What you see is what you get from Merny (Morny). This is a fun piece painted in his illustrative style that contains little lines and points as if it were a set of instructions for an Airfix model or a diagram in a Haynes Manual.
In this piece it would appear that a story is unfolding of a nuclear family having a day out. ‘Dad’ is chilling and drinking a beer. ‘The kids’ are calling out “wait for me Linda!” And Linda (or mum) or dad are going on about parallel parking. I suspect that Merny based the concept on a real life event, but I have no evidence for that. All good fun though and wonderfully animated and vibrant.
I get a real buzz every time I see a piece by Merny. I don’t know why I like his art so much, but I think it is probably a combination of the deliberate naive style combined with humour and originality that really appeals to me. One can become blazé about the high quality writing we see every day in Bristol, but it is impossible to walk past a Merny piece and think that it looks like any other piece of art. It doesn’t.
This is a piece of our times and a commentary on the COVID-testing culture that we live in. There is a sadness and a sense of threat in the piece softened by the style and bright colours. Of course, the little labels make an appearance and add so much to this observational work. A very nice piece from Merny.
Trying to keep up with the sheer amount of new pieces in Bristol is as challenging as it has ever been. As a direct result, there is more of a chance that pieces will be tagged, spoiled or even over-painted by the time I get to them. This for a street art hunter is not a great state of affairs, but one I think I am going to have to accept, because there is absolutely no let-up aim Bristol and no end of new entrants into the scene.
This fabulous witty piece from Merny (who I call Morny) is a little bit contrived but nonetheless great fun. An orange and lemon side by side are making corny word play jokes with each other, but it is the sophisticated and studied naive style that I particularly like. Pity about the corruption graffiti, but that is the world we inhabit.
I have to credit Kaya at @loveforbristol (Insta) for disclosing the location of this street in Brislington. It is an alleyway I have been keen to find for quite a while, but simply didn’t know where to look. As it turns out, it is an area I visit reasonably often because my son has a friend nearby.
This piece by Merny (I still call him Morny) is one I have seen all over Instagram and at last I have now seen in the flesh.
Merny is a hoot, and I think that this is a fabulously witty piece picking up on ‘announcement-speak’ ‘this is not a drill’ and deliberately misinterpreting the word drill. Who else in the street art world would paint a power drill on a wall. Another oblique reference (deliberate or otherwise) is to the René Magritte painting ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (this is not a pipe) painting. I love this piece so much, and I am really enjoying his little lettered (or numbered) labels he has started adding to his pieces, like notes for instructions. So good.
I drove past this about a week ago and pulled in to photograph it. The Merny (Morny) piece had slipped under the radar a bit, and I’m not too sure how long it had been there. No matter though as I am always delighted to see something new from him.
This one, along with many of his pieces, is a political piece that is critical of our current administration. Simply put ‘what a sad state of affairs’ more than adequately presents the utter mess out country is in, not just in its appalling initial response to Covid-19 but also in its disregard for moral decision-making and corruption at the highest levels of government. The Conservative way seems to be that as long as it makes money it makes sense, no appreciation of the consequences.
The ordinary man, maybe a cyclist or runner, is sitting to contemplate this mess. A wonderful human piece from one of my favourite Bristol artists.
Right, let’s get down to business. Merny, or Morny as I call him, because that is how he signed himself once in the past at a time when he first appeared on my radar, is an artist I really like. His naive style, with children’s crayon-like scribbles is so unique and refreshing and adds a wholesome and entertaining aspect to our walls.
In this piece Mo(e)rny gives us a super truck to marvel at. Irregular wheels and a curious child-like perspective add to the interest of the work. Sadly it didn’t last very long, and there are some taggers who appear to have a particular dislike of Morny’s work, which is a little ironic, because the stuff they slap over other people’s work is usually pretty shoddy. Is it jealousy? Or just wilful nastiness? Who knows, but I hope it doesn’t discourage Morny from continuing to create these lively vibrant pieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At either end of the collaborative wall are pieces by Morny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.