2554. Midland Road

Obvs this is a piece by Mr Penfold and what a grand piece it is too. This large design that presents five bold patterns separated by jaggedy white lines is typical of his his more recent work. I say more recent, but I should add that this picture was taken in x 2018.

Mr Penfold, Midland Road, Bristol, March 2018
Mr Penfold, Midland Road, Bristol, March 2018

When writing this post, I used StreetView to remind myself of the street name, and was surprised to find that this piece has grown considerably in size and now occupies the facade of the building to the right as well. Watch this space for an update… one day.

The blue plaque, on what is now the ‘To The Moon’ bar and cafe, is a memorial to John Wright or ‘John the Caff’ as he was known locally. His obituary in The Guardian from July 2009 can be found here.

2526. North Street

With a name like Zoe Power, you are never going to be easily forgotten. Marry that up with great talent and you get stunning memorable pieces like this one in North Street. Painted above Zara’s Chocolates in North Street, next door to the Upfest shop and Gemma Compton’s outstanding mural, this piece was created as part of Upfest’s Summer Editions and for me is one of the highlights.

Zoe Power, North Street, Bristol, October 2019
Zoe Power, North Street, Bristol, October 2019

I met Zoe Power at the Cheltenham Paint Festival, and I fear I may have bored her rigid, but she was polite and humoured me and my barrage of questions and natterings. I am an enormous fan of her work and love this Matisse-inspired mural (he is one of my all time favourite artists). There is a lot to like here, the female figures symmetrically placed around the windows of the building holding up symbols of the solar system, set on a plant-patterned background. I love, love, love it. I want to see a lot more of her stuff.

2228. Byron Street

This remarkable and rather large piece adjacent to the M32 roundabout is one of Seven Saints of St Pauls, a project conceived by Bristol artist Michele Curtis to celebrate key people who shaped Bristol’s black community. This mural features Roy Hackett, a Jamaican, who arrived in Britain in 1952 and became co-founder of the Commonwealth Co-ordinated Committee (CCC) which was started 1962.

Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019
Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019

His story of employment in Liverpool, Wolverhampton, London and Bristol is fascinating. He went on to become one of the founders of the famous St Paul’s Festival and took part in the bus boycott in 1963 which protested against the bus company’s refusal to recruit black drivers or crews. This mural recognises Roy Hacketts part in this boycott. A wonderful history of Roy Hackett can be found in this Bristol Archive record.

Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019
Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019

The Paintsmiths are a group of artists who work on commissions, paint at events and support workshops, and include Felix Braun and Sled One. This piece, whichever way you look at is is utterly awesome and perfectly reflercts the amazing St Pauls community.

2031. Gloucester Road

This piece goes back a little way, and kind of got lost because it was taken on my mobile phone and not on my camera – hence the rather poor quality. It is a piece by Hoax and Akarat above the Coop on Gloucester Road and didn’t last too long before it got dogged, which was a pity.

Hoax and Akarat, Gloucester Road, Bristol, August 2018
Hoax and Akarat, Gloucester Road, Bristol, August 2018

It has been a long time since I have seen anything by these two on the streets so I was rather excited by this collaboration. Unfortunately, by the time I returned some while later with a camera it was gone. Entitled Run run run, the piece includes a couple of galloping horses and what looks like an architectural feature, possibly a window and roof. I would have loved to get a closer look, but this was the best I could do.

Laic217

A collection of brilliant street art by Bristol artist Laic217 – quite a few skulls here!

All photographs taken by Scooj

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2019
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2019
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2019
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2019
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2019
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2019
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic 217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic 217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, M32 roiundabout, Bristol, October 2016
Laic217, M32 roiundabout, Bristol, October 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, M32 junction 3, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, M32 junction 3, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217 and Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May2017
Laic217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 junction, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, M32 junction, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, King Square Avenue, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, King Square Avenue, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol September 2016
Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol September 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2016
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, Dean Lane skate park, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, Dean Lane skate park, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, M32 Roubndabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217, M32 Roubndabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
Laic 217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016

 

1885. We the Curious (2)

It is great to see that VisitBristol (the local tourist authority) is putting its weight behind the creative arts, in particular street art, by commissioning this mural on one of the walls of We the Curious (formerly @Bristol). The idea behind the mural is to increase visits to the city over the Christmas period to boost tourism as this little YouTube video shows.

Silent Hobo and Cheo, We the Curious, Bristol, November 2018
Silent Hobo and Cheo, We the Curious, Bristol, November 2018

The artists chosen for the commission are Cheo and Silent Hobo, both of whom have featured on these pages many, many times before. Here they combine to produce this sumptuous Bristol-themed Christmas mural with a whole ton of identifiable Bristol icons.

Silent Hobo, We the Curious, Bristol, November 2018
Silent Hobo, We the Curious, Bristol, November 2018

The left hand side of the mural is mostly the work of Silent Hobo and features the aquarium, the ice rink, the cathedral and harbourside among other things and in the foreground we have a few bristol carol singers representing the two (rival) football teams.

Cheo, We the Curious, Bristol, November 2018
Cheo, We the Curious, Bristol, November 2018

On the right Cheo’s mural includes the Clifton suspension bridge, the zoo, the Christmas market, the M Shed and Isembard Kingdom Brunel (the greatest ever Englishman). The whole thing is surrounded with a golden frame and the whole thing is rather delicious.

Given that street art and graffiti are part of the USP for Bristol, I would love to see VisitBristol and the Council do more of this kind of thing in recognition of the street artists who bring free art to the city rather than locking it down, for example in The Bearpit.

#MerryBristmas

1880. Upfest 2018 (99)

Antonia Lev is one of those lucky artists who managed to paint two walls at Upfest 2018. The first, in The Hen and Chickens yard I covered a few posts back was complemented by this hoarding piece in South Street Park.

Antonia Lev, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Antonia Lev, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Her work has a really interesting feel to it and the colours are in the bright pink/purple/blue range which makes it stand out from the crowd. I think there is a story going on here, part of which is a social media commentary, which is rather pertinent as the artist (on the far left of the picture) is herself using the keypad on her smart phone in these pictures. Great to get an introduction to this artist from Russia.