3250. Turbo Island

Well I’m not sure how I missed this one first time round, but I just had a little potter around in my archives and once I found it I couldn’t really ignore it. It is a tidy collaboration from Mr Klue and DNT, who quite often get together to paint, from those heady days before coronavirus was a thing in the UK… remember that?

Mr Klue and DNT, Turbo Island, Bristol, February 2020
Mr Klue and DNT, Turbo Island, Bristol, February 2020

I can’t decide whether the shopping trolley is really annoying or actually adds a little bit of character to the photograph. No matter, it is there. The very ‘DNT’ monster embedded within the Mr Klue writing is a window into the artist’s mind and like so many of his characters is part organic, part mechanical. It looks likes the puffs of yellow smoke are puffing out of one of the legs of the character. A nice collaboration.

3186. Cheltenham 2020 (4)

One of the nice things about the Cheltenham Paint Festival is the large number of Bristol-based artists that are asked to paint. Mr Klue is a particular favourite of mine. His modest demeanour betrays his obvious talent and unique abstract style

Mr Klue, Paint Festival 2020, Cheltenham, September 2020
Mr Klue, Paint Festival 2020, Cheltenham, September 2020

I am not overjoyed at my hopeless photography. The close-up is a little too close and I have cut off the left hand edge of the piece. This is a colourful piece that probably spells out KLUE, but might not, and presents many of the trademark features we would expect to see in one of his pieces; floating steps, wisps of smoke and coiled cones give the artist away. I am rather taken with the orange ball, a nice feature.

3138. St Werburghs tunnel (180)

I mentioned in my last Mr Klue post that the artist tends to paint in spates with periods of absence interspersed with three or four sessions in quick succession and then all quiet again.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020

This is a modest little piece from a week or so ago near the entrance of St Werburghs tunnel. Set on a pink background, the abstract writing swirls about in a semi-solid state, which Mr Klue does so well. Usually his pieces spell out KLUE, but I am not too certain about this one.

3102. St Werburghs tunnel (177)

Usually when Mr Klue hasn’t painted for a while (and we are in one of those moments now) his first new piece is often followed up with a spate of creative work and I am hoping that will be the case this time. This new piece is in his favoured spot at the far end of St Werburghs tunnel.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020

There is a lot going on in this abstract dreamscape which to understand would probably necessitate the unpacking of the artist’s mind. In amongst all the atmospheric swirls and recognisable elements, such as the lamp post, hat and helmet, there are the letters KLUE… I think. A wonderful piece and worth waiting for.

2770. St Werburghs tunnel (146)

Mr Klue is going through a productive and creative patch at the moment, and it is a real pleasure to see his work springing up all over the place. This large piece in the tunnel at St Werburghs is a bit of a feast for the eyes.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020

Unfortunately, the light in the tunnel has goofed up the colours a bit and a car was parked in a place where I couldn’t swing to the right to get more natural light on the image. Why do people park in the tunnel? Sadly I can’t go back to get more pictures, because it has already gone. Turnover in the tunnel is so high at the moment, probably because we have had so much rain.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020

The piece itself is classic Mr Klue fare with the added bonus of a character and his top hat, most likely influenced by Carroll’s mad hatter. Mr Klue has used this imagery several times in his murals and it adds another layer of mystery to his abstract work. A grand piece.

2720. St Werburghs tunnel (138)

In one of his favourite spots, Mr Klue has painted this bright and breezy piece as part of a 64 Dot Com collaboration with DNT and Mr Sleven. In this more than in other pieces you can see the letters KLUE if you look carefully, with the U and E being especially clear.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020

The abstract style so unique to this artist is soft and ephemeral and like a cloud looks like it might evaporate altogether at the slightest gust of wind. In this piece there is a return of some steps, a feature I always like in his work. Capping off the whole thing is a halo in yellow, which adds a touch of humour. A lovely piece.

2687. Turbo Island

Turbo Island Has seen quite a bit of action in the last month. First there was a reminder to vote in the election from DNT (not posted), then there was a happy Christmas message from Rezwonk and Decay, and then early in the new year, Mr Klue gave us this lovely abstract piece.

Mr Klue, Turbo Island, Bristol, January 2020
Mr Klue, Turbo Island, Bristol, January 2020

Nothing lasts long on this hoarding before it gets tagged, and I was a bit slow in photographing this one. I do think though that it is a great place for street/graffiti art and I would like to think that this will become a high quality high turnover space for local artists. It certainly is in a fantastic spot with a whole ton of cars passing by every day, and I think that there is an element of curation from the Peeople’s Republic of Stokes Croft.

Mr Klue has included a Mad Hatter’s hat, which is a motif used reasonably frequently in the artist’s work. Great to see a flurry of Mr Klue pieces this winter, because as many will know I am an admirer of his nicely understated work.

2682. Moon Street (79)


Here’s a rather nice three-way collaboration from just before Christmas by The Cat Came Back, the ever so familiar Mr Klue and DNT who has rather ‘owned’ this wall over the last few years.

The Cat Came Back, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2020
The Cat Came Back, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2020

I know absolutely nothing about The Cat Came Back, but there are two things I really like. The first is the name of the artist, it’s just kind of bonkers and memorable too, the second is the simple but well constructed piece from an artist who is obviously well practiced in producing this cat character. I don’t know if the artist is Bristol-based but if they are, then I look forward to seeing more alley cats.

Mr Klue, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2020
Mr Klue, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2020

The central portion of the collaboration is by Mr Klue, who seems to be on a bit of a painting spree at the moment. I have commented before on the pulses of activity from Mr Klue. You can go a month or two and see nothing new and then out of the blue several pieces appear in quick succession. I can’t read the letters in this abstract piece, but I don’t think it says KLUE. (Update, The artist tells me it does).

DNT, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2020
DNT, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2020

On the right is another feline-type creature compete with a third eye, and a design style that is so very DNT. His character pieces tend to be mad up of shapes with solid fills and outlined with black, almost like a stained glass effect. Great to see another DNT piece here. (Note to self – a good wall for ‘One wall many faces’).

2638. St Werburghs tunnel (121)

Mr Klue doesn’t seem to be hitting the walls as often as he used to, so finding one of his pieces these days is all the more pleasurable. This one, at the Farm end of St Werburghs tunnel (a favoured spot for Mr Klue) appeared a couple of weeks ago.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2019
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2019

As always there is a whimsical and mysterious look to the piece. The whispy abstract form often spells out KLUE, but I must say I am baffled by this one. Maybe it says nothing at all. Always great to see his work, however infrequently.

2524. St Werburghs tunnel (104)

It tends to be fits and starts with Mr Klue’s street pieces these days. You can wait for an age for something new, and then suddenly there is a rush of them – let’s hope tghat this is the beginning of such a rush.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Mr Klue, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

In one of his favoured spots at the Farm end of St Werburghs tunnel, this abstract street artist has given us another of his magical pieces of writing, which usually spell out KLUE, but I am not sdo sure about this one. He has used colours that I would most associate with Mr Klue, that is, purple with white accents and a touch of green. Great to see a new piece from him.