4068. River Avon (23)

It is not too long ago that I first met Desi while she was painting a wall alongside the M32, and what a pleasure that was. During the course of our conversation she told me that she had been spraying walls for about a year, and I have to say that she seems to be progressing really well.

Desi, River Avon, Bristol, November 2021
Desi, River Avon, Bristol, November 2021

Desi’s letters tend to be uniform and stick to a basic design which incorporates a heart on top of the ‘i’. Such a decoration is almost exclusive to female artists, and seems to be a legacy of handwriting. I haven’t yet met a man who uses hearts or open circles instead of a dot over the ‘i’.

It would seem that Desi is working on the technical aspects of her fills, and she is doing well with this, adding variety and texture which seems to improve with each new piece. Desi is up-and-coming on the graffiti writing scene and I am looking forward to watching her progress. A lovely piece alongside the River Avon.

4053. River Avon (23)

To use urban slang, this piece is sick (metaphorically and literally) and is a long awaited resumption to spraying walls by Biers (who goes by several other names, but Biers is the one I use).

Biers, River Avon, Bristol, November 2021
Biers, River Avon, Bristol, November 2021

I find it hard to read exactly these letters, but I am confident that Paul H might be able to enlighten me. This is a tight piece; the letters are bold and clean, the fills nicely horizontally graded, the white accents neat and tidy and the character clean and simple. Overall this is the work of a talented and experienced graffiti writer and it is great to see him getting busy again.

4022. River Avon (20)

One of the most overlooked artists in Bristol, whose work rarely appears on social media, is Cort. It might be that his low profile and reluctance to chat and engage contribute to this situation, but in my view, his work is worthy of being noticed and written about.

Cort, River Avon, Bristol, September 2021
Cort, River Avon, Bristol, September 2021

This bright piece on the River Avon cycle path is unusually regularly proportioned, aided undoubtedly by the brick course. The thin, angular letters, so distinctive of Cort’s work and beautifully filled with a nice palette of blues, and a hint of green accents. I like this piece a lot from the PAD crew artist.

4014. River Avon (19)

A new name that has cropped up a lot recently is Desi, and on meeting her for the first time last week, I felt it would be fitting to start posting her work. I believe that she has only been spraying walls for about a year, but her progress has been rapid and she is producing some nice work.

Desi, River Avon, Bristol, September 2021
Desi, River Avon, Bristol, September 2021

Desi is an artist who uses the same letters in a broadly similar style, but decorates them differently, testing out different colour combinations and painting techniques. This is a fairly straightforward piece with a green fill and blue highlights bound with a black border and 3D shadow. The final touches of stars add interest. I am so full of admiration of anyone who gives it a go, and am inspired too. I wonder when I will find a moment and have the courage to spray my first wall.

The first of many Desi posts I’m sure.

3951. River Avon (18)

Yep, even more from Eman, a Bristol graffiti artist who appears to be tireless in his pursuit of happiness. Eman has painted a lovely old-school flat-capped character on the long wall that runs alongside the River Avon, opposite the paintworks. There are several of his pieces along this stretch which he obviously favours.

Eman, River Avon, Bristol, September 2021
Eman, River Avon, Bristol, September 2021

Eman is developing, and at the moment his characters are reasonably simple in their composition. The cartoon design is bounded with a black outline and the fills are solid with a little shading around some of the leading edges to lift the piece. Over time, I expect to see him add more depth and detail to his work, because this is an artist who doesn’t like to stand still.

3809. River Avon (17)

Wherever you are in Bristol you are probably never too far away from a piece by Eman. This is an artist who has spent the last six months or so bombarding Bristol’s walls with writing and characters, stretching his portfolio ever wider.

Eman, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021
Eman, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021

This character piece is one that he is fond of, and it has cropped up in Natural Adventures a couple of times before. It is a character that Eman has used for his Instagram profile, so it it one he obviously identifies with. Painted an the cycle path alongside the River Avon, this blue face stands out from the crowd. Always more to come from Eman.

3773. River Avon (16)

I cannot tell you (except I am) how much I am enjoying these kawaii pieces by Maesyhook that have been appearing all over the city over the last few months. The style and characters are quite unlike anything else we see in Bristol, and her work is a breath of fresh air.

Maesyhook, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021
Maesyhook, River Avon, Bristol, June 2021

This piece is on the cycle path which runs alongside the River Avon opposite the paintworks. The cheeky little fox character has a little speech bubble with a kawaii poo emoji, which in itself is all rather cute. Cute is the kawaii way, although with Maesyhook it has some edge through painting her work on walls, rather than on computer screens. I love this piece and her work.

3558. River Avon (15)

This is a rather unusual piece from Laic217 in so much as it looks rather more like a commission than a graffiti art work. I think that the texture of the breeze block wall has also contributed to the unusual look of the piece.

Laic217, River Avon, Bristol, March 2021
Laic217, River Avon, Bristol, March 2021

Carrying the words ‘cans ‘n roses’, this is an obvious nod to the hard rock band and the piece has a hard rock feel to it. Is this where Laic217 gets some of his inspiration from? I guess it is less important where it comes from, instead it is what he does as a result of inspiration, and this is an absolute gem of a piece.

Laic217, River Avon, Bristol, March 2021
Laic217, River Avon, Bristol, March 2021

As I already mentioned the surface of the wall gives the piece a kind of matt finish which is so unusual. The can and roses motif is beautifully conceived and executed, Laic217 is an artist who just seems to go from strength to strength.

Laic217, River Avon, Bristol, March 2021
Laic217, River Avon, Bristol, March 2021

Of course, a little bit like Nightwayss and his monkeys, no Laic217 piece is complete without a skull or skeletal character and here he doesn’t disappoint. Another triumph from an artist who is having another busy patch.

3525. River Avon (14)

There so many things that I love about street art and graffiti writing. Firstly there is the beauty of the art itself and an admiration of the technical skills needed to create it in the first place; then there is the hunt… finding a piece and photographing it and if you get extra lucky having a chat with the artist whilst they are working; post-production includes archiving the pieces and finally sharing them here on Natural Adventures and on my Instagram feed. It keeps me busy. There is also resolution, which happens when you archive a piece, waiting for the day when you know a little bit more about it and can post it. This day is now and the piece is by Pura Decadencia.

Pura Decadencia, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Pura Decadencia, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020

I think that this was the first piece I saw by Pura Decadencia, but it is the third that I have posted. A girl dressed as Satan set on a purple and orange flame. I saw a sketch of this piece in her Instagram feed and the devil had a tail, which I think would have capped this piece off nicely. I wonder if she forgot to add it. Fabulous work nonetheless.

3490. River Avon (13)

I love coming back to photographs that I have in my archive, just waiting there for an artist identification. It is so fulfilling and closes a circle – a great feeling, like a detective solving a case. I was struck by this piece along the River Avon back in November last year and a little bit peeved that I couldn’t place the artist at all. I discovered the artist’s identity recently after I found another piece at Purdown and started investigating Instagram accounts of other artists who had painted up there – eventually I tracked down Antikki. All I needed to do was look at the signature… d’oh!

Antikki, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Antikki, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020

This is a lovely wholesome design piece and has a feel good factor about it – dancing figures bouncing bums in beautiful colours, what’s not to like? Antikki’s style is one that works equally well on walls or in smaller studio designs. I love it when designers and artists hit the streets, it kind of lends legitimacy to street art in a curious way. More to come soon.