3225. Hepburn Road (18)

I am really enjoying acquainting myself with the work of Phour (whose Instagram account is @bumwin if you are interested). His letters lend themselves to a rather pleasing form, which is not the case with all writers, with the P and H being particularly nice.

Phour, Hepburn Road, Bristol, September 2020
Phour, Hepburn Road, Bristol, September 2020

This piece combines the contrasting pink and turquoises with real panache and if there is one thing that is consistent about Phour’s work it is his use of bright and vibrant colours. This one is tucked away in Hepburn Road, which is always worth an occasional visit where gems can be found from time to time.

3222. Hepburn Road (17)

Welcome to the second piece by Nathan Bowen from a recent trip to Bristol tucked away in Hepburn Road, locally known as ‘crack alley’ although it seems to have become slightly less intimidating than it used to be.

Nathan Bowen, Hepburn Road, Bristol, September 2020
Nathan Bowen, Hepburn Road, Bristol, September 2020

This piece continues the theme of construction workers in yellow hats in line with the piece I posted a few days back. I am guessing that in choosing this theme Nathan Bowen is commentating on the rise and rise of gentrification in the area, something he will be all too familiar with in the street art areas of London. I am a big fan of his scribble cartoon style, which must be really difficult to do with spray paint. He must be using some super-skinny caps. One more to come from this talented artist.

2932. Hepburn Road (16)

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.

Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2018
Face 1st, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2018

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.

2896. Hepburn Road (15)

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.

Kid Crayon, Hepburn Road, Bristol, July 2017
Kid Crayon, Hepburn Road, Bristol, July 2017

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?

2729. Hepburn Road (14)

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’.

Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020

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.

2723. Hepburn Road (13)

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, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Rezwonk, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020

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.

Lobe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Lobe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020

2708. Hepburn Road (12)

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.

Slakarts, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020
Slakarts, Hepburn Road, Bristol, January 2020

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.

2656. Hepburn Road (11)

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.

qWeRT, Hepburn Road, Bristol, November 2019
qWeRT, Hepburn Road, Bristol, November 2019

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.

2345. Hepburn Road (10)

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, Hepburn Road, Bristol, July 2019
Pekoe, Hepburn Road, Bristol, July 2019

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.

2214. Hepburn Road (9)

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.

Nightwayss, Hepburn Road, Bristol, May 2019
Nightwayss, Hepburn Road, Bristol, May 2019

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.