4774. Dean Lane skate park (534)

Minto, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022
Minto, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022

I believe that maybe Minto lived in Bristol, although I might have that wrong. One thing for sure though is that he has friends here and regularly visits the city, usually dropping a fin piece of graffiti writing.

Minto, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022
Minto, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022

This is one such piece, and Minto has combined his writing with a character. It is driving me mad, but I recognise the character but can’t identify him, and even Google has let me down on this occasion. Minto’s work is as meticulous as ever, and he is always welcome to paint in Bristol.

4279. M32 Spot (134)

Minto is an occasional visitor to Bristol, and the pieces he leaves behind are always a welcome addition to the rich tapestry of street/graffiti art in the city. I believe Minto lived in Bristol for a time, but I might have got that wrong.

Minto, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2022
Minto, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2022

This piece was painted on one of my favourite walls and spells out MINTO, which is obvious to see, once you know it is there. His style is not unlike Benjimagnetic’s, with hints at letters, rather than the solid letters there in front of you. A nice colour scheme and tidy work from Minto.

3085. M32 roundabout J3 (240)

Minto is an artist who at one time lived in Bristol but like so many others before him moved to London. From time to time he returns to Bristol and recently he brought Tizer with him for a couple of days.

Minto, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020
Minto, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020

This was the second of two pieces that Minto painted over two days at the M32 roundabout and I was fortunate enough to be there when he was painting both of them. This is certainly a festival of colour and a beautifully designed piece, but, and I don’t mean to be too picky, I don’t really like the colour combinations. I could do with losing the brown/bronze and the bright green… it all comes over as a bit of a colour hotch potch. Maybe like Hemper he was using up dregs to give us this diverse piece.

Minto, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020
Minto, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020

Of course it goes without saying, I am perhaps focussing on the wrong thing, because the finished piece is so obviously by an enormously talented artist and actually looks pretty good. Of the two pieces he painted over the two days, I think I prefer his first one (yet to be posted).

2910. M32 Spot (65)

Another piece from January last year, released from the archive, this one is by Minto. My knowledge of Minto is a little bit patchy but I think he used to live in Bristol and then, like so many street artists/designers, moved to London, so pieces here are few and far between.

Minto, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2019
Minto, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2019

This is an unusual piece of writing, unlike anything I have seen before really, and I am not certain it is necessarily in Minto’s usual style either. Not really my cup of tea, but it is always great to have a spectrum of art in the city.

2773. St Werburghs tunnel (147)

Just outside St Werburghs tunnel there are several caravans and mobile homes, which give the area something of a distinctive character. It seems to be a situation that the local residents, council and police put up with, although one never knows how long patience will last. Several of the vehicles get little make-overs every now and again, and this little caravan has been decorated by Minto.

Minto, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Minto, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020

This is a particularly nice caravan pieve, as sometimes they can look a little perfunctory or rushed, but not this one, it is a beauty. I haven’t seen too much of Minto’s work, which I guess is because although he lived in Bristol for a while, he now lives in London and I imagine only visits from time to time. Great to have this mobile piece though.

105. Moon Street (5)

The Lakota nightclub in Moon Street is famous, not only in Bristol, but countrywide (as I have just found out from reading the wikipedia entry), and has had something of a turbulent recent history.

Cheo, the Lakota, Moon Street, Bristol
Cheo, the Lakota, Moon Street, Bristol

The area is a magnet for street artists, but the commissions on the walls of this club are outstanding. Cheo and Gregor Minto have given one of Bristol’s landmarks a remarkable identity.

Minto, the Lakota, Moon Street, Bristol
Minto, the Lakota, Moon Street, Bristol

If you live in Bristol, Moon Street is well worth a visit just to see these magnificent walls.

8.5/10