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.

4924. Brunel Way (187)

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022

I have a feeling that 2023 will be a year in which we see Mote reach a new level. The artist is already turning out pieces at a phenomenal rate, and his character compositions are becoming more sophisticated. What will be interesting is to see where all this goes this year, and I can’t wait to see it unfold.

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, Deccember 2022

This is another piece with a pair of characters connected via an upturned crown (a motif that Mote is fond of). The characters are also connected by a reverse colour scheme, so there is definitely a story being told in the piece. As always, Mote has kept the fills strong, with all the borders and detail lines clean and tight. A fine pair under Brunel Way.

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.

4849. Cumberland Basin

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2022

As I said in a recent write-up, I struggle to keep up with the prolific Mote, but like to post what I can when I can. This is a rather fun piece from the artist in one of his favourite spots on the north bank of the river in Cumberland Basin.

Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2022

Mote has made space on the wall to allow the piece to stand out from the surrounding graffiti, something he tends to do very well. The monster is another creation from his fertile imagination, and is rather likeable. The decorations in the fills are rather interesting, in particular the toadstools – I’m not too sure where they are coming from…

4842. Brunel Way (183)

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

I would guess that I only manage to photograph about one in three of Mote’s pieces, which might give you an indication of how prolific he has been over the last few months. This piece under Brunel Way is a bit of a departure from his regular fare.

Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Mote, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

The stylised face is not a monster, but a human portrait, although it has all the characteristics of Mote’s work. Strong lines, solid fills and fine details created with black lines. The danger of painting the familiar, as opposed to wacky monsters, is that the piece will immediately be compared to a human face, there is a benchmark that we all have and recognise, and it is easier to criticise. Stylised works like this one work well, because they are self-knowing that they are representative of a face, but not an actual face. Great experimentation from Mote.

4813. Dean Lane skate park (539)

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

Mote is on fire at the moment. Barely a day goes by without another new piece appearing on the streets of Bristol, and I am having great trouble keeping up. Mote’s monsters are becoming larger and more sophisticated with each new piece, and it is a joy to witness his development.

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

I particularly like this character, there is something very endearing about it. In a departure from his recent approach, Mote hasn’t buffed the wall before painting this one, but it is strong enough to compete with the surrounding graffiti without being compromised. Another great 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.

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.

4731. Purdown (47)

Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022
Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022

What I really like about Mote’s approach to street art is that he is a very tidy artist. He likes to have a buffed wall to paint on, so that there are no distractions, and he keeps everything clean and tidy. Nice solid fills and crisp sharp lines. I am guessing he is a bit of a perfectionist.

Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022
Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022

This charming monster piece up at Purdown is a wonderful doodle character, with some nice colour fills and details. The eyes and eyelids work well, and the shadow cast onto the wall lifts the piece out. Altogether this is a rather good piece, one of many.