3188. St Werburghs tunnel (188)

No signature, but who needs a signature when your work screams out Fiva? It feels like an eternity since Fiva hit any walls, but this is quite some comeback. I don’t need to tell you what it spells, but I am probably as curious as you are as to why he decided upon the word Puffin.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020

The piece is dedicated to Josie and perhaps the word puffin means something to her. The writing is big and bold, but I can assure you that just because it looks simple does not mean it is simple to do. For a start there are all those straight lines and the correct spacing between letters etc. There is an extremely nice touch with the grey shadows to the left and bottom of each letter. A magnificent piece. I tried to emulate one of his letters last year, with a rather disappointing result… very difficult to do.

Scooj, H in the style of Fiva, Bristol, June 2019
Scooj, H in the style of Fiva, Bristol, June 2019

Fiva (Fiver)

A fabulous gallery of fivers from Bristol-based artist Fiva (Fiver). Some truly wonderful pieces here.

All photographs by Scooj

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019
Five, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Five, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Fiva, St George skate park, Bristol, September 2019
Fiva, St George skate park, Bristol, September 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva and Nightwayss, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva and Nightwayss, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019
Fiva, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Fiva, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2019
Fiva, M32, Bristol, April 2019
Fiva, M32, Bristol, April 2019
Fiva, Scooj, M32, Bristol, April 2019
Fiva, Scooj, M32, Bristol, April 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Fiva, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Fiva, Ashley Road, Bristol, December 2017
Fiva, Ashley Road, Bristol, December 2017
Fiva, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2017
Fiva, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2017
Fiver, St Andrews Road, Bristol, December 2016
Fiver, St Andrews Road, Bristol, December 2016
Fiver, St Andrews Road, Bristol, December 2016
Fiver, St Andrews Road, Bristol, December 2016

2889. St Werburghs tunnel (166)

Thanks to lock down, I am sharing this throwback piece from 2017 in St Werburghs tunnel by Fiva. His style is clean bold and instantly recognisable. Large letters with a character face in a cartoon style looking on.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017

It is so easy to like Fiva’s work, it has a lighthearted feel to it and somehow it always feels very welcoming and accessible. I’m not sure if that makes any sense to you, but it does to me. It is great to have the space to unearth this one from the archive.

2848. St Werburghs tunnel (163)

This epic piece probably signals the last for a while from Bristol-based artist Fiva. Clearly Covid-19 related, the two breakout pieces of text spell out:

“Stay safe” and “look after your gran”

There has been a lot of this kind of language spoken and written in recent weeks and this I think captures the state of national compassion exhibited by the vast majoity of people with dissenting arseholes remaining silent or out of sight.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020

As with the previous post, less is definitely more although this less is also more, making it more less is more. This is the second epic piece by Fiva in recent months and I have a feeling that this one might last rather longer than the last one.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020

There is little that Fiva can do wrong in my eyes and I find this a thrilling and brave piece. A nice touch is the grey shadows just to the right of each letter giving the whole thing a bit of a lift. This piece oozes class and I love it.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

2812. St Werburghs tunnel (158)

Castles and spired towers decorate the letters of this medieval piece from Fiva, complete with a cartoon character knight. Thie last pece from Fiva in St Werburghs tunnel was an epic piece with massive letters, this is altogether much more the typical kind of piece we get from this brilliant Bristol artist.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020

In spraying my own letters last year, the artist I studied the most was Fiva and on one occasion I tried to copy one of his letters, but without much success. I am definitely inspired by Fiva and really enjoy finding his pieces.

Scooj, H in the style of Fiva, Bristol, June 2019
Scooj, H in the style of Fiva, Bristol, June 2019

2614. St Werburghs tunnel (115)

No matter how hard I try, I cannot do this blockbuster by Fiva any justice at all. Stretching abut 30ft into the tunnel and with letters at least 6ft high this is a huge piece, and unlike many blockbusters that are painted with rollers and rough edges, there is real class about the form of the letters and their presentation.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

St Werburghs tunnel has been a rich hunting ground for Fiva’s work lately, but this is the loudest piece yet. He gives you a clue about his intentions with the words ‘Go Big’ at the left hand side of the piece. Aside from being awesome, this piece also serves a purpose, which is to help move on from the contraversial painting over of a BUZZ tribute on this wall earlier on in the autumn. His status will give credibility to using this whole length of wall for new works for all artists.

 

 

2581. St Werburghs tunnel (110)

Yes, Fiva/Fiver has been at it again in St Werburghs Tunnel (goddam the light), with a piece full of Autumn promise. Copper tomnes and leaves leave us in no doubt about the time of year this one was created.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019

Fiva is up to his usual creative deceptions of superimposing one style of writing over or into another. In this brilliant example a brick Fiver is covered over by a Fiver made of rather untidy wooden planks. The whole thing works really well and shows off his imaginative talent. Looking forward to more.

 

 

2546. St Werburghs tunnel (108)

Another day, another Fiva piece in St Werburghs tunnel. This piece is perhaps a little less elaborate than some we have seen recently and there is no accompanying character, but it retains all the great hallmarks of Fiva’s fabulous work.

Five, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Five, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

Brick walls in street art are something of a ‘thing’ and are painted as a backdrop by many Bristol (and other) artist to great effect. Fiva’s large full caps letters stand out from the brick background and are beautifully filled with a graded colour scheme and spots. All in all a lovely addition to this artist’s growing catalogue of pieces.

2459. St George skate park (6)

On a ramp at St George skate park is this rather tasty clean and tidy piece by Fiva. I have only been visiting this skate park for about three months and it has yielded so many lovely pieces. The turnover here is quite high, because all the surfaces get pretty scuffed pretty quickly – luckily I got to this one when it was stil pretty fresh.

Fiva, St George skate park, Bristol, September 2019
Fiva, St George skate park, Bristol, September 2019

I am racking up quite a decent collection of pieces by Fiva and this one is a little different from many, with a slightly more forgiving font and softer cloudy background although the whole thing is set on a rather austere blue brick wall background. I like Fiva’s work a lot and always get a bit of a kick out of finding new pieces by him.

2447. St Werburghs tunnel (98)

I am currently away in Cornwall on my annual sea fishing trip, and am finding it really difficult to keep up with these posts, so today’s contributions might be a little rushed.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

This is yet another exceptional piece of writing from Fiva, where has superimposed two writing styles on top of each other and used different colours where the letters overlap. It is a very clever piece, skilfully painted, but I’d expect no less from this artist.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

It is great also to see him include one of his characters on the left hand side of the piece. All very good indeed.