2604. Nova Scotia (2)

I have said it before on Natural Adventures, that there are so many rewards to be had from changing what you do, the habits you get into, and recently I completely changed my lunchtime stroll to skirt around the harbourside area. I finally got round to seeing this family of rabbits by Nevergiveup which made the alteration to my usual stroll utterly worth it. I switched it up with great success.

Nevergiveup, Nova Scotia, Bristol, November 2019
Nevergiveup, Nova Scotia, Bristol, November 2019

I think that this might just be my favourite rabbit work by Nevergiveup. A near perfect grouping of magnificent colours and fortunately for me and the timing of the picture, looking fantastically Autumnal. There is some fine detail on these bunnies that indicates that he spent a little bit more time painting them perhaps than some of his other pieces. Somehow, for me, his brand #followmyrabbits culminates in this little cluster, it is just brilliant.

2572. Cumberland Basin

I think I said this last time I posted a piece by Nevergiveup but I will say it again because it is still pertinent… gone but not forgotten. I discovered a new (to me) graffiti spot in the Cumberland Basin recently, and one which I think Nevergiveup also discovered a little while before he left Bristol.

Nevergiveup, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2019
Nevergiveup, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2019

This rabbit looks like it has had a little dose of nuclear radiation, but apart from the extra eyes ears and tooth it seems to be in the rudest of health. I love the location of this rabbit and for me it really adds to the quality of the piece. Still plenty to come from #followmyrabbits.

2556. Moon Street (77)

This is one of a great many rabbits by Nevergiveup that I have in my archive of Bristol street art, and I will be releasing them slowly as and when slots appear or the inclination takes me. This particular one in Moon Street goes back to May 2018.

Nevergiveup, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Nevergiveup, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018

As I recall this furry fellow stayed put for quite a while, but like so many of his colleagues eventually disappeared. I noticed that Bristol City Council have been on an anti-rabbit patrol lately and buffed out a whole bunch of them from utility boxes in the Cumberland Basin area (boo). Now that Nevergiveup has left town I expect the cull to gather pace.

2489. Little Paradise (4)

Well I’ve heard that Nevergiveup is leaving town, I’m not sure where he is going or whether he’ll be back, but you can walk anywhere in Bristol and it won’t take long to find a little reminder that he was here. His rabbits have become a bit of a thing over the last eighteen months or so and I still have a great many to find.

Nevergiveup, Little Paradise, Bristol, September
Nevergiveup, Little Paradise, Bristol, September

This purple fellow is in little paradise (possibly one of the least apt names for a place), propping up a long wall that has some interesting stuff at the other end of it. I have many more rabbits in my archive, but I like to intersperse them with other pieces – I have to be fair to all artists in the city. So although the artist may be leaving, his legacy will be appearing on the pages of Natural Adventures for some time to come. Farewell Nevergiveup Familia.

2416. St Werburghs tunnel (95)

In the depths of St Werburghs tunnel is this fine piece of writing by Nevergiveup (NGU) which I think, but am not certain, spells out ZBOK. The colours set on a contrasting dark background work rather well in the difficult artificial light of the tunnel.

Nevergiveup, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Nevergiveup, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

NGU has created horizontal layers in his letters which blend seamlessly from top to bottom. Those of you who recognise the name will know this artist as the creator of #followmyrabbits which have made dozens of appearances on Natural Adventures.

2405. Castle Park

Castle Park is not particularly known for its graffiti, there are not many walls and there is little or no culture of it, it was surprising therefore to find this little bit of ‘decorated’ wall and who should be there?… Nevergiveup and one of his rabbits.

Nevergiveup, Castle Park, Bristol, August 2019
Nevergiveup, Castle Park, Bristol, August 2019

The nature of his #followmyrabbits concept means that he is definitely the most ubiquitous artist in Bristol, more even than the most prolific taggers, who tend to stay within their districts. This is a particularly nice bunny photographed on a particularly nice day and painted on an interestingly textured wall that gives it a soft spongy look.

2372. St George skate park (2)

The Monday Club is really establishing itself as a tour de force in the Bristol street art scene. It is a crew made up of several artists who will get together on a Monday and paint somewhere in Bristol. This time it was the turn of Conrico, Nevergiveup and Nightwayss.

Conrico, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, St George, Bristol, July 2019

I am loving what Conrico is bringing to Bristol and his pieces tend to be comical and light-hearted. His painting style is interesting and less easily described although it all looks rather illustration derived – I’ll bet he can draw well. I haven’t seen many of his pieces yet, and one or two have eluded me altogether, but this one is a beauty.

Nevergiveup, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Nevergiveup, St George, Bristol, July 2019

I think I have said everything I need to say about Nevergiveup’s rabbits and they even turn up in collaborations like this one. Always welcome and always fun.

Nightwayss, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Nightwayss, St George, Bristol, July 2019

The Jewel in the crown of this little collaboration on a ramp in St George skate park is the monkey in the moon with a banana by Nightwayss. I love this monkey, and rather like Conrico’s piece, it is painted in an illustrative style, typified by the hatchings in the arm and leg. So full of cheek, humour and fun. Long live the Monday Club.