2961. St Werburghs tunnel (169)

I watched Zake as he was preparing for this piece, but, having not met him and not knowing what he looked like, I didn’t stop long enough to make introductions. Added to which he was teaching a friend how to use spray paints and I didn’t want to interfere, especially as I think it was the first time she had ever held a spray can.

Zake, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2020
Zake, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2020

The final piece is fabulous and not unlike one that he painted at the other end of the tunnel back in November last year. The rather unusual face has a hand sprouting from the cheek, giving the whole thing a slightly more animated feel than a face on its own. I always love to see Zake’s work, and to have almost met him was an added bonus.

Zake, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Zake, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

 

2959. M32 roundabout J3 (212)

What a very pleasant surprise finding this piece was. I haven’t seen a new piece from Angry Face for a few years, so stumbling across this one in the middle of the M32 roundabout a few days ago was a really great feeling. Of course it is all over Instagram now, but when I saw it I didn’t know about it and there is always something special about that feeling of discovery.

Angry Face, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Angry Face, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

Angry Face is one of those artists whose work delivers what it says ‘on the tin’, in his case… an angry face. Sometimes his work can be a bit rough and ready, but this one is rather neat and has some really nice detail. What you are guaranteed to get with this artist is a bit of edge. Really looking forward to seeing more from Angry Face soon.

2957. Stapleton Road

I took a little tour of Bristol hot spots yesterday and there is a lot of new work to write about and post but I fear I will not get to share it all immdeiately. This piece was from a few days ago and is tucked under a railway bridge on Stapleton Road. It is of course by Face 1st.

Face 1st, Stapleton Road, Bristol, May 2020
Face 1st, Stapleton Road, Bristol, May 2020

This is a nice ‘traditional’ Face 1st piece with a pretty face and the word FACE spelled out in the hair. The colours are bright and the piece cheerful. You have to be quick though at the moment as turnover is very high. Another recent piece by the artist at the M32 roundabout lasted only moments… I missed it.

2945. M32 roundabout J3 (210)

Even though I don’t know the artists (yes artists), I have posted this for two reasons. Firstly I love the composition and transition of blues and secondly because I discovered a piece I had never seen before while photographing the blue faces.

Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019
Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019

The blue faces piece, although relatively simple in design has been beautifully executed, with each face in a slightly different shade nestling neatly with the one next to it. The eyes give each face a different expression. It looks like it has been signed LEF. Take a good look at the top left hand corner of the piece and you can see a little piece of installation art that has been overpainted…

Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019
Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019

This is a piece which I assume had been in situ for some time, but which I had not noticed ever before. It is the kind of work that Will Coles might do, but it is not quite his style. Entitled mammal, it reveals bare breasts (something of a rarity in Bristol street art). I love this, and liked it even more for discovering it accidentally.

Two pieces for the price of one, but both artists unknown to me.

2943. Brunel Way bridge (31)

Often, the columns under Brunel Way are a bit scruffy, because they are painted over and over again but rarely buffed which means that sometimes pieces blend into one another or the eye is easily distracted. Fortunately that is not the case with this delightful piece by Tasha Bee from October last year.

Tasha Bee, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, October 2019
Tasha Bee, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, October 2019

Two faces for the price of one in this lovely piece and superbly filled and decorated hair in the style we have come to associate with Tasha Bee. I love it that her work incorporates symbols and icons, in this case the peace sign and a yin yang symbol, adding to the mystery and otherness of her work. This is how to decorate a column!

2932. Hepburn Road (16)

No retrospective romp through the archives would be complete without a piece from Face 1st, and this one in Hepburn Road from July 2018 is a real beauty. This piece is one of his more ‘traditional’ single face pieces with a hairdo that cryptically spells out FACE.

Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2018

I had mistakenly thought that this was from The Bearpit, because there is not much to go on, but I am pretty sure it is actually from Hepburn Road. One of the dangers of not posting immediately. Great colours, great shapes, great smile, great work.

Pekoe

A gallery of beautiful and colourful faces from Bristol’s Pekoe.

All photographs by Scooj

Pekoe, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2020
Pekoe, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2020
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Pekoe, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2020
Pekoe, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2020
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
Pekoe, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, August 2019
Pekoe, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, August 2019
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, July 2019
Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, July 2019
Pekoe, Wilder Street, Bristol, July 2019
Pekoe, Wilder Street, Bristol, July 2019
Pekoe, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, June 2019
Pekoe, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, June 2019
Pekoe and Mr Sleven, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Pekoe and Mr Sleven, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Pekoe, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Pekoe, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Pekoe, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2018
Pekoe, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2018
Pekoe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Pekoe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Pekoe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Pekoe, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Pekoe, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, June 2018
Pekoe, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, June 2018
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018