2019. M32 roundabout J3 (125)

Another artist who seems to have upped his game over the last six months or so is Soap. I’m sure that I struggled to find any of his work for an age but now, I am pleased to say, I stumble across new pieces nearly every time I venture out.

Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

This is a bad picture (the light was unkind) of a lovely piece by the artist, and one that extends his ‘standard’ motif into something a little more animated and fun. The addition of eyes creates a new sense of mischief and character. Great colours and really nicely worked patterns – this is a corker from Soap.

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2017. M32 roundabout J3 (124)

Yet more fantastic abstract work from Mr Klue in the shape of this large wispy piece on the St Werburghs side of the M32 roundabout. There is no other artist I know of producing anything like this, Mr Klue’s style is utterly unique.

Mr Klue, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Mr Klue, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

Mr Klue recently posted a couple of pieces (I think it was a studio work) on Instagram which feature a lamppost set in a landscape of swirls – truly awesome work and worth a look. I will never tire of his work, and am glad that he has rediscovered his mojo and is out there being creative and brilliant.

2016. M32 roundabout J3 (123)

Oner has been very, very busy lately and this was a quick one he sprayed a week or so ago on the M32 roundabout. I actually caught up with him just as he was finishing off and he made time for a good chat, although I know that many graffiti writers like to just get on with their work uninterrupted.

Oner, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Oner, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

We talked a little about how he likes to work alone, which I can see is a real benefit if you want to have flexibility and spontineity. This is a nice piece with good colour selection and great letters. I love the drips on the ‘e’ and the bleed onto the pavement. Many more to come from this prolific writer.

1979. M32 roundabout J3 (122)

More archive stuff, this one from Deamze in 2016. You can be certain that it isn’t recent, because Deamze is currently in Hobart, Tasmania turning out some utterly awesome work. I am not sure if he has moved out there for good or if this is a temporary arrangement, but either way our loss is their gain.

Deamze, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2016
Deamze, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2016

I have seen this particular design and colour scheme a couple of times before from Deamze, but that doesn’t detract from it in any way. In fact it might be that the other works were from roughly the same time, which would make sense.I wonder if ‘Quick’ refers to this being a quick one.

1974. M32 roundabout J3 (121)

You’ll know how much I try to avoid writing posts about artists I know nothing about, but sometimes the piece is just too good not to share. This is one such example. Some really classy writing, as part of a paint jam, which included all sorts of artists I am not familiar with. This piece I am guessing is by Debris.

Debris, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Debris, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018

Of course it is possible the piece is by another artist who just happens to be writing the word ‘DEBRIS’ but it is unusual for graffiti writers to stray from their preferred letters/name. There is an energy about this one that I really admire, and I love the fiery stripe running through all the letters. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for more from this artist.

1973. M32 roundabout J3 (120)

Readers will be in no doubt that Face 1st is one of my favourite and most featured artists in Natural Adventures. This beautiful work at the M32 roundabout features his trademark faces and some incredibly sweet elephants…without ears.

Face 1st, M32 roundsbout, Bristol, January 2019
Face 1st, M32 roundsbout, Bristol, January 2019

It would appear that Face 1st is not to everyone’s taste and just to the right of the piece is a throw up saying ‘Face Junk’. Well, on the upside, at least they didn’t deface (literally) his work, and the quality of the ‘protest’ simply isn’t up to much, emphasising how much better the Face 1st piece actually is. You certainly have to develop a thick skin to be in this game, but I guess you wouldn’t do it if you were too sensitive. Another work from this gentleman that I can cherish.

1972. M32 roundabout J3 (119)

There are not enough great words to describe the work of Sled One. One after another he turns out the most incredible pieces that explode with colour and imagination. I have noticed that often his compositions are amalgamations of bits of ideas that all come together to create a magnificent whole.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

This piece is quite extraordinary, pulling together bird parts to form a bird skull/head stuffed with leaves and plants. Another bird wing and beak juts out of the back of the head – I am not sure what is happening there.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

The whole piece, although adorned with a cartoon smile and glint in the eyes, also for me has a darker side, but I can’t put my finger on why that might be. Even his signature is classy, a pink neon moniker a la Voyder. So Good.