When you see a piece like this in blue tones with a dash of white and it is so incredibly clean and tight, you can only stand back in wonder and admire the extraordinary talent of Bristol’s Cheo.
Cheo usually paints character pieces, and I don’t think there is anyone better at creating this cartoon style anywhere in the country. Every line and shadow is immaculate and skilfully laid down. As always he has marked the piece with his signature bee. This was a lovely surprise piece to find in Dean Lane and is another little reminder of the world class street art scene in Bristol.
Painting collectively as Reseau, this is a magnificent and wonderfully colourful collaboration between Stupid Stupid Meathole, Panskaribas and Rory MacRaild, on a wall that has seen so much action over the years in Dean Lane but rarely three artists at one time.
On the left and right of the piece, Stupid Stupid Meathole gives us some writing which deviates a little from his customary all pink to include blue and green letters. On the right he has squeezed in some of his grotesque teeth… because he can.
Then in the top left and across to the right, Panskaribas delights us with his cartoonesque style. The character on the left appears to be using a record deck and I have noticed that music seems to feature a great deal in his work.
Finally, in the centre of the collaboration I am realy pleased to intoduce Rory MacRaild whose work I have not knowingly seen before. I think he has absolutely smashed it with this Picassoesque portrait. It really ticks all my bokes, it is interesting bright and colourful and beautifully executed.
The whole collaboration is like being in a gallery. It is a meeting of styles that kind of works, and It seems that SSM and Panskaribas enjoy working together as I have seen a few collaborative pieces by them now. Great piece that has lasted a little while. Respect.
Just to prove that he is not a one-trick-pony (which he absolutely isn’t) here is a non-rabbit piece by Nevergiveup in Dean Lane. This is a nicely thought out piece with great colours and elements in it and it is so very easy on the eye. The first thought I get is that it looks a bit brand-like and would work very nicely on a beer mat (do they still exist?).
The letters ZBOK I think are a crew or something similar that Nevergiveup and some other Polish artists use. It translates as pervert or deviant… not an entirely unexpected word for an art form that is edgy and rebellious. I guess there is something a little paradoxical about such a nice design for the word zbok. Great piece by Nevergiveup, just a shame I didn’t get there when it was clean.
This is the second No Frills collaboration in Dean Lane in a month or so from Slim Pickings and Biers, which is nicely set on a black background with a Day-Glo green/yellow ‘cloud’.
On the left is the Biers piece that features a cartoon scientist, whose test tube is bubbling over with the luminous green/yellow stuff. After a little Googling I found out that the scientist is Professor Utonium from the Powerpuff Girls – a cartoon series that completely passed me by. I’m not sure what the writing in this one says, he seems to write something different each time now, which is great.
Slim Pickings on the other hand remains utterly consistent with his design and the letters TES. I guess that for him he seeks to perfect something he is familiar with, and although the design remains the same, the colour selections and one or two little inclusions vary it and continue to hold interest. Another great collabortaion from these two.
Rounding up on the flying visit to Bristol by Spanish duo Rama and Largo I am posting this urban scene by Largo in Dean Lane. This is an unusual piece which is actually very nicely done indeed. A street scene almost Lowry-esque in its depiction and aspect, lacking only the matchstick people.
I love the detail of the wall running through the piece with graffiti on it, a story within a story, and the bus shelter is a great addition to the piece. It is a pity these two were only over for a short trip, because I think their work adds an unfamiliar dimension to the Bristol scene. Regular readers will know how much I enjoy it when visitors come to town and this is precisely why. Come back soon.
Following on from yesterday’s collaboration post (Kid Crayon, Rama and Largo), here is a piece by Rama over the fence at Dean Lane skate park. Weirdly I actually saw him painting this when dropping my son off at the swimming pool for his lifeguard training – I didn’t stop for a chat, because at that point I didn’t realise that he was one of the artists that Kid Crayon had been in contact with. If I had known I would most certainly have stopped for a chat.
This is quite simply a really decent and well executed burner with a fabulous two-tone fill and a rather Inky-esque 3D shading with a vanishing point below the piece. Nice work. Rama was not painting alone, but was actually with his travel companion from Spain Largo… see the next post.
Now that the sun has at last arrived and the weather is beginning to warm up a little it seems that plenty of artists are coming out of hibernation, which on the one hand is a great thing, but on the other means that turnover is going to increase, and keeping up with new pieces in Bristol is going to be an impossible task.
This pair, Slim Pickings and Biers (who seems to have changed his handle to Jimothy Kool Aid) from No Frills have certainly awoken and this is the first of at least two recent collaborations I have seen. Slim Pickings in particular seems to have gone a little crazy, and I am going to have a job posting all his recent pieces. Love the colours in this one.
Biers has created this writing (I’m not sure what is spells out) and added in a character, which I believe to be Jeremy Beadle who amongst other things used to present the TV clips show You’ve been Framed. Such is his attention to detail, Biers has even incorporated the slightly small hand that Beadle had. I’m still loving the shapes of Biers’ letters.