Well this is another magnificent mural from Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths in the series of seven saints of St Pauls that celebrates the life of Audley Evans who played a leading role in the Bristol bus boycott, a campaign that overturned a racist ban on hiring black or ethnic minority staff to work on the buses in Bristol in the early 1960s.
There is a rather touching video on the Bristol Live website featuring Audley Evans’ daughter who talks about the mural and her father. The project is a truly inspired one and is a fantastic way of celebrating the great contribution made to the civil rights movement in Bristol by immigrants who arrived in a hostile and racist country, but through their persistence and persuasion made changes that have greatly enhanced our city and country.
Technicaly, this mural is spectacular, and you’d expect nothing less from these amazingly talented artists. The portrait is striking, but it is also the wonderful and vibrant design and beautiful flowers that injects vigour and celebration into the whole piece. Utterly worth a trip to see it.
It feels like the PWA crew are really waking up at the moment. Face 1st and Soap have become more active on Instagram, and on the streets they seem to be busy, not only individually but also collaborating. This is a great thing to witness, and I hope this rich streak of form continues.
This collaboration is a little unusual for me, because I haven’t seen writing from Soap before (look carefully to see SOAP), being much more used to his large mouthed characters. The piece is tucked away down a side road on the St Pauls/Montpelier border, on a wall that had been getting a bit tatty with graff and tags.
Face 1st is of course a favourite of mine and in this work we see his familiar tear drop designs (almost paisley pattern-like) and a face with large appealing eyes.
This is quite an unusual collaboration in quite an unusual place, but a most welcome find when not really looking for it. It is a pity about the green car parked in front of the piece, which prevented me getting a decent front on photograph, but cars are out there and dodging them is part of the experience.