3981. M32 roundabout J3 (349)

I guess it’s high time for another cute Kawaii piece from Maesyhook, so here it is for all to enjoy. Maesyhook has certainly brought something very different to the walls of Bristol and paints frequently enough to become a bit of a favourite of mine.

Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021
Maesyhook, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021

This piece sandwiched between two writers is painted in Maesyhook’s customary pink tones, and even the skull, lovingly held by the little bunny character, looks cute. Her work is a real antidote to the constant negative headlines and continuing Government narrative that seems to be more and more removed from ordinary people by the day, and provides a little glimmer of fun and enjoyment. Keep it up Maesyhook.

3817. Frome side (12)

I don’t know if there is an awful lot more I can say about the kawaii cuteness of Maesyhook’s work, other than to say that here is another fine piece hot off the production line, this time underneath the M32.

Maesyhook, Frome side, Bristol, June 2-021
Maesyhook, Frome side, Bristol, June 2-021

I think that this a rather sweet little creature emerging from a banana – how do you think of such a thing? Usually we associate large spiders with bananas, having hitched a ride from their native countries. This is a very nicely finished piece, painted with her soft pastel colours that lend themselves so well to these (edgy) cute characters.

3773. River Avon (16)

I cannot tell you (except I am) how much I am enjoying these kawaii pieces by Maesyhook that have been appearing all over the city over the last few months. The style and characters are quite unlike anything else we see in Bristol, and her work is a breath of fresh air.

Maesyhook, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021
Maesyhook, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021

This piece is on the cycle path which runs alongside the River Avon opposite the paintworks. The cheeky little fox character has a little speech bubble with a kawaii poo emoji, which in itself is all rather cute. Cute is the kawaii way, although with Maesyhook it has some edge through painting her work on walls, rather than on computer screens. I love this piece and her work.

3741. Brunel Way (110)

What a wonderful and fresh collaboration this is from Stivs and an artist new to me (at the time of taking this picture) Maesyhook. The wall is often difficult to photograph, but I am pleased with these pictures – not too much glare.

Maesyhook, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Maesyhook, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021

On the left is a sugar-sweet cat/unicorn sitting on a cloud looking very cute, painted in the Japanese Kawaii style, something you don’t see too often in Bristol… until now. I am guessing that Maesyhook has only recently moved to Bristol, although she is originally from Granada, and is another addition to the growing community of Spanish street artists in Bristol. The writing at the bottom originally said Love Rave – Love 21 June 2021 – a reference to an all-day rave at the Lakota on Monday next week. Watch this space for more of her recent work.

Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021

To the right is yet another outstanding piece of calligraphy graffiti (calligraffiti) writing from Stivs who is in a very rich vein of form at the moment. I think it spells FUTURE (correction… KARP), although I might be wrong, however, this is an outstanding piece of art. The blue letters are perfectly accompanied by the red, pink, yellow and purple edges, lifting them out from the wall and the whole thing is bordered with a very clean triple line. Remarkable. and then as if that were not enough, Stivs has worked in a ton of fabulous drips. One of the very best of its type. Bravo!

1096. Upfest 2017 (89)

Collaborations are always fun to observe. Some take the form of two artists creating a seamless piece in the style of the pair, for example Nomad Clan, while others produce work incorporating their own styles that complement each other. This piece is a great example of the latter. What makes it more appealing is that both of the artists clearly got on and really seemed to enjoy working together.

Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The bunny figure in the centre of the piece is by Miss Wah, and the three worm-like creatures either side are by Korp. I would like to think that the two characters sandwiched in between are by both artists, but they have more of a Miss Wah feel to them.

Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Miss Wah and Korp, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The colours work very well together across the whole piece, and overall it has an upbeat feel to it. I’m not sure that they have collaborated since, but I’m sure they would both be up for it if the opportunity presented itself again.

354. Upfest 2016 (13)

Miss Wah was definitely one of the most colourful artists at Upfest 2016, not only in her work but also in personality. She was very happy to talk about her work, in spite of me breaking her concentration and musical experience. I wrote a post recently about her work at Upfest 2015, and this reads as a bit of an extension to that.

Miss Wah, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Miss Wah, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I managed to photograph Miss Wah at work on the Saturday while she was using her Uni Posca pen to draw in detail, and then photographed the finished piece on the Sunday. I happened to notice that Miss Wah had been quite busy with stickers on lamp posts on the Saturday evening too!

Miss Wah, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Miss Wah, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Miss Wah’s work is in the Kawaii style and is a real winner for anyone into cute and cuddly art.

320. Greville Road (3)

Inspired by this recent post by Frankie Beane, I went in search of some pictures I had in my archive by the same artist. Miss Wah is a street artist and designer from Worcester who loves to doodle (you’d never guess) and who’s art is in the Kawaii style. There is more about the artist on her website.

Miss Wah, Greville Road, Bristol, January 2016
Miss Wah, Greville Road, Bristol, January 2016

This piece sits in the garden/yard of the Hen and Chicken on Greville Road, and is in the very good company of a piece by My Dog Sighs – a favourite artist of mine. This was not so much a collaboration as a sharing of space at Upfest 2015.

My Dog Sighs, Greville Road, Bristol, January 2016
My Dog Sighs, Greville Road, Bristol, January 2016

The day I went photographing these was too bright, and unfortunately the pictures are not very good because of the sun/shade issues. This is part of the reason I hadn’t posted them, but thanks to Frankie Beane, here they are. I would expect this whole area of Greville Road to be repainted in less than two weeks when Upfest 2016 begins.

My Dog Sighs, Greville Road, Bristol, January 2016
My Dog Sighs, Greville Road, Bristol, January 2016