3318. River Avon (9)

There was a time a couple of years ago when there was absolutely no stopping Panskaribas and his Reseau pieces, and then I think he went away for a while. Since his return he has not been quite as prolific and his pieces have toned down a little, in my view.

Panskaribas, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Panskaribas, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020

I am not entirely how old this piece is, but I suspect it was painted within the last six months or so. The element that makes it recognisable as a Panskaribas piece is the bent over shoe in the left-hand corner and the toes next to it in the Picassoesque style. I think the letters of the piece are jumbled up and spell out RESEAU, so from left to right I see S – E – A – U – E – R. Of course I could be entirely wrong and trying to see things that are not there. Good to find a piece by the artist after a rather long time.

3315. River Avon (8)

When I went for a walk along the Riverside a week or two back it felt like Christmas had come early.  When you don’t visit a graffiti spot for a while, even one with a low turnover, there are always dozens of new pieces to admire.

Dit Oner, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Dit Oner, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020

This is a splendid piece of writing from Spanish artist Dit Oner that appears to stand proud from the wall thanks to some clever 3D shadows giving it depth and subtle light shading along the bottom of the letters. The letter style is bold and regular letters like these are made a little easier on brick walls when you can follow the lines of the brickwork to get your proportions and spaces. This one simply doesn’t want to be ignored.

3313. River Avon (7)

Lots of unknowns about this amazing piece on the Avon River pathway. I have no idea who the artist is and I don’t know how long it has been there, but judging from the fact that it looks pretty fresh and clean and the subject, it might be a recent Halloween piece.

Dabuten Tronko, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Dabuten Tronko, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020

Set on a blue and red broad-striped background this fabulously painted Satan face with enormous horns stands out a mile. The artwork is immaculate and this has been sprayed by an accomplished artist. The hand and spray can spewing out blue paint add a perfect finishing touch to the wall. The word MAFIA at the bottom right doesn’t help with identification. I am irritated that I can’t place the artist, especially as there is something familiar about the style that I simply can’t pin down. Too good not to post.

3312. River Avon (6)

I don’t get there too often, which is a bit of a shame, but there is a nice walk along the River Avon which contrasts two very different scenes; on one side is the muddy river with plenty of bankside vegetation and a variety of bird species an evidence of other wildlife such as otters on the other side is a long gallery of graffiti and street art displayed on the rear walls of buildings on an industrial estate.

Stivs, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Stivs, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020

Along this stretch I found this rather nice calligraphy piece by Stivs, an artist getting quite a lot of exposure on Natural Adventures at the moment. The orange and red colour selection is a winning combination and the script has some rather good harlequin reversals breaking up the lines. A fine piece from Stivs.

2793. River Avon (5)

I took these pictures ‘blind’. What I mean by that is that is was a very sunny day (a rarity this February) and the wall was reflecting so much light that I couldn’t see it on the LCD screen of my camera. I coould have popped up the viewer, but I had the dog with me and only had one hand free (and I am lazy). Nonetheless I think I got a couplle of great shots of this amazing and slightly verloked Rezwonk piece.

Rezwonk, River Avon, Bristol, February 2020
Rezwonk, River Avon, Bristol, February 2020

I’m not too sure what the 358 refers to along the bottom of the piece, but the writing is first class as always with Rezwonk. I also love the way these guys paint suggestions of a brick wall on the background, even when the piece is on a brick wall! Is there a part of Bristol where Rezwonk hasn’t left his mark?

2726. River Avon (4)

Those of you who read my Thursday Doors post this week will have already seen this wonderfully colourful rabbit accompanied by a whole bunch (is that a collective term for rabbits?) of his mates lurking in various doorways around Bristol.

Nevergiveup, River Avon, Bristol, January 2020
Nevergiveup, River Avon, Bristol, January 2020

Nevergiveup or Followmyrabbits, the artist is relentless in his persuit to paint every square inch of Bristol (and Bath) with these cute creatures. I have completely given up trying to capture all of them, and I imagine Bristol City Council and others feel much the same. It is becomig a bit of a thing as people are becoming rabbit hunters – there is a father and son in Bristol who have photographs of well in excess of 100 of these creatures. And still they breed.

2695. River Avon (3)

Context is very important to our comprehension of the world around us. I passed this piece last week on a walk I rarely take and I knew I recognised the artist, but my brain just couldn’t compute who it was, because I’m not used to seeing his work outside of the places I would normally come across it. It wasn’t until the return leg of the walk that the penny dropped.

Riverside walk 010 10 January 2020_edited

This is of course a fabulous chrome piece by Slakarts that judging from its condition is fairly recent. Although I have been taking pictures of art by Slakarts for a long time, it is only recently that I have started posting them, due to finding out who he was only a few months ago. Ever since, he seems to have been churning out these faces with alarming regularity, which is all rather good really.

Those glasses are spectacleular (see what I did there?) and I imagine look striking from the opposite bank of the river.

2694. River Avon (2)

I took a riverside walk with the dog last week and found this recent and absolutely brilliant Nevergiveup (@followmyrabbits) piece. The weird thing about this was that as I was walking along the pathway I saw two men talking and I was sure I recognised one of them. I carried on anyway for about ten minutes before turning back along the path to get back to the car. I passed the two gentlemen again and the penny dropped. I had indeed recognised one of them… it was only Nevergiveup himself.

Nevergiveup, River Avon, Bristol, January 2020
Nevergiveup, River Avon, Bristol, January 2020

We had a little chat, and I asked if he had just painted this rabbit pair – he said he had not done it that day, but a weeek or two before. It was looking so fresh still.

I am however a little confused… Since the artist left Bristol for Bath, he seems to still be painting in the city with alarming regularity. I told him I can’t keep up with him and he said he can’t keep up with himself. At least I have a whole ton of rabbits in storage to share with you if things quieten down… as if.

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.