3690. M32 Spot (113)

What an absolute pleasure it was meeting Daz Cat again while he was painting this very nice column piece a week or two back. He was out with CD.TC who I met for the first time and also seems to be a really decent fellow.

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021

Daz Cat was using his ladder (I want one of those) to add some finer detail to the main structure of the cat he had painted. He came down to chat and said he felt a bit heady. I asked him if it was the paint fumes and he said that it was not, that he was simply rather hungover… good on him.

Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021
Daz Cat, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2021

I consider this piece to be very good indeed. Not only has he used the column dimensions really well, but the sharp detail on the piece is very well crafted. Furthermore the cat is in profile orientation rather than face on, and so we see a different aspect and depth to the cat’s face. This is one of my favourite pieces of his to date, although there are so many outstanding ones to choose from.

3439. Cumberland Basin

As gentrification in the city picks up pace, traditional graffiti hot spots are becoming fewer and fewer – there is often a stay of execution while hoardings go up around a development, but eventually these come down revealing pristine new student accommodations or other unaffordable housing, inappropriate for the communities that live near these developments. One of the knock-on effects is that the turnover of street art/graffiti on the remaining walls has increased considerably. This wall in the Cumberland Basin is a great example of a wall that is changing more and more frequently.

Slakarts, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2020
Slakarts, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, December 2020

Slakarts gives us a double-vision version of his smiling three-quarter profile mega-tag in this happy piece alongside Rezwonk, just to the right. Slakarts has been turning these out on a reasonably regular basis over the last six months or so but they all face the same direction – it would be interesting to see if he could replicate them looking the other way. There is something quite seductive about this piece – it is unusual and set in a vibrant context. Expect more like this before too long.

Balance

 

Opposing forces

wrestle with tricky issues

seeking good outcomes

 

by Scooj

 

  • A difficult meeting at work today, where the desires for profile opportunities and reputation enhancement could risk fabulous public outcomes. I have a philosophy and it is this.

Never seek to be seen to be doing the right thing. Do the right thing and you will be seen.

2641. Cheltenham 2018 (7)

What an absolute beauty and unmistakably the work of Inkie (he really doesn’t need to sign his works, nobody does it like him). I managed to snap this one up when I visited Cheltenham Paint Festival for the very first time in September this year. The joy of the Cheltenham festival is that most of the walls are preserved from previous years, and this magnificent piece was painted for the 2018 festival.

Inkie, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019
Inkie, Paint Festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019

Situated right in the centre of the shopping district, this piece gets a phenominal footfall – I wonder how many of the shoppers realise how lucky they are to have such a great artwork in their town centre, and it isn’t the only one, the place is blessed with dozens of them. A seriously classy piece from the Bristol maestro.

2496. St Werburghs

Taking the dog for a walk does have its plus points… just occasionally you walk down a different street – often the dog’s choice – and discover something new. Finding vans with street art is such a sweet pleasure because being mobile, the perception is that seeing them is something of a rarity. Finding a van as beautifully painted as this one by Inkie is a real treat.

Inkie, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Inkie, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

Looking a little bit like the Scooby van, the artwork here by Inkie is simply exceptional and features two of his stylized beauties, one on each site of the van, and the hair curls swirling around all over. Great colour combinations and the skill of a brilliant artist make this van highly desirable, I mean who wouldn’t want it, even if only for a day?

 

 

2256. Dean Lane skate park (217)

It somehow always feels special finding an Inkie piece, probably because his work is so well known and sought after, and yet here he is creating something magical in Dean Land skate park.

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

This beautiful piece features one of Inkie’s trademark profile portraits of a girl with long flowing locks of hair and some block writing INK. When I look at this, I can’t make up my mind which way her body is facing, towards us or away from us, I think the latter.

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

It is not all that long ago when this wall lost a whole ton of its render and years of paint layers. I thought the wall might be doomed, but somehow looking at it now, you wouldn’t eve know it had happened. Lovely work from Inkie.

607. Rivington Street, Shoreditch (5)

Just to mix things up a bit, I am going to write a few posts about some street art I photographed last Summer/Autumn when I was working two days a week in London. I thought I’d start with this rather eye-catching piece from Thierry Noir at the East end of Rivington Street in the archway by Cargo.

Thierry Noir, Rivington Street, Shoreditch, August 2016
Thierry Noir, Rivington Street, Shoreditch, August 2016

Thierry Noir’s pieces are simple and colourful, almost falling into the category of ‘well I could probably do that’ art. Well I probably couldn’t and the idea and style are his and he executes them brilliantly. The more of his work that I see, the more I like it.