4696. Greenbank (53)

Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

Here he is again with some more bright and striking pieces of graffiti writing. I am of course talking about the prolific Klashwhensober. It is strange, but there was a time a few months ago when I was bumping into Klashwhensober at least once a week, and our clocks were in sync… however, I haven’t seen him for quite a while now. The same thing happened with Werm.

Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

Both of these pieces are at Greenbank, and a feast for the eyes. The first, spelling SOBER is really eye-catching and is notable for the smorgasbord of fills transitioning horizontally through the piece with interest through every layer, truly a thing of beauty.

Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

The second piece is slightly more muted, but still beautifully presented. Spelling KLASH, this piece again offers some exquisite fill patterns and colours, complemented with a beautifully painted 3D shadow with a central disappearing point. Both pieces are top notch and a real celebration of Klashwhensober’s workmanship. Bravo!

4682. Greenbank (52)

Face 1st, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Face 1st, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

I cannot express how much I am enjoying this ‘happy’ period from Face 1st. There is something new and fresh about his work at the moment, which you might only notice if you have been following his art for a while. Face 1st is concentrating a little more on his characters, nearly always laughing girls, but there is more movement and different poses entering into his work.

Face 1st, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Face 1st, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

In this piece we have one of Face 1st’s letters and character pieces, with the letters FA and E broken up with a kick-dancing girl obscuring or being the C. The girl is striking a similar pose to one of his other recent pieces, which I posted a short while ago. Gotta love this one.

Face 1st, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2022
Face 1st, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2022

4653. Greenbank (51)

Marckinetic, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Marckinetic, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

It is amazing how quickly an artist can make an impression and become part of the norm. It really isn’t all that long ago that I posted the first piece by Marckinetic that I had been aware of, and now he is turning out quality piece after quality piece almost as if he has been painting in Bristol forever.

Marckinetic, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Marckinetic, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

This is a nice solid piece, which deliberately or otherwise has a metallic feel about it. The main body of letters is filled with a kind of sky-scape on the top half and a black lower half, giving the impression of being a mirror, reflecting the scene behind the viewer. The writing is set on a dark pink cloudy/bubbly background. This is an exceptionally good piece, and might be my favourite from the artist so far. He seems to be a real specialist in atmospheric/cosmic/sky-scape backdrops/fills.

4645. Greenbank (50)

Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

Today’s posts are the last of my holiday posts, and then tomorrow, I am back to work and the humdrum routine until our next break. First up today are a couple of pieces from Klashwhensober (surely a gallery coming up soon…) from Greenbank.

Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

The first is a nice black-lettered SOBER with a yellow and green blotchy 3D shadow. There is a pink string running about the piece with some rather nice bubbles in various places.

Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022
Klashwhensober, Greenbank, Bristol, August 2022

The second piece, possibly painted around the same time, is a stunning, energetic piece in orange and red, also spelling out SOBER, and the composition and colour choices really work for me. The fills and use of colours in them are some of his finest, and the letters lifted with the very tidy light blue 3D shadow. The stars and lines around the perimeter are the icing on the cake of a first-class piece. An excellent bit of writing from Klashwhensober.

4587. Greenbank (49)

Well, I rather set this piece up yesterday, when I said that I would be posting another piece by Marckinetic today, and here it is, a magnificent and unusual looking piece from the Bristol to Bath cycle path at Greenbank.

Marckinetic, Greenbank, Bristol, May 2022
Marckinetic, Greenbank, Bristol, May 2022

As with yesterday’s piece, I struggle to find any recognisable letters, although I can kind of see MORFO, which I am sure is wrong, maybe it is MARC. Perhaps the most eye-catching element to this abstract piece is the fill on the lower half of the ‘letters’. The cosmic scene, complete with clouds and stars, is quite magnificent and leaves a strong impression. The nicely buffed wall and blue cloudy, spotty background contrasts well with the main piece. More in the can from Marckinetic.

4574. Greenbank (48)

It is so good to see a new Laic217 piece, and this one is a throwback to his melting face period from a few years ago. I guess with the heatwave we are currently enduring this melting face is really rather apt.

Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, July 2022
Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, July 2022

The main difference between this and his similar pieces of old is that his skills and touch have improved measurably. Although this piece is rather grotesque, it is also fascinating, and difficult not to look at and study. I particularly like the curve of the cap peak, it is just so well observed. Melty face, melty day.

4553. Greenbank (47)

You might recall that almost two weeks ago I posted a piece by Whysayit, commenting that I haven’t seen much of his work in recent years. It would seem that he is becoming a little more active, and this is one of two pieces by the artist on the Bristol to Bath cycle track at Greenbank.

Whysayit, Greenbank, Bristol, June 2022
Whysayit, Greenbank, Bristol, June 2022

Whysayit has a very organic style, spelling out YSAE, with letters that look like they have been squeezed out of a tube. The colour combination is a bit iffy in my view, with a solid, pale sandy yellow for the letters and a turquoise blue for the deep shadow. Yellow and red colours have been splashed in for letter shadows and drips. This is an interesting piece that has elements of Miro or Tanguy in it. I’ll be on the look out for more from Whysayit.

4489. Greenbank (46)

There are some artists who never need introducing because their style is so unique, and without doubt Acer is one of those artists. Although he switches up his design concepts from time to time, they are still instantly recognisable as his work.

Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, May 2022
Acer, Greenbank, Bristol, May 2022

This playful rainbow lettering piece at Greenbank uses his current style and typeface to create the word ACER, with one small twist, literally, the piece is upside down. Clever work, once again perfectly executed.

4430. Greenbank (35)

Pretty much my favourite collaborations are those between Billy and Merny, their naive styles complement each other so well and they both tell fabulous stories with their paintings. This collaborative wall was painted a couple of weeks ago.

Billy, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Billy, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

To the left, as is usually the case with their collaborations, is Billy’s piece, that claims ‘it used to be different here’. It would appear that the piece is a commentary on the huge development that is going on on the other side of the hoardings. The woman in a strawberry dress, overlooking a new housing development, has the look of a Dick Bruna character, the artist who created Miffy the rabbit. Everything about this piece is perfect… the story, the artwork and the location.

Merny, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Merny, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

To the right of Billy’s piece is a rather bleak message from Merny in which a man, perhaps a teacher, is pointing at words on a board that read ‘no one cares’. I would suggest that maybe this is a reflection of the troubled times we live in where we have  an inept and out of touch government that is looking after the interests of the wealthy. The signature numbered labels create interest and humour to the piece.

Billy and Merny, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Billy and Merny, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

What a fabulous collaboration from these two. I was pleased to get photographs as often their pieces don’t last long, which is both irritation and disrespectful.

4424. Greenbank (44)

Another wonderful piece from Pekoe, painted during a bit of a purple patch, when she seems to be getting out and about rather a lot, which can only be a good thing. This stunning portrait was painted alongside RBF crew friends and carried the blue background theme that bound the pieces on the collaborative wall together.

Pekoe, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Pekoe, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

Pekoe has a remarkable talent for painting these portraits, which are so distinctly her work. I guess that the difference between her work, and the work of photorealists is that her style shines through, whereas sometimes it can be difficult to identify a photorealist artist. I am not sure if I have explained that very well, but in short, her work is unique. This time we have a purple face and blue and yellow hair decorated with orange and green symbols and shapes. Another fine piece from Pekoe.