3018. New Gatton Street

It is going to be difficult to do this piece justice in writing, because it is just so damn good. First of all I would say that anything painted here had to be good, very good, because the previous resident was a magnificent turtle by Louis Masai, that had been augmented a while back by 3Dom. This collaboration brings together some of Bristol’s finest talent in the shape of 3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek.

3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020
3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020

I was fortunate enough to be with Paul H on the day these guys were finishing up and he suggested we go take a look. The message is loud and clear ‘Peace, Love, Unity’ – something we could all do with after such a prolonged turbulent era in British history.

3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020
3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020

To see 3Dom, Sepr and Feek all at work was a real treat, although I believe Piro and Epok had finished their contribution the day before.

3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020
3Dom, Piro, Epok, Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020

The lettering in the centre is by Piro and Epok and adopts three very distinct design styles all of which are expertly executed. The writing is flawless and the colour selections draw you in like a beacon. The writing alone would be worthy of this wall, but we have so much more packed into this space.

3Dom, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020
3Dom, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020

On the left is my favourite bit (perhaps I shouldn’t say it, but it is), which is the female figure By 3Dom. The movement of the figure and expression on the girls face convey a contentedness and presence in ‘the zone’. I love the little details such as her earphones, necklace and belt of planets around her waist – there is a lot of symbolism here.

Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020
Sepr and Feek, New Gatton Street, Bristol, June 2020

To the right of the piece is a fine double-act from Feek and Sepr. I am not entirely sure, but the sense I get here is one of celebrating nature and all that is good and nourishing about it. The ‘Green Man’ monster from Feek is an extraordinary piece of art in a cartoon style and a superb foil to the celestial figure by 3Dom opposite. Sepr’s contribution of a robin and a mole add a touch of simple and humorous class to the collaboration. There is so much in this piece to enjoy, and given the location of the wall it is likely to be a keeper. Brilliant.

3Dom, New Gatton Road, Bristol, January 2019
3Dom, New Gatton Road, Bristol, January 2019

1959. New Gatton Road (3)

 

When an artist augments another’s work and it is done well it is both skilful and diplomatic. In this instance, 3Dom has added a fantasy abstract seascape to a remarkable turtle originally painted by Louis Masai a couple of years back.

3Dom, New Gatton Road, Bristol, January 2019
3Dom, New Gatton Road, Bristol, January 2019

3Dom seems to have undergone something of an epiphany recently and is creating some really interesting abstract work at the moment, fantasy scenes that feel familiar but that are utterly imaginary, like the sea bed here. I believe that 3Dom’s work has in some way added to Louis Masai’s work in a sensitive and dignified way. Definitely a case of the sum of the parts being greater than the individual components. Brilliant new work, giving a new lease of life to the wall.

Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016
Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016

556. New Gatton Road

It is always great to see one of Louis Masai’s works close up, and this is no exception. I have actually visited this work several times recently, but the pictures have not been too good, mainly because of the shadows cast onto the wall from the tree in front of it. Hwever I got there in the end on an overcast day.

Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016
Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016

The messages that Louis Masai brings to his work chime for me, and I like the way he draws attention to some of the world’s more pressing issues relating to the environment and wildlife. To do so with such brilliant artwork is a rare talent. I hope his work turns a few heads and perhaps encourages people to take action, in whatever form that might take.

Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016
Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016

Louis Masai has produced dozens of these animal quilt pieces recently, and they seem to work so well, bringing together the organic and inorganic and injecting life into them. This particular piece is well worth a look, and can be found just on the edge of St Werburghs at the end of Mina Road.

Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016
Louis Masai, New Gatton Road, Bristol, December 2016