Mutatee has been rather quiet with her street art installations this year, but she seems to have started up again recently and this lovely and rather curious figurine is at the bottom of the wall that is famous for Banksy’s well hung lover.
There is another of these figurines in Leonard Lane, which I posted last October. There would seem to be a small floor in the casting of this piece because in both of them there is a small crack on the ladie’s arm. Nonetheless this is a creative and imaginative addition to the wonderful spectrum of free publc art in Bristol.
It would seem that JPS has been visiting Bristol and his home, Weston-super-Mare recently if his Instagram account is anything to go by. On a wall that has been home to a JPS piece for a long time now, this new, and rather fantastic stencil arrived about week or two ago.
The piece features two little boys, one of them pulling a knife out on the other, both encircled in a ‘don’t do it’ sign. The slightly taller boy is gently restraining the one with the knife. This is a poignant anti knife crime piece and conveys the message sensitively.
This is JPS at his absolute best. A strong message conveyed with tenderness and love but not avoiding the hard issue in hand. Using children to depict such foolishness is clever because it helps us to see how stupid violence is and how it looks utterly out of context in these youngsters – shouldn’t it be so for everyone?
Despite this being one of the closest walls to my work, it has taken me an inordinate amount of time for me to get round to photographing and posting it. Tucked away in Frogmore Street, just below a Banksy, this is a fabulous mural from RichT.
I didn’t see it at first, but towards the right of the piece is a Spider-Man hanging upside down in this fantasy environment. Sensational colours and weird and wonderful shapes combine to create a little masterpiece on the side of this night club. Nice work from RichT.
I had no idea this was here. Unheralded, unannounced and not picked up on Instagram, this wonderful new piece from 3Dom is in Frogmore Street where there used to be a collaboration by RichT and 45RPM (you can just see the remains of it in the doorway) which seems to have been here forever.
We are used to seeing rather surreal work and dream-like characters from the brilliant mind of 3Dom, but occasionally he also creates these wonderful abstract concentric designs, and this one really hits the spot.
I hope he returns to finish up in the doorway, because as it stands it looks a little untidy. Maybe he has already done it, I don’t know as I’ve not returned since I took the pictures. The colours and shapes are reminiscent of some kind of organic life, almost like a coral reef. The shading and highlights are really clever, giving the whole piece a sort of 3D effect. Lovely work.
I have been aware of the work of this Bristol artist for some while now, but didn’t know much else about him. Well a little stroke of luck…a delay to my usual bus…encouraged me to walk home after work and I decided to take a slightly different route. As I dropped down the steps from Park Street into Frogmore Street I saw this beautiful display of foil butterflies pressed into the road tarmac.
The gentleman in the pictute is actually the artist, Duncan McKellar, who likes to bring a smile to the citizens of Bristol with his unusual artistic displays that appear from time to time. I guess one might describe him as an installation artist, but what he does brilliantly is bring to life many of the things we fail to see around us, such as statues and trees and puts them front and centre of our consciousness with his art.
I particularly like this foil piece because it is an unusual experimental technique which Duncan was trialling. We stopped for a lengthy chat, and I will certainly be following his artistic adventures with great interest. More from Duncan to come soon.
This collaboration rounds off, for the time being, the different works of Bristol artists in this area. The wall in question is directly below the Banksy, and adjacent to the 45RPM and RichT wall.
It is a cheerful piece by Silent Hobo, Cheo and Deam (who seems to sign himself with variants of Deam, Deamz or Deamze). Each artist has sprayed a separate part of the wall in their own distinct styles.
The wall has been repainted reasonably regularly, although this has remained for a couple of years. I fully expect it will change again this year. The wall gets a load of attention from visitors who come to look at the Banksy above it.
This busy mural is in great company, with a Banksy and JPS only meters away.
It is by 45rpm and Richt. Although 45rpm has a lot of work around Bristol, and a website, it is difficult to dig up very much about him although he does have a post about his work with Richt on pattern collage murals.
Richt is also a Bristol-based artist and illustrator whose works are also scattered around Bristol and the Westcountry. The pair appear to collaborate a fair bit.
Standing on the bridge at the bottom of Park Street looking North East, you are treated to the most wonderful stencil by Banksy.
‘Man hanging’ which probably goes by several different names was sprayed in 2006, and led to something of a watershed in a permissive stance from the Bristol City Council regarding what was then called graffiti. There is a lovely article written at the time from the BBC website. How things have come on in relatively few years.
I am fortunate enough to walk past this iconic Banksy twice a day at least, and I am never bored by it. In 2009 the work was attacked with blue paint, calling into question all sorts of difficult conversations about street art and graffiti and vandalism and ‘he had it coming to him for selling out’ etc etc. For me it is just a pity. It seems that with his art, if you are not there in the first day or two, it will get damaged or removed.