As the lock down restrictions have eased, the street/graffiti artists in Bristol have started to get busy, and Dean Lane in particular has been a destination of choice. This colourful collaboration is from Crem, Nevergiveup and Kity.
First up is Crem and a confession that I don’t really know this artist at all and this is the first Crem post in Natural Adventures, although not the last I am sure. Crem’s letter shapes are unusual and nicely finished and the piece sets the tone for the whole collaboration with its attractive fills.
No need to introduce the creator of the rabbit in the centre of the piece as he is the most featured artist on Natural Adventures, and even then I have loads of unpublished pieces of his in my archive. I am of course talking about Nevergiveup. This bunny adopts the colour scheme and offers one of the best bunnies I have seen.
Finally we move on to Kity, who like Crem I know absolutely nothing about. It would seem that I need to do a little bit of homework here. What I can’t be sure of is whether these two are new on the scene or whether they have just been off my radar. Probably the latter… it happens a lot. Kity continues the colour scheme to give what is in its entirety a really pleasing collaboration.
Well, after a few weeks of riffling through my photograph archives due to the impacts of the coronavirus which slowed output of street art, I am pleased to say that things are improving. Artists are returning to walls being miindful of social distancing and over the last few days I have managed to take photographs of contemporary pieces, and where better to start than with a rabbit from Nevergiveup (@followmyrabbits).
This particular fellow is a Cabbit ot Rarrot and is a bit of a reshaping of the usual rabbit character into a carrot. Why? I have no idea, but probably becausee he can. This piece was one of several from the artist in a Dean Lane session recently and how refreshing it is to see new vibrant art happening again on the streets of Bristol.
Anyone who reads Natural Adventures regularly will know that I have a soft spot for Polish artist Hire, whose Gothic writing and spiky rabbits regularly adorn the walls of Dean Lane skate park. This piece from July last year treats us to both central elements of his work.
The writing part of the piece is expertly done and I particularly like the way that two tones of orange are used and blended to great effect. The 3D shading is very distinct, but I fear slightly dominates the brittle nature of the letters.
The rabbit, although menacing, is perhaps a little kinder than some of his spikier cousins… it looks like it has had a bit of a shampoo and set. How on earth I allowed this one to sit in my archive until now, I’ll never know.
Just in case anyone is suffering from withdrawal symptoms from a regular dose of Nevergiveup’s (#followmyrabbits) rabbits, I thought I’d throw in one of dozens still unpublished on Natural Adventures.
This beauty was sprayed on one of the doors at the eastern end of Leonard Lane, and I think I must have photographed it fairly soon after it had been painted because it is very crisp and clean without any tags. This one is notable for the use of lots of colours, maybe he was using up dregs. Lovely rabbit this one, and a great location.
The great thing about looking back is that you get to see what artist’s work looked like some time ago and how they might have developed over time. This fabulous pair of rabbits from Nevergiveup (#followmyrabbits) is from April 2018 and is notably different from more recent incarnations of the characters in two respects: the amount of decoration on the torso is much more limited, and the ears much smaller than on the 2020 versions.
We have to remember that the artist has only been in Bristol for about three years, it feels much longer because of the abundance and spread of rabbits, but in street art terms it is a relatively short time. The image below is a more recent incarnation pf a Nevergiveup rabbit, can you see the differences?
I think that regular readers of Natural Adventures will be more used to seeing rabbits from Nevergiveup (#followmyrabbits) than from Hire, but it was the latter who painted them in Bristol first, especially in The Bearpit and Dean Lane.
This old one is on the famous curved wall at Dean Lane skate park and is beautifully finished. Set on a dark red and rather moody background, this menacing rabbit (with Gothic styling) is painted in a grey-green that contrasts brilliantly with it. One that escaped my clutches from way back in February 2017. Nice to free it.