2013. Dean Lane skate park (189)

Back to home soil now and the warm and familiar sight of a Dean Lane piece by Laic217. This is the second recent piece that I have seen where he has been playing with these red eyes which are slightly disconcerting in their non-human (robotic) quality.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019

There is a slight shift in style too in this overall piece. To me it has a water-colour kind of quality and looks like it has been lifted from an artist’s sketchbook. This feels like Laic217 is moving on to a new level, where his confidence and competence is allowing him to experiment more.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019

I believe he was supposed to be painting this wall with Cort and Cros, but had arrived long before the others and had pretty much finished before they arrived. This is a pity, because it is a long time since I last met this elusive artist.

 

 

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1957. Moon Street (57)

Back to things more contemporary now with this interesting recent piece by Laic217 in Moon Street. There is an interesting quality to this piece which is more about what is not included than what is. No face and no colour on the hat and track suit top.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019

Even though a lot of what Laic217 paints appears to be formulaic, or at the very least incorporating similar themes, each of his pieces is highly original, and I’m not quite sure how he achieves that.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019

It is great to see him back spraying in what I guess must be one of his favourite streets and what is certainly mine.

1820. Upfest 2018 (80)

An enormous doodle with plenty of detail for you to feast your eyes on by artist Daub. This is an artist who likes detail and is prepared to spend time working it up. I am guessing that this is a Posca pen piece, but if I am honest, I am a real novice when it comes to artist’s materials.

Daub, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Daub, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The whole piece resembles something aquatic or coralline interspersed with human features such as the eyes and the hand on the right hand side. I don’t know what it is about, if indeed it is about anything, but I rather like it, and the whole thing plays with your eyes a bit.

Daub, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Daub, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This was yet another piece that was finished by the time I got to it, so I never had the pleasure of meeting the artist…maybe next year.

1535. Dean Lane skate park (131)

This is an old one in Dean Lane skater park from Stupid Stupid Meathole, which I didn’t post at the time because I didn’t know who it was by.¬† He creates these potentially sinister monsters, but takes away any menace by adding something comical to them. His characters actually become rather sweet really – it must be those big eyes.

Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESStupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

I do like his work. He chooses his colours well and I like then way he scribbles his shading, for example on the teeth of this monster, which give ther whole thing a sense of animation. I’m always on the look out for his work and I think I have some in my archives which I’ll try and dig out.

1485. Dean Lane skate park (123)

Another first…there seem to be an awful lot of artists making their debut on my blog recently, I don’t know whether there is a new intake of artists in Bristol or whether I have just started to notice them more (probably a bit of both). Actually this is not the first work I have seen from Stupid Stupid Meathole, but it is the first one since I knew who he was. Keep your eyes peeled for more from the archive.

Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018

Firstly, I love this artist’s name even it if is a little long-winded, secondly, I really like his monsters and his rather unconventional style. This piece I think is called ‘wet fart’ (which makes me chortle in a childish way) and taking a closer look, you can see why. I look forward to more peaces in Dean Lane from Stupid Stupid Meathole.

211. Johnny Ball Lane

For many people reading this, the name Johnny Ball conjurs up images of a children’s TV presenter, and it is difficult to wipe that image. This lane I presume is named after a different Johnny Ball. Some time ago I snapped this unusual Kid Crayon wheatpaste, before I knew who he was. There is something simple and charming about it and it declares his presence on the street art map.

Kid Crayon, Johnny Ball Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Kid Crayon, Johnny Ball Lane, Bristol, August 2015

Unlike other works he has done, there is no portrait, but the different coloured eyes are there. I really do like his work, it is unusual, there is nobody else who does it quite like this. The poster has long since gone.