3151. Dean Lane skate park (345)

Mr Penfold is well known in Bristol for his abstract murals and commissions dotted about the city, and also for his studio work. He is a fine designer with a very distinct style. Every now and again he lets his hair down with a fun cartoon piece like this one in Dean Lane.

Mr Penfold, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020
Mr Penfold, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020

This dog Is a happy dog and is brilliantly clean. All the lines are perfect and all the fills solid. Sometimes less is more and this is a perfect example of that. The splashes of white on the nose and tongue are rather special. I love this piece and others like it by Mr Penfold.

Afternoon dog walk

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On a damp hillside

I sit while the dog works hard

top dog, under dog.

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by Scooj

Interesting fact… the terms top dog and under dog are derived from (woodland) saw pits where the worker at the top end of a double ended saw was called the top dog and the worker in the saw pit underneath with all the sawdust dropping down was called an under dog.

3092. Purdown HAA Battery (4)

Every now and then we take a walk up at Purdown because it is a wonderful open space for the dog. When we get there he just runs and runs and then runs some more. There is an additional interest for me, which is the twenty or so 6×6 walls which occasionally get a makeover. This one is by the fabulous Conrico.

Conrico, Purdown battery, Bristol, July 2020
Conrico, Purdown battery, Bristol, July 2020

I haven’t seen too much new stuff from Conrico of late, so this was a nice surprise. For the dog lovers, I think the ‘sniffin balls and hittin walls’ phrase will resonate. I like the freedom in Conrico’s pieces, they somehow feel much more like conventional paintings rather than spray art, the sign of a good artist. Woof, woof.

3063. M32 roundabout J3 (233)

Taboo has been so, so busy lately, and up until yesterday he had three large pieces spread out on this wall of which this is one. Taboo is different and most creative. His writing is unlike any other we see about the place and his characters play an integral role in the writing rather than a cheerful add-on. Ok… let’s get this straight… this is not by Taboo, but by Whos, whose writing looks like Taboo’s. So scratch the first half of this paragraph.

Whos, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020
Whos, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020

I would love to say that the writing says TABOO, but I can’t fully see it myself, so maybe it says something else (yep, it says WHOS). Embracing the letters is a long-armed character, possibly an inmate, because the thrust of the piece is articulated along the bottom ‘no more super prisons’. The sun and the green dog add extra colour and interest. A fine piece from Whos.

Daz Cat

A gallery of wonderful street art cats and more from Bristol’s Daz Cat

All photographs by Scooj

Daz Cat, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2020
Daz Cat, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2020

DazCat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2020
DazCat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2020

DazCat, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020
DazCat, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020

Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020
Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020

Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020
Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020

Daz Cat, Purdown Battery, Bristol, July 2020
Daz Cat, Purdown Battery, Bristol, July 2020

Daz Cat, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2020
Daz Cat, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2020

Daz Cat, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2020
Daz Cat, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2020

Daz Cat, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020
Daz Cat, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2018
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2018

Daz Cat, Purdown HAA Battery, Bristol, January 2020
Daz Cat, Purdown HAA Battery, Bristol, January 2020

Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020
Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020

Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020
Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020

Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019
Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019

Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

Daz Cat, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Daz Cat, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019

Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019
Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019

Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019
Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019

Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019
Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2019
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2019

Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Daz Cat, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

Daz Cat, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Daz Cat, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2019
Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2019

Daz Cat, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2018
Daz Cat, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2018

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, April 2019
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, April 2019

Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2018
Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2018

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2018
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2018

Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2018
Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2018

Daz Cat, River Avon, Bristol, June 2018
Daz Cat, River Avon, Bristol, June 2018

Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017
Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017

Daz Cat, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2018
Daz Cat, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2018

Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

2837. M32 roundabout J3 (202)

Looking back to June 2019 and this rather different offering from Mr Penfold. Those who frequently visit Natural Adventures may be more familiar with his highly designed pieces with ‘liquorice allsort’ colours, often commissions, that adorn many a Bristol shop front.

Mr Penfold, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019
Mr Penfold, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019

I didn’t know Mr Penfold did these character paintings, and this particular one probably remained in the archive due to being unsure who the artist was. How daft am I?… it couldn’t be much clearer, with the writing ‘PENNY’ slapped across the piece. It demonstrates that the human condition is to see what we expect to see and anything that falls outside our assumptions is at risk of being discarded. A more forensic approach might be needed. Love this unusual piece.