This wall used to have a wonderful tribute piece on it to honour DJ Derek by Deamze and Sepr. From speaking to a local, I understand that the owners of the wall loved it, but they had to have some damp treatment work done on the house and the mural had to go as part of that. The result is a vast wall that is crying out for decoration
Who should come along, but Stewy, who has some other pieces nearby, to place a stencil of a duck, high up on the wall perching on a pipe. Although a small piece, it commands the wall and adds interest for passers by who manage to extract themselves from their mobile technology and look at the world around them.
This is a fun stencil, and I can imagine a wry smile on the artist’s face when he painted this. This is all part of the circle of life of a Bristol wall.
I truly believe that DNT is one of the unsung heroes of the Bristol street art scene. He is creative, edgy and prolific, with a style all of his own and a kind of artistic determination that is uncomprimising. I think that for some, his artwork is hard to like because it is unfamiliar and unusual, but scratch under the surface and there is so much to like.
This piece would appear to be a commission for a friend or ‘patron’ and can be found at the bottom of Richmond Road. The rather organic letters, spelling out DNT, bear a similarity to some of Object…’s work in that there is a weirdness and fragility to them. Painted in 2019, I have only recently come across this piece.
I came across this wall quite by accident. I was looking for somewhere to park in the Montpelier area – a challenge in itself, so that I could investigate some garages which I had checked out on Streetview.
I noticed some scaffolding and early stages of spraying of a tribute to DJ Derek, more about him here and here. The first day I visited nobody was spraying – maybe they had gone home for the day, so I returned the following day.
This time two artists were working on the piece. Obviously I stopped for a quick chat – one was Sepr, I didn’t speak to the other, but it might have been Deamze. It was good to ask about the piece, and to meet Sepr, who is, like my daughter, the owner of a panther chameleon.
The piece is a really fitting tribute to the great, and very much missed, DJ Derek by two of the very best street artists in Bristol. And what a wall too. The right hand side of the collaboration, the protrait, is by Sepr and is quite unusual because most of his work is rather more cartoon-like and creative, let’s say.
The portrait is a good likeness to DJ Derek, and I am sure it will remain here for quite some time.
On the left hand side, we have some very recognisable writing from Deamze spelling out the words ‘One Love’ without any wildstyle disguise. I am guessing, but I don’t know that this might have been one of many catch phrases that DJ Derek was known for.
Everything about this tribute is good, the artists, the wall, the quiet location. It is great to honour important Bristol figures in this way.
I was actually looking for something else when I found this goat stencil by Stewy. I have known about it for sometime, but had no idea where it was. Finding it was the reward for my curiosity in seeking out some graffiti nearby.
Stewy has produced some wonderful stencils around the city, including this Robert Wyatt piece posted last year. Animals and well known people are the areas Stewy specialises in and his stencils are distinctive in that they are nearly all two tone.
When I first photographed the goat, the sun played havoc, with half the goat in sun and half in shade. I tried making a shadow with my body, but it looked, frankly, a bit crap, so these pictures are a second attempt ion a flat-light day, and not great pictures either.
I took a stroll in Montpelier a little while ago and visited some streets I have not been to before, and some others that I haven’t been to for a long while. I was very pleased to find this Tom Miller piece on Richmond Road, and although it has been quite heavily tagged, it still conveys loads of movement and emotion in the world of Miller’s ‘imaginite’.
It is a pity I didn’t get to see this when it was clean, as I love this fine artist’s street work. I love the way Miller’s works spew out colours in all directions – an enjoyable confusion. As an observation, you can see that one of the tags is by Whysayit, a local graffiti artist.
In deepest Bohemian Montpelier, Bristol, many of the homes and businesses have welcomed street artists to adorn their walls and shopfronts with murals. Every street is full of colour and surprises.
This beautiful mural created in 2013 is by Ryan Kai and is typical of his work, which carries a strong Latin American theme. He studied art at the University of the West of England in Bristol and graduated in 2009. Now living and working in North London, Kai has a really nice blog which gives you a great insight into his work and techniques.
I don’t know who is responsible for the little addition to this mural. A bit of fun.