I have seen a few pieces by Remko in Bristol over the last few years, but this is the first (and will not the last) that I have posted on Natural Adventures. Remko is a Bristol artist who does both studio and street art work and indeed, while researching for this post I realise that one of my ‘unknown’ posts from a while back was actually by Remko (see below). Most of Remko’s art is stencil work and I have seen this particular character in a few places in Bristol.
The stencil is witty and slightly macabre showing Disney’s Mickey Mouse squished in a mousetrap with the hashtag #mickeydeadmouse. I rather like the use of bold colours in this stencil which makes a change from the more common graded multi-layer stencils we see. Fun and well hidden. More to come from Remko soon.
Another artist who has been pretty busy since the end of May is Taboo, and his ‘new school’ work is really rather quirky and organic. The central part of this piece looks like a standard throw up, and then it has a dynamic and beautifully painted character incorporated into the work, almost as it it were by two artists – something Taboo does very well.
I really don’t like this hoarding at all though. It is at the start of the M32 cycle path, and the large sky above it makes photography, without flaring, almost impossible. Dull days or dusk are probably the best times to come down to this spot.
Back to the piece ‘landed in the wrong dimension’, Taboo has painted an incredible Mickey Mouse figure with a surreal distortion to the top of his head that circles round into the A of TABOO. There is something edgy and unsettling about the whole thing, challenging the familiar. Great work.
What a clever juxtaposition is presented to us by Spanish artist Sr.X in this piece that shows Joseph Stalin painted in a period propaganda pose, holding Mickey Mouse in his hands. Surely these represent two opposite ends of the political spectrum and what fun to squeeze them together like this.
I like Sr.X’s work and have not long ago posted an enormous work by him in Shoreditch. I am surprised that he was allocated such a tiny board for Upfest 2018 and would hope that maybe sometime in the future he gets to paint one of the bigger festival walls. All good.
I have the most enormous backlog of images to post, and can see that the only way to share as many of them as I can is to have slightly shorter written descriptions of the artists and their work, particularly with the non-Bristol street art, which takes me a lot longer to research.
On my recent trip to New York I was lucky enough to be staying in the lower East Side where there are amazing street/graffiti art surprises literally around every corner. This clever Mickey Mouse piece is by Jerkface who produces some amazing works in this grand cartoon style. Unfortunately his beautiful website reveals little about the artist.
This was one of my landmark finds from my trip, and I think it had only recently been sprayed.
There is something dark, political and edgy about What Have I Done Now’s work. His paste ups are full of menace, like this one (called laugh riot) of a riot police figure, waving a US flag and adorned with Mickey Mouse ears. Taking a swipe at some attitudes in a small wheatpaste without words is part of the skill of this kind of street art.
This piece was situated in the small lane at the bottom end of Dean Lane skate park where it joins North Street. I think some bits of it still remain. I have also found in my Upfest archive his ‘official’ piece for the festival and I will post it shortly.
This is one for the fans of political street art, an art form that seems to be slightly out of vogue at the moment.
Well I have been defeated. I’m sure the explanation is simple, but I have exhausted all my investigative powers. This amazing piece by OHMS appeared back in April 2016 and I fell for it immediately. It is quite unlike other pieces I have seen. Amazing pastel colours, great wildstyle writing and a character, Mickey Mouse. I love this a lot.
BUT…can I find out anything about OHMS? No I bloody well can’t. Several months of searches have thrown up nothing. I hope that posting this and the image on Instagram will help me to track down this elusive artist/crew. Anyone out there who has any clues…fire away.
Worse still, I have several other wonderful pieces by OHMS lined up, but I am reluctant to do so until I have a bit more to say about the artist.