3555. M32 roundabout J3 (289)

A weekend or two back Pekoe had a pulse of painting activity that would make your eyes water. It seemed that she has left one of her beautiful portraits at every spot in town. This one, alongside some graffiti writing from Mena was at the M32 roundabout.

Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

I love the way that Pekoe has used the space to turn her usual portrait orientation into a landscape one by trailing the woman’s hair off to the right. I also love the colour selections, which although not my favourite colours seem to work so incredibly well in this instance. The spot on the eyes and lips lift these features and the shading around the face add real depth to the piece. I absolutely love this one. Bravo!

3522. M32 roundabout J3 (285)

Well it looks very much to me like Nightwayss has joined the PWA crew, which is very exciting indeed if it is in fact the case. Here he is sandwiched between Soap and Face 1st, adopting the shared colour scheme in a fine collaboration on the :32 Roundabout.

Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021

On the left of the trio is a piece from Soap using the green and pink base colours shared by all three artists. Spelling out his name, Soap has incorporated some gems into the letters, something he recently did in another piece at the M32 Spot. I like it when artists pick up a new theme and run with it for a while.

Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021

Another recurring theme that we see from Nightwayss is a good old cassette player/radio adorned with a couple of monkeys. Great to see the PWA label.

Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021

To the right is the third element of the collaboration and the ever-cheerful work from Face 1st. This giggling girl looks to have a fairly gloopy toxic head of hair, which is actually beautifully filled by Face 1st. It is impossible not to like these pieces and the wonderful crew that is Pirate Wall Art.

3494. Purdown HAA Battery (17)

This is the third piece by Big Hev that I have posted in recent weeks, which, I think, brings me up to date with her work in Bristol so far although I can’t be certain  about that. Once again this young artist wows us with a big, bold and colourful portrait filling up one of the concrete walls of the battery.

Big Hev, Purdown Battery, Bristol, February 2021
Big Hev, Purdown Battery, Bristol, February 2021

There is a lot to like about this piece, starting with the great colour selections. It is impossible to ignore this piece as you wander around the old WWII buildings. I am full of admiration for artists who get out there and just do their stuff and I wish I had the courage, conviction and talent to join them. Big Hev will improve her technique, but her style identity is already forming, and I am so excited to witness her progress.

3126. St George skate park (12)

I went up to the skate park to find a small piece from Soap, and am pleased that I did because I came across this rather interesting portrait by Zake. The face in green set on a patterned purple background is not something I would instantly associate with Zake, but on lingering it has many of the characteristics he uses in his work.

Zake, St George, Bristol, August 2020
Zake, St George, Bristol, August 2020

The last piece from Zake that I saw was a blue faced girl at the M32 Spot, so it would seem he is experimenting at the moment with colourful faces. This a fun piece.

3047. Dean Lane skate park (331)

Oh it has been such a long time, but definitely worth the wait. This piece by Tuco is characteristically cheerful and bright. It is amazing how artists can convey different moods using just letters and colours. This piece says to me ‘fun’.

Tuco, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020
Tuco, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020

I guess like many of us Tuco is a busy man and just doesn’t get to paint very often which is a shame. The use of two shades of green combined with the pinks and white all set on, and contrasting well with, a blue background gives this piece an air of confidence and ease. Great work… come back soon.

2370. Dean Lane skate park (238)

I have liked the work of Mr Draws a great deal now for several years and am enjoying seeing his work get tighter and more creative with each outing. This is a simple but effective rendition of his ‘Draw’ signature.

Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

The green and yellow stripes are nicely selected and painted and the whole thing is given a lift with the thick black outline. It would seem that so many of the spots Mr Draws liked to paint are now out of action, such as the Bearpit and Carriageworks. It is great then that he continues his great work, even if I have to go the extra mile to see it.

1816. Upfest 2018 (76)

Oh my oh my. This utterly outstanding piece by Elafil was the biggest head turner of the festival. I had to revisit it several times, just to enjoy the bold brash colours and expression knock me over. I seriously rate this piece as a brilliant piece of street art. The bottle green and copper tones work so well together and create something that assault your eyes – ‘hey look at me’ the piece is saying.

Elafil, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Elafil, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Another thing about this particular piece is that it is unquestionably photogenic, which is great for someone like me who likes to present great pictures of street art in my posts. The only downside is that when I got to see it, the artist had already finished and fled the scene. Next time!

Elafil, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Elafil, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Elafil is from Spain although I’m not sure which part. He clearly has ambition to join the international circuit and on this evidence shouldn’t have any problem at all. He has a website which showcases some of his great work, but alas no ‘about me’ tab.

1676. Dean Lane skate park (154)

The other day, just before heading off to Italy, I had a quick trawl around my favourite spots in Bristol just to get as up-to-date with new pieces as I could before missing out on a week of photographing street art. Dean Lane was fairly busy, as it was being prepped for the annual Hardcore funday that weekend. Feek was working on one of the large ramps (to follow) and I met DJPerks (a fellow admirer of street/graffiti art) for the first time. I think that we ‘hunters’ (I’m not sure if I like the tag) are almost as elusive as some of the artists. While talking to him, this green piece caught my eye.

Nightways, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Nightways, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

It is by Nightways, a visitor to Bristol, but I am not too sure where he calls home. He sprayed this piece as a three colour challenge, and I think it has turned out rather well. His Facebook page is a little cryptic, and he seems to have a thing for bears, although looking at his Instagram it all seems to be monkeys. Whatever his thing is, I rather like this piece, and hope he comes to visit again soon.

1499. M32 roundabout J3 (75)

I have featured quite a few pieces by Nevla recently and this one is the least like all the others. Pretty much all of his work that I have seen so far is of cartoon characters. This one is slightly different in that it is a little less lighthearted than the rest, more of a study than a cartoon.

Nevla, M32, Bristol, January 2018
Nevla, M32, Bristol, January 2018

I am nearly at the end of the Nevla pieces that I have, and I haven’t seen any recent work although I am constantly on the look out. As I mentioned in a previous post, I like his unique style and would like to see him produce work in other hotspots around the city. Nice green face.