661. Dean Lane skate park (32)

Now that I know that OHMS is Thelocknessmonster what should I call him in my posts? I think I will continue with OHMS, just because that is what I am used to. This was a wonderful fresh piece down at Dean Lane a couple of weeks back. Distinctively OHMS, but this time no obvious lettering.

OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017

This is a colourful abstract piece that really stands out, probably because of the palette selection. I’m not sure what the references to Emz, Egotist and Eric are other than they might be other members of The Splab Gang crew. I’m still really enjoying his work.

643. Moon Street (21)

This piece is one from the archives going back to August last year and is by the enigmatic OHMS. I have had a major breakthrough recently in finding out a little more about the artist because I stumbled across his Instagram account @thelocknessmonster.

OHMS, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016
OHMS, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016

Now at the very least I will be able to see when he has created something new, and might even be able to work out where it is. I particularly like this piece because it has a marine theme and a rather nice feature lobster.

I get the feeling that OHMS or thelocknessmonster (what should I call him?) is in touch with his natural history side, because so many of his pieces feature wildlife. I do rather like his work.

636. St Werburghs tunnel (7)

This is a piece from my archives from way back in April 2016. It is a tribute piece to Buzz by the enigmatic OHMS.

OHMS, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2016
OHMS, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2016

The colour quality is poor due to the lighting conditions in the tunnel. The only way I am ever going to overcome these problems is to buy a much better camera with all the proper flash gadgets, but I have to say that is not my style. Another triumph from OHMS and the Splab Gang.

559. St Werburghs tunnel (4)

I have really grown to like the work of OHMS as it is markedly different from anything else on the Bristol graffiti art scene. I still haven’t tracked down the artist or crew, but will find something before too long I hope.

OHMS, St Werberghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2016
OHMS, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2016

The work of OHMS usually appears to have an artistic theme based around the letters OHMS. They range from a ‘jungle‘ theme to a ‘cartoon space‘ theme for exmple. Always the filling of the lettering is ornate and colourful, and often includes artistic motifs. In this work an ancient Egyptian theme runs through it.

OHMS, St Werberghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2016
OHMS, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2016

As the pictures were taken in a tunnel, they don’t really convey the vibrancy of this piece, but is is very good. Looking forward to loads more from OHMS as 2017 unfolds.

529. Dean Lane skate park (29)

This is the third piece I have posted on this blog by OHMS, and one photographed way back in May. I am still none the wiser though about the artist, or group of artists that produce these fine works. Each piece is usually accompanied by a reference to the Splab Gang, which I guess is a crew. I’m sure someone will tell me more about OHMS eventually, but for now we will all be in the dark.

OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2016
OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2016

The pieces always feature the letters OHMS and fabulously unique filling in of the letters. What is different here is that most graffiti artists fill in the letters with solid shading to provide depth and perspective. Not OHMS…these seem to be filled in with elaborate decorations that have a flatter look to them, but are beautifully designed. There is still something mysterious about these pieces, and this is a fine example.

 

477. M32 Roundabout, J3 (21)

I still know nothing about the artist OHMS, but I know I like their work. This is an incredibly colourful and intricate piece tucked between some bushes on the side of the M32 roundabout between St Pauls and Easton.

OHMS, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
OHMS, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
OHMS is quite different from many of the graffiti artists in Bristol. There seems to be more of a narrative about the work, hidden depths maybe. The whole thing is quite organic, none of the crisp clear lines one sees with work by Epok, Deamze, Voyder and Soker. This appears altogether more spontaneous, although I am sure there is plenty of preparation involved.

OHMS, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
OHMS, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
I love the toucan in the centre of the piece…such magnificent birds. A great piece of work by OHMS.

443. Dean Lane skate park (20)

Well I have been defeated. I’m sure the explanation is simple, but I have exhausted all my investigative powers. This amazing piece by OHMS appeared back in April 2016 and I fell for it immediately. It is quite unlike other pieces I have seen. Amazing pastel colours, great wildstyle writing and a character, Mickey Mouse. I love this a lot.

OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016

BUT…can I find out anything about OHMS? No I bloody well can’t. Several months of searches have thrown up nothing. I hope that posting this and the image on Instagram will help me to track down this elusive artist/crew. Anyone out there who has any clues…fire away.

OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
OHMS, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016

Worse still, I have several other wonderful pieces by OHMS lined up, but I am reluctant to do so until I have a bit more to say about the artist.