1238. M32 roundabout J3 (59)

3Dom is really such a classy artist, and has been creating surreal pieces in Bristol for many years. He carries some themes from piece to piece and I have seen this psychedelic hut in several of his recent works.

3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

His characters are often compiled from objects to create the whole, so here we have the hut for a head and a candle for a cigarette. There maybe a lot of symbolism involved, but what is certain is that his work is unique and special.

3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
3Dom, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

I love coming across his work, and this beautiful piece was part of the larger ASK paint jam back in November 2017. This whole wall was a real treat and a highlight from last year.

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1214. M32 roundabout J3 (59)

This is the right hand end piece to the ASK paint jam collaboration from November and is by Sepr. I have always been a huge admirer of his work and I am so pleased that he has been hitting the streets hard in recent months. His character style is so unique, and for me it has a really strong 1950s and 1960s feel to it – if you type ‘1950s cartoon characters’ into Google images, you’ll get a sense of what I mean.

Sepr, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sepr, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

This particular piece is all a bit strange and there is lots going on. Where to begin? At the top there is a bird playing a flute I think and its left wing makes a crown, although I think that is accidental. Common with many of Sepr’s pieces, the character is playing a musical instrument, a tambourine, and in his other hand he appears to be burning joss sticks, the smoke trail of which terminates with a snake’s head. He is sitting astride a dolphin. What on earth can it all mean?

Sepr, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sepr, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

Whatever it means, it is a fascinating and joyful piece to look at, and rounds off what is a truly exceptional wall. I think I only have one piece left to post from this ASK paint jam, and that is by 3Dom. All very good.

1213. M32 roundabout J3 (58)

It is always a pleasure to come across writing by Whysayit. I know that it almost certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, graffiti writing rarely is, but once you have a taste for it and ‘get your eye in’ it becomes rather compelling and addictive.

Whysayit, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Whysayit, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

In this piece, Whysayit is playing with the last letters of his usual moniker, so it has a slightly different form from the usual YSAE. Graffiti writing lends itself to this playful approach and it is all part of the game. As usual he has some decent colour selections and interesting shadow patterns in this one. Lots more of his work out there…finding it is the trick.

1200. M32 roundabout J3 (57)

‘Trick of the eye’ – this is a magnificent piece by one of my favourite Bristol artists, Sled One. In this one piece he has created an extraordinary fantasy world and constructed a brilliant piece of wildstyle writing into the mix as well.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

The writing says ‘eye’, which is clever enough on its own, but it is the remarkable hand (protruding from the iris of the eye) pulling a rabbit from a magician’s top hat, hence the titlwe of the piece.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

In my view, the magician of the piece is Sled One. He really is an extraordinary talent and creates these ‘stories’ like no other artist I have seen. While his story telling is great, it is the beautifully crafted characters that make these pieces. His imagination is allowed to run wild and he produces these surreal cartoon style creatures which are so full of interesting detail and demand to be studied.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

This is an absolutely stunning piece of graffiti art that would hold its own on any wall anywhere in the world.

1190. M32 roundabout J3 (56)

It has been a very long time since I last saw a piece by PWA’s Soap, and this wonderful piece was alongside a piece by his crew pal Face F1st. As I write this, I believe that a couple of new collaborations between the two have just been sprayed at the Carriageworks and I can’t wait to get some pictures.

Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017

I am a little stumped by what the writing on this piece says, but am so pleased to see those mouths once again…it has been such a long time. The photographs are not great, it was a bright day, and the sun was behind the wall, with the light being very troublesome.

Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017

It would seem that Soap is becoming a little more active again. I do hope so.

1183. M32 roundabout J3 (55)

Regular readers will know how much I love it when ‘guest’ artists come to Bristol and leave us presents, and this is some present.  The work is by Eleduworks who was visiting from his native Barcelona and painting with some of Bristol’s best – Sled One, Sepr, Ments, Epok and 3Dom.

Eleduworks, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Eleduworks, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

There is something very different about this piece, and it really sits comfortably with its neighbours. Another thing that is not obvious from the picture is the scale of this piece – the wall is about 14 ft high, so this really is an impressive imaginary skull. Love it.

1172. M32 roundabout J3 (55)

It can be very difficult to identify wildstyle writing sometimes, especially when the artist isn’t local or doesn’t spray too often. Having said this, my job is made so much easier when the artist plasters his or her name all over the piece.

Aona, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017
Aona, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017

This stylish piece is by Aona.  That gets me so far, but no further. I can’t find much about Aona on the Interweb, so this entry is brief. To the writing itself; it is beautifully clean and crisp and technically excellent and the colour selections really work well. It is uncommon to see wildstyle writing complemented by stencils, but it works rather well. Great to see different artists in town.