3696. Lower Approach Road (10)

This piece from Rtiiika has been around for a while now, but I have only just managed to get round to posting it. I very much like Rtiiika’s work and am setting off this morning to find another recent one in Brislington.

Rtiiika, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, April 2021
Rtiiika, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, April 2021

Rtiiika’s highly designed style is very distinctive and features line drawn characters that are fairly abstract in form. These characters are over a checkered wall in various contrasting colours. The inner squares carry the word ‘TOoOT!’ Which is probably a reference to the tooting of trains from Temple Meads station. Something a little different for us to enjoy.

3528. Lower Approach Road (9)

I always enjoy finding John D’oh pieces, and that pleasure is always heightened when it is a piece that you just didn’t know was there, which to be fair is most of the time with John D’oh. I found this one while I was looking for an Andy Council/Acer One collaboration near Temple Meads Station.

John D'oh, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, February 2021
John D’oh, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, February 2021

This is another political piece from this stencil master and is a commentary on the appalling costs of rail travel in this country alongside the dreadful service provided. I’m not too sure how long it will last here, given its location, but good on John D’oh for keeping this in the spotlight. This country is a mess.

2531. Lower Approach Road (8)

This is the second of two #onyourside pieces down at TempleMeads station in Bristol and is by the brilliant Jody. The campaign is called ‘Goals worth talking about’ and this mural features Bristol City’s David Noble who scored a memorable goal at Selhurst Park.

Jody, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019
Jody, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019

It is great to have two such outstanding murals painted by two of Bristol’s best artists representing the two footballing halves of the city side by side. There is great rivalry between the two teams, but sometimes there are more important things to consider. This piece is not typically identifiable as a piece by Jody, as we are more used to seeing portraits of beautiful women. This is a concession perhaps to the beautiful game. Worth getting down to the station to see these two murals.

Jody, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019
Jody, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019

2530. Lower Approach Road (7)

This is one of two new murals near the entrance of Temple Meads station that were commissioned to mark World Mental Health Day and the associated football campaign #onyourside. Beautifully painted by Kin Dose (Nick Harvey) this piece depicts a Bristol Rovers player (one of two football league teams in Bristol) and is a rather unusual commission which Kin Dose has executed brilliantly.

Kin Dose, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019
Kin Dose, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019

Obviously there was some working together with (spoiler alert) Jody, who painted the other mural, because they both have a similar look and feel about them. What this demonstrates is the artist’s extraordinary talent for working to a brief and turning out something exceptional. We are lucky to have Kin Dose decorating our streets which he has done with such vigour over the past year or two.

Kin Dose, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019
Kin Dose, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, October 2019

1240. Lower Approach Road (6)

This is a part of a slightly curious collaboration mural down behind Temple Meads station, accessed via Lower Approach Road. On the day that I went to photograph the mural, I couldn’t actually get to all of it because there was some construction work barricading off the left hand side. This was a bit annoying and rather took the edge off the whole experience.

Silent Hobo, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, November 2017
Silent Hobo, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, November 2017

This section is by Silent Hobo whose contemporary figures I never tire of. There is a whole big story going on here – a dystopian future scene? The girl is not only plugged in to her headset, but also into the ground. She is lying on top of an urban sprawl while a couple of falorn skeleton/robots can be seen in the distance. Then there are the goldfish…

Silent Hobo, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, November 2017
Silent Hobo, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, November 2017

The other character seems to be having some kind of meltdown. His skin is starting to resemble a circuit board, and he is being swallowed up by his urban environment. Perhaps he is transitioning into a soulless robot. Maybe I should ask the artist what this is all about the next time I see him.

901. Lower Approach Road (6)

Well this really is a magnificent and busy piece by SPZero76. The piece incorporates a train and track, which is entirely fitting to the I. K. Brunel inspired Temple Meads station, adjacent to this hoarding.

SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017
SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017

Somehow, by using limited colours on a black background, SPZero76 has created the effect of an etching, or at least that is how it looks to me. He uses the blue and purple combination a lot in his work – maybe he got a job lot of these colours.

SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017
SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017

So what else have we got going on? He has a dog puking up, I’m not certain why, and just to emphasise the point he writes ‘PUKE’ so that we are sure. There is a biker and the word ‘zoom’. Also SPZero has managed to incorporate the crew Lost Souls on neon lights on the buildings.

SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017
SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017

On the right hand end of the piece there is a lady taking a bath in the last carriage of the train which she appears to be sharing with an octopus and rubber duck. I really have no idea what is going on, but it is a great tribute to the crazy workings of SPZero76’s mind.

SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017
SPZero76, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017

If you are at Temple Meads station and have a few moments to kill, it is well worth dropping down to the hoardings just to the left of the car park (as you leave the station). There are six wonderful pieces from six of Bristol’s great artists.

893. Lower Approach Road (5)

Another fine piece at this relatively new location at Temple Meads station. This is a lovely work from Kid Crayon featuring a group of people and their obsessions with their mobile phones. Possibly representative of the crowds of people departing from and arriving at the station each and every day.

Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017

I am not sure if any of these characters are based on real people, but the fellow on the right eating his phone has an uncanny resemblance to Paul Monsters (Paul Roberts) who painted a collaboration with Copyright just around the corner.

Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017

Somehow no Kid Crayon piece feels complete without purple or blue-faced people, and here he offers lashings of them. The young girl actually looks quite sinister, reminiscent of the character from The Addams Family played by Christina Ricci.

Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach road, Bristol, June 2017

Quite who the pretty lady with the squinty eye at the centre of the picture is I don’t know, but I love the detail of her necklace and freckled nose. All in all this is a superb piece from Kid Crayon…full of stories and beautifully executed.

Kid Crayon, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, June 2017

889. Lower Approach Road (4)

This is a magnificent piece down on the black hoardings beside Temple Meads station by Lokey. His work is really beautiful and the 3D writing that he creates is so very easy on the eye.

Lokey, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, July 2017
Lokey, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, July 2017

A different take on wildstyle writing, Lokey never fails to impress. In this particular piece his colour selections work really well with the black background, and the way he has shaded the letters with graded greens adds another level of texture to the piece.

Lokey, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, July 2017
Lokey, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, July 2017

As with so many writers, he has included a little character to the right of the writing. The character is a beautifully sprayed robot whose edges are highlighted by the ‘glow’ coming from the letters. Masterful work.

Lokey, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, July 2017
Lokey, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, July 2017

Taking a close up look at his lettering gives a real appreciation of the technical skills needed to create the 3D effect. A lovely piece.

866. Lower Approach Road (3)

The third piece from this site down by Temple Meads Station. The day I first went to take pictures here, Copyright and Paul Monsters were just finishing off their magnificent piece. To their left, working hard was Loch Ness diligent in his work on this piece.

Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017
Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017

Unfortunately for him, I broke his concentration for a little while. The piece is quite unusual and full of details and little stories. The main figure looks like it is a reindeer – unusual for this time of year.

Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017
Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017

To the left of the reindeer is what I would describe as a burst of nature, and this was the part Loch Ness was working on when I photographed the work (first time).

Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017
Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017

As he was working it looked very much like he was working to a plan, and he was almost ‘painting by numbers’. Of course one has to recognise that he designed the plan and has the incredible skill to execute it, I am not suggesting for a moment that the process he uses is any easier than any other.

Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017
Loch Ness, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May/June 2017

776. Lower Approach Road (1)

I had a recent tip-off via Instagram that Copyright and Paul Monsters were going to be collaborating again, this time on the slip road adjacent to Bristol Temple Meads station. I managed to wangle a moment of time and whizzed down to the station to see what was going on.

Copyright and Paul Monsters, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May 2017
Copyright and Paul Monsters, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May 2017

I arrived just as they were completing the piece, and it is another real beauty, just like their previous collaboration on North Street. Their styles really do work well together, with the geometric colour patterning of Monsters, providing a perfect foil for Copyright’s figures.

Copyright and Paul Monsters, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May 2017
Copyright and Paul Monsters, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May 2017

I spent a little while chatting with both artists and picking up on more of how the street/graffiti art scene works in Bristol, and a little about the work Paul Monsters does at Upfest. Such gents, and patient with my questions and observations.

Copyright and Paul Monsters, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May 2017
Copyright and Paul Monsters, Lower Approach Road, Bristol, May 2017

What a wonderful welcome for visitors to Bristol and joyous sight for those coming home. I will post about the other two pieces at this location soon.