4986. St Werburghs tunnel (344)

Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

I met Peggy for the first time yesterday in Dean Lane, but it was the most fleeting of meetings. Peggy was finishing off a piece on a sloping wall and wasn’t really in a position to stop and chat, so I left her to it, and will I’m sure, have another opportunity to say hello.

Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This is a gorgeous piece at the farm end of the tunnel, which I don’t think lasted very long, which is a great pity. Clearly Peggy has a great eye for design and proportion, and manages to create a piece that fits a space very well. I expect she gets lots of practice from the henna work she does. As with other pieces she has created, there is an eye in the floral design. Quite what the eye signifies, I don’t know, but I will ask, if I ever get the chance. A fine piece from Peggy.

4657. Upfest 2022 (44)

SoFreeSo, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
SoFreeSo, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

It is obvious from many of my posts on Natural Adventures, that I like butterflies, and this outstanding piece from SoFreeSo is an absolute beauty. The Swiss artist specialises in dreamy portraits and butterflies, and her pieces really come to life through the eyes of her subjects.

SoFreeSo, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
SoFreeSo, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

There is a lot to like about this piece, the overall composition and colours work very well, especially on sunny days, and those drips are to die for. Interestingly, the incorporation of eyes onto the wings of butterflies is an idea created by mother nature (or evolution if you prefer), where many species of butterfly have developed ‘eye spots’ on their wings to mimic a larger, more scary animal and deter would-be predators.

Peacock Butterfly, Haiku 1
Peacock Butterfly, Haiku 1

4212. Sparke Evans Park (28)

This is a curious and wonderful piece from Tack Jucker who is without doubt stamping his style on the Bristol scene with a really positive impact. Tack is a really creative artist whose ideas transcend the run-of-the-mill stuff that you see day in day out, and I always enjoy his pieces when I see them.

Tack Jucker, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, January 2022
Tack Jucker, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, January 2022

Of the six pieces I have posted by the artist, this is certainly the most unique. Tentacles and a hand with an all-seeing eye tell a story here, although I’m not too sure what it is. Technically it is very nicely executed, and the shading on the Hand is particularly notable. This is another fine piece from Tack, and I look forward very much to seeing him develop.

3827. Cumberland Basin

Sometimes it is the originality and impact of a piece that draws attention, and this dragon’s eye by Wilter Worm, a Bristol artist who also goes by a more familiar name – Eman. I am not sure why he paints under different names, it is something some artists do, but I will ask him when I next see him.

Wilter Worm, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021
Wilter Worm, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021

This close-up detailed piece is so compelling and the scales, horns and eye really nicely done. A labour of love which I expect took a little while to complete. I am a big fan of this kind of work, and once again it shows off the versatility of the artist.

3452. Brunel Way bridge (87)

My last post featured a piece by Pura Decadensia and in researching that piece I was able to hunt down the artist who painted this mysterious portrait under Brunel Way from a few months back. It is by Moño (she quite rightly stresses the ñ) and it was the first piece painted in Bristol by the Fuerteventurian artist.

Moño, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Moño, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

I am staggered by how many Spanish artists we have in Bristol now and I’m not quite sure what we’d do without them. Moño swells their ranks and on the evidence of this piece is a superb addition to our city. I believe Moño is a tattoo artist, but this portrait has some lovely features, in particular the hair which is very nicely done indeed. This is an unusual piece, but really ticks all my boxes. I can’t wait to see more of her work.

3295. Brunel Way bridge (68)

I am catching up a little on Halloween pieces, so forgive me for the delay. This is a magnificent work from Nightwayss which I’m afraid the photographs fail to capture adequately, so you just have to imagine how much better this looks in the flesh.

Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

The piece is nicely framed in a portrait orientation and he would have needed a decent ladder to get to the higher parts of the wall. There is quite a lot of glare on this piece which is unfortunate, but putting that to one side, the scene that unfolds is crazy and nightmarish. There is a zombie monkey (of course), holding a bunch of keys and sitting immediately below a large eye.

Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

An elaborate decoration surrounds the piece but look out, a snake lurks within the swirls. This is an unusual and intriguing Halloween piece from Nightwayss and is rather special in my eyes.

2659. Hebron Road (3)

A gorgeous paste up by Jimmer Willmott which appeared during a Bedminster session with Kid Crayon back in October this year. I think that this was my favourite from Jimmer – it is a nicely drawn surreal piece with his signature eye and is capped off nicely with a feather.

Jimmer Willmott, Hebron Road, Bristol, October 2019
Jimmer Willmott, Hebron Road, Bristol, October 2019

Having complained in the past about the lack of wheatpastes in Bristol, there does seem to have been a small resurgence in the art lately and of course this makes me very happy. I’m hoping that 2020 will see an increasing trend in Bristol wheatpasting.

2561. M32 Cycle path (36)

It has been a very very long time since I last posted anything by 45 RPM. There was a time, when I first started doing all this malarkey, that 45 RPM seemed to be out on the streets painting an awful lot. I actually have quite a few of his pieces in my archive screaming out to be published. In time I guess.

RPM 45, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019
RPM 45, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019.

I actually happened to be on the cycle path when 45 RPM was starting this piece. Most unlike me, I didn’t introduce myself because at the time I didn’t know who he was. This is a nice Halloween piece or perhaps more Day of the Dead which he did in collaboration with RichT. More to come from this session.

2501. Cheltenham 2018 (5)

On my first day in Cheltenham I walked from Cheltenham Spa station along the Honeybourne Line towards the centre of town and after dropping down from the disused railway the first major piece I saw was this sensational eye from My Dog Dighs painted for the 1028 Cheltenham Paint Festival (I think).

My Dog Sighs, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019
My Dog Sighs, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019

Good grief, this is a great piece in its overall impact, situated on a rather banal utilitarian building, bringing joy to all who see it. The child-like background of scribbles and doodles plays host to an enormous and dramatic eye.

My Dog Sighs, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019
My Dog Sighs, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019

This and all his other recent pieces speak of an artist at the absolute top of his game and whose signature eyes, large or small, each bear their own characteristics. The patterning on the iris is always so well observed and the scenes tell great stories, often of the local environment or people. World class piece.

2452. Cheltenham 2018 (1)

This is an unmistakable piece by My Dog Sighs, which was one of several little ‘gifts’ left behind in Cheltenham by him at the Paint Festival in 2018. Having never been to a Cheltenham Art Festival before I was discovering so many of these beauties for the first time this year. I love this photograph… there is something about the placement of the piece on this particular wall and its immediate environment, such as the carpet and the weeds that come together to make an outstanding image.

My Dog Sighs, Paint festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019
My Dog Sighs, Paint festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these eyes, and although they are one of My Dog’s trademark pieces, each is individual and independent of the others. The most amazing thing about this one is how you can look at it and in your mind know that it is on a flat surface, but the skillful artwork has a depth and the shine on the iris makes it look aqueous, just like a real eye. Magnificent in so many ways.