Thursday doors

Doors 63

OK, so I managed to find some more doors, but I’m afraid they are lazy doors really, because they are graffiti/street art doors which tend to be abundant in the places I regularly visit in Bristol.

Make the most of them, because there will be no doors from me next week – I am taking a short break from everything and treating myself to some fresh mountain air.

So, no more fuss…here they are:

Door, North Street, Bristol, Artist: Paul Monsters, February 2019
Door, North Street, Bristol, Artist: Paul Monsters, February 2019
Graffiti door, Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Graffiti door, Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Graffiti door, Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Graffiti door, Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Graffiti door, Stencil by John D'oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Graffiti door, Stencil by John D’oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Door and shutter, Cafe Cuba, Jamaica Street, Bristol, February 2019
Door and shutter, Cafe Cuba, Jamaica Street, Bristol, February 2019
Door, Jamaica Street, Bristol, February 2019
Door, Jamaica Street, Bristol, February 2019

 

More door action can be found by following the link at the end of the brilliant Norm 2.0 blog: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

Until next time,

Scooj.

 

 

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2053. The Bearpit (177)

With the incredible weather we have had recently in Bristol, there has been a massive turnover of street art, so what the hell am I doing delving through my archive pictures rather than posting current street/graffiti art? I think that it tends to happen when I am looking for something specific and then stumble upon things that I have squirreled away. Anyhow, I saw this and just had to post it. It is a winter piece (obviously from the subject) by John D’oh.

John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017

The stencil depicts the snowman from Disney’s Frozen, and makes a pun on the name with one of the characters (Olaf = a laugh), but then draws in the incredibly serious matter of climate change. This is a skillful way of blending art, humour and the biggest issue of our time in a typically John D’oh way. I love this piece and am happy that I have now at last liberated it.

2046. Upfest 2016 (164)

A rare treat indeed, getting to see John D’oh in action at Upfest 2016 finishing off his five piece stencil. How on earth can this have languished in my archive for so long? I just don’t understand it. It is great to use this trawl to share it with you now.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The theme of the piece is getting connected, or at least that is how it comes across. John D’oh tells us in his recent book that the piece features friends of his to whom he pitched the idea of them talking into cans with the string between them spelling out his name. It seems to have worked out well.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The way that John D’oh frames these pieces makes them look a little bit like a cheesy girl’s comic from the 1970s, like Jackie (I only know this because my sister had a subscription). Kevin Bacon I think is included because of his links to the EE advertising campaign which has been running for a few years now.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Rounding things off is a sublime stencil of the wonderful Jeff Knight, my local Big Issue seller. An all round excellent Upfest piece.

1835. Prince Street

Mystery solved. Regular readers will know that I am really quite uncomfortable with posting pieces if I don’t know who created them. Occasionally I post them anyway because I don’t think I’ll ever find out who did them. In this case, I have held on in with the firm conviction that I would find the artist. And I have.

John D'oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018
John D’oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018

I recently bought John D’oh’s excellent book ‘Street Art and Graffiti‘ and there on pages 40 and 41 is this wonderful stencil piece. These photographs were taken this October, but I have some much older ones somewhere in my archive. The original installation had a little red word ‘why’ to the left of the piece and it was placed on 16 November 2015 as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Paris terror attacks of 13 November that same month.

There is a little shelf beneath the piece which had little battery operated flickering candle lights to give the piece a shrine appearance. Beautifully conceived and executed. This is a poignant and touching piece from a great Bristol artist who puts a lot of thought, time, energy, passion and effort in to his work.

I was thrilled to find out it was by John D’oh. Good things come to those who wait (and buy books).

1790. Upfest 2018 (66)

Often humorous and always tinged with a bit of edge, John D’oh’s stencils can be found on walls all around Bristol (and Cheltenham) and of course at Upfest. This year’s ‘official’ piece was a double-header, the first part of which was a witty corruption of the Infinite Monkey Theory.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

The second board is another pithy pop at Brexit, featuring Noel Edmond’s Deal or no Deal as its headline. I absolutely love these topical political stencils, and look forward to his injects about the place.

Street art and Graffiti, John D'oh, Bristol, October 2018
Street art and Graffiti, John D’oh, Bristol, October 2018

Coincidentally, his new book arrived yesterday and I can’t recommend highly it enough, it is one of the best graffiti/street art books that I have read in a while, intelligently written and full of photographs and commentary on his own work. Brilliant.

John D’oh

A collection of fantastic stencil art by Bristol street artist John D’oh

Published on 17 October to celebrate the publication of his new book “Street Art and Graffiti” – Buy it here

All photographs taken by Scooj

John D'oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018
John D’oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018
John D'oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018
John D’oh, Princes Street, Bristol, October 2018
John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, August 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, August 2018
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2018
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2018
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
John D'oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
John D’oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2017
John D'Oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
John D’Oh, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Decay and John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
Decay and John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D'oh, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
John D’oh, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, May 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, May 2016
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

1669. Upfest 2018 (20)

I was looking for the Andrew Burns Colwill piece (to follow soon) which I knew was a little off the beaten track for Upfest 2018 and spotted this brilliant little stencil by John D’oh on the wall of The Black Cat pub on the corner of West Street and Westbourne Grove.

John D'oh, Upfest, Bristol, August 2018
John D’oh, Upfest, Bristol, August 2018

When I see small ‘hidden’ gems like this, I wonder how many Upfest visitors might have missed it in their quest for the ‘marquee’ artists – I don’t suppose it matters really, but as a street art hunter, I like to work hard for my trophies, it is what I do. This is a really accomplished little stencil and one that really chimes for me – a great little find – Thank you John D’oh.