4502. Upfest 2022 (14)

Nol is another artist who is no stranger to Upfest and appears to really enjoy himself with his lighthearted and rather geeky monsters. This year Nol introduced an element of gamification to his work. His main piece was an identification parade of four monsters, each of which could be found dotted around Bedminster, and could be ‘collected’.

Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

I managed to find three of the four monsters, and I have a feeling that the fourth had been painted over before I ever managed to photograph it, which I guess is the story of street art all over… you snooze, you lose.

Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Nol, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

4380. Cumberland Basin

Mote certainly finds some secluded spots to practice his art and this one is tucked away in Cumberland Basin, which I only found because I decided to extend my usual circuit of the area a little. I’m not too sure how long this piece has been here, but it looks reasonably fresh.

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2022

The monsters that Mote creates are nicely thought out and designed, and his crisp, sharp lines and solid fills give away the identity of the artist in his unsigned pieces. Another common theme in Mote’s work is the use of strong colours, especially green, yellow and red all featuring in this piece. His monsters are all rather loveable and have added to the wonderful free art gallery that is available to all on the streets of Bristol.

4363. M32 Spot (137)

You can expect a whole lot more of these wonderful monster pieces from Mote, because I have a lot in my archive, and he paints regularly enough to keep me busy. This is a great example of his work, and also typifies his preference for columns. Although the monster might seem a little naive, it is actually beautifully painted and Mote takes his time to keep his lines sharp and his fills really solid.

Mote, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2022
Mote, M32 Spot, Bristol, March 2022

I take great inspiration from artists like Mote, Enn Kay and Maybe Paints who are all pretty new to painting the streets and have come on really quickly, presenting some outstanding work. If I get a moment, I hope to do my first public piece this summer, following their brave example, very possibly on one of the columns under the M32.

4362. Dean Lane skate park (479)

We don’t seem all that often, but when he visits a wall, he always leaves an impression, because his work is rather unique. I am talking about Stif who paints his rather surreal pieces from time to time in Dean Lane or sometimes Brunel Way. With this particular piece it was a case of blink and you’ll miss it, because it didn’t last long at all.

Stif, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Stif, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

Stif tends to paint on a black background which contrasts with the bold colours that he uses. This piece looks like it is a monster breaking out of a red parcel, and it might be a simple as that, I can’t really find a story or narrative underpinning the piece. It is rather eccentric and very memorable, and definitely worthy of posting on Natural Adventures.

4346. Cumberland Basin

I met Mote for the first time, not long ago, when he was painting a small piece up at Purdown Battery, and what a thoroughly pleasant experience it was too. He told me that he had always wanted to paint and get out there hitting walls, but life had taken him down a different path. Mote now finds himself in a situation where he can paint, and my goodness he has been making up for lost time. Bristol is festooned with his work, but this is the first piece of his to appear on Natural Adventures.

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022

Mote is another character artist, specialising in monsters. His pieces tend to be smallish, but creative and imaginative. Mote uses bright colours (a lot of green) in his work and likes to keep sharp, crisp lines – he takes a lot of time to create his work, but it is time well spent. Look out for a whole ton more from this artist over coming months.

4324. M32 roudabout J3 (397)

Like so many of the artists in Bristol, Varo seems to go through very busy periods and then goes quiet for a while, before returning with a burst of activity. I managed to catch up with Varo briefly just as he was finishing off this extraordinary piece. The conversation was a little fragmented, because Varo’s English is a little bit basic, and my Spanish non-existent. We discussed the surreal and crazy nature of the piece.

Varo, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Varo, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022

Normally Varo’s work is quite easy to identify, but this piece is completely off the wall and had I not been there, I’m not sure that I would have been able to identify the artist. It feels like a comic-book Picasso, if you get my meaning, but to try and work out what the story is might just do my head in, so I am not going to attempt to interpret it. I prefer to stick with the ‘crazy’ descriptor. It is great to see something so utterly different and challenging.

4312. Brunel Way (147)

Because I go out about three times a week, walking the dog in some of the easy-access graffiti spots, it is inevitable that I will meet artists from time to time. Now that the weather is improving and the days are getting longer, I expect to meet more while they are actually painting.

RZA and Enn Kay, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022
RZA and Enn Kay, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022

I was lucky enough to bump in to RZA and Enn Kay while they were painting this small collaboration. Stopping to chat with them was a real pleasure as both artists took time to chew the fat with me. I think that this might be the first piece I have posted from RZA, although I know I have others in my archive. Enn Kay is, of course, no stranger to the pages of Natural Adventures, in spite of the fact that he has only been spraying walls since the back end of last year.

RZA and Enn Kay, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022
RZA and Enn Kay, Brunel Way, Bristol, February 2022

This chirpy collaboration features an ‘octopus’ type monster from Enn Kay sitting alongside a face in a white burst breakout box (is the best way I can describe it). Enn Kay, in particular, is rapidly establishing himself in the Bristol scene with both his creativity and his productivity. Watch this space for more from these two.

4295. M32 Cycle path (168)

This rather nice bubble writing and character combination was painted by 3F fino during an LRS paint jam on the M32 cycle path a few weeks ago. It has to be said that the LRS crew have been knocking it out of the park recently and are becoming a dominant movement in the Bristol street art sub-culture.

3F fino, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, February 2022
3F fino, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, February 2022

The light backdrop is helpful with helping the piece to stand out, and there is a fun interaction between the letters and the character which is taking a bite out of the ‘N’ of FINO. This is a clean and tidy piece which plays to the strength of 3F fino’s cartoon style. Gotta love the monster’s shadow.

4244. Dean Lane skate park (462)

I met Enn Kay last week under Brunel Way down by the river for the first time, and what an absolute pleasure it was too. He was painting with his ‘brother’ at the time, and I wasn’t sure whether that meant his ‘brother’ or his actual brother – I am not really up with contemporary slang, being such an oldie.

Enn Kay, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Enn Kay, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

Enn Kay has been absolutely smashing it lately, which is no small feat, given that he only started painting walls at the back end of last year. This is one of his octopus monsters, of which there are several knocking around. Beautifully painted and full of character, these pieces add so much to the vast array of styles and subjects in Bristol.

4227. Brunel Way (140)

It is plain to see that coming back to work after a week away has hit me pretty hard, and I wasn’t able to prepare two posts before work this morning, and I have had to wait until now to get this second one out today. My apologies.

Enn Kay, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022
Enn Kay, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022

This is a nice and simple monster column piece from Enn Kay very nicely done. I do like monster painters, and we now have a couple vying for space in some of the Bristol spots. Enn Kay has managed to upsize his sketches really well, and each monster is different. There is plenty more to come from this new and prolific artist.