3249. St Werburghs tunnel (199)

I can totally see that Morny’s murals might not be to everyone’s taste, they are just not as polished as some of the stuff you see in Bristol, but I absolutely love them. While the characters may have a soft edge, the messages don’t, and Morny is not one for holding back.

Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020

We have a great many global crises to contend with at the moment, but the dominance of the coronavirus pandemic may have masked other environmental and political issues such as climate change and migration. The Tories are not known for their compassionate approach to migration, preferring an Australian style hard line. This piece from Morny is calling them out.

I think that this might be the best piece I have seen from Morny, it has a lot of emotion and is a very powerful image. You don’t have to have sharp lines and solid fills with patterns to create a great piece. I love this.

3224. St Werburghs tunnel (193)

I think we can be fairly clear about what Morny thinks about our illustrious ludicrous Prime Minister. There is no holding back on this piece, and perhaps it reflects what so many people think at the moment in this divided country that we live in.

Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020

I am a big fan of Morny’s style that I would describe as child-like in its form and colour selections, but unlike the work of a child, it has some sophistication.   I like this portrait of Boris, it is well observed (hands in pockets) and obvious who it is. I am inclined to agree with Morny on this one… it’s not my fault, it’s your fault.

2967. M32 roundabout J3 (212)

Already gone, this joyful collaboration painted only a week or so back is by Morny, Billy and Mr Penfold. When you put these three artists together, you are bound to get colour and they have delivered in bucket-fulls.

Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

At either end of the collaborative wall are pieces by Morny.

Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

The one on the left expressing dislike for the coronavirus and the one on the far right expressing dislike for our Prime Minister (who, I might add is turning out to be the worst we have had in many years and the current bar is very high indeed – oh dear). I agree with both of these sentiments.

Billy, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Billy, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

The left central work is by the wonderful Billy which states “without love there’s no reason to live”. Although the style is childish, the execution is expert and the writing and little houses are clean and very nicely done.

Mr Penfold, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Mr Penfold, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

Finally, the funny face is by Mr Penfold, who we normally associate with bright design work. With very few lines on a minty green background, Mr Penfold has created an expressive face and lots of movement, all adding up to the phrase that less is more and in this case it is true.

All in all a wonderful collaboration.

2941. M32 roundabout J3 (209)

I like Morny’s work. It is a unique style that has a child-like quality, but is actually a whole lot more sophisticated than that, for example in this piece the man’s haircut and sunglasses. This piece is bright and colourful and carries a Brexit message.

Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2019
Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2019

I think the reason I never published these pictures is because of the light distortion obscuring a part of the wall, but I never made it back in time to get any cleaner shots. The writing says:

I miss before Brexit when you has more dosh on your holibobs (holidays). Back when people agreed more.

Sentiments that I think a great many of us agree with, and indeed the pain is still far from over and will extend the heavy burden our country is shouldering due to coronavirus. A clasic double whammy. Both of these pressures have been appallingly handled by an utterly inept and cowardly government. I can’t wait to see the back of them and a new greener, healthier and more compassionate society where wealth is not regarded as the most important thing in our lives.

Love this Morny piece.

2739. St Werburghs tunnel (140)

Walking the dog one lunchtime a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet two lovely artists busy at work at the farm end of St Werburghs tunnel. I recognised the work of Morny instantly, his naive style is both eye-catching and compelling, so I went and introduced myself. I was touched that he seemed to know about my Instagram/Twitter accounts, but I don’t know if he has ventured as far as Natural Adventures just yet. He introduced me to his painting partner Billy, who was painting a bright and colourful mural to his right.

Morny and Billy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020
Morny and Billy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020

I’m glad I took these WIP (Work in Progress) shots because when I returned a couple of days later to take pictures of the finished wall, it had been painted over. I cringed a little, because I told them that turnover on this particular wall was quite slow and that their work would be there for a while. Just shows what I know huh? Billy’s work reminds me a little of Zoe Power’s, because of its simple form and colourful fills. I do hope she isn’t put off by the rapidity of the disappearance of her piece and that she paints more walls this year.

Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020
Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020

There was one remaining part of Morny’s piece that survived for my return, but it only really hints at what had been there. Such a pity. I guess it is impossible to be everywhere all the time.

2543. M32 roundabout J3 (175)

There is something about Morny’s naive style of street art that I find really appealing and it reminds me a little of an artist we had in Bristol a year or two back called J. Dior. These pieces are not clean or sharp but nor are they contrived, they simply tell stories that we can relate to.

Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2019
Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2019

In this piece, Morny has a policeman or perhaps I should say cop with his arm out saying ‘stop that’. We could read a hundred different meanings into this, but my immediate conclusion is this is an anti-graff cop. Whatever the story, I like the piece very much. It is vibrant and fun and that works for me.

J. Dior, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2017
J. Dior, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2017

2491. M32 roundabout J3 (171)

I didn’t think we’d be seeing work from Morny in Bristol again for a while, but clearly he likes to visit and likes this wall at the M32. This is all good news because he has painted another of his larger than life vehicles in his naive art style.

Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2019
Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2019

This time Morny brings us a Porsche 917k in bright colours and fancy headlights. Now I don’t know much about cars, but for petrol heads there is a whole load of stuff on Wikipedia about the Porsche 917k. I’ll content myself with Morny’s version.

2344. M32 roundabout J3 (153)

 

Several of the posts I have written over the last few days have featured artists I haven’t encountered before, which I guess is a testament to Bristol City as a centre for urban art in the UK. Recruitment into the Bristol scene is far greater than the loss  and so we have a growing community of artists, which keeps people like me ultra-busy. I guess it also indicates that street/graffiti art is becoming more mainstream. I hope that this doesn’t mean it becomes too ‘corporate’ and safe, because one of the attractive things about it is the edge. Actually another great thing about street art is that it encompasses so many styles, techniques and approaches in a way that other genres don’t.

Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Morny, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

So what to make of this piece by Morny? Personally I love it, the vibrancy and naive style really work for me, and having looked through the artist’s Instagram feed, it looks like vehicles are a favoured theme. I keep looking at this and whichever way I do so it seems to make me smile every time. I am not sure where Morny is from but an itinerant lifestyle seems to be on the cards, so this might be a bit of a fleeting visit to Bristol, we’ll have to wait and see.