Ta da! This post marks something of a landmark for me and Natural Adventures… it is the 5,000th street/graffiti art post. Natural Adventures has come a long way from its origination as a place to document a journal I kept of an adventure in the South Atlantic in 1987. Haiku and street art just crept up on me, and have now become a central pillar in my life.
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than with an outstanding and passionate piece by Rozalita AKA Rohzi.
I was fortunate enough to have a long chat with Rohzi as she was buffing the wall for this piece, and once the conversation got going, she really opened up and I was thoroughly enjoying myself until the dog decided he’d had enough and started to bark, which means he wants to go. The conversation ended a little too abruptly for my liking, but it is an occupational hazard when walking the dog and photographing street art.
Rozalita mentioned that the portrait was of people from an Amazonian tribe, and she was going to leave a hashtag on the piece to find out more, but that didn’t seem to happen. The portrait itself is exceptional and demonstrates just how far she has come over the last year or two. I do hope it isn’t too long before I get a chance to continue our chat.
Haka has been living in a purple patch of form for at least a year, and pretty much all of his work over that time has featured children’s book or comic book characters. In this piece he has painted a brilliant Percival Proudfoot Plugsley (or Plug as he was known) from the Beano Bash Street Kids.
The portrait also doubles up as the second ‘A’ in HAKA. Haka has brought a lot of joy to Bristol’s streets, shining a little light on his world of bringing up a young family, with loads of children’s characters. Gotta love this one.
The last couple of visits to Bristol by Logoe have resulted in only two or three pieces, which is worth mentioning, because typically we get to see a rash of five or six per visit. This piece was painted over the Christmas holiday period, I think, and bears all thee hallmarks of a great piece of Logoe writing.
The colours are suitably subtle, and the palette nicely worked out. The dots are rather different in so much as they are running in vertical rows rather than the customary horizontal splash we usually see. The letters ‘Logoe’ are really nicely written, but if I am perfectly honest, slightly masked by number and size of dots. Another fine piece of writing.
When designing and planning monster pieces, the only thing stopping you is lack of ideas (and talent, obvs). Well it seems that Mote’s imagination is firing on all cylinders, and his menagerie of curiosities continues to grow with this ‘all teeth and eyes’ monster at Greenbank.
I am not sure how much longer this long hoarding will remain, because the development behind it is moving at pace, and already about a quarter of the hoarding has come down. Mote has used the space well, and as usual the monster is filled to perfection with great solid colours, and a little bit of a fade in the purple section. Another day, another monster from the fabulous Mr Mote.
The primary reason for pieces being left behind in my archive is that I couldn’t identify the artist at the time of taking the photographs, and then the moment passes and that is that. I am sure that my archives are full of gems, and if I had more time I would mine them out on a regular basis, but at the moment that is not possible. And while I am spending time digging out archive images, I am not posting the New Year pieces, which makes life difficult. Anyhow, this is an absolute beauty from Vozie back in April last year.
Vozie has a great eye for her colour combinations, and has chosen some great letters for writing. The ‘V’ at the start is a strong letter and allows for all sorts of variations, and the ‘O’ and ‘Z’ also allow a certain amount of play. Vozie is clearly very accomplished and her fades, highlights and borders are always on-point. This is a lovely piece painted pre-Truss (remember her?).
I intend to publish a gallery of Klashwhensober’s work early in the New Year as I have easily enough published pieces of his work. I tend to create galleries for any artist with 10+ pieces, and Klashwhensober easily qualifies in this criterion.
This is a fine, if not slightly dark piece at Greenbank which heavily features the 3D break out elements that Klashwhensober has been producing a lot of lately. I’m not too sure what the character to the right of the piece is, but it is great to see him incorporating new ideas.
An artist who has come on in leaps and bounds in 2022 is the irrepressible Desi, and here she is at Greenbank with one of her DEZI variants. It seems such a shame that these boards won’t be here for much longer and that all we will have to reflect on it the images captured, but that is the ephemeral nature of street art of course.
Painted over a 3F fino piece (you can see the top of his spray can), Desi has confidently sprayed these large letters which have lovely 3D drop shadows and a very nice transition in the fill from yellow to purple, and great use of reversed dots to add some interest in the fills. A really nice piece beautifully finished, and a major improvement on her early works a couple of years ago.
As the development alongside the Bristol to Bath cycle track reaches its completion, the long hoarding is being dismantled in sections as each new block of the development is finished. We always knew this would be a temporary spot, but it feels rather sad that it is shrinking away and will soon be gone altogether.
One of the regulars here over the last few years has been Laic217, and here he is with another classic piece. This one, along with other recent pieces, reverts back to his rather sinister distorted faces. Distorted and trippy some might call it. All the elements of a Laic217 piece are there, but once again it is his attention to detail in folds in material that really stands out. He has become a master of painting the clothes worn by his skeletal characters. Brilliant stuff from one of my all-time favourite artists
Unless he is reading The Bible to his kids, this Jesus piece by Haka is a bit of a departure from his recent passion for painting characters from children’s story books. Representations of Jesus in street art are relatively rare, but this South Park Jesus breaks the mould.
Haka’s writing in this piece is really neat and tidy, with a bright colour combination that dazzles. Overall, a real pleasure to see this one, and to enjoy Hakas’ continuing purple patch.
It is getting very difficult to keep on top of the street art scene in Bristol at the moment. The sheer number of artists and the frequency with which they are painting, means that many pieces never see the light of day on the pages of Natural Adventures. An artist who doesn’t appear as much as he should is 3F Fino, and I have a great many of his pieces lurking in my archive.
I have managed to include this recent one from Greenbank, painted alongside LRS crew friends. The letters FINO are half decorated in a bubble style, that 3F Fino has used before at L Dub, if my memory serves me right. The design as very effective and unusual. Alongside the letters, the artist has painted a masked character jumping out of the side of a spray can with a brick wall motif, used a lot by street artists. All good work from 3F Fino.