1532. River Avon

Regular readers will have seen an awful lot of this little fella in recent months and I make no apologies for that. Of all the bunnies that NEVERGIVEUP has painted around the city of Bristol I think that this one is my favourite to date.

NEVERGIVEUP, River Avon, Bristol, July 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, River Avon, Bristol, July 2018

It can be found on a random bit of brick wall, probably a derelict store room or something, on the footpath between Ashton Avenue Bridge and Brunel Way bridge alongsite the River Avon. I love it when Graffiti (a rather urban concept) blends in so perfectly with a rural setting. This is just brilliant.

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1517. Moon Street (45)

Well you might be tired of NEVERGIVEUP’s bunnies, but I am not tired of posting them, and there are several more in the pipeline, so watch out. This one is in Moon Street and you might notice it is in good company with an old Laic217 piece on the left and work from Deamze on the right. The one on the left has recently been replaced, but the one on the right has been there for an age and really needs refreshing.

NEVERGIVEUP, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018

Given that he has done so many rabbits recently, I am left wondering if he will return to his monsters, or whether he’ll come up with something else. Whatever happens, his productivity and enthusiasm seems set to continue.

1501. East Street alley

Usually I curse bright sunlight and shadows when I am photographing street art, but on this occasion I think it adds to the picture. To me it feels like this blue bunny by NEVERGIVEUP is lurking or hiding in the doorway trying not to be found.

NEVERGIVEUP, East Street, Bristol, April 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, East Street, Bristol, April 2018

I would never have found this rather charming rabbit if I hadn’t run into NEVERGIVEUP when he was in Dean Lane skate park, prepping a wall, and struck up a conversation. He told me where this piece was in the context of a conversation during which I remarked on the fact that I liked the way he seems to spray absolutely everywhere in Bristol that he can find a wall, most other artists tend to stick to their favourite places. Bristol is becoming a bit of a warren to NEVERGIVEUP’s bunnies, which is a good thing.

1496. Dean Lane skate park (126)

Not too long after Kid Crayon painted his 420 piece (which included a tribute for my dad ‘RIP Gledders’) this collaboration between NEVERGIVEUP and Ugar went up across the bottom half of the wall.

Nevergiveup and Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Nevergiveup and Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018

I think this might be the first time this pairing have worked together, although I know Kid Crayon and Ugar have worked together before. Well this is a rather attractive collaboration with some writing from Ugar bookended by NEVERGIVEP’s rather cute bunnies.

Nevergiveup and Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Nevergiveup and Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018

The writing from Ugar (which spells out UGAR) is typically ornate and the fill he has used is in a style that immediately identifies the artist. Not many other artists in Bristol use the same kind of patterns, he really has a unique style.Of course the bunnies are fun and nicely done, balancing the piece nicely. I don’t think I will ever tire of NEVERGIVEUP’s rabbits.

1480. M32 Spot (19)

I think that there is something about street art and rabbits, or at least I seem to come across a disproportionate amount of them in my travels. This fine example is by Nevla and resides in one of the tunnels up by the Ikea roundabout on the M32.

Nevla, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2018
Nevla, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2018

Nevla has only relatively recently crossed my radar, but I like his unique cartoon style that he brings to the table. I don’t yet think I have seen any of his work outside a tunnel…maybe it’s time to break cover.

1479. Dean Lane skate park (122)

I haven’t posted much from Hire for a while, and sadly I got to this one just a few moments too late it looks like. It is a real shame that some idiot has run a white line through this piece, and the beautiful Sikoh and Dibz piece next to it. Arturo has little to be proud of in my view.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018

The amazing thing about this piece is that it is not a collaboration, the whole thing is by Hire, the Gothic influenced writing on the left and the dayglo bunny on the right. I like the way he has put these pieces side by side with their contrasting backgrounds. The colours used for the writing would make Decay very happy (he uses exactly this palette form most of his work). And, just in case you weren’t sure, the bunny helps us out with the location of the piece. Fine work.

1459. The Bearpit (141)

Many will instantly recognise this pair of rabbits as the work of NEVERGIVEUP. I’m not quite sure why I always put his name in full caps, I think it might be because he uses them on his Instagram account. He tends to sign his work NGU Familia or in this case #GGUFam. I tend to get locked into conventions, so it is difficult for me to change what I have been calling him from the start.

NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

I recently found out a little bit more about the artist, and he told me he works as a restaurant manager in the Harbourside – the flexible hours probably suit his insatiable appetite for street art. He hopes to ‘go pro’ on the art side of things, and I think with his determination he’ll make it.

NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

These crazy goofy rabbits are brilliant as always, and seem to be getting better and better.