DNT has been one of those artists who has pretty much gone to ground over the last year and I have seen very little of his work. It was a lovely surprise then to find this delightful and somewhat out-of-character piece from him on the side of an eatery that has had a bit of a makeover.
The El Jeffe José Cubans sandwich shop is so perfect for its Stokes Croft location and it is wonderful that they have turned to a local artist to decorate its side wall, which is at permanent risk of being tagged. A great piece like this from a local artist might see it given some respect.
DNT has painted some lovely flowers on a yellow cloud background, which is far removed from his robotic-monster pieces that we are more accustomed to. This is perfect for this spot and outlet and adds some colour and brightness to this little corner of Stokes Croft.
Well I’m not sure how I missed this one first time round, but I just had a little potter around in my archives and once I found it I couldn’t really ignore it. It is a tidy collaboration from Mr Klue and DNT, who quite often get together to paint, from those heady days before coronavirus was a thing in the UK… remember that?
I can’t decide whether the shopping trolley is really annoying or actually adds a little bit of character to the photograph. No matter, it is there. The very ‘DNT’ monster embedded within the Mr Klue writing is a window into the artist’s mind and like so many of his characters is part organic, part mechanical. It looks likes the puffs of yellow smoke are puffing out of one of the legs of the character. A nice collaboration.
This is something of an iconic piece at The Carriageworks by DNT and Hoax, and possibly other collaborators. The wall can be dated as pre-2019 because it has been behind protective scaffolding due to the development of the site for a long time now.
The figure is by DNT and he has produced something similar since in Hepburn Road. I think that the beautiful patchwork background is by Hoax or maybe Sheva or maybe the whole thing is by DNT. This uncertainty might be the reason I never published these pictures before.
I think it is a beautiful piece and in some way really represents this area well. It is a great pity that this wonderful wall has been lost to street artists, but I guess it has ever been thus.
MGB stands for Matchbox Gallery, a little gallery shop that DNT used to run in Stokes Croft.
This one is not for the easily offended, and if graffiti cock ‘n’ balls are not your thing, I think you might need to move on pretty swiftly. This is a rather mischievous collaboration between The Cat Came Back and DNT on the Turbo Island wall.
On the left is the cock – one of graffiti’s most enduring images – that is part cock, part cat. I can’t quite make out the writing, but I think it says ‘I’m Cat’. You can make up your own minds about this one.
On the right is another kind of robot sort of creation from DNT. The whole collaboration looks like it was painted in a bit of a hurry or under the influence of alcohol/other. A bit of fun for some.
I truly believe that DNT is one of the unsung heroes of the Bristol street art scene. He is creative, edgy and prolific, with a style all of his own and a kind of artistic determination that is uncomprimising. I think that for some, his artwork is hard to like because it is unfamiliar and unusual, but scratch under the surface and there is so much to like.
This piece would appear to be a commission for a friend or ‘patron’ and can be found at the bottom of Richmond Road. The rather organic letters, spelling out DNT, bear a similarity to some of Object…’s work in that there is a weirdness and fragility to them. Painted in 2019, I have only recently come across this piece.
This was the central part of a recent three-way collaboration in St Werburghs tunnel by DNT. Fellow collaborators were Mr Klue to the left and Mr Sleven to the right. This was a collaboration in the sense that the three were painting together, but each of the paintings was discrete from the others.
DNT is an interesting artist who has a reasonably identifiable style, but his subject matter is ecclectic to say the least. He is creative and imaginative and has produced a number of these organic robot types of pieces before and I have to say I rather like them. I’m not quite sure what this robot is all about, but he seems to be quite busy.
Here’s a rather nice three-way collaboration from just before Christmas by The Cat Came Back, the ever so familiar Mr Klue and DNT who has rather ‘owned’ this wall over the last few years.
I know absolutely nothing about The Cat Came Back, but there are two things I really like. The first is the name of the artist, it’s just kind of bonkers and memorable too, the second is the simple but well constructed piece from an artist who is obviously well practiced in producing this cat character. I don’t know if the artist is Bristol-based but if they are, then I look forward to seeing more alley cats.
The central portion of the collaboration is by Mr Klue, who seems to be on a bit of a painting spree at the moment. I have commented before on the pulses of activity from Mr Klue. You can go a month or two and see nothing new and then out of the blue several pieces appear in quick succession. I can’t read the letters in this abstract piece, but I don’t think it says KLUE. (Update, The artist tells me it does).
On the right is another feline-type creature compete with a third eye, and a design style that is so very DNT. His character pieces tend to be mad up of shapes with solid fills and outlined with black, almost like a stained glass effect. Great to see another DNT piece here. (Note to self – a good wall for ‘One wall many faces’).
I think that this piece by DNT was specially comissioned for this year’s St Paul’s carnival, and it is a gentle reminder to us all that knife crime in the UK is on the rise, and is not welcome at the carnival. In years gone by, there has been trouble at the carnival, and St Paul’s, when I first arrived in Bristol 28 years ago was a bit of a ‘no-go’ area. Things are much improved these days, but there is still a bit of edge to the place.
The piece itself demonstrates that DNT can turn his talents to pretty much anything, and stylistically, this piece is quite different from the kinds of things we are more used to sdeeing in the Stokes Croft area. Nice one, great message.
This picture of a rather nice piece by DNT is one of those rare ones where I happened to be driving by and took the picture through my car window… lazy huh? However, it also falls into the category of ‘if you don’t photograph it when you see it, you might never get another chance’, and as if to prove me right, the next time I walked down Moon Street it was gone.
The piece itself is a great piece of writing, which on first inspection perhaps, doesn’t really look anything out of the ordinary. The form of the letters is quite irregular and the wing-like feathery elements add interest. The fill is beautifully done and the whole piece is bounded by a clean pink line. There is something, probably the organic feel to it, that reminds me a little of Object…’s work. Glad to have seen it.