When you photograph street/graffiti art two or three times a week, every week, you become very used to and familiar with ‘Bristol’ art, even if you can’t identify the artist. That might sound strange, but Bristol art has a look and feel, even across the diverse range of artists and styles, and anything that is not Bristol art, stands out a mile. When I saw this piece, it stood out a mile!
Qwynto is an artist based in the UK, but I am not entirely sure where, but I note he has painted in Haringey and Brighton recently, so I am guessing he is from the south-east of England. He took a trip to Bristol and left behind this wonderful piece. It has something that remind me of Mudra and Kid Crayon, and although there are similarities, there are also differences. His use of colour and tone is fantastic, bringing about a very soft pastel effect, and the writing incorporates a portrait and some other contextual elements, such as the car tyre and plants. This work is right up my street, and I am thrilled that Qwynto visited us in Bristol. Fabulous.
I met Bnie properly for the first time last week, and it was great to be able to put a face to a name, and to get to know a little bit more about her art and her other work. It was a pleasurable experience, and I hope the first of many, which seems likely as she is painting noticeably more often these days.
This piece in Dean Lane from earlier in September, is a classic piece of Bnie writing. Beautifully proportioned letters, six colour slices faded expertly, and her trademark 3D shadow, this time with straight bars, rather than her usual patterning. This is a very nice piece of writing, from an artist who is taking things up a notch.
A really quick one this morning. I have to make an unexpected trip and won’t have much time for blogs. This is a pity, because it feels like an age since I last posted anything by Pekoe.
This piece was painted for the annual Dean Lane Hardcore (DLH) event a couple of weeks ago, when skating, music and spray painting come together in a raucous and fun festival. All a bit loud for me, so I decided not to attend. I don’t mind what the reason for getting Pekoe out to paint, I will always welcome her work.
This is an outstanding collaborative piece from Rusk and Zesk. Zesk was one of the first artists I wrote about on Natural Adventures, probably because he had painted a piece on the wall of a pub very close to my place of work. At the time I thought he was a regular artist in Bristol, but in reality I have only seen a handful of his pieces. I believe he lives a very long way away. It would seem that he is a pal of Rusk’s, as they did a couple of collaborations in what must have been a recent visit to Brisl by Zesk.
The artists have switched things up a bit, with each writing the other’s name, which in reality isn’t too much of a challenge as they share two letters in the right place. On the left is Rusk writing ZESK. I rarely have anything other than praise and admiration for Rusk’s work, and that hasn’t changed here. Tight and on-point.
Zesk’s RUSK is an absolute delight and introduces his magic, glitery touch which makes his work stand out. The background stars are particularly pleasing. You’ve got to love that ‘R’ as well. Magnificent.
Another rather nice piece rescued from my archive, this time by Trafficity in May 2018. I know that each time I dive through old folders, I will find more of these pieces that for whatever reason never saw the light of day, and actually, I quite like ‘discovering’ them… it feels like getting a bit of a present.
The letters say ZIOM and take the form and style that Trafficity uses, which is rather unique. There is a kind of symmetry to the whole word, which although not a palindrome, is almost visually palindromic. The muddy dull colours, which are not my favourite, somehow just work well – perhaps it is the splash of blue background that helps.
This piece is a classic, classy and colourful piece of wildstyle graffiti writing from Dibz, on the end wall, home to countless brilliant pieces in the past. In my mind’s eye, this piece feels a bit like an ‘audition’ piece, technically brilliant and beautifully designed, but without a theme or backstory.
Dibz has set the bar so high for writers in Bristol, and would suggest that it has had a knock-on effect, where it seems that the vast majority of writers strive to improve and perfect their letters and styles. With inspiration like this to draw on, who wouldn’t want to aspire to it?
You have to be quick these days to photograph pieces before they get tagged. I decided to post this piece, by Andy Council, in spite of the tags, because most of it is intact. I completely missed another piece by Andy Council in collaboration with Ments in Cumberland Basin, which had been tagged and abused recently, after only a day or so. Furthermore, I get that it is a jungle out there and that there are ‘no rules’ but the toys who show so little respect are pathetic really, dissing artists whilst having zero talent of their own. Ever was it thus.
This is a lovely ‘quick one’, I imagine, from Andy Council with some trilobites and an ammonite – trademark creatures from the artist. I rather like the shot of the skater in the first photograph – Dean Lane at its best.
Pelmo has been experimenting for a little while with some fascinating studies of characters in orange and red doing unusual things. This fine piece, perfectly located in Dean Lane, is another climbing piece, this time with both climbers more obviously positioned and related to one another than the one in New Stadium Road.
This charming work shows two characters, one belaying the other as he carefully climbs a ‘chimney’ between a wall and telegraph pole. There is a lot of thought and love shown by Pelmo in his pieces, and I always feel that he has a strong relationship and affection for his characters. This is a brilliant small piece that brings a smile to my face each time I see it.
Biers, has been doing some brilliant pieces recently, and this one in Dean Lane really tickled me. My mother and I often discuss Mr Magoo, and our own age-related comical mishaps, a conversation that I expect not many people have these days, as Mr Magoo is probably quite unknown to younger audiences. I can’t help thinking that he was central to the creation of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean.
The piece has been really beautifully finished and it would seem that Biers put a lot of time and effort into this one. Some of his other ‘quicker’ pieces can look a little untidy. The fills and colours have been done well, but it is the Mr Magoo character that steals the show for me, appearing in the 0 of the WD40 letters.
Stivs has painted another tribute piece to Sear, and it is an absolute belter. In this piece, Stivs has used his skills at calligraffiti to great effect, creating an astounding backdrop of the word Sear written in patterns. I can’t think how long this would have taken to paint, but it is clearly a labour of love.
The decorative calligraffiti patterns serve as ‘host’ for the magnificent multicoloured ‘SEAR’ in the centre of the piece. The letters stand out proud from the rest of the wall and are a welcome feast for the eyes. It is touching to see how artists have marked the loss of one of their friends. What a great gift a tribute can be.