4603. Brunel Way (165)

I am flustered and under pressure this morning. I am unbearably busy at work, and my team are on annual leave, so I am doing my normal work and standing in for two others. This might be brief…

Werm, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Werm, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022

Werm (formerly known as Eman) continues to paint at an extraordinary rate, and my posts of his work do not fairly represent the volume of pieces he produces. He has almost entirely abandoned his character pieces these days and has been concentrating on his writing which has improved over time and become more sophisticated. This piece has some lovely fill transformations and patterns and the 3D shadow and purple border help to lift the piece. The stars do their job well finishing the piece off very nicely indeed.

4582. M32 Cycle path (181)

Klashwhensober is an artist I like very much, he is a kind and thoughtful man who uses his art, in part, as a way of being mindful, of taking care of his mental health. It is for exactly the same reason that I write this blog, and collect all the content for it.

Klashwhensober, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2022
Klashwhensober, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2022

I think that Klashwhensober has absolutely smashed it with this piece along the cycle path. In my view it is his best piece to date where all the elements have come together perfectly. The colour palette is superb, the fills absolutely amazing and the finishing is near perfect. Klashwhensober has certainly set a high bar with this one.

4418. M32 Cycle path (174)

Since moving to Weston-super-Mare, we simply haven’t seen enough of Decay in Bristol, and his appearances are very much missed. It was therefore not only a great surprise, but also thrilling to find this piece recently on the M32 Cycle path. It was also a little disappointing to learn that I had only just missed him, according to Klashwhensober who was still there painting.

Decay, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, April 2022
Decay, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, April 2022

Decay tends to create a new look each year and this time round we can see he is using his DK letters together with his little character ‘Chuck’ who has been ever present in all of his reincarnations over the years. Pink and blue seems to be a favoured colour combination for artists this year, and Decay has used these colours to great effect. A nicely worked and finished piece, making my day.

4369. Greenbank (38)

‘Milk’ seems to be such an unusual word to choose for a writer, but I guess there is plenty of scope for playing with letters, and it is certainly memorable; I would be interested to know why Wxttsart chose it. Whatever the reason, he has made it his own and Bristol is becoming a bit of a Milk city.

Wxttsart, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022
Wxttsart, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022

Wxttsart creates these script letters that feel quite organic in both the wobbliness of the letters and the fills, in contrast to some writers where it is all about straight lines or solid fills or angles etc, this somehow feels much more free and expressive. Some lovely blue drips to finish the piece off. Nice work from this LRS crew member.

4353. Purdown AA Battery (42)

There are some artists that paint so much, that the only way to showcase them here on Natural Adventures is to save up several and post them all at the same time. When I went up to Purdown a week or two back, I was confronted with several pieces by VZA (Veeez) on the concrete walls, and here they are.

VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022
VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022

VZA has three or four strong forms that he likes to paint, one of which is a simple character with big white eyes. The saying ‘less is more’ is probably appropriate with his work, like the famous London street artist Stik. I would like to think that the colour selection in this piece is in support of Ukraine

VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022
VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022

Another piece in a similar form, and again sporting the colours of the Ukranian flag, is this time presented in a landscape format.

VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022
VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022

Sticking with the two large eyes, the introduction of an arrow and an exclamation mark in red and white, is as good as any signature. Although the form is again simple, there is a lot of texture and character in the piece.

VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022
VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022

A similar piece only a matter of yards away indicates, through the similar colours used, that it was most likely painted during the same session, along with the final piece posted below.

VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022
VZA, Purdown, Bristol, March 2022

By placing all these VZA pieces together in one post, you can get a real sense of his style and his work rate. I have another whole pile of his work to share and will soon do another of these compilations.

4295. M32 Cycle path (168)

This rather nice bubble writing and character combination was painted by 3F fino during an LRS paint jam on the M32 cycle path a few weeks ago. It has to be said that the LRS crew have been knocking it out of the park recently and are becoming a dominant movement in the Bristol street art sub-culture.

3F fino, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, February 2022
3F fino, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, February 2022

The light backdrop is helpful with helping the piece to stand out, and there is a fun interaction between the letters and the character which is taking a bite out of the ‘N’ of FINO. This is a clean and tidy piece which plays to the strength of 3F fino’s cartoon style. Gotta love the monster’s shadow.

4262. M32 Cycle path (166)

One of our most productive graffiti writers/artists in Bristol is Werm, formerly known as Eman, and he appears to have been concentrating on his writing in recent months, rather than his characters. This is another of his block letter writing pieces on the cycle path. He is so productive, that many of his pieces don’t get posted on Natural Adventures… I’ll have to find a way to remedy that.

Werm, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, February 2022
Werm, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, February 2022

The writing spells WERM and was painted as part of an extensive LRS (Last Radical Souls) crew collaborative paint jam a couple of weeks ago. The block letters are clear, with a couple of nice horizontal colour fill transitions. The decorations are nicely done, especially the stars through the middle of the piece. Werm is a talented artist, but I’d like to see him develop his character as well as his writing.

4258. M32 roundabout J3 (385)

You can expect to see a few more pieces by Klashwhensober in the coming days and weeks now that he has firmly established himself on my radar. This piece spelling out SOBA was recently sprayed on the M32 roundabout.

Klashwhensober, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2022
Klashwhensober, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2022

The bold writing is accompanied with a rather brash character face in a baseball cap, making up the ‘O’ letter. There is some great fill work going on here and an energetic feel about the whole thing. Another member of the LRS crew that seems to be growing by the day. A nice piece.

4207. Greenbank (23)

Well, it turns out that I was rather lucky with these photographs on two counts. Firstly, I was lucky to catch up with Werm and Stika who were painting this wall as part of an LRS collaboration, 3F fino had also been painting but had gone home by the time I arrived. Secondly, I understand the collaboration only lasted about a day before being painted over… the law of the jungle.

Werm, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2022
Werm, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2022

Once again, Werm is working hard on his block letters, andI think he has smashed it with this piece. The rich blue colours are blended perfectly, but it is the stars running horizontally through the letters that steal the show for me, adding interest and a touch of class. The cloudy background is one that was shared by all three pieces in the collaboration. Some fine work from Werm (Eman).

4205. Devon Road (14)

Devon Road is one of those street art/graffiti spots where the turnover is pretty low and consequently not a place I visit all that often. Recently, however, there has been quite a lot of activity from the LRS crew. This mobile phone piece from Stika being one of the newest.

Stika, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022
Stika, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022

This is the second piece from Stika I have posted like this, in which he has painted an ordinary household object, but given it a colourful makeover. The first was a camcorder at Greenbank. The phone looks  little like my first Nokia, and it looks like the snake game is playing out on the primitive digital display. How quickly things have moved on. A very nice stylised piece from Stika.