4229. Devon Road (16)

Although I cannot be 100 per cent certain, I have a very strong feeling that this rather fun piece is by Big Hev. There are a few give aways that lead me to think she is the creator. Firstly it has been painted in the company of pieces painted by her friends, secondly there is a naive style of someone that doesn’t paint all that often, and thirdly the character’s mouth is very Big Hevesque.

Big Hev, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022
Big Hev, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022

If I am wrong, and I often am, then I am wrong. There is something highly amusing about a helicopter hat, and it reminds me of daft American humour often epitomised in Mad magazine and other media. It is a pity that Big Hev doesn’t get out more to paint, because despite its raw quality, it really works for me, and I think with more practice she could start producing some great work.

4213. Devon Road (15)

I met Rozalita for the first time last week, painting down at the tunnel, and what a pleasure it was too. Of course I knew exactly who she was, which must have felt a bit creepy really, especially as I was able to talk to her about her work with some knowledge and authority. I sincerely hope she doesn’t think me a bit weird or peculiar, because I am just a regular guy who appreciates street art. Anyhow, Rozalita is absolutely smashing it out of the park at the moment, with at least four other recent pieces. I understand that she is upping her game with a view to gaining more paid work from her artistic talents, and with that she has my full support.

Rosalita (Rozalita), Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022
Rosalita (Rozalita), Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022

This clown piece is in Devon Road, which had had a few new pieces added recently, and definitely brightens the place up beautifully. Carnival and circus are themes that run deep in Rozalita’s  work and I always have a sense of tragedy in her characters, once you strip away the mask. I don’t know if that is Rozalita’s intention, but that is what I see. Look out for more from Rozalita here soon.

4205. Devon Road (14)

Devon Road is one of those street art/graffiti spots where the turnover is pretty low and consequently not a place I visit all that often. Recently, however, there has been quite a lot of activity from the LRS crew. This mobile phone piece from Stika being one of the newest.

Stika, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022
Stika, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022

This is the second piece from Stika I have posted like this, in which he has painted an ordinary household object, but given it a colourful makeover. The first was a camcorder at Greenbank. The phone looks  little like my first Nokia, and it looks like the snake game is playing out on the primitive digital display. How quickly things have moved on. A very nice stylised piece from Stika.

4201. Devon Road (13)

It is fair to say that some members of the LRS crew have been extremely busy of late, in particular Werm and 3F fino who collaborated on this fine wall in Devon Road. The entire garage wall is taken up with their work, and it all holds together rather nicely.

3F fino and Werm, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022
3F fino and Werm, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022

3F fino’s character looks like he has climbed the wall and is busy spraying it, a fun theme used by a lot of street artists. His characters tend to have quite a cartoony style about them and this one looks like he might have jumped off the pages of The Beano or Dandy. The block writing from Werm is beautifully designed and executed, and he seems to have settled down with this style for a little while now. I wonder how long it will be before he switches things up again. This is a nicely worked wall, and what better way to decorate a back alley canvass?

2333. Devon Road (12)

I have seen so many recent pieces by Decay, where the one I am looking at feels to me like it is the best one so far. This time, I’m not sure that sequence can continue, because this piece just off Devon Road is close to perfect in my eyes.

Decay, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019
Decay, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019

This form of his name is a familiar sight all over Bristol and indeed in Natural Adventures, but this one is of the highest quality in terms of location, colour selection, shading and fills and background. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and it is just brilliant. There may be people reading this who don’t really ‘get’ graffiti writing, I used to be one myself, but all I can tell you is that this is good, very, very good.

2327. Devon Road (11)

This is the second piece I have found from relative newcomer, Conrico. In fact I found this one before I came across the diver piece that I posted yesterday. Any artist who recreates Dr Seuss art in any form gets a big (Seuss-like) thumbs up from me.

Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019

This writing, bookended by the Lorax and some trufula trees, is nicely done, and the whole piece has an air of calm about it. His style, and I can’t quite pin it down just yet, is a little rough at the edges, and I mean that simply in the sense that it is not crisp and clean like the work of Cheo, for example.

Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019

I am really looking forward to seeing what Conrico can do, and like very much what I have seen so far.

2312. Devon Road (10)

This wall was painted my the irrepressible Nightwayss during the Easton Art Trail and can be found on a small road just off the dog-leg of Devon Road. It is a wonderfully creative piece, with a tortoise carryinga boogie box on his back.

Nightwayss, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019
Nightwayss, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2019

As with all Nightwayss’ pieces there is a monkey, in fact there are two, playing with the casette door and buttons. I am thoroughly enjoying his work at the moment which is usually presented in blacks and greys with splashes of colour to lift the whole thing. He is being a very, very busy man.

1975. Devon Road (9)

Following my post of a fabulous Xenz piece in Shoreditch a few days ago, I was reminded about this old one on a garage door in Devon Road, Bristol. I had to trawl through my archives and was thrilled to find it… a task that might sound simpler than it is.

Xenz, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Xenz, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

This is a simple piece, perfect for the garage, lifting it out of the bland and ordinary to become a thing of beauty as well as practicality. If only more of the carbuncles and eyesores of our city could be similarly transformed. There is a strong sense of calm in this painting and a connection with nature that I find uplifting. The bee eaters are beautiful too.

1627. Devon Road (8)

Set against dramatic skies, that I don’t recall being as dramatic as they look in these pictures, is one of the greatest murals in Bristol to date. This is a masterpiece by the utterly brilliant fine artist Andrew Burns Colwill.

Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

Taking up an entire wall of an end-of-terrace building the mural depicts a fabulous representation of the diverse cultural heritage of Easton. This is a part of Bristol that has embraced multi-culturalism and celebrates it with an annual feast.

Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

I am not fully acquainted with all the characters that ABC has depicted here but I am pretty sure that they will be well known characters and figureheads from the Easton community.

Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

I love the feast, I love the celebration, I love the sky and I love Andrew Burns Colwill. I truly believe he is one of the great story tellers of our city and he tells the stories through his vivid paintings. A true gent and a man I admire greatly – Andrew Burns Colwill is one of the outstanding talents of the city and represents much about its outspoken independence, its unique place in the UK, its tolerence, its rage, its compassion and acceptance.

Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Andrew Burns Colwill, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

Bristol and ABC hand in  hand.

1626. Devon Road (7)

Oh I just love it when I make new finds when I am actually looking for something completely different and stumble upon something like this. I was driving round Easton hunting down Andrew Burns Colwill’s new mural when I drove up Devon Road – a funny road that has a dog-leg layout, one part of which is a back street and the other a fairly busy main road.

Deamze, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Deamze, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

This is of course by Deamze, and I just don’t know how it fell outside my radar, but I am glad I found it nonetheless. Even better is that I know who the character references are which can’t be said for a lot of the 80s and 90s cartoon characters that Deamze uses.

Deamze, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018
Deamze, Devon Road, Bristol, July 2018

The character is the robot Bender from the TV series by Matt Groening (creator of the Simpsons – who have featured big time at Upfest 2018). It is all very good, and Deamze’s wildstyle writing is exceptional as always. I love the freshness of this piece.