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.