A gallery of fantastic character pieces by Bristol artist Feek.
All photographs by Scooj
A gallery of fantastic character pieces by Bristol artist Feek.
All photographs by Scooj
I mentioned recently that the turnover on certain walls in Bristol is accelerating and that there is a bit of a squeeze on available wall space largely due to gentrification. As a result, wonderful pieces like this one, part of a larger collaboration, by 3Dom and Feek just don’t last as long as they deserve to. I was lucky to have photographed this when I did, because it got over painted within a few days.
The split face, part monster part smiley, bearing a devilish halo is by 3Dom and is a seriously classy piece. The artwork is fantastic and the incredible details expertly painted. I particularly like the sparkling tooth.
On the monster’s outstretched hand is a Humpty Dumpty character with an axe and wearing a Mad Hatter’s tea party hat and with what I presume is an Alice character eating cake. Could the whole thing be a Lewis Carroll-inspired crazy surreal Alice and Jabberwocky scene? No matter what it is, the artwork and skill displayed by both artists is a real treat to behold.
It is going to be difficult to do this piece justice in writing, because it is just so damn good. First of all I would say that anything painted here had to be good, very good, because the previous resident was a magnificent turtle by Louis Masai, that had been augmented a while back by 3Dom. This collaboration brings together some of Bristol’s finest talent in the shape of 3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek.
I was fortunate enough to be with Paul H on the day these guys were finishing up and he suggested we go take a look. The message is loud and clear ‘Peace, Love, Unity’ – something we could all do with after such a prolonged turbulent era in British history.
To see 3Dom, Sepr and Feek all at work was a real treat, although I believe Piro and Epok had finished their contribution the day before.
The lettering in the centre is by Piro and Epok and adopts three very distinct design styles all of which are expertly executed. The writing is flawless and the colour selections draw you in like a beacon. The writing alone would be worthy of this wall, but we have so much more packed into this space.
On the left is my favourite bit (perhaps I shouldn’t say it, but it is), which is the female figure By 3Dom. The movement of the figure and expression on the girls face convey a contentedness and presence in ‘the zone’. I love the little details such as her earphones, necklace and belt of planets around her waist – there is a lot of symbolism here.
To the right of the piece is a fine double-act from Feek and Sepr. I am not entirely sure, but the sense I get here is one of celebrating nature and all that is good and nourishing about it. The ‘Green Man’ monster from Feek is an extraordinary piece of art in a cartoon style and a superb foil to the celestial figure by 3Dom opposite. Sepr’s contribution of a robin and a mole add a touch of simple and humorous class to the collaboration. There is so much in this piece to enjoy, and given the location of the wall it is likely to be a keeper. Brilliant.
It took two trips to this spot to be able to get any decent pictures. On my first visit, the sun was very bright indeed and a horizontal shadow was cast across the top half of the piece… my photographs were unusable.
This is a magnificent collaboration between 3Dom and Feek and one of the first to be painted since the lock down restrictions were slightly eased. On the left is an extraordinary character by 3Dom built up of five or six distinct elements: a raspberry head with a target, a geometric torso, wicker basket bottom, fractured legs and fabulous slippers. The character is balancing on a tightrope.
Opposite is a character from Feek, wearing a barrel on his head riding a unicycle on the same tightrope, a parrot nervously hanging on to the seat of the unicycle. The whole piece is a celebration of circus in a burst of colour and surreal ideas, and is the kind of outstanding piece that doesn’t come around every day.
Between the two tightrope acts is a beautifully painted ASK (After School Klub) written in circus-style Block script, which holds the two halves together with great skill. This is a truly exceptional piece and one that has been well worth the wait.
I was familiar with the M32 Spot some time before I started photographing street art, because I used to drop my then 12 year old son off for wet-weather skateboarding. The M32 Spot DIY skatepark was pretty much the only (free) skate park option when it rained, and for a skating obsessed boy this was the destination of choice. That boy turns 18 next weekend. Where did that time go?
This lovely piece by Feek, like so many pieces by the artist, really chimes with the skating community. The painting features a monster contributing to the DIY building of the skate park. My favourite bit… his signature in the teeth.
I cannot think how many times I have driven past this amazing pizza piece by Feek at the bottom of Ashley Hill, but I have never taken a moment to photograph it. This particular picture is pretty terrible… not only is is rather shaded, but I took it from the car window because I am lazy. Not ideal.
Shutter pieces are not easy so this crystal clear and fun piece by Feek is a bit of a triumph. It is pieces like this one that Bristolians take completely for granted. It is there, it has always been there, that is the way of things. Personally I think that this is rather special, the vegetables are amazing and the animated pizza character is brilliantly painted. At last I get to post it!
Although Feek and 3Dom like to collaborate, it is not too common these days to find a new piece by these two. What a lovlely surprise then to find this one down at the M32 Spot. This particular board is becoming a bit of a goldmine, especially during this very damp winter we have been having.
On the left is a beautiful pencil character by Feek which appears to have drawn the stunning piece of graffiti writing next to it. 3Dom is an alolrounder who seems to be equally comfortable with graffiti writing as he is with character pieces and abstract pieces, he seems to have it all in his armoury. There is some writing on the piece which reads:
The weight of it was killing me… the warmth of it was keeping me alive.
I’m not too sure if this is a quote or to what it refers, but it feels fairly profound. I like the little shout out to Ryder and Decay, whose collaboration was the previous occupant on this board.
Each year in August there is an event held in Dean Lane skate park called DLH, or Dean Lane Hardcore. It is a fairly crazy affair with skaters, wild music and a lot of booze. Before the event, streetartists come down and do a bit of decorating on the ramps and walls, which ends up looking pretty good on the videos.
For at least the last two years, and probably longer than that, Feek has taken on the large ramp at the bottom of the park and given it an extreme makeover. I made it to Dean Lane while he was working on the piece, but he disappeared and I never got to meet him which is a pity.
The monster glaring out of the ramp is brilliantly done and suits the event perfectly his previous years piece was not dissimilar. All good work. Unfortunately, I think this year’s DLH was a bit of a wash out…you can’t skate in the rain.
I don’t know how many iterations of this camel there have been on this particular wall, but I can think of at least four. Feek seems to be the main driving force, often accompanied by 3Dom, behind this themed wall which has incredible ‘foot fall’ or rather, driver-by viewings.
The wall is something of a landmark known to most north Bristolians as they journey towards the M32. Here the camel, speaking ‘Bristle’, is set on a background of speakers and draped in Rastafarian colours. Altogether brilliant. Below is a previous incarnation of the wall.
It is funny how easy it can be to miss things. I know this piece is reasonably new, but I don’t know exactly how new. I drive past the wall when I park up at the M32 to take pictures there, without really looking at it, because the artwork there has been the same for years. So I only noticed on my last trip.
I don’t think many other ‘hunters’ have spotted it either, because I’ve not seen it on Instagram at all (or maybe that passed me by too!) It is a brilliant and vibrant piece by 3Dom, Feek and Sepr for the Children’s Cycle Exchange in St Agnes. The collaboration is full of fun and utterly in tune with young minds, even incorporating a cheesy joke about a flea DJ.
I am not entirely certain about which bits 3Dom did and which Feek did, and it might be that they truly collaborated on the snail-on-a-bike and the central writing. The right hand side is unmistakably by Sepr albeit a bit more colourful than some of his work.
I felt very privileged and lucky to find this piece on two counts…its utter excellence and its modesty, in that it was completely under the radar. Very, very happy.