4963. Greenbank (66)

Mote, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2022
Mote, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2022

When designing and planning monster pieces, the only thing stopping you is lack of ideas (and talent, obvs). Well it seems that Mote’s imagination is firing on all cylinders, and his menagerie of curiosities continues to grow with this ‘all teeth and eyes’ monster at Greenbank.

Mote, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2022
Mote, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2022

I am not sure how much longer this long hoarding will remain, because the development behind it is moving at pace, and already about a quarter of the hoarding has come down. Mote has used the space well, and as usual the monster is filled to perfection with great solid colours, and a little bit of a fade in the purple section. Another day, another monster from the fabulous Mr Mote.

4900. Dean Lane skate park (553)

Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

Mote always pleases with his clean and simple designs of monsters that can be found pretty much everywhere in Bristol. This beautiful (ugly) pair are on the small part of the curved wall in Dean Lane skate park.

Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

I think that Mote’s work is a great example of why it is important to buff a wall for best results. Imagine if these two characters were painted directly onto a messy wall without the clean background, the balance and status of the characters would be completely lost. I love these giant doodles, and have enjoyed the ride this year with Mote’s appearance on the Bristol scene. I am really looking forward to seeing how he can develop his style next year as he gains experience and new skills. Thanks for all the monsters.

4875. Dean Lane skate park (548)

Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

What a fine and colourful monster character from Mote on the swimming pool wall at Dean Lane. Once again we see Mote spreading his wings both in terms of location and design of his work.

Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

This is arguably Mote’s most colourful piece yet, which is some achievement for an artist who is fond of his colours. Unfortunately the piece has been a little tagged, although not too much to the detriment of the overall impact it has. Although I fully understand where tagging sits in the overall spectrum of street/graffiti art, I do sometimes question what sort of empty minds get kicks out of it. Probably showing my age there. A nice vibrant piece from Mote.

4790. Cumberland Basin

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

You will know by now that I have enjoyed the emergence and continued development of Mote over the last year or so. His monster characters have improved over that time and the finished product is becoming cleaner and tighter with each new piece.

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

This one is tucked away in the entrance of a closed down public toilet on the north side of Cumberland Basin. Mote certainly has a style all of his own that incorporates a monster with a solid fill, in this instance with a two-colour fade, and some crisp black lines creating the detail. Almost like giant doodles, Mote’s monsters are a welcome pick-me-up.

4771. Horfield skate park

Enn Kay, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022
Enn Kay, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022

This piece from Enn Kay (NAK) demonstrates just how far the artist has come in a relatively short space of time. There are qualities in this piece that are not present in some of his earlier works, which provide texture and depth, rather than a flat solid monster with an outline.

Enn Kay, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022
Enn Kay, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022

This sophistication advance can be seen in the shading on the ‘dragon’ character, with different tones of green creating more of a 3D effect. The whole piece has more of a pastel feel to it and is less harsh on the eye than a solid fill monster. I love the way the character is spraying a little monster on the edge of the piece. A great work from Enn Kay.

4767. Cumberland Basin

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

What an absolute beauty from Mote. Tucked away in a little corner of Cumberland Basin is this magnificent example of one of Mote’s monsters, and quite possibly one of his best to date.

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2022

I really like Mote’s attention to detail and clean work. All of his fills are always solid and his fine lines clean. These monsters are on the opposite end of the spectrum to throw ups. Mote spends time on painting his characters with real diligence and accuracy. It is worth noting that some of the decorative dots around the bottom of the background incorporate the previous piece that Mote painted over. The finished pieces are imaginative and always bring a smile to my face. I love this piece.

4680. Brunel Way (172)

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022

A rather nice, clean and tidy piece from the very productive Mote. In fact, I only post a fraction of his work, not because I don’t appreciate it (I really do) but because I don’t make it out to all the spots that he paints.

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2022

This one, under Brunel Way, is a corker, made all the more enjoyable by being painted on a buffed wall without distractions. Mote’s doodle-character style is constantly developing and growing, and his pieces are becoming more complex and larger. Although it is rather subtle, Mote has filled the character’s face with two shades of green, transitioning horizontally, and exchanging spots/dots. A very nice piece.

4623. Upfest 2022 (38)

Saor, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Saor, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

On meeting Saor recently at the Cheltenham Paint Fesitval recently, he said that he would prefer me to refer to him as Saor in my blog posts rather than by his previous name. I said that I would do it, even if it gives me a bit of a headache in terms of tagging and cataloguing things. So Saor it is.

Saor, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Saor, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

This Upfest piece is an absolute beauty. Crisp and clean and with a wonderful colour colour palette. the form of Saor’s letters remind me a little of Epok’s writing style, which is praise indeed. The letters spell out the name SAOR. It was very sweet, watching Saor’s little assistant helping out.

Saor, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
Saor, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

The monster face seems to be back now, having been left out of a few recent pieces, and you can see that Saor hadn’t quite finished off the wispy circular cloud (a halo?) when I took these WIP shots. Saor is definitely an artist who continues to up his game with each new piece.

4613. Brunel Way (166)

I was lucky enough to run into Mote when he was painting this larger-than-usual piece on the long wall under Brunel Way. And managed to have a good chat until the dog decided he’d had enough and started barking, he can be a real conversation-killer sometimes that dog of mine, although he was brilliantly behaved in Cheltenham the whole time we were there.

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022

Mote is possibly the most productive artist in Bristol at the moment, and his pastel shades that he tends to use are a real hallmark of his work – If you’re looking for brash reds or gold or chrome, you’re unlikely to find them in his work, and you’ll have to settle for subtle.

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022

This monster piece seems to show a monster snacking on a double ended other monster, although it is not altogether clear. As always with Mote’s work, the lines are precise and clean, the fills solid without underlying work seeping through. Creative and imaginative, Mote continues to dazzle us with his work.

4598. Dean Lane skate park (512)

I have encountered a small dilemma, it happens quite a lot in the world of documenting street art. Flava136 is making a deliberate move towards refreshing his moniker to Saor. Part of me feels that I should follow his lead, but the other part of me feels like it will simply muck up all my tagging and labelling which is a nightmare for archiving, searching etc. So as you will see I have decided to stick with Flava136, even though it is now Saor.

Flava136, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022
Flava136, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022

The name is somewhat irrelevant when it comes to his artwork, which is always presented to the highest possible standards. The piece is horizontally bisected with different colour transitions either side of the line. We also see a return of the toothy monster character, which is becoming a less central part of his work these days. This is yet another sharp, on-point piece from an outstanding artist.