This piece goes back a little way, and kind of got lost because it was taken on my mobile phone and not on my camera – hence the rather poor quality. It is a piece by Hoax and Akarat above the Coop on Gloucester Road and didn’t last too long before it got dogged, which was a pity.
It has been a long time since I have seen anything by these two on the streets so I was rather excited by this collaboration. Unfortunately, by the time I returned some while later with a camera it was gone. Entitled Run run run, the piece includes a couple of galloping horses and what looks like an architectural feature, possibly a window and roof. I would have loved to get a closer look, but this was the best I could do.
Sometimes I am too lazy for my own good, not an attractive quality, and one that I think I might have managed to pass on to my offspring. Not too far from where I live is the Golden Lion pub on Gloucester Road. I had heard that Sepr was giving it a bit of a face lift, but just hadn’t passed that way with my camera, and rather than make a special trip to get some decent photographs, I hopped out of the car and took these with my cell phone.
It was a wet and cold day, and I noticed afterwards that all my pictures were a bit misty, but rather than go up there and take some decent ones, the lazy in me took over, and here you are with some not so great pictures of a wonderful mural from the not lazy Sepr.
This piece really is outstanding and it is so good that in Bristol we have plenty of establishments that will commission our great artists to produce great work like this.
Of all the artists to visit Bristol for Upfest 2016, Feoflip probably had the greatest overall impact on the city. Not only did he create a beautiful piece for the festival, but he produced a further seven or eight pieces dotted around the city, many of which are still there.
A truly talented artist and one who seems to know his own mind, he creates scenes that appear to be part mechanical and part organic, and his style appears to draw on artists such as Max Ernst and others of the period.
This piece appears to be a bulldog, but look carefully and it is created from an old boogie box, and the dog is wearing a sport helmet (American football?) The whole thing is quirky and peculiar. The piece is enhanced, in my view, by being sprayed in single grey tones on a blue background. One of the best pieces in Bristol at the moment.
His return for Upfest 2017 would be the best thing…I’ll keep my fingers and everything else crossed.
Bolton road is a small alleyway branching off the Gloucester Road in the St Andrews area of Bristol. This always seems an unlikely place to find street art, but this is Bristol, and you never seem to be too far away from something a bit special.
This is a nice piece by Epok with all the usual traits of his work, that is, the angular and distorted letters, highly designed look and wonderfully complementary colour scheme. I am puzzled though by the space lady in the picture, and I am not surre if there was a collaborator or whether this is Epok’s work too. There are no other obvious signatures and I have exhausted searches on the interweb.
The lane is very difficult to take decent pictures in because it is so narrow, and sometimes there are awkward shadows cast across the walls. I have had these images a while, and ought to venture back to see if the piece is still there.
This stylised owl seems to have occupied this little corner for ever – I can’t remember it not being here, but having said that my skills of ‘street art awareness’ have only been in full operation for about a year now, so it might not be all that old.
It is a work by 45RPM, the very same who created the corporate commission for the Body Shop in Hotwell Road. This owl is special, and you will note, completely unmarked by taggers. A lovely work that could do with a bit of a wash.
In a sleepy side street just off the Gloucester Road by the Bristol Flyer pub is one of the most wonderful and colourful collaborations in Bristol. This triptych embraces the distinct styles of three local artists. Epok, 3Dom and Voyder.
Epok is renowned for his futuristic wildstyle burners. 3Dom introduces fantastical characters to his works and livens up walls all over this part of the City. Voyder is usually associated with faces as centre pieces surrounded by other works. In this instance though it would appear that the artist has also opted for a wildstyle burner.
The whole wall looks like it has been set on its side and would appear to have a continuous thread from left to right (or bottom to top). The clouds are on their sides in 3Dom’s and Voyder’s pieces. I have tried looking at it sideways, but am none the wiser about what it all means…not that it matters really. I love this wall and visit it quite regularly, just to look.
A wonderful new piece by SPZero76 has recently appeared on the side wall of Poppers, a party shop on the Gloucester Road. It would seem that SPZero76 has been rather busy lately, with a recent piece also appearing in Shoreditch, London. UPDATE 4 March 16: via Twitter, SPZero76 informes me that the wildstyle burner in the centre of this piece is by Mr Wigz, so it is a collaboration between the two.
SPZero76 is an illustrator and street artist who is based in Bristol and London, who has a great website where you can find out more about his work.
I particularly like this new mural because it brightens up what was previously a rather dull alleyway. There are several references in the work including to Lost Souls (his crew) and to Massive Attack (Robert del Naja is an active street artist, 3D).