4977. River Avon (38)

Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022
Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022

This piece by Soap, was so good, I had to photograph it twice. The first time I tried, the results were terrible on account of strong sun and shade scattered over the piece. I made sure that my return visit was on an overcast day, with some better images.

Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022
Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022

Soap likes painting this character, which I think might be based on the cartoon character Ice King from the animated TV series Adventure Time, although I am not completely sure about that. This creation is a thing of beauty, and not only features the chrcter, but also spells out SOAP. A few gems thrown in for good measure, this is a masterclass in contemporary writing from Soap.

4907. River Avon (37)

Werm, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022
Werm, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022

The paint on this piece was only a day old when I sauntered past it the day before yesterday, and I can’t tell you how pleased I was to find it, as I haven’t seen very many Christmas pieces this year, certainly not compared to normal, although there was a late burst from the Resting Bitch Face crew in St Werburghs Tunnel this week.

Werm, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022
Werm, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022

Werm seems to love the walls alongside the River Avon, and there are several of his pieces down there to enjoy. His letters are really beautifully constructed and painted in festive colours, and it is amazing to think how much progress he has made over the last couple of years. The addition of Father Christmas is an extra bonus, and perfect for a Christmas post. Season’s greetings all, Ho! Ho! Ho!

Werm, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022
Werm, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022

4860. River Avon (36)

Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022
Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022

I should know by now, not to bother with going down to Sparke Evans Park and the River Avon on sunny days. The results are always patchy at best. But there is another school of thought that says always photograph what you can when you see it, because it might not be there the next time you visit. I don’t know if this lovely portrait piece by Zake falls into that category, as I haven’t been back to take a look.

Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022
Zake, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022

Zake has been enjoying himself recently with these rather more cartoon style pieces that still contain his mastery of light and shade, but have introduced a little bit more in terms of character and emotion. This is a fabulous piece painted alongside PWA crew mates.

4827. River Avon (35)

Chill, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022
Chill, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022

I really should know, by now, not to visit Sparke Evans Park or the River Avon on a sunny day. It makes photography nigh on impossible. This was my second attempt at photographing this piece, after the sun had moved a little, and the foliage that was casting a shadow was out of the way. Still, the light was reflecting off the piece a little too much for my liking.

Chill, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022
Chill, River Avon, Bristol, November 2022

There isn’t too much I can say about Chill that I haven’t said before. The tattooist inspired designs in black and white are pretty unique in Bristol, and I haven’t seen anything quite like them anywhere else either. I like the way Chill incorporates flowers into his pieces, marrying up urban culture with a love for nature. Another fine piece from Chill.

4821. River Avon (34)

Tack Jucker, River Avon, Bristol November 2022
Tack Jucker, River Avon, Bristol November 2022

This magnificent pipe-smoking monkey by Tack Jucker, must be one of the most overlooked pieces in Bristol. It is on a warehouse door and is incredibly feint. I don’t know if it has always been this way or whether it has been bleached by the sun. I don’t even know how long it has been there, but am please to have spotted it.

Tack Jucker, River Avon, Bristol November 2022
Tack Jucker, River Avon, Bristol November 2022

Photographing street art is all the more gratifying for the surprises that you encounter, and this piece definitely fell into that category. Had it been painted on a buffed background, it would have been much more noticeable, but instead, it simply blends into the graffiti swirl and remains hidden. Tack Jucker is a great artist, and finding his work is always a genuine pleasure. Gallery coming soon…

4670. River Avon (33)

Biers, River Avon, Bristol, August 2022
Biers, River Avon, Bristol, August 2022

I may have mentioned recently that Biers has been absolutely smashing it recently, and this Sherlock Holmes piece alongside the river confirms this rich vein of form. You can see more from Biers in this recently updated gallery of his work.

Biers, River Avon, Bristol, August 2022
Biers, River Avon, Bristol, August 2022

What I like about Biers (the name he was using when I first became aware of him) is that although his style remains ostensibly the same, he manages to completely reinvent his letters, this evolution so far being – BIERS – OHYEAH – WD40 -. In the last two reincarnations, he has used the ‘O’ or ‘0’ to act as a frame for his character. In this piece he has cleverly incorporated green colours commensurate with the outdoor clothing (deer-stalker and macintosh) of Sherlock Holmes. A belter.

4615. River Avon (32)

Biers, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022
Biers, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022

One of the things that is happening on Natural Adventures of late is that some artists are simply not being represented as much as they might deserve, because of the sheer volume of new pieces being painted every day of the week. One of those artists is Biers, whose WD40 pieces continue to appear all over town.

Biers, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022
Biers, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022

This is a decent orange and green piece with a grey spotty feature running through it. I am not too sure what the character is, but he looks like he is up to no good, as if he is a gangster or burglar or something like that. It is his work that has turned the green colour to grey. This is a nice piece from Biers that has a story to tell.

4577. River Avon (31)

Haka has been absolutely smashing it with his Janet and Allan Ahlberg children’s book characters, and here, alongside the river, he has painted a wonderful image of Burglar Bill.

Haka, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022
Haka, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022

I don’t believe that I have read this particular book, but I know my nieces were particularly fond of the Ahlberg books, and I have seen the cover before. Haka’s loving and faithful reproduction of the character is magnificent and captures the Ahlberg style perfectly. No need to sign the piece, knowing that Haka has painted other Ahlberg characters in the area.

4388. River Avon (30)

It is not all that long ago, through the winter, when Stivs was producing new pieces at will and barely a week went by without one or two new works from him. This spring has been a slightly different story, and it feels like a while since I saw anything new, until I found this one on the River Avon path. Since finding this, he has been out a little more, and there are further new pieces to share with you.

Stivs, River Avon, Bristtol, April 2022
Stivs, River Avon, Bristtol, April 2022

Stivs is one of two brilliant calligraffiti artists in Bristol, that is artists who specialise in calligraphic writing. This is a real beauty in chrome with a blue 3D shadow and mint green border. Lovely regular letters spelling out STIVS. A scattering of mint dots to add a little interest, and hey presto! You have a banging burner.

4379. River Avon (30)

So far on Natural Adventures, we have seen a few pieces from this artist under the name Asre, but they were all the same character, this is another one from his portfolio, a rather cheeky comic strip kind of character. The artist’s Instagram handle is @runaway_joey, and somehow this character seems to fit that moniker rather well – he looks like a Joey.

Asre, River Avon, Bristol, April 2022
Asre, River Avon, Bristol, April 2022

There are several of these around Bristol, but this one on the River Avon wall has lasted really well. Full of character and very nicely sprayed with some nice thick clean lines – Asre is no one trick pony, that’s for sure.