4426. M32 roundabout J3 (408)

Until a couple of days ago when I posted a piece by Phour, there had been a long gap since the last one, and now today we have another one. Throughout the drought period, Phour has been painting, but I simply haven’t been able to find space to include any posts by him. My job of recording street art and graffiti in Bristol gets more difficult by the day because of the sheer amount of work that is appearing. You might have noticed that I am starting to drop three posts a day when I can, just to share as much as possible.

Phour, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2022
Phour, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2022

This one from Phour is a particularly good example of his work, with some stunning fades in his letter fills and a clean, crisp yellow border. The whole thing is set on a cosmic cloudy backdrop, which keeps it all tidy. More great work from Phour.

4420. Spark Evans Park (43)

It would seem that Mena and Stivs have birthdays about a week apart, and both, being popular artists, manage to rustle up a large group of artists for a birthday paintjam. These pieces were part of Mena’s celebrations.

Mena and Phour, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, April 2022
Mena and Phour, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, April 2022

A double hit in today’s post featuring both Phour and Mena. I haven’t posted much from Phour for a while, but lately he has been painting;g quite a lot, and this is a really nice example of his work, painted high up on the wall, with three horizontal colour fades, and some rather more animated letters than we might normally see from him.

I say the other writing is by Mena, which I think it is, but when it is someone’s birthday, their name is often the subject of other artist’s writing, so you can be tricked easily. Whoever it is by, it is nicely worked, with an interesting ‘fruit salad’ colour scheme, if you know what I mean. Happy belated Birthday.

3890. M32 Cycle path (137)

In the midst of all the excitement of the Upfest 75 walls in 75 days summer event, it is easy to forget about the beating heart of the Bristol graffiti art scene. Writers like Phour put in the hard graft day in, day out, honing their skills, making adjustments and having fun. Without these people, Bristol would simply be a high-end clinical showcase of wall art, and I could name one or two towns and cities in the UK that are just that, where there is no sub-culture to speak of.

Phour, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021
Phour, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021

Phour’s letters are distinctive and regular, spelling out the name. In this piece there is a fine horizontal transition running across the letters with some decorative bubbles. The green bubble background and bright green border help to give the letters a bit of a lift. A nice piece from Phour.

3621. M32 roundabout J3 (308)

Phour is one of those artists who regularly burns his letters onto any surfaces that he fancies. Some of his pieces are quick and dirty throw-ups and some, like this one, are more polished and accomplished.

Phour, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Phour, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

Spray painting over existing graffiti without buffing the wall first means that your piece needs something special to stand out from the crowd. Phour has achieved this with flying colours (literally) in this absolute belter.

 

3438. St Werburghs tunnel (219)

There are a bunch of writers in Bristol who have one thing in common, they write the same letters in roughly the same letter style, but add creativity in the colour selections and fill styles that they choose. Phour is one such artist, and this is a recent piece of his from St Werburghs tunnel.

Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2021
Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2021

The tunnel is a great place for rainy day painting and there is a rich seam of, in the main, great graffiti and street art. In fact the only problem with the tunnel is the light conditions, which mean that photographs from there never do the artwork justice, with a lot of orange and yellow polluting the images. With a little adjustment, I managed to get as close as possible to the true colours of this Phour piece. Nice letters, nice 3D work and a very good background. Good to see.

3329. St Werburghs tunnel (207)

This nice piece from Phour was painted during a Halloween paint jam down in the tunnel, I guess about a month ago. How time has flown this year, I think it must be the coronavirus effect.

Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

The colours of the piece were commensurate with the collaborators and Phour has gone with some slightly more elaborate letter shapes than usual for this one. I don’t think that the pumpkin is by Phour, but have included it in the picture because it complements the piece nicely. What festive japes.

3225. Hepburn Road (18)

I am really enjoying acquainting myself with the work of Phour (whose Instagram account is @bumwin if you are interested). His letters lend themselves to a rather pleasing form, which is not the case with all writers, with the P and H being particularly nice.

Phour, Hepburn Road, Bristol, September 2020
Phour, Hepburn Road, Bristol, September 2020

This piece combines the contrasting pink and turquoises with real panache and if there is one thing that is consistent about Phour’s work it is his use of bright and vibrant colours. This one is tucked away in Hepburn Road, which is always worth an occasional visit where gems can be found from time to time.

3193. Dean Lane skate park (353)

Phour, an artist that I only encountered for the first time this summer, has been hitting the walls quite hard this year and there aren’t many spots around the city that haven’t had his letters displayed in all their glory.

Phour, Dean Lane, Bristol September 2020
Phour, Dean Lane, Bristol September 2020

This piece, behind the swimming pool railing at Dean Lane, shows what Phour is capable of. Some really nice crisp letters with a three-colour horizontal fill, the central red stripe with loads of little red spots around it. There are further purple decorations reading across to the top and bottom stripes. The whole thing set on a green splat background. I’m not entirely certain about that green with the other colours, it just doesn’t quite feel right. A top quality piece from Phour.

3072. M32 Cycle path (67)

Colourful is the word that springs to mind when I look at this fine piece of writing from recently discovered (by me) Phour. Many graffiti writers fade their colouring horizontally, but Phour has done this vertically so the colour transitions happen as you read along the piece.

Phour, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2020
Phour, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2020

Phour along with graffiti writers like Mr Draws, Oner, Slim Pickings (Tes) and Fiva, to mention but a few, writes his name, clear and simple without too much disguise or wildstyling which makes his work really easy to identify. I find this piece most pleasing. Great colours, neat and tidy and it has a fearless joy about it. Looking forward to seeing a whole load more from Phour.

3066. St Werburghs tunnel (175)

Last week I met Phour for the first time, and what a pleasure it was. I had had my suspicions that he was another writer that had changed his letters, but I was quite wrong. Phour told me that he did a bit of spraying as a youngster, but had stopped until a couple of years ago when he picked up his cans and started up again. I must confess that I have only noticed his writing this year, but what I have seen I like and he is, on first impressions, a genuinely decent guy who was more than happy to stop and talk for a while.

Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020
Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020

This is one of a few slightly older pieces that I have had on archive waiting to be posted until I knew a little bit more about the artist. His letter shapes are clean and clear and he seems to enjoy lots of colour in his work. All the right ingredients are there for Phour to move up the ranks of Bristol graffiti writers. I look forward to following him along the way.