Dibz is an immensely talented graffiti writer and whose status is in the highest echelons of writers in Bristol and, I dare say, the UK. He manages to turn out beautifully designed piece after piece, never letting his standards drop, and the creativity of his designs and outstanding colour palettes is of the highest order.
This piece in Dean Lane is extra special because it is a birthday celebration for his mother, which is really touching. For this piece, he has really gone to town, with all the elements coming together perfectly. Great design, superb colours, tight lines, beautifully crafted fills and 3D shadows. In short this is an outstanding piece, and about as good as it gets.
I think that this might be one of my favourite Slakarts pieces to date. The slightly more sophisticated overall design and inclusion of great colours (reminiscent of Kleiner Shames’ preferred palette) delivers a truly pleasing work. Perhaps he was inspired while painting alongside Decay… and who wouldn’t be?
The stylised portrait has been painted with great care, and the lines are sharp and fills solid. There are some clever elements and some fabulous fragmentation of elements, creating something of a cubist look to the piece. A beautiful piece beautifully finished.
Sparke Evans park is becoming a bit of a ‘go to’ spot these days for both artists and photographers/chroniclers, as the quality and high turnover of work necessitates more regular visits. This is a superb collaboration from Spanish duo Dabuten Tronko and Sin Prisas
The two rather scary looking vultures (I think) appear to be squabbling over an eyeball suspended between the pair. On the left is Sin Prisas’ bird, painted with great skill and class. It is a pity we don’t see more of his work in the city.
To the right is a vicious vulture by Dabuten Tronko, and the amazing thing is that the artists have managed to paint with incredibly similar styles, and it is only the finer detail, such as the thickness of the outer border, that gives this away as being a collaboration between two artists. Their signatures help in this respect too.
This is an absolutely fabulous collaborative piece and is right up at the top end of these kinds of pieces in the city.
Regulars will know that I really like Bnie’s work. She fits into a school of writers whose letters are not cryptic… what you see is what you get, and the magic is created in the colour schemes and in the fills and patterns. Some, for example Mena in yesterday’s post, try something a little different from time to time, but it is in perfecting what you enjoy that shines through the most.
This newish piece on the cycle path, part of an RBF paint jam, does incorporate some slightly new letter shapes and the horizontal fade from purple through to green in four shades is beautifully worked, but it is her distinctive patterned (in red and black this time) 3D depth that is truly masterful. Great piece.
There is something very enjoyable when an artist adds to their repertoire with something quite different. Mena is a writer who up until recently worked with uniform soft blocky letters, but recently she has gone on a spate of beautiful script writing, which has taken her work to a new level in my opinion.
This piece in Sparke Evans Park is an absolute belter. The script is beautifully designed and the horizontal blend of colours in the fill are masterfully done. A really lovely piece and a great new direction for the artist.
I have always known that when looking for street art, it always pays off to walk round an extra corner or walk further than you were planning, because there are so many gems out there off the beaten track. I found this glorious mural by Gage Graphics on a trip to Greenbank. My dog wanted a longer walk, so I went on a bit of an exploration and was lucky enough to find this piece.
It was also interesting walking into Easton from a different direction and visualising how it all joins up. The mural takes up two sides of a corner building and seems to be a bit of an urban Bristol scene, identifiable by the Clifton suspension bridge, with some cartoon characters and fantasy shapes.
I do believe Top Cat makes an appearance as well as Jerry the mouse peering from a or, which all seems a little incongruous to me, but might have been a special request for the commission.
On the shorter side of the building there appear to be two little seating areas, with a dog playing a guitar and a small speaker system cleverly painted onto the gas meter box. A wonderful new and fantastical piece for Bristol by Gage Graphics.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the street art scene in Bristol over recent years has been the emergence of dozens and dozens of new artists, genres and movements. Among the most interesting has been the Bristol Womxn Mural Collective that seems to be growing with some pace, and holds regular paint jams at various different spots around Bristol. Watching studio artists transition their artistry onto walls is a fascinating experience and adds some intriguing, new and fresh pieces to the spectrum of street art in the city.
This small piece by Raquel Blazquez is tucked under one of the ramps in the skate park, which presents a cosy space for artists. The portrait of a woman is colourful and has a certain presence generated by the expression of the subject’s face. The piece has all the hallmarks of a fine artist (lots of detail and colour shadings) adapting to a street canvass. Lovely work and I hope to see more.
I mentioned in a recent post that Mudra has taken to painting columns, which is all well and good in terms of diversity and experimentation, but is a real pain for anyone, like me, wanting to capture the pieces (I was going to say on film) digitally.
This one under Brunel Way is a classic Mudra character, full of colour, with a red nose, glasses and a yellow moustache, and signed with his @ signature on the character’s forehead. Mudra has a style that is all his own and has made a strong impact since first hitting Bristol’s streets, just over a year ago – sometimes it feels like he has been forever, but he is still a relative noob in the city.
Just because I haven’t posted anything by Turoe for a while, doesn’t mean he hasn’t been decorating Bristol’s walls, it is more a reflection of the sheer number of new pieces appearing every week in the city, and I don’t have the capacity to feature them all in Natural Adventures.
On the long hoarding at Greenbank, this is a rather luscious (or lush as we say in Bristol) chrome burner with a gorgeous red 3D shadow giving the letters real depth and lifting them away from the hoarding surface. This is a lovely piece of graffiti writing from a very accomplished artist.
I met Hire in Dean Lane the day before he painted this beauty, and he was basically sizing up the wall looking where would be best to paint his new work. I hadn’t seen him for quite some time, but he remembered me and even remembered my name, which felt good, and we chewed the fat for a little while, before I had to dash.
I like, and have always liked, Hire’s work. His graffiti writing has a distinctive jagged appearance of edges and shapes that remind me of medieval weapons and blades. The letters are sophisticated, spelling HIRE, and the colour transitions beautifully worked, with a bright band running horizontally through the piece. So good to see both the artist and his new piece.