I have been pleasantly surprised by how many New pieces Haka is creating these days, or perhaps I am just getting better at finding them and posting them. Either way, his influence and impact on the Bristol street art scene is tangible and significant.
This is a fabulous and fun piece on the long wall at Peel Street Green, and features a Garfield cartoon character driving a railroad engine through a rural scene. Jesse is a name that appears on some of Haka’s works, but I can’t help wanting to make the link to Jesse James, although I don’t think there is one. This is a lovely clean and tidy piece painted in Haka’s very individual idiosyncratic style. Two blog posts from this artist in two days… maybe it is time for a gallery.
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 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.
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.
Angry Face seems to paint in fits and starts. You’ll see nothing for months and then he will paint a spate of maybe five or six of his trademark angry faces about the place, and then dissolve back into a fleeting memory.
This one is rather nicely placed adjacent to a tree in Peel Street Green. I think I might pop up there this afternoon with the dog, because I believe there are a few new pieces there since my last visit. What you see is what you get with Angry Face. He is another artist without whom the Bristol scene simply wouldn’t feel complete.
There are about eight panels of graffiti writing at Peel Street Green, and I have to confess that there are several by artists that I don’t recognise, which only goes to show that there is a great deal For me still to learn. No mistaking this lovely piece of writing, which is by Smak.
The colour palette works really well, and Smak does have a really good eye for his colour combinations. Spelling SMAK, there is a whole lot of movement in the piece, which is dynamic and full of interest. Swapping the base blue and orange from letter to letter is cleverly done, resulting in a complex piece that is easy on the eye. The work of a craftsman.
There are so many artists in Bristol whose work has never appeared in Natural Adventures before. The reasons for this are complex, but are not related to a quality or standard that needs to be met, rather to a familiarity with the work and the ‘right time’ for me to embrace them in these pages.
The latest debutant is Krops whose work is all over Bristol, with this lovely chrome piece featuring a Mario Bros. Mario in the middle. Typically, Krops uses the letters/character combination to great effect usually with the character in the middle. I have plenty of his pieces in my archives and hope to share them with you in time.
It is always worth going the extra mile, or a few hundred yards at least. I recently followed the River Frome from the M32 roundabout into town, because I wanted to stretch my and the the dog’s legs a bit. What we found was a little green with a long wall covered in graffiti writing, that I have long been aware of, but never actually found before. Well now I have found it and the spot will be assimilated into part of my regular ‘rounds’ when I have a little extra time on my hands (some chance these days).
Opposite the long wall and on the other side of the green is a small wall with this single recent piece from 3Dom. This is so typical of his surreal style, featuring a character with a cloud head, dotted with a string of alternating happy and sad smiley emojis. This beautifully painted and colourful piece probably has a back story going on, but I am not too sure what it is. Might it have something to do with the changing climate?