In the background of this photograph, you can see the iconic telecoms tower that anyone who leaves Bristol along the M32 will be familiar with. And, in this hallowed spot, Smut has given us another beautifully crafted piece of graffiti writing in his very distinctive style.
These pieces by Smut are so easy to look at and enjoy. The simple curves are superbly clean, and he has really treated us with a beautiful wavy line intersecting the word horizontally and some great colour fades along the way. The little pink dots round the piece off nicely. I have to say I am loving Smut’s work and hope to see a whole load more.
When they were toddlers, there is no doubt that the favourite toy that got the most play time was the buggy cozy coupé car thing, and this fabulous piece by Daz Cat brought a massive smile to my face, remembering those fun and uncomplicated days.
Daz Cat has recently taken his work to a new level, creating more than a simple posed character, but instead a character in a scene that tells a whole story. Sophistication and detail have improved his already excellent work and I, for one, am thoroughly enjoying his expansion. It is always a treat to find his work.
In recent weeks, I have noticed a few of these Smut pieces appearing about the place, of which I think this might have been the first. Smut is obviously not a beginner, the letters are beautifully crafted and the lines crisp and clean, but perhaps is new to Bristol, I don’t know.
Although quite tricky to photograph, the writing is beautifully presented i9n red and gold, a fine combination. The white accents add a beautiful touch and provide a 3D effect. It looks like they might have been painted with a bit of a mask, because the curves are very neat and tidy. Nice work from an artist whose Instagram handle is @everybody.loves.smut.
There is always something joyous about the work of Antikki, good karma perhaps, and this piece definitely has the feel-good factor about it. The poise of the two figures and the relationship between them is full of kindness and hope. Another feature of her work is the connection with nature, which comes across with the plants weaving in and out of the figures.
Antikki appears to like painting these concrete slabs up at Purdown, but the risk up there is that it is easy pickings for taggers who also seem to like this spot, at least the tags on this one haven’t affected it too much. I always get fired up by the optimism and goodness in Antikki’s work. Hoping for more before too long.
What we have here is a fabulous panoramic, segmented take-over by PWA artists Face 1st, Soap and Nightwayss up at Purdown Battery. I’m not sure that I have seen a themed section of walls up here before and the overall impact is stunning.
The first panel is by Face 1st and contains a boy and a girl holding gems. This is remarkable in one major aspect, I don’t think I have ever seen Face 1st paint a smiling boy before – it is a rare thing indeed.
The middle panel, set back, is rather more traditional fare from Soap, who is really going large on his gems at the moment. I really do need to fins out what they are all about, because their inclusion in his pieces is becoming almost obsessive.
The triptych is rounded off nicely with a ferocious piece from Nightwayss, in which a nightmarish monkey (what else?) is using a spray can. Some of his pieces are turning a little passive/aggressive at the moment and becoming a little more edgy – I am not complaining mind, graffiti art is edgy by definition.
All in all a wonderful theatrical collaboration from the PWA boys.
Skronius is an artist whose work I have only ever seen up at Purdown Battery, and I know very little about him. I like what I have seen though, and his style is very illustrative and looks more like canvas work than a spray-painted wall. The Bristol artist I would most liken him to is Conrico.
There is a lot to like in this small piece in which a skeleton (just the skull really) is advancing to cause mischief, no doubt. The colour selections are superb, with the subtle purples creating shadows, rather than black. Skronius has signed the piece with some lovely calligraphic writing (Stivs had better watch out). I am hungry for more from Skronius, and perhaps in some other locations.
It is always great to see pieces in Bristol by DFC1848, whose work over the last three years has just gone from strength to strength. His cartoon character pieces have developed from two rather basic forms into a wide portfolio of different animals and monsters, all with a element of goodness about them.
This is a particularly creative monster on one of the concrete walls of the Purdown Battery. DFC1848 tends to do solid fills in hie pieces, but the incorporation of details is adding sophistication. I am really enjoying the progress of this artist whose footsteps I’d like to follow.
It feels rather peculiar to be saying that I haven’t posted or even seen anything by Nevergiveup (AKA Followmyrabbits) for ages, because throughout 2018-2020 he was probably the most prolific street artist in Bristol. I was so pleased to find this rabbit up at Purdown, and from the look of it it seems to be quite recent, although I might be mistaken.
There is another give away that this is a more recent piece and that is it is signed Eldey, which is something the artist has only been doing for the last few months or so. How well his fills have developed over the years and his rabbits have become more and more individual. I really must do a gallery soon to show his progress over the years. Great to see this bunny.
I have had to spread out the posts of Zace’s work up at Purdown, because there are so many pieces and I like to give readers a varied diet of graffiti and street art. I suppose I could bundle up a few Zace pieces in one post, and that might be something I do, but my general positioning on Natural Adventures is to concentrate on one piece at a time.
This particular piece combines two regular themes that Zace likes to paint, firstly an alien face and secondly an exposed brain – perhaps he was scarred by ‘the Silence of the Lambs’ at some point. In this piece the alien is eating his noodle brains… nice. More from this prolific artist to come soon.