4990. New Stadium Road (46)

Claro_que_sssnoh, New Stadium Road, Bristol. January 2023
Claro_que_sssnoh, New Stadium Road, Bristol. January 2023

This spot has become rather challenging to photograph in recent months. It is adjacent to the Shah Jalal Jame Mosque, and cars park in every conceivable space at prayer times, including in this tight underpass. If you get the timing wrong (which I seem to with alarming regularity) then it is almost impossible to photograph the street/graffiti art without cars, but such are the risks with pieces being overpainted, that it is better to get whatever pictures you can, whenever you can.

Claro_que_sssnoh, New Stadium Road, Bristol. January 2023
Claro_que_sssnoh, New Stadium Road, Bristol. January 2023

This is yet another wonderful piece from Claro_que_sssnoh, who for a little while I thought might have departed these shores due to a long gap in any new work from him. Set on yellow, his HONS letters in his unique style are beautifully filled and finished. Although this style isn’t necessarily to everyone’s liking, there is no denying that it is technically well worked. Looking forward to more from Claro_que_sssnoh in 2023

4867. New Stadium Road (45)

Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

This is an interesting dystopian character piece, painted during a paint jam a few weeks back, that definitely brightened up this rather dismal little corner of St Agnes. The character is by Acesartworld, who is an artist bubbling away just beneath the surface and occasionally popping up to create something quite unusual before disappearing again into the ether.

Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Acesartworld, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

As a whole, the piece stands up well to scrutiny, although it has a slightly naive feel to it. At a guess, I would say that Acesartworld is self-taught, and producing some fine work, but some of the proportions and perspectives are slightly off. I feel like I am being over-critical, because as a piece it stands out. I think what I am saying is I would like to see a lot more from Acesartworld and observe any developments and improvements.

4819. New Stadium Road (44)

Bogat, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Bogat, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

In my mind’s eye, I had published loads of pieces by Bogat. It turns out that this is only the fifth, so there must be a fair few lurking in my archive. I wonder if a way to flush out some of these ‘lost’ pieces is to have an amnesty, whereby I just publish a bunch of pieces by multiple artists, in one post, from a particular month, as a kind of ‘lost souls’ gallery, and write less about each individual piece. Something to think about.

Bogat, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Bogat, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

This particular piece is an absolute cracker from Bogat, and very probably his best so far (of those that I have seen). It was painted a part of a paint jam in this rather grubby underpass, but I think all the artists pulled out the stops with their work – perhaps there was a bit of a competitive element to it all. I could also interpret this piece as a bit of a homage to Laic27, because many of the elements of his work are replicated here.

4815. New Stadium Road (43)

Enn Kay is an artist who appeared on the scene about a year ago and has been very busy ever since. His characters can be found all over Bristol, and his artwork improves with each one.

Enn Kay, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Enn Kay, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

Enn Kay’s latest favourite character appears to be this dragon/crocodile figure, which seems to have superseded his octopus character. It is always good to see artists move on and develop ideas, especially character artists who can at times be seduced or locked into producing a single character and adapting it with decoration or colour or details. A nice piece painted during a paint jam in the grubby underpass.

4811. New Stadium Road (42)

Lazo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Lazo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

This piece, by Lazo, is one of the most arresting portraits I have seen in quite a while. It was painted during a Paint jam between some artists I know and some I have never heard of, including Lazo.

Lazo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022
Lazo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, November 2022

There is some good shading work in tones of blue, green and yellow which provide plenty of depth to the face. Although this is not the best portrait piece I have seen, and there are some things that don’t quite work for me, I think it is very good and there is something about it that compels me to look at it. Perhaps it is the expressionless face, or the hanging hair, or the colours. Whatever it is, it fascinates me. I hope to see more from Lazo.

4546. New Stadium Road (41)

I was going to run this post as an extra one yesterday for our American friends and use the cheesy pun “Happy Phourth of July”. I’m rather pleased I didn’t though, although quite happy to run with it today.

Phour, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022
Phour, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022

Phour continues to plug away at his aesthetically pleasing letters (and the sound they make as a word), leaving them at numerous spots around the city. There are some letters that work really well with graffiti writing, and Phour pretty much hits the jackpot. This piece has some great colours and is neatly finished with strong, clean black boundaries. This is a nice one to add to the collection.

4515. New Stadium Road (40)

This is brilliant from Pelmo. A compound piece telling a wonderful story, but you have to keep your eyes open. I, and many others, missed the point of this piece, simply by breaking the first rule of looking at street art… Always, always look up! I thought the character in the feature image was the whole piece, a climber at the bottom of a rope – it was new, it was different, and it was by Pelmo, which was more than enough for me. However, I hadn’t looked up.

Pelmo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022
Pelmo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022

The whole piece has another climber at the top of the rope, hanging down from the top of the tunnel entrance. How on earth did I miss this? I only found out when Pelmo responded to a post on Instagram from another photographer who had also missed the top climber. D’oh!

Pelmo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022
Pelmo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022

When I spoke to Pelmo at Upfest he suggested that he might be trying a few more of these ‘compound’ pieces in the future, which would be wonderful if happens. Expect to see some more orange and red pieces coming from Pelmo, as he seems to be favouring these colours at the moment.

Pelmo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022
Pelmo, New Stadium Road, Bristol, June 2022

4337. New Stadium Road (39)

She’s not been painting for all that long, but already Desi has established herself on the Bristol scene, and her short ‘desi’ pieces are appearing at all the popular spots in the city. Desi’s USP is to keep her letter designs broadly similar, with the rather special little heart over the ‘i’, but to fill the letters with experimental combinations of colours and fill styles, often blending in all sorts of curious ways.

Desi, New Stadium Road, Bristol, March 2022
Desi, New Stadium Road, Bristol, March 2022

The colour selection for this piece; black, pink, purple, white helps the letters to stand out from the wall without the need to buff the wall first. I am looking forward to watching on as Desi develops and improves, as I think there is headroom to work with here.

4236. New Stadium Road (38)

I never seem to find nearly as many Conrico pieces as I know are out there, he hides them away from the usual spots. This one however is in a place I visit regularly and is a cheerful and fun piece of writing.

Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol February 2022
Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol February 2022

There is a lightness and joy about Conrico’s work, and an illustrative rather than hard-core graffiti style. The colour combinations in this piece are ones he has used before and he seems to be comfortable painting with them. I am always on the look out for his work and it is great when I chance upon a new piece.

4104. New Stadium Road (36)

I met Logoe for the first time a couple of weeks ago at this spot while he was painting a collaboration with Silent Hobo, one of his old mates. Their collaboration, I don’t think even lasted a day, and I only have one WIP photograph of it, such is the ephemeral nature of street art in popular spots. Logoe comes across as a lovely bloke and was more than happy to talk about his work and his trips to Bristol.

Logoe, New Stadium Road, Bristl, October 2021
Logoe, New Stadium Road, Bristl, October 2021

Unlike his collaboration piece, this one has lasted well and I believe is still there, or at least it was last time I visited this spot. The delicate colours work really well on this script LOGOE entering. With many of his pieces Logoe likes to add a little quote or phrase and here he gives us:

“They say (she) dodged a bullet… but it put her in the ground”

This sounds like a lyric, but I am not too sure what from. Anyhow, it works well with this lovely piece. Logoe also told me that he had missed out a word. I am guessing it was the word ‘she’ that I inserted in brackets.