4952. St Werburghs tunnel (337)

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022

So many of my recent posts of archived work from 2022 begin with a disbelief or confusion about how I managed to not post/publish the piece in question. However, that opening is becoming a little clichéd and although it is tempting, I will not begin this post that way.

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022

I love this piece from Elvs – Beautiful writing and a Garfield… my life is complete. There are some pieces that speak loudly enough for themselves, and this is definitely one of those. I’ll leave you to enjoy it.

4803. Cheltenham 2022 (17)

Elvs, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022
Elvs, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022

I always feel a little surprised when I see some Elvs graffiti writing that isn’t in his usual highly elaborate and cryptic style, and it demonstrates what a great artist he is that he can switch it up so dramatically, presenting a very different style of writing here.

Elvs, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022
Elvs, Cheltenham Paint Festival 22, Cheltenham, July 2022

The writing is in large block letters, once again seeing the use of pink and blue – a superb combination and contrast between the letters and the cloudburst background. Although the wizard character feels familiar, I don’t know who it is. I’ll be back in a moment after a pause to Google…

…no luck I’m afraid. Perhaps someone out there can let me know.

This is a great piece from a superb artist whose versatility is powerful.

4783. St Werburghs tunnel (314)

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022

Happy Halloween. This is a lovely piece painted by Elvs in the tunnel a week or so ago, in time for me to be able to include it in Natural Adventures. There will be quite a few more Halloween pieces to follow, I just haven’t photographed them yet. I haven’t been able to get out much last week.

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022

As ever Elvs’ writing is outstanding and close to perfection, and his grim reaper character is expertly done. Very nice to see. While we enjoy this wonderful art, we should perhaps take a moment to pause and reflect on the tragic events in the news of the deaths of so many people during a Halloween celebration in Seoul, South Korea.

4604. M32 roundabout J3 (419)

In the next couple of posts I have taken a deep dive back into my archive, randomly picking out a year and month and publishing a piece that slipped through the net at the time. This blast from the past is a fine piece of writing from Elvs painted back in April 2020.

Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2020
Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2020

There is always so much to admire in Elvs’ work, in particular his ability to replicate these complicated patterns of letters, with apparent ease and consistency, keeping his unique style very much intact. The grey letters on the orange background works exceptionally well, and this is such an eye-catching piece. It is a mystery that I didn’t post it at the time.

4267. M32 roundabout J3 (386)

I had spotted Elvs painting this lovely piece from my car as I was driving over the roundabout and returned a few minutes later to catch the artist just as he was adding the final touches to the piece.

Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2022
Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2022

This is another fantastic graffiti writing/cartoon character combination piece from Elvs, featuring Speedy Gonzales. Aside from his outstanding artwork, Elvs is a really lovely bloke, who always makes time for a bit of a chat. This piece, along with his previous Taz piece in St Werburghs tunnel, showcase the really high standard he has set for himself, and we are lucky that he comes to Bristol reasonably regularly to leave stuff like this for us to enjoy.

4202. St Werburghs tunnel (273)

I haven’t seen anything from Elvs for quite a long time, so this is a welcome come-back from the Wales-based artist. Elvs often accompanies his writing with a small character piece, and this time he has included a fabulous TAZ, the Tasmanian devil from the cartoon series of the same name.

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

The yellow and bronze/brown colours are quite good ones for the tunnel, because pretty much everything ends up looking like these colours anyway because of the lighting. As always, a distinctive and tight piece of classic wildstyle graffiti writing from Elvs.

3990. M32 roundabout J3 (350)

I haven’t seen a new Elvs piece for quite a while, so I was doubly pleased to not only find this graffiti writing, but also to find Elvs working on it. Of course, I chatted for a little while, conscious that these guys sometimes like to have a bit of peace and quiet. I asked why he hasn’t been painting much recently, and one of the reasons is that he is now the proud owner of a dog, a very big dog. Well you don’t need me to tell you just how much time a dog can occupy.

Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2021
Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2021

There is something about this piece that elevates it above many of his others (a high bar indeed) and I think it might be the exquisite colour selection and blending as you move up and down and along the letters. The piece is flawless and beautifully finished, and with a piece like this, the buffed background makes a big difference. Let’s hope the dog lets him get out more!

3735. St Werburghs tunnel (243)

When you get to see the work of particular artists again and again it becomes incredibly easy to be complacent or even blazé and you need to stop, think and take stock of what is in front of you. I am guilty of this day in day out because we are so spoilt with talent in Bristol. This lovely Elvs piece in St Werburghs tunnel is a case in point.

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2021
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2021

Elvs is one of those artists whose work I like to post every time, and to date I don’t think I have failed to post any of his pieces that I have photographed. This is a lovely piece, beautifully painted with his customary unique style and a lovely blend of horizontal fills from blue to white. The cartoon character is a mystery to me, but probably featured on TV during the 1990s I would guess. Altogether another outstanding work from Elvs.

3642. M32 roundabout J3 (313)

Now who was it that said a leopard can’t change its spots? Because they were wrong. This particular leopard is Elvs and this piece is quite unlike the intricate and flamboyant pieces we are used to seeing from him.

Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

This was painted a couple of weeks back and certainly came as a bit of a surprise. The bubble writing spelling ELVIS is topped with a satanic cartoon character amidst some fiery flames, so utterly not the customary fare from Elvs. Something more typical is in the photograph below. Great to see a bit of versatility from this superb graffiti writer.

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2020
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2020

3496. St Werburghs tunnel (224)

Elvs is another very consistent artist whose work continues to brighten up our Bristol walls. With this recent piece he includes a fabulous character which some might recognise from the TV cartoon series Top Cat, I think it is Brain or Fancy.

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2021
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2021

The writing is vertically striated with three colours, pink, purple and yellow and spells out ELVS as you’d expect. The whole piece is framed nicely on a blue patterned background bounded with a yellow border. A fine piece from Elvs.