Going back to October 2018 and this wonderful spikey and menacing rabbit from Hire. I have included this one from the archive for two reasons. Firstly I am a big fan of Hire’s work and secondly to show hoe consistent his work is, having posted a more recent piece from a couple of weeks back.
Apart from a few early pieces in The Bearpit, I don’t think I have seen any Hire pieces too far away from Dean Lane – it would seem that the artist is happiest painting here. This particular rabbit looks especially menacing.
Taken back in June 2019, this might be the last Soge piece that I have seen. Soge, who often paints with Hire has gone very quiet indeed and I wonder if he is still in Bristol at all. I do hope the absence is temporary because this style of graffiti writing seems to be pretty much the domain of these two artists.
Soge (I think) is Polish and one of several artists fom Poland, including Hire, Laic217 and Skor and without whom the Bristol scene would be less diverse and interesting. This magnificent piece of gothic-style graffiti writing is a little bit more organic and softer than Hire’s spiky work (to the left) and is technically superb. Look carefully and yu will be able to make ut the letters SOGE. A fabulous piece. I hope there will be more to come this year.
Each of my next few street/graffiti art posts is going to begin something like ‘another trip back in time’ and this one is no exception. I cannot think for the life of me why I never posted this gorgeous piece from Tasha Bee (Keep it Colourful), but what a pleasure to do so now, especially when she has put the brakes on her street art work lately.
This one is from June 2019 at Dean Lane, and is a real beauty so typical of her stylised faces work. I miss her soulful faces and hope that when all this Covid-19 thing is behind us she will pick up her spray cans and paint the town red.
Another triumph for Turow One on the famous curved wall in Dean Lane skate park. There is something rather pleasing about the greyscale graffiti writing topped with a vibrant pink and lilac drippy splodginess. The writing is deliberately made to look kind of messy and drippy, but all the elements of skillful work are there.
I think that Turoe One might be topping the chart in Bristol as being the most productive astist in town just at the moment, with perhaps the exception of Face 1st who is in a league of his own. Since the weather has improved a little, the turnover in Dean Lane has increased, and this wall in particular has seen a fair amount of action. This is a classy piece of graffiti writing from a confident and accomplished artist.
Definitely Hire has come out of hibernation with this, his second piece in a week in Dean Lane, coming so quickly after his rabbits that I wrote about in Natural Adventures last saturday. I always describe Hire;s writing as having a Gothic look, and this piece typifies that.
The rather compact writing is very well disguised and I can only guess that it says HIRE as most of his pieces do, but I can’t quite see it here. When you look carefully at the piece you may notice that the writing is in two colour combinations. One is black and white, the ther brown and yellow. The more you know this, the more discrete the two sections become, it is almost like an optical illlusion. Another fine technical piece from Hire.
Now, I rather like this piece by an artist I know nothing about and have drawn a complete blank on using the Interweb. I think the artist goes under the moniker ‘Dtok’ but it could be any number of variants. I will try to find out more.
It appears on the famous curved wall in Dean Lane skate park and is a nicely done piece of writing and character accompaniment. I have seen this character, Marvin the Martian, before on Hill Street painted by Deamze. Although Deamze has left us for Hobart, his Marvin piece is still there for all to see. When you compare the two works, you can see that Dtok is on a journey and that practice will pay dividends in the long run. I like this piece a lot but it didn’t last very long unfortunately.
Rusk is so, so busy just at the moment as you will notice on Natural Adventures in coming days/weeks. This piece was painted on a very special day last week when there was a gathering of some of the best Bristol graffiti writers including Rusk, Soker, Inkie and Hemper. I got extraordinarily lucky as I had decided to take the dog for a walk in Dean Lane at the exact right time (more on the others coming soon).
Rusk is a friendly guy and when I arrived he made time for a quick chat and even posed for a picture. I have said it so many times before, but I’ll say it again, his work is always tight and he takes a lot of care in keeping it tidy. In this piece the colour fills are merged vertically, which is quite unusual and which looks rather nice.
I have separated out his piece from the others that were painting at the same time, because this end of the wall is somewhat separated from the rest of the wall in terms of photography due to a wall opposite it and being in a narrow space.