4970. St Werburghs tunnel (340)

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Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

have now met Kid Krishna twice in the space of a week, in pretty much exactly the same spot, which is pretty amazing really, given that I had never met him before that. He seems to like painting in the tunnel area, and this stunner was painted about a week before I met him.

Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

A notable thing about Kid Krishna’s work is that is very often very intricate and busy, and of all the writing in Bristol, his letters are the ones I struggle with the most. The creature in the middle of the piece is, I am guessing, a spider from Mars and is in such stark contrast to the writing. This is the work of a very talented artist.

4956. Various locations

Kid Krishna, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022
Kid Krishna, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022

It seems fitting that I should post a catch-up batch of Kid Krishna pieces only two days after I met the artist for the first time, while he was painting a roller piece at the entrance to St Werburghs tunnel. Although our chat only lasted a few minutes, I was able to find out so much about the artist, his work and his aspirations. Overall, turns out he is not a woman (see previous speculation) and is in fact a really nice guy.

Kid Krishna, Stapleton Road, Bristol, July 2022
Kid Krishna, Stapleton Road, Bristol, July 2022

There is me thinking that Kid Krishna was a new kid on the block (demonstrating how little I know) but has been around for a long time, painting with the likes of Sick Boy back in the day. He has been in his native Yorkshire for some years, but recently arrived in Bristol, and has been busy painting the streets since.

Kid Krishna, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2022
Kid Krishna, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2022

Kid Krishna is a versatile artist, equally comfortable with graffiti writing as he is with painting characters, either using spray cans or rollers. He told me that he is looking at doing something quite different, and if it happens, we will all be in for a very welcome treat. Meanwhile, enjoy his incredibly unique and intricate writing in these three pieces.

4933. Cheltenham Road

Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, December 2022
Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, December 2022

It would seem that Kid Krishna ‘owns’ the walls either side of Boston Tea Party on Cheltenham Road, as there are pieces by the artist either side of the entrance, and both of them are character pieces, rather than the stylised writing we are more familiar with. This piece is to the left of the entrance, and is a bit of a stunner.

Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, December 2022
Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, December 2022

Of course, there is more than just a passing nod to Vaughn Bode’s Cheech Wizard character in this piece, with the addition of some curious camera or lens in the middle. This is a beautifully crafted piece and one of my favourites from last year.

I am really confused about one thing, though. One time I drove past this piece when it was being painted, I saw a woman painting it, or at least I thought I did. I might have been mistaken, and my eyes aren’t getting any younger, but if I am right, then Kid Krishna might be female. Either Paul H can put me straight, or I will just have to find Kid Krishna at work.

4799. Cheltenham Road, Boston Tea Party

Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, October 2022
Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, October 2022

When you spend your spare time searching out and writing about street/graffiti art, you develop an amazing peripheral vision for noticing something different, something new, in the places that you visit most often. I was walking to the office last week (a rare occurrence these days), and from the corner of my eye I saw this bright flash of colour behind a hedge on the wall of The Boston Tea Party, where an Alex Lucas piece once proudly stood. The colour belongs to this outstanding piece by Kid Krishna, which I assume is rather new.

Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, October 2022
Kid Krishna, Cheltenham Road, Bristol, October 2022

For me at least, this piece was an extra surprise because it is by Kid Krishna, and to date I have only seen his writing, and wasn’t aware that he painted art pieces as well. This is an unusual, but compelling portrait piece in bright colours and almost in a cubist style. Great to see that Kid Krishna has several strings to his bow, and a great addition to his portfolio.

4778. Moon Street (99)

Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2022
Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2022

One of the most enjoyable things about Kid Krishna’s work is that he has breathed a little bit of life back into Stokes Croft. Over the years, gentrification of the area has led to a decline in available graffiti walls and a commensurate dwindling interest in spray-painting in the area. Not Kid Krishna though, he seems to favour Stokes Croft, and that is a good thing.

Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2022
Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2022

This piece perfectly illustrates Kid Krishna’s style of long straight letters on a single colour background. I still find his cryptic writing very difficult to read, but I am sure the penny will drop one day. I am guessing that this says KRISHNA, and I can see elements of those letters, but who knows? More to come from this relatively new-to-Bristol artist.

4742. Hepburn Road (19)

Kid Krishna, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2022
Kid Krishna, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2022

I rarely venture down ‘crack alley’ these days, as I don’t walk into the office often, since lockdown, meaning that there are some spots that I have neglected. This nice one from Kid Krishna is at the top end of the alley where it opens out into Stokes Croft.

Kid Krishna, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2022
Kid Krishna, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2022

Kid Krishna’s style is fairly unique, and it is not difficult to identify his work. His letters are slim and closely packed, and I am still getting my ‘eye in’ with regard to what his writing says. He has worked a nice transition from orange to light blue, two colours that aren’t natural bedfellows, but it seems to work here. I have many more pieces from Kid Krishna to share… watch this space.

4691. Moon Street (97)

Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2022
Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2022

Often associated with Face 1st, Moon Street has a new kid on the block in the shape of Kid Krishna, whose work has been appearing all over Bristol over recent months. This is the first of his pieces to appear on Natural Adventures and highly unlikely to be his last.

Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2022
Kid Krishna, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2022

Kid Krishna’s writing is very distinctive, with long thin letters, looking like planks of wood stacked in a pile. I believe the letters spell out KRISHNA, but I could be mistaken, such is the disguise. Expect to see a whole lot. Ore from the artist in this blog, I already have a considerable back-catalogue of his work in my archive. Definitely something creative and different.