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.
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.
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.
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.
This is how I get to see most of Nevergiveup’s work for the first time. Because he doesn’t just paint regular spots but tends to paint everywhere he can in the city, he is one artist whose work you can spot from a car. This cheeky rabbit is on Hotwell Road and in a place that one is unlikely to stop – I got lucky, the traffic stopped right in front of me, my camera was on the passenger seat and so I snapped away. Lazy hunting, but sometimes you have to be opportunistic in this game.
I have lost count of his bunnies, and I miss an awful lot of them, but there is a bit of an addiction to trying to track them down, a bit like Pokemon Go or the Wallace and Gromit trails that Bristol has hosted in recent years. Another one for the gallery.
I said in a post not too long ago that I would have to start doubling up on Nevergiveup’s rabbits, because there are so many of them, and so tru to my word, here are two for the price of one.
Both of these are at North Street Green, and one has been there rather longer than the other one and is looking a little worse for wear. This purple bunny is a little bit dumpy, constrained by the size and shape of the utility box it is painted on, but nonetheless cute.
The older rabbit on the door has been tagged quite heavily and could probably do with a makeover. It is quite unusual to see Nevergiveup’s rabbits defaced in this way, but I guess on an urban green like this one you are inviting trouble. Not much point in saying more to come from this artist…
Yup, he’s everywhere, even Wilder Street isn’t exempt from the attentions of Nevergiveup and his urban bunny rabbits. I think that because he is producing these at such a magnificent rate I am going to have to double up some of his bunnys, to conserve posts on Natural Adventures.
I also think that the time has probably come to create a gallery of his work, so watch this space. I rather like this green bunny, and especially like his distorted reflection in the metal sheet to the left. Another one for the growing collection.
These rabbits have bred like well… err… rabbits. There are dozens of them all over the city, and I have lost count of how many I have posted or photographed, and still I have a whole load in my archive. This particular one is relatively recent I think, as I pass this way quite frequently and hadn’t noticed it before last week.
Nevergiveup, or Nevergiveup Familia (NGU) to give him his full tag lives up to his name and has a determination to brighten up the city with his bunnies, while still keeping his hand in with some graffiti writing. I’m not sure how he finds the energy. It would take a hard soul to consider this bunny as vandalism. What would you prefer? A standard green/grey utility box with nothing attractive about it or a cheerful bunny bringing a smile to commuters’ faces? It is a no brainer, but I am waiting for the local headlines that announce Bristol City Council’s stiffening resolve to eradicate such vandalism. I hope it doesn’t come to that, I and many others in Bristol are fond of NGU’s rabbits.
This is a rather nice burner from an artist we tend to associate with bunny rabbits, but whose work is in fact broad and varied, Nevergiveup. There is an awful lot to like about this carefully put together piece, which spells out ZBOK, which I believe means deviant (or something of that nature) in Polish. The beautiful deep red background frames the extraordinary interior filling that displays wonderful technique with sharp patterning of the letters.
Nevergiveup tends to sign these pieces NGU although he has several different aliases which he uses on his Instagram accounts, such as @followmyrabbits or @zbok_ngu or @ngufam_vandals. This is a nice tidy example ofhis versatility.
Just to prove that he is not a one-trick-pony (which he absolutely isn’t) here is a non-rabbit piece by Nevergiveup in Dean Lane. This is a nicely thought out piece with great colours and elements in it and it is so very easy on the eye. The first thought I get is that it looks a bit brand-like and would work very nicely on a beer mat (do they still exist?).
The letters ZBOK I think are a crew or something similar that Nevergiveup and some other Polish artists use. It translates as pervert or deviant… not an entirely unexpected word for an art form that is edgy and rebellious. I guess there is something a little paradoxical about such a nice design for the word zbok. Great piece by Nevergiveup, just a shame I didn’t get there when it was clean.