3329. St Werburghs tunnel (207)

This nice piece from Phour was painted during a Halloween paint jam down in the tunnel, I guess about a month ago. How time has flown this year, I think it must be the coronavirus effect.

Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

The colours of the piece were commensurate with the collaborators and Phour has gone with some slightly more elaborate letter shapes than usual for this one. I don’t think that the pumpkin is by Phour, but have included it in the picture because it complements the piece nicely. What festive japes.

3320. Brunel Way bridge (72)

Sometimes it is really easy to just like a piece instantly, and with this fine piece of writing from Soap, that is exactly how I felt when I first saw it. Painted as part of the Face 1st birthday/Halloween paint jam extravaganza, this colourful graffiti writing stands out.

Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020
Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020

Obviously spelling out SOAP, the grim themes; a scythe slicing into a skull and  a sword at the ready, have a light cartoony touch that brings a smile to the face. The colour selections are first-class and those pinks, purples and blues work so very well together – just ask SPZero76. A fine, fun piece of writing from PWA’s Soap.

3313. River Avon (7)

Lots of unknowns about this amazing piece on the Avon River pathway. I have no idea who the artist is and I don’t know how long it has been there, but judging from the fact that it looks pretty fresh and clean and the subject, it might be a recent Halloween piece.

Dabuten Tronko, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Dabuten Tronko, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020

Set on a blue and red broad-striped background this fabulously painted Satan face with enormous horns stands out a mile. The artwork is immaculate and this has been sprayed by an accomplished artist. The hand and spray can spewing out blue paint add a perfect finishing touch to the wall. The word MAFIA at the bottom right doesn’t help with identification. I am irritated that I can’t place the artist, especially as there is something familiar about the style that I simply can’t pin down. Too good not to post.

3302. Brunel Way bridge (70)

Following hot on the heels of the brand new artist gallery featuring Zake that I published yesterday is this Halloween piece that he painted during Face 1st’s birthday paint jam recently.

Zake, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020
Zake, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020

This might be the largest piece by Zake that I have seen and it is an absolute belter. The complementary colours and shadows in purple create a fantastic atmosphere with amazing expressions on each of the faces. I love his round faces with arms hanging off them, something of a speciality from Zake.

3297. Brunel Way Bridge (69)

I am reliably informed (Thank you, Paul) it was Face 1st’s birthday last week and this piece was part of a birthday/Halloween paint jam with friends to celebrate. The whole wall was a creative smorgasbord of delights and this horror Face 1st face was right up there.

Face 1st, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020
Face 1st, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020

The face character appears to be holding bits of a skeleton in one hand and a rather nasty looking ball and chain in the other and her head is split open with what looks like molten lava instead of a brain. It is certainly a vibrant piece, full of movement and action and I would say appropriate for Halloween. Happy Birthday.

3295. Brunel Way bridge (68)

I am catching up a little on Halloween pieces, so forgive me for the delay. This is a magnificent work from Nightwayss which I’m afraid the photographs fail to capture adequately, so you just have to imagine how much better this looks in the flesh.

Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

The piece is nicely framed in a portrait orientation and he would have needed a decent ladder to get to the higher parts of the wall. There is quite a lot of glare on this piece which is unfortunate, but putting that to one side, the scene that unfolds is crazy and nightmarish. There is a zombie monkey (of course), holding a bunch of keys and sitting immediately below a large eye.

Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

An elaborate decoration surrounds the piece but look out, a snake lurks within the swirls. This is an unusual and intriguing Halloween piece from Nightwayss and is rather special in my eyes.

3284. M32 Cycle path (84)

There is a thing at this time of year in the street/graffiti art world and that is to do a Halloween piece. I haven’t seen too many this year, although I have just been out to walk the dog and photographed a whole bunch more. This one is by Biers, who I am pleased to report is writing Biers again having spent the last year or two writing OhYeah.

Biers, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2020
Biers, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2020

This piece is a classic writing/character combination with a rather friendly looking grim reaper popping up to the right hand side of the writing. Biers has been reasonably dormant this year, so it is great to see him getting out and about.

3278. Brunel Way bridge (67)

I didn’t find as many Halloween pieces this year as I usually find, but that might be as a result of the terrible wet weather we have had over the last week or so. I did however manage to capture this piece under Brunel Way by Pl8o and although not overtly Halloween, I think this collaborative wall was to celebrate the festival.

Pl8o, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Pl8o, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

This piece is painted out entirely in greyscale which is rather nicely done. The owl in a darker grey stands out and adds interest to the piece overall. The bags in front of the piece actually belong to Varo who was painting the word ‘Conspiracy’ just to the right of this piece. Pl8o continues to go from strength to strength.

2905. Shoreditch, London

Continuing with a trip I took to Shoreditch, London back in November 2018 when I was lucky enough to come across this magnificent and rather dark halloween (I presume) fox by Irony at the Allen Gardens spot.

Irony, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
Irony, Shoreditch, London, November 2018

Irony’s work is nearly always breathtaking and I have yet to see a ‘dud’ from this artist. This chilling scene is of a fox (and possibly several other creatures of the night) clutching a severed arm in its mouth the hand of which is holding a hot dog. It is clever how the whole atmospheric piece has been achieved using only a few green, brown and black tones. Weird and wonderful.

1856. M32 Spot (32)

This quick one from Soap is another fine example of a Halloween piece which cleverly incorporates a pumpkin into the trademark design that Soap uses. The eyes doubling up as mouths complete with tongue and teeth works pretty well for a spooky effect, but is something Soap does with many of his pieces.

Soap, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2018
Soap, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2018

The columns in the M32 spot really lend themselves to these smaller vertical works, and because each one has four sides there is a whole lot of ‘canvas’ for artists to work with. Always fun with Soap.