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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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’).
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was a quick one from Mr Klue in St Werburghs, and on his Instagram feed he said he was using up old paints… certainly this piece is much more explosively colourful than many of his pieces which tend to be colour-themed.
Already the piece has gone, painted over by a viting artist from Liverpool (to follow), and was only on view for a week or so. I haven’t seen much of his work for a month or more, so it was nice to see this one, and I missed photographing his other recent piece at Turbo Island before it got horribly tagged.
It is funny how some artists seem to favour walls, such as Laic217 in Moon Street and Hire in Dean Lane, and this spot at the north end of St Werburghs tunnel is often occupied by Mr Klue.
In fine deep colours, this piece looks like it is a bit of a tribute to Hoax. Both artists belong to the COM64 crew which I think also includes DNT, Akarat and Mr Sleven. Often the word KLUE is hidden in his works, but here it is quite clear that he has written HOAX. A nice friendly piece.
In Bristol it would seem at the moment that one is never far away from a Mr Klue piece. He is keeping very busy indeed, and this was from a couple of weeks back, during a paint session with Mr Sleven and DNT.
Using, what I am guessing are his favourite colours (he uses them a lot) he has created another calming abstract writing piece that possibly spells out KLUE (or you can even read WONE – Mr Klue’s surname). His light touch pieces always have an ephemeral feel about them, that they might just waft away on the breeze. Still loads more to come.