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.

2379. North Street Standard (2)

There are many hazards and obstacles to taking street art picures. This was in fact the second visit I had made to photograph this lovely eye by My Dog Sighs (his second Summer Editions piece for Upfest). On the first visit, there was a shadow cast right across the middle of the piece, and in this one I managed to capture a customer at the North Street Standard, and being alone he obviously had to be texting someone to give the illusion that he wasn’t in fact alone… but he was, so there.

My Dog Sighs, North Street, Bristol, July 2019
My Dog Sighs, North Street, Bristol, July 2019

The eye is everything you might expect from My Dog Sighs, and is beautifully presented. It would be easy to fall in to the trap of saying that he is a one-trick pony and indeed I know some people who think that, I happen to disagree with that particular assertion. He has certainly nailed his technique for painting eyes, but it doesn’t stop there, he still works on the background and the silhouette in the eye and creates an atmosphere or story individual to each piece. Here he has used some stencils with Japanese characters falling like a digital rain around the eye.

You might spot a slight ‘blemish’ on the eye which is caused by a little vent pipe in the wall – My Dog Sighs has concealed it brilliantly. Well done Upfest for organising yet another triumphant Summer Editions piece.

2321. M32 roundabout J3 (151)

I love this little piece in one of the tunnels of the M32 roundabout. It is by Face 1st, and although completely recognisable as his work, it is a shift away from his usual belle, and one that I love. It is characteristic of his branching out and exploring new ways to present his art.

Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019
Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019

It is the eyes that are the clue to the artist, they seem to have an anime appearance about them and are always most appealing. Although it is small and hidden I can’t help feeling that this is representative of the significant shift happening in Face 1st’s work right now.