4832. St Werburghs tunnel (321)

Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022
Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022

I was once told that to assume something will make an ‘Ass’ of ‘U’ and ‘Me’, a very helpful tip in the communications world. The assumption here, is that this unsigned piece is by Kosc. The evidence supporting my assumption is that NTS is a crew he belongs to, and he is the only artist I can think of who produces accurate anatomical pieces.

Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022
Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2022

I am no expert, but looking at this magnificent skull, I would say the dentition suggests a grazing lifestyle and the horns would lead me to think this was an ungulate (a hoofed mammal). I would plump for some kind of bovine, possibly a buffalo of some kind, maybe an African buffalo. A lovely piece, and something a little different.

4807. Dean Lane skate park (538)

Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022
Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022

As part of a collaborative wall, this is something rather different from Kosc, but the high quality of the piece is there for all to see. Taking a break from his writing, which he seems to have been enjoying of late, Kosc has created this amazing rat skeleton character.

Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022
Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022

There is more than a little menace about this rat, brought about by its posture and open mouth. You can tell that Kosc enjoys the anatomy of the creature and clearly has a good understanding of skeletal structure. There is some complementary artwork from Saor, whose part in this collaborative wall was just to the left, that cuts through the rat’s tail. Fabulous artwork from Kosc.

4784. Cumberland Basin

Kernow 0016 4-13 Oct 2022_edited
Kernow 0016 4-13 Oct 2022_edited

definitely appears to be enjoying his writing at the moment, and has produced several fine pieces of writing, including this recent one painted during a paint jam a couple of weeks ago.

Kosc, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Kosc, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

The letters KOSC, take a familiar form with an industrial appearance and painted rivets. The shading and central lines in the letters create a 3D effect lifting the letters out of the blue flash background. Graffiti writing that is very easy on the eye.

4681. M32 roundabout J3 (428)

Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022
Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022

It would appear that Kosc is enjoying his writing at the moment, and why not, with several pieces appearing lately. This one on the M32 roundabout is a classy beauty. Painted with all the confidence of an accomplished artist, the letters KOSC, with the characteristic ‘Kosc’ orange, have a kind of soft metallic look to them.

Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022
Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022

Letters are nothing new to Kosc, although his old letters were rather different from these, what remains is the class and talent of his work. The transitions are worked really well and the ‘raised’ centre-line of each letter creates a clever 3D effect. Overall a lovely piece, and nice surprise.

4616. M32 roundabout J3 (421)

Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022
Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022

Sometimes it is possible to be completely ‘graffiti blind’, and when I was admiring this piece, but trying to work out the artist, DJ Perks arrived to photograph some other pieces on this wall. This piece was obviously classy, but I couldn’t work out who it was by, DJ Perks instantly said it was by Kosc. Of course it was. I just didn’t see it at first. My credibility was shot down in flames, but it happens sometimes. Not seeing the wood for the trees.

Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022
Kosc, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022

At least I had recognised that it was a classy piece, which it most certainly is. Kosc has written under another name in the past, and there are some giveaway clues that this was his work, in the ‘riveting’ used in some of the letters to ‘hold them together’. Great colour transitions and letter shapes. Pure class.

4581. Dean Lane skate park (511)

It doesn’t seem to matter what Kosc does, he always does it with class. This superb piece of writing, part of an NTS collaborative wall, spells out Kosc, and is really top notch stuff.

Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022
Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022

This is classic wildstyle writing with a contemporary feel to it. The design is reasonably complex, but the elements perfectly clean and tidy. The horizontal colour transitions through the letters are expertly done, and the whole thing benefits from being painted on a well prepped wall. More great work from Kosc.

4452. Picton Lane (14)

Kosc appears to have made himself very much at home in Picton Lane and the surrounding area in Montpelier. If you visit Bristol and want to see some sensational street art, then you could do a lot worse than head down to Picton Lane for a quick gander. This piece is from a little while ago, but I photographed it along with two others on a recent visit.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

The whole thing reminds me of a Canadian Mountie, which may or may not be the intention. Knowing Kosc, there is probably a whole story behind this piece, but I don’t know what that might be. Kosc is experimenting with distortion, a common theme for street artists, and carries it off with some style.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

The portrait is the O in the letters K SC to make KOSC. The whole thing is painted on a garage door (one for a future Thursday doors methinks) which is not the easiest of surfaces, but the artist has done well to make it work. There was a van parked in front of the piece when I visited, but fortunately the driver was sitting in it and very kindly moved out of the way for me to take pictures, we then struck up a conversation about the artwork – it is nice how things like that happen.

4416. Picton Lane (13)

I cannot really find the words to express just how good an artist Kosc is. His work seems to get better and better and as he progresses, he keeps raising the bar. Here we have an artist who seems to be at ease with his chosen materials and who creates outstanding work, but continues to push his boundaries.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

This amazing piece in Picton Lane has a hint of the Sistine Chapel about it with two outstretched hands making finger contact set against a green leafy backdrop, including shadows cast against it. Kosc enjoys his anatomical pieces and appears to study the shape and form of bodies.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

This piece feels like a study, and something that would sit comfortably in an artist’s studio, and is simply amazing to see in its location. Difficult to photograph without a wide-angle lens, but I think you can get a sense of it, and quite weird to think that there is door behind this. A supreme work from Kosc.

4405. Picton Lane (12)

Although this masterpiece has been around for a little while, I have only recently photographed it. What an absolute stunner, it is amazing what Kosc is doing these days and I really feel that he has raised his game massively into the top half of the top division, and all this has happened over just a few years.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

His pieces pretty much always stand out and completely command attention. How can you not look at something like this and not say ‘wow’ (or some other more contemporary exclamation). The crispness of the writing, repetition of background patterning, bright orange ribbon and sharp portrait are all elements that brought together have a huge impact.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

I think that this ranks as my favourite piece by Kosc so far. There is something quite cheeky and up-front about it. Confident and assured, this is an absolute jewel that deserves accolades from all who take an interest in street art. Bravo Kosc!

4298. Brigstocke Road (2)

There seem to be an extraordinarily large number of roadworks happening around the city at the moment (I put it down to council year-end spending), and my journeys to street art spots are being somewhat disrupted. Mostly this is an irritation, but in this instance I was diverted down a road I rarely drive along, and my prize was finding this magnificent Kosc piece that I have known about for a while, but just wasn’t too sure where it was.

Kosc, Brigstocke Road, Bristol, March 2022
Kosc, Brigstocke Road, Bristol, March 2022

Kosc has been knocking it out of the park lately with his distinctive black and white portraits set on a vibrant scarlet-orange background. This is a fabulous portrait of Lady G, Angela Frances, about whom I know precious little and am unable to find anything on the Interweb. The BS2 refers to the Bristol post code that covers much of the St Paul’s area, including Brigstocke Road.

Kosc, Brigstocke Road, Bristol, March 2022
Kosc, Brigstocke Road, Bristol, March 2022

Finding pieces like this, that are off the beaten track, is one of the most rewarding things about photographing and cataloguing street art, and this left a very large smile on my face.