You can see that I am having yet another trawl through my archives, bringing out some real gems that have been left behind. Part of the reason is that due to the Easter break and a bereavement, I haven’t been around to take many pictures and so don’t have too much contemporary Bristol street art to show you.
This is a wonderful piece by Jaksta, a member of the Read and Weep (RAW) crew (and several other crews too). I seem to remember this piece, at one of the tunnel entrances to the M32 roundabout was there for quite a while.
At the time I took the picture, I didn’t know who the artist was which is probably why it ended up in my archive in the first place. I think that this is a really masterful piece, splitting the character into two colours is a fairly radical treatment, but somehow when you look at the piece, you barely notice the colour seprartion and see the character as a whole. Beautifully sprayed…big respect to Jaksta.
I think this might be the third piece I have posted by Howl since meeting him a couple of months back. His style of writing is something quite different and has a unique character. Of course, the little dog character is like a signature and adds to the uniqueness of Howl’s work.
I particularly like the deep shadow in this piece with its blue dots, which contrasts nicely with the rest of the writing. I am pretty certain the whole thing spells out ‘HOWL’ although I must confess I have a little difficulty seeing it myself.
The four pedestrian/cyclist tunnels around the M32 roundabout are absolutely covered from top to bottom with graffiti and street art, most of it pretty useless if I am being honest, but in amongst it all there are some better pieces. One artist who frequents these tunnels and who I have recently started to post about is Nevla.
Nevla produces these cartoon style black and white pieces, which portray street characters in various poses – maybe they are friends and acquaintances or just figments of Nevla’s imagination. Either way, the style is fairly unique to Bristol, and I am looking forward to watching the artist develop.
He keeps on painting them and I just keep on writing about them – this is another nice piece at the M32 by Face F1st. My first impression about this piece though it that it looks a little hurried…the lines are not very clean and the white surround looks like the work of a bomber.
The face, as with all his pieces, is simple and charming and provides the focal point for the rest of the decoration. Normally, the surrounding patterns spell out FACE, but I can’t see it in this piece. Not his best work, but worth including, I felt. I snapped up two more of his pieces on my way to work this morning.
A few weeks back there was a bit of an informal paint jam at the M32, with artists from Swansea, Cardiff, Tiverton and Taunton all represented. I managed to be there at the right time and photograph the artists at work. The interesting thing for me was that most of these artists/graff writers were completely new to me.
This is a lovely piece by Karm Amoe from Cardiff. He has a website, but it doesn’t say too much and appears to be incomplete, so I really don’t have too much information on the artist.
There is something very pleasing about the form of his letters, and the colours he has selected are outstanding. The swirly pattern at the base of the piece and white at the top adds some real class. Nice to be able to see something new (to me).
I always enjoy featuring new artists on this blog. Of course they are not necessarily new artists, and may even be well established, it is just that they have only recently entered my consciousness. This fun cartoon-style piece is by Nevla who I think is a local artist/designer whose street work seems to be centred around the M32 roundabout and area.
In this piece, he has given himself enough red background to allow his character in greyscale to stand out. It is a nice piece and I will be interested to see how his work develops over time. I have photographs of several more of his works and will be posting them in due course.