my most recent visit this magnificent skull piece by Dabuten Tronko.
I have never met the artist, but would be really interested in doing so at some point, just to get a sense of what makes him tick. His pieces are always really interesting to look at and his technical ability top notch, marry those together and you get a creative beast staring at you from the wall. This grim reaper figure has a bit of a tattoo artist feel to it, although I don’t think Dabuten Tronko is a tattoo artist. A satisfying find.
Sparke Evans park is becoming a bit of a ‘go to’ spot these days for both artists and photographers/chroniclers, as the quality and high turnover of work necessitates more regular visits. This is a superb collaboration from Spanish duo Dabuten Tronko and Sin Prisas
The two rather scary looking vultures (I think) appear to be squabbling over an eyeball suspended between the pair. On the left is Sin Prisas’ bird, painted with great skill and class. It is a pity we don’t see more of his work in the city.
To the right is a vicious vulture by Dabuten Tronko, and the amazing thing is that the artists have managed to paint with incredibly similar styles, and it is only the finer detail, such as the thickness of the outer border, that gives this away as being a collaboration between two artists. Their signatures help in this respect too.
This is an absolutely fabulous collaborative piece and is right up at the top end of these kinds of pieces in the city.
The Spanish HMR crew hit the support wall under Brunel Way a week or two back and this amazing black panther portrait from Dabuten Tronko was the centrepiece, flanked by a pair of writers on each side.
Dabuten Tronko’s character pieces set a really high standard in Bristol, and although he doesn’t paint all that often, when he does it is nearly always a beauty like this one. It is interesting to see how he has left the writing above the panther intact painting the red light around the back of the letters. A nice touch. This is yet another fine piece from the artist and makes me think that perhaps it is time for a gallery of his work.
This is just one small part of a large collaborative wall from our Spanish contingent here in Bristol. It may only be just one part, but this outstanding piece from Daubuten Tronko is for me the jewel in the crown of the paint jam.
Dabuten Tronko crafts these extraordinary characters with such skill and keeps everything so tight. This magician is beautifully painted and works so well due to the colours and clever use of light and shade throughout the piece. I particularly like the reflected green light on his hat from the wand… lots of thought has gone into that effect. Overall a really classy piece from a classy artist.
It is all too easy to get trapped into visiting the places that you are familiar with and I have been guilty of not exploring too much around Bristol for about a year, for fairly obvious reasons. Every now and again though I have ventured into new territories, often on the back of seeing something on Instagram and setting off to find it. This wonderful piece by Dabuten Tronko is an artefact of one such mission, an added bonus, if you like.
Although this piece was painted in 2019 it takes me back to the first pieces of his that I saw back in 2017, when his work had a strong theme of wooden rowing boats. Don’t ask me why, I mean who’d ever have thought they would be the subject of street art, but in the more than capable hands of Dabuten Tronko they have an intrinsic beauty and interest. He seems to favour the deconstruction of these little boats as much as intact versions.
This is an expertly painted piece, with amazing colours and superb definition between the subject and background. So happy to have discovered it, albeit rather late in the day.
The Frome side spot is marginally less accessible than most of the other regular spots in Bristol and certainly feels a little more edgy for an old codger like me, but the rewards are definitely worth the effort.
On a recent visit I picked up a whole load of new pieces, including this one from Dabuten Tronko – it is a bit of a beast. Unfortunately the light conditions weren’t favourable for photographing this wall and there is quite a lot of glare. I wonder if dusk might be a better time to visit. The skull and skeleton are nonetheless very nicely done, complete with yellow teeth.
What I assume to be guts form the letters HMR which is the crew of Spanish artists who are becoming so firmly established in the City. The thin green outline is brilliant and helps make the whole thing stand out. Another fine piece from Dabuten Tronko whose work often seems to be slightly off the radar.
This is the second of a pair of pieces by Dabuten Tronko in Easton which I came across recently. The wall had previously had a rather unattractive throw up on it and the improvement brought about by this work is immeasurable.
I am very fond of these deconstructed rowing boat pieces by Dabuten Tronko, and it is great that he has visited Bristol on a couple of occasions in the last year – I wonder if he has contacts here as it is quite unusual for visitors to paint in Easton, they tend to go to the more common spots at the M32 or Dean Lane. I hope he returns again before too long.
The first time I saw anything by Dabuten Tronko was round about the time of Upfest 2017 and I immediately liked his deconstructed rowing boats. At Upfest, artists tend to come and then go and if you get lucky they come the following year. Well I’m not sure if he planned on being at Upfest 2018, but he did come to Bristol in June and left two fine pieces of which this is the first.
There is something rather compelling about the theme he often chooses for his wall work, with a focus on small wooden rowing boats in a state of disassembly. I wonder if this is symbolic of anything in particular or an unconscious outpouring, but I expect there is quite a lot that lies beneath the surface of this work.
Note the Whysayit YSAE tag at the top of the piece.
It is always worth taking a look in places that you don’t go to too often, just to check if there is anything new. Well I hadn’t been to this spot for a long time, I know not since before the end of July, because this piece is by Dabuten Tronko, who visited Bristol for Upfest 2017.
It is an interesting piece and picks up the theme of his other boats that he sprayed where the A38 meets The Bearpit roundabout. This is a curious piece of writing set on a red and grey background and picking out a rowing boat within the letters. I am not sure what the word says, if it says anything at all. I like making discoveries like this.
I don’t know how many days these pieces had been up before I noticed them, but they are another gift to the city of Bristol from a visiting artist who was here for Upfest. Dabuten Tronko is from Tarragona in Spain, which I found out from his ‘couchsurfing’ profile. The Interweb is an incredible thing!
These pieces can be found either side of the main road on the vertical walls of the 5102 building overlooking The Bearpit. They are something of a before and after reflection and need to be seen in conjunction to hold any real meaning.
The boats on the left hand side of the road (heading North) are intact and jolly, while in stark contrast, those opposite are smashed up or deconstructed. I’m not sure what it all means, but I like the concept going on here.
The colour scheme is quite subtle and sort of blends in with the background blue. The boats somehow feel like they have always been there or were always meant to be there. I’ll bet I’m not the first person to have missed them first time round.