2609. St Werburghs tunnel (114)

Another visit to Bristol from Elvs and this time bringing several wonderful shades of pink. I think that this was painted as part of a collaborative section of wall in St Werburghs tunnel, but I’m not sure ay all who painted the rather fun Pink Panther on the left.

Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Elvs, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

Elvs has such a unique style which if you look at analytically is based on a solid block of letters and a 3D edge (in black) upon which fine line detail has been added and of course a masterful horizontally graded fill. Seems straightforward, but I’m sure it has taken years to perfect. A really classy piece of writig.

2418. M32 roundabout J3 (163)

It’s a funny thing, but I have literally just come back from a walk with the dog (and camera) and bumped into Mr Draws painting down in St Werburghs tunnel – I stopped for a nice chat, delaying his work, and we chewed the fat for a few minutes. I had forgotten that I had lined up this piece to write up tonight (as you read this the day before yesterday). I tend to write my posts in batches when I have a moment or two, and as I am on holiday right now, I am trying to get a few under my belt while I have the time.

Mr Draws, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019
Mr Draws, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019

Although Mr Draws is painting a little less on the streets at the moment (he is concentrating on studio work) the work he is turning out is looking really good, and this piece on the M32 kind of really works for me. Great colour selection, some interesting extras, such as the arrows, without going over the top, and nicely finished with his characteristic wobbly outline. Always a pleasure to catch up with him, and always a pleasure to post his work.

2316. Dean Lane skate park (230)

It is impossible to tire of the beautiful and bold writing of Subtle. This magnificent recent piece in Dean Lane is a perfect example of his writing style that is always so instantly recognisable.

Subtle, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Subtle, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

I like the fact that he has taken time to prepare the wall properly and chosen such a magnificent pink/magentafor the letters which are so cleanly painted. As is often the case with his work he has included just a few little highlights on the letters that lift the whole thing up another level. Subtle consistently turns out these superb pieces, which in this case is anything but subtle.

2255. Dean Lane skate park (216)

The curved wall in Dean Lane skatepark has been getting a lot of action lately and this pink blobby piece by Stupid Stupid Meathole only lasted a few days before being replaced by Inkie (see next post).

Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

I have always rather enjoyed the faintly grotesque nature of Stupid Stupid Meathole’s work, and this piece with three eyes staring out of it is itself overwritten by the same artist with a little throw up saying ‘Hole’. I’m not certain that many people will have seen this piece, so it is just as well that I got there to record it for posterity.

 

2208. Shoreditch, London (32)

An artist whose work I have long admired is London-based SkyHigh. His work is always immaculate with fabulous clean lines and complex designs. Most commonly he spells out his name using a contrasting style for each letter and somehow bringing the whole thing to life. His pieces almost feel like animations as the styles spill over from one to the next.

SkyHigh, Shoreditch, London, November 2018
SkyHigh, Shoreditch, London, November 2018

This one using pink tones with black is in my view one of the best I have seen, each component skilfully laid down to create a magnificent whole. I particularly like it that roughly once a year SkyHigh makes a trip to Bristol, and one of his pieces has lasted for probably a year or more. Always top class.

2169. St Werburghs tunnel (75)

It seems that Decay is not the only graffiti artist in Bristol who is enjoying his writing at the moment. This piece by Stupid Stupid Meathole is one of several bright pink burners from this Bristol artist who specialises in mildly grotesque characters.

Stupid Stupid Meathole, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019
Stupid Stupid Meathole, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019

Even in his writing (which spells out Meathole), there is an organic, fleshy feel to it all with the circles in the A and the O resembling belly buttons (is that just me?). More like this to come.

2015. St Werburghs tunnel (62)

A new week, and to celebrate I am introducing you to an artist to the pages of Natural Adventures, Atchue. Although I have seen some of his pieces before, I have not known who the artist was until recently. The good news is that I have some of his work in my archives and I can dig it out when I do some of my ‘housekeeping’.

Atchue, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2019
Atchue, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2019

His work tends to be big, pink and bold and cartoon in style. This face reminds me of the artwork you used to see in comics like the Beano, Beezer and Dandy. The little quote on the side seems to reflect the thoughts of this marginally grotesque character…”Boobs covered in Angel Delight, yum yum”.

There is something endearing about this gurning character, and certainly it is eye-catching. Nice one to start off with.