I have been meaning to photograph this wonderful portrait by Hazard for quite some time, but the door to Jamaica Street Stores is rarely kept open for long enough to grab a picture. With the coronavirus restrictions in place, the door is kept open to aid ventilation and I grabbed my chance to dive in and take a couple of snaps.
This is so typically Hazard and couldn’t possibly be by anyone else although it does share some characteristics with Jody’s work, such as a female portrait and plento of delicious flowers. I haven’t eaten at the Jamaica Street Stores, but in preparing this post I glanced at the menu, and I don’t think it’ll be too long before I bring the family down for a meal (restrictions permitting).
There is a lovely contrast in the piece between the grayscale (tinged with yellow/golden reflected light) face and the surrounding colourful flowers. This is a fine Hazard piece that I am pleased at last to have captured.
I don’t know very much at all about Dream Safari, the artist who painted this Einstein piece at Dean Lane. From his Instagram account I know that he specialises in characters and portrait murals, but beyond that I don’t know much more other than it took him six hours to get to Bristol to paint this, so obviously not local then.
Einstein is being a naughty chap with a tab of something on his tongue. At this point I have to confess my ignorance about recreational drugs, so am unable to say too much more about what is going on here. The portrait is nicely worked in grey scale, apart from the obvious splashes of colour. Great to see visiting artists as always.
When I get the time, which isn’t often, I like to wander away from the ‘sure thing’ spots where I know I will find street art and take a punt on places where I might get lucky. I got very lucky in Belmont Street with this wonderful piece from Silent Hobo, which was adjacent to another much larger piece by him (to come). The whole wall dates back to March 2017, and yes, it has taken me this long to find it.
The girl on the left is, I think, a portrait of the artist’s daughter and on his Instagram feed he called her his ‘little Bee’, and she is finely dressed in a bee costume. I haven’t often seen portrait work like this frrom Silent Hobo, as it tends usually to be more cartoony in style, I think that this is magnificent.
To the right of little Bee is a girl sitting with a cat in an altogether more recognisable style. Silent Hobo has such a talent for portraying young people, their clothes, their postures andd their emotions via expressions. There is nearly always a sense of calm in his work that rubs off on the viewer. This section of wall is masterful and was well worth waiting for. It looks so fresh, it is hard to believe it is over three years old.
A short while ago I posted a portrait piece by an unknown artist in St Marks Avenue, and said at the time that there was another one by the same artist that I would post perhaps once I knew who the artist was. Since then I posted the piece on Instagram and thanks to Rusk I now know that the artist is Rosalita from the RAW crew.
The face with clown paint reflects a lot of face-painting work that Rosalita appears to do and carries that over onto our streets. I think that this and her other portrait are masterful, sensitive and original pieces that add to the wide spectrum of street art that we are lucky enough to see in Bristol. I truly hope that Rosalita carries on with these wonderful portraits.
This is a small quick one from Pekoe painted underneath one of the ramps at Dean Lane skate park around the time of the DLH event. I think that Pejoe has painted a piece here once before and I’ll try and dig it out and add it to the end of this post.
This one is a little more multi-coloured in the face than her usual pieces, but you can see that it was probably painted quite quickly, lacking the finesse of some of her other work. It is a lovely piece nonetheless and for once no tears. Nice to see a cheeky little Smak tag thrown in too.
I went up to the skate park to find a small piece from Soap, and am pleased that I did because I came across this rather interesting portrait by Zake. The face in green set on a patterned purple background is not something I would instantly associate with Zake, but on lingering it has many of the characteristics he uses in his work.
The last piece from Zake that I saw was a blue faced girl at the M32 Spot, so it would seem he is experimenting at the moment with colourful faces. This a fun piece.
Just when you think you have got your head around all the new artists in Bristol, more seem to appear out of the ether. Some will be one-off visitors, some will be emerging new talent some may have been around for a while but I just haven’t picked up on their work yet. I am not sure which category Elv8 fits into, but this is a lovely recent piiece from under Brunel Way bridge.
The portrait piece is really striking probably due to its fantastic use of bold colours, the dark blue and red making a very strong statement – no wallflower this piece. There is a simplicity that is attractive, but also some complexity in the white shading that offers some relief on the girl’s face and shoulders. Great to see and I hope there will be more.
You will know that I have a very large soft spot for the work of Kid Crayonm, and what makes it extra good is that he is a seriously nice bloke too. I managed to catch up with him while he was painting this trpical protrait piece at the M32 paint jam back in July.
We stopped for a while to chat and KC told me that this section of wall is a little tricky for him because of his height and he needs to stand on stuff to reach the top. I love the way that over the last couple of years, the party hat has become almost as much of a thing in his work as the crayon, both featured here.
I have enjoyed this little spate of pieces from KC and am looking forward to hunting down a collaboration piece he has just finished with SPZero76. There are some things that have been great about this summer and this is one of them.
I was walking in Easton last week, without the dog, which meant I was able to extend my range a little further and go a bit faster than normal. I decided to visit St Mark’s Avenue to see if anything had changed since I last visited a few months ago. Much was the same, but there were a couple of these bright colour portraits which I didn’t recall seeing before.
Regular readers will know how I rarely post pieces by unknown artists, but sometimes they simply deserve to be written about and maybe I’ll get lucky and find out who the artist is in due course. The white face is decorated with colourful makeup and looks as if it is prepared for a festival of some kind. I think the portrait definitely looks better viewed from the right than from the left – amazing how different it can look from different angles. I have pictures of another piece by the same artist which I will post in due course – I hope with the artist’s identity.
Update 21 August 2020 – I believe this piece is by Rosalita
Here she comes again, the magnificent Pekoe with one of her eye-catching portraits. This one was painted recently during a weekend paint jam by the great and the good of Bristol. Pekoe is another artist who has been very active since the easing of lock down. We are getting very spoilt by our street artists at the moment.
There are several aspects of this piece that signify it as a Pekoe piece… the bright colourful face, big hair with beautiful patterning and a third eye that adorns several of her pieces. She has been an active supporter of the Black Lives Matter campaign and is orchestrator-in-chief of the RBF crew. Love this one.