4401. Brunel Way (154)

Nugmoose is enjoying these circular columns under Brunel Way these days, I spotted another new one yesterday when I was there, but they remain a real challenge to photograph, and I would prefer a flat wall piece any day. Nugmoose, I think it is safe to say, is one of the most interesting artists in Bristol, due to his themed approach of weird and wonderful alien figures and scenes.

Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022
Nugmoose, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2022

This alien has a whole lot of brain sticking out of the top of its head, and a rather long pink neck, but otherwise is dressed reasonably conventionally. This is all a bit weird, and were my grandmother still alive today, it might prompt her to offer a penny for his thoughts. Fun stuff nicely painted.

4278. Peel Street Green (5)

I can’t believe it took me so long to find this spot, however, there is no point crying over spilt milk, is there? It is actually a nice spot to visit, because the dog likes the walk alongside the river, and there is a reasonable amount of turnover, so there is usually something new to see.

Nugmoose, Peel Street Green, Bristol, February 2022
Nugmoose, Peel Street Green, Bristol, February 2022

Nugmoose and Slakarts often paint together, one with his alien curiosities and the other with his stylised faces. Their styles are different, but there is a chemistry between the two, l would think sealed by their friendship. On the left is nugmoose’s alien, complete with mushrooms and spherical objects, and of course some alien writing.

Slakarts, Peel Street Green, Bristol, February 2022
Slakarts, Peel Street Green, Bristol, February 2022

On the right hand side is a classic Slakarts face, in bright and shiny chrome. I feel a gallery coming on for Nugmoose, and an updated gallery for Slakarts. The S Lover letters above the alien is a reference to Saturday Lover, a loose ‘crew’ approach to painting on Saturdays. You see it quite a lot about the place.

4257. St Werburghs tunnel (278)

In this piece we see something rather special and unusual from Nugmoose, although the unusual is usual from this artist. Nugmoose has given us a writing/ character combo, which is the first I have seen from him. What makes it special is that the writing is in alien language.

Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022
Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022

Now I can neither read nor write alien, and I haven’t even bothered to try and decipher this writing, but I would like to think it says something like ‘hello’ or ‘we come in peace’ or ‘Nugmoose’. I suspect I will not know until I meet the artist again… he has certainly kept me curious. The whole thing is beautifully painted, and if I may say so, so utterly Nugmoose.

4250. Dean Lane skate park (464)

Nugmoose is another artist who has upped his game recently, which can only be good news, because his rather weird alien pieces add another dimension to the vast spectrum of artwork we see on the streets of Bristol. This was my second attempt at photographing this piece, my first pictures were disturbingly out of focus.

Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2022
Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2022

Peering through a winter hedge and iron railing fence, the obstavpcles in the way of this wall, you can make out a curious alien holding a pair of alien legs with a seedling growing out of them. Who’d have thought it? Crazy surreal stuff from Nugmoose, and his alien graffiti writing is equally curious. A wonderful and unusual piece.

4076. M32 Spot (125)

It looks very much like Mudra and Nugmoose have recently discovered the joys of painting the columns under the M32, which in turn brings happiness to people like me who enjoy seeing their work, and making little discoveries in dark and dingy places.

Nugmoose, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021
Nugmoose, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021

This alien column piece, with cut-away skull and hair exposing a purple brain, is a bit of a beauty from Nugmoose and clearly demonstrates his creative and rather eccentric work. The alien script at the bottom is better than any signature for identifying the artist. A cool piece.

4020. Cumberland Basin

Well this is a real beauty from alien specialist Nugmoose down in Cumberland Basin. All in black and embellished with bright colourful flowers, this five-eyed alien is difficult to ignore, and plays to all of Nugmoose’s quirky strengths.

Nugmoose, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2021
Nugmoose, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2021

Nothing lasts very long on this wall, so I was very pleased to get pictures of this one before it was painted over. No signature required from this artist, because his style and content is fairly recognisable, but just in case there is doubt, the alien script, in this instance on the character’s forehead, is a dead give away. An enjoyable piece from Nugmoose.

3977. St Werburghs tunnel (259)

What a fabulous treat this piece was. I haven’t seen anything from Nugmoose for a while, and certainly never in the tunnel at St Werburghs. Obviously encouraged by collaboration partner Slakarts, no stranger to this spot, the pair have produced this wonderful dual piece.

Nugmoose and Slakarts, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2021
Nugmoose and Slakarts, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2021

On the left is a curious (as always) alien maggot kind of creature with some alien hieroglyphs sitting on a cloud. The whole thing is a little weird, but Nugmoose does weird really well. To the right is Slakart’s contribution which is also a little odd, but tells a rather nice story. It looks to me as if an alien space ship is dropping rain down on the character, who is holding hands(tentacle) with the alien. Imaginative fun from this creative pairing.

3684. Dean Lane skate park (412)

Wow, another epic piece from four of Bristol’s brightest young artists, Nugmoose, Sage, Slakarts and Mudra. I’m not too sure that this lot have a crew name sorted out, but it is definitely time they got their act together.

Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021
Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021

First up is another bold and unusual alien piece from Nugmoose in which there is something mysterious going on with the roots of a plant entering the character’s ear via a jar with alien writing on it. Imaginative and creative.

Sage and Slakarts, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021
Sage and Slakarts, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021

In the middle of the collaboration is some lovely writing from Sage adjacent to something rather different from Slakarts. The cartoon-style character resembles a farmer Giles type with a piece of grass dangling from his mouth – more creative stuff.

Mudra, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021
Mudra, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021

Finally, the collaboration is rounded off with a delicious blend of writing with a character incorporated into it from Mudra. The eclectic shapes and sizes of letters spell out MUDRA encompassing a Freddie Mercuryesque character complete with moustache and specs. He signs off with his customary @ symbol.

This is a truly creative collaboration from a really decent group of lads, and I can’t wait to see more from them as the year unfolds.

3577. Cumberland Basin

I am going to be honest with you. My excitement at finding this collaboration piece by Nugmoose and Mudra was a little offset by the rather creepy and unsettling nature of the images. Nugmoose likes to experiment with alien forms and Mudra’s work is always pushing creative boundaries. The result in this case is decidedly odd, and the location slightly dingy.

Nugmoose and Mudra, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2021
Nugmoose and Mudra, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2021

Having said all that is it great that these two, and Slakarts too, have hit upon a friendship that is highly productive just at the moment. In this piece, Nugmoose’s figure is being drawn towards a hand clutching some flowers. The monster appears to have lost its eyes and is navigating its way forward using the sense of smell. Is that what is going on here? A weird piece, but a nice one to have found.

3540. Dean Lane skate park (397)

This recent piece from Nugmoose caused a bit of a stir, because it is really different and unusual and by an artist that we don’t see painting the streets too often. This is actually part of a collaboration with friends Slakarts and Mudra. These three have formed a rather nice partnership and were out painting again a week later on  the other Dean Lane long wall. I stopped on both occasions to chat with the artists, and Nugmoose is a lovely bloke who told me he is quite interested in painting alien encounters and ideas, hence the strange hieroglyphs to the left of the piece.

Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021
Nugmoose, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021

The colours are so unusual and really help to make this portrait stand out. The lines are clean and simple but the impact very big. Every artist I have shown this piece to have immediately responded with saying how good it is, but you don’t have to take their word for it… take mine.