4161. North Street

My love for wheatpastes is a theme that runs through my posts on Natural Adventures, but sadly, there is not much of a paste-up culture in Bristol, and I think, perhaps counterintuitively, that it is less tolerated by the authorities than spray-painting. It is good therefore, that from time to time visiting wheatpasters visit the city and pop up a few decorations for us to enjoy, like this one from qWeRT.

qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021
qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021

If you like what you see here, it might be worth a quick look at the qWeRT gallery I put together some time ago, but have updated just now. qWeRT has used the rather tatty door as a perfect spot for the bug-eyed character to express its love, a great sentiment that we could all do with plenty of.

4124. North Street

Paste ups tend to be few and far between in Bristol, and there is nothing like the culture of wheatpastes here as there is in Shoreditch, for example. I suppose that their rarity makes them extra special, and when qWeRT visits the city, it is always refreshing to see his goggle-eyed characters.

qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021
qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021

This one in North Street is immediately above a Stewy stencil of a sheep, and is perfectly positioned under the coping stone of the wall. Although looking a little worse for wear, this piece isn’t actually all that old and is one of several that appeared in the North Street area a couple of months back. Creative and fun, qWeRT will always be welcome in  Bristol (as far as I am concerned).

3459. Cumberland Basin

A few years ago, it was the wheatpastes of Kid Crayon that fired up my curiosity about street art, but they are not common in Bristol, so whenever I find one it is always cause for celebration.

Mudra, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2021
Mudra, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2021

Mudra arrived in Bristol last year and immediately made an impact with several of his characteristic face pieces and writing. Now, if you hunt around in the Cumberland Basin you will find this beauty ‘data muncher’ which I very much hope is the first of many wheatpastes from him. Classy.

3008. Jamaica Street (21)

It is weird how easy it can be to completely miss things, I think the expression is something like ‘you can’t see for the looking’. I must have walked past this qWeRT piece dozens of times, but only noticed it recently.

qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, June 2020
qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, June 2020

The placement of the googly-eyed pasteup is absolutely perfect, blending in with a larger mural on the wall from Cheba. It all works so well together. I have always said that half the skill of wheatpasters is their ability to find just the right spot. Get that wrong and the impact can be diluted, get it right and it is amplified. Love this one.

2999. M32 roundabout J3 (218)

A second post of wheatpastes by Jarvis only this time there are three individual paste ups for the price of one. I posted a piece by this artist about a week ago, knowing nothing about him, but a rapid comment from theartblogger54 confirmed the artist’s name and even shared his Instagram account.

Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

As far as I can make out, Jarvis appears to live in Bristol and I think probably in Easton, which would explain the location of these paste ups. On the left hand side of the triptych is a bare chested male figure with an interesting six-pack on display and an all-seeing third eye.

Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

In the middle is a blue face with some kind of atomic structure in the neck area. It is a decent coloured sketch amplified by being one of three posted on the M32 roundabout notice board.

Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

On the right is the third figure with a very long neck and a flower in his/her hair, and if I had to choose I would say that this drawing was the pick of the bunch. It would be great to see more of these sketches appearing about the place. This is what street art is all about, a spectrum of different styles, abilities and techniques which gives it such broad appeal and accessibility.

qWeRT

A gallery of wheatpastes from the brilliant and quirky London-based? artist qWeRT

All photographs by Scooj

qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021
qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021
qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021
qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, December 2021
qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, June 2020
qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, June 2020
qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, June 2020
qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, June 2020
qWeRT, Moon Street, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Moon Street, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Hepburn Road, Bristol, November 2019
qWeRT, Hepburn Road, Bristol, November 2019
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2019
qWeRT, Ashley Road, Bristol, November 2019
qWeRT, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
qWeRT, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
qWeRT, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
qWeRT, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
qWeRT, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
qWeRT, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
qWeRT, Hebron Road, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Hebron Road, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, City Road, Bristol, September 2018
qWeRT, City Road, Bristol, September 2018
qWeRT, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2018
qWeRT, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2018
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2018
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2018
qWeRT and RIP, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, August 2018
qWeRT and RIP, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, August 2018
qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, July 2018
qWeRT, North Street, Bristol, July 2018
qWeRT, Dean Street, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Dean Street, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Dean Street, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Dean Street, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Melville Terrace, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Melville Terrace, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2018
qWeRT, City Road, Bristol, April 2017
qWeRT, City Road, Bristol, April 2017
qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, May 2017
qWeRT, Jamaica Street, Bristol, May 2017
qWeRT, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017
qWeRT, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017
qWeRT, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017
qWeRT, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017
Qwert, St Augustine's Parade, Bristol, April 2017
Qwert, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol, April 2017

2986. M32 roundabout J3 (214)

I love making discoveries. Finding things that were meant to be found, but only by those who are looking. This drawing is one such discovery, in one of the tunnels of the M32 roundabout. There are a trio of other pieces by the same artist not far away. Regular readers will know that I am particularly fond of paste ups, and when they are by an artist unknown to me, they are that little bit more special.

Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020
Jarvis, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020

I think the artist is called Jarvis, but that is as much as I know about them.  The crown on the top of the signature indicates to me that this artist understands street art culture and is deliberately being a part of it. The piece itself, roughly A4 size, is vibrant and striking. The colours and elements are simple and bold. A red figure in profile, the sea, the sun, the moon and a possible reference to Bristol, a hot air balloon. The wheatpaste is set on a jaunty angle and seems to have been torn from a pad at the top edge. I like this paste up very much and it feels like we might be seeing the emergence of another Bristol street artist. I’ll post the other three pieces soon, and will be on the lookout for more.

2953. Jamaica Street (19)

On Jamaica Street, opposite the PRSC outdoor gallery is this curious paste up by qWeRT. This is quite different from the googly-eyed character that we are used to seeing, and something of a rarity (unless I have mistaken the artist, which is always possible).

qWeRT, Armada Place, Bristol, May 2017
qWeRT, Armada Place, Bristol, May 2017

Looking a little bit more like something from Face the Strange, another wheatpaster, the piece is of a suited man with robotic extensions for a head and arms. I passed by that way yesterday and even though the piece is two years old it is still there. not too tatty either. An interesting paste up in a great spot.

2947. Moon Street (82)

I am not entirely certain when this lovely Egyptian-style wheatpaste by qWeRT first appeared, and by the time I photographed it it was already looking a little weathered, but I think it was from a visit to Bristol in around November/December last year.

qWeRT, Moon Street, Bristol, December 2019
qWeRT, Moon Street, Bristol, December 2019

Our googly-eyed Friend has really gone to town in this one wearing a full Tutankhamen death mask and looking most splendid. As much as the artwork itself, I like the placing, in a disused window space so that it is framed really nicely. To be fair, it is a popular space for wheatpasters, but that is because it is exactly the right kind of spot. I think a qWeRT gallery might be in the wings.

Tian

Tian, a gallery.

Tian is a stencil artist and wheatpaster from Paris whose sepia-tinted paste ups add mystery and wonder to the streets of Bristol on his occasional ‘tour’ visits.

All photographs by Scooj

Tian, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2019
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Tian, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Stokes Croft, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Jodie Foster, Stokes Croft, Bristol April 2016
Tian, Jodie Foster, Stokes Croft, Bristol April 2016
Tian, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, April 2016
Tian, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, April 2016