No retrospective romp through the archives would be complete without a piece from Face 1st, and this one in Hepburn Road from July 2018 is a real beauty. This piece is one of his more ‘traditional’ single face pieces with a hairdo that cryptically spells out FACE.
I had mistakenly thought that this was from The Bearpit, because there is not much to go on, but I am pretty sure it is actually from Hepburn Road. One of the dangers of not posting immediately. Great colours, great shapes, great smile, great work.
Tucked away in a lane not usually associated with Kid Crayon was this rather unusual two-tone piece from July 2017. One of the things that I would often associate with Kid Crayon is his abundant use of colour, so this was something of a change.
My guess is that this was a quick one that was more for his own amusement than for public display. I love finding works like this, because they show another side of an artist and the range and diversity of their work. Without the signature, this would be quite difficult to identify as a KC piece. I’m not sure what the speech bubble says, but it looks like ‘wired’ to me. Does it refer to KC himself or to the character of the piece?
I absolutely love this stylised portrait by Pekoe. It kind of ticks a lot of boxes for me. It is bright and colourful, thoughtful and emotional, simple and complex, a really great piece which is tucked away at the lower end of ‘crack alley’.
I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Pekoe, but look forward to such an occasion… it is only a matter of time. Pretty much all of her works that I have seen are portraits, and most convey a lot of emotion, for example, in this piece the subject is crying triangular tears, there is a sadness here, common to a few of her other works. I was so pleased to find this, before seeing it on Instagram as is the case with so many pieces these days… nice to make a real discovery.
This little lane, locally known as Crack Alley due to it being at the epicentre of the illegal drugs trade until it was cleaned up about two years ago, is always worth a little visit because every now and then some little gems turn up.
Rezwonk is not exactly what you’d call shy about getting his graffiti writing out there, and there is barely a spot in Bristol that hasn’t had ‘Rezer’ emblazoned on it over the past year or two. This looks like a bit of a ‘quick one’, although even this is nicely finished. I think it is the zig-zag fills that make it look like a bit of a throw up, but it is rather more sophisticated than that.
Just to then right of the piece you can see the word Millhouse which I think refers to the piece to the left by Slakarts (posted a few days ago) which resembles Millhouse from the Simpsons. It all makes sense now.
So here he is again, this time turning up in ‘crack alley’ or Hepburn Road as it is formally known. I am of course talking about Slakarts, an artist that I can’t seem to keep off the pages of Natural Adventures at the moment, and there are more in the pipeline.
This piece is a little different from most of the work we see by this artist, because the face is in semi-profile, where normally his subjects are seen from the front. The piece is nice and clean with strong outlines and solid fills, and there is a little bit of movement going on with the double lines near the nose and cheek. I don’t remember ever seeing a piece by Slakarts down here before and it is good to see him moving about the place.
In a part of Hepburn Road that I rarely visit, I was dropping my son off, I caught a glimpse of this qWeRT paste up. Of course I had to park up, and walk back to take a better look. I think, judging from the good condition of the piece, that it must have been left here during qWeRT’s recent trip to Bristol.
I believe that our friendly googly-eyed character greets us in the guise of Vishnu, the Hindu god and preserver of life. The wheatpaste is rather well camouflaged, set on a colourful background of random tags and swirls and is at first quite difficult to see. More to come from qWeRT and more to find I hope.
I don’t often venture too far down Hepburn Road, but am very glad indeed that I did so on this occasion, because I was greeted by this wonderful protrait by Pekoe. The observant among you will also notice the oil drum has been decorated by Ryder.
Pekoe seems to be producing quite a lot of work at the moment and with each piece there are surprises and improvements. In this one she has made a great effort with decorating the hair in a style that resembles a nimber of PWA artists. I like what she has done with the lips and the eye, using white to create the effect of reflections. A little gem from this Bristol artist.
In a small alley off Stokes Croft called Hepburn Road (former drug dealing centre of Bristol) is (was) this intriguing piece by Nightways who seems to have cast off the winter doldrums and has become very active in recent weeks.
Unfortunately this two-tone piece was bombed fairly quickly, so I was lucky to get a clean picture of it. The painting is of a woman holding a strand of her hair from which a tiny little monkey is dangling, thus ensuring that there is some ‘monkeyness’ in the piece, which is what we have come to expect from Nightways. I met him last weekend, painting with Laic217 in Moon Street, and there is another of his pieces that I can’t wait to share with you. Nice work.
In the little lane that used to be the drug dealing centre of Bristol until a police clampdown some eighteen months ago is this little door and on it a small piece from Nevla. I’ve not seen any of his work for a while now, so it was good to come across this recently.
I am a big fan of his cartoon characters, nearly always in black and white and set on a solid colour background. There is a simplicity about the pieces and usually a little bit of cheeky humour about them. If you look carefully, you can see another face by Nevla just to the left of the door.
Rezwonk has been a bit of a busy man recently, especially in the Stokes Croft area. This burner at the top end of Hepburn Road is a humorous tribute to Fab ice lollies, spelling out Rezer (Rezwonk). His work is undeniably classy and this has something special about it.
I have not seen any burners from Rezwonk before this one, but he uses writing an awful lot in his pieces, and it would seem that letters and writing are central to his work. Over the past few months Hepburn Road has become noticeably less threatening as the police and local authority clamped down on the drug dealing that used to plague this area. This spot is a favourite of DNT’s and I expect Rezwonks piece to be replaced before too long.