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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I am assuming that the colour selection used in this piece by Werm on the footpath/cycle path alongside the River Avon is in honour and support of Ukraine in its struggles against the Russian dictator Putin. This is one half of a collaborative wall with 3F fino, which I will post in due course.
Since favouring these block letters, several months ago, Werm has been churning them out with regularity and I have struggled to post them all – perhaps I need to a) retire and spend more time doing this or b) post several at a time (something I might do more often with all artists) or 3) get over it and ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ as my son might say.
The improvement I have seen since I first met Werm, then painting as Eman, has been speedy and dramatic. He is a quick learner and practices over and over again, which obviously pays off.
Long since gone, but certainly not forgotten. For a short while Dasco brought something really special to the streets of Bristol. Not much remains of his rare talent, but this piece on the River Avon cycle path has not been painted over, and although I have photographed it several times, I have not posted it until now.
Perhaps not one of his best pieces, it still demonstrates his supreme graffiti writing skills, and is tidy as you like. Chrome and black work well, and is a combination that Dott Rotten has used to great effect in the past. We definitely miss Dasco, who I believe returned to Spain round the time of the first lockdown.
The whole stretch of cycle path from Sparke Evans Park all the way to Temple Meads Station is very popular at the moment, and it seems that every time I get down there, there is something new to enjoy. This piece from Pl8o was part of a collaborative effort, and really stood out.
The letters are stretched out over a long bit of wall and rather difficult to capture all in one picture frame. Pink and green contrast rather well and with the blue borders the letters stand out and are rather bold. The fills are solid and lines clean, with the lines on the brick wall offering good points of reference, so the whole think looks tidy.
As with many Pl8o pieces, he has dropped in a character for good measure, looking like a bit of a mash-up of a ghost and an alien. All good fun really and nicely done.
Ooh what a beauty from Logoe, in the last place I would expect to find a piece by him, and just how well does it work on this wall? I love absolutely everything about this piece, and was super-pleased when I found it, especially as I haven’t noticed on any social media (at the time of writing).
To the untrained eye, the piece might read something like ‘vogue’, but for anyone who knows his work, the script lettering and horizontal dusting of spots would give him away long before reading the Logoe letters. I think that this is one of my favourite pieces by the artist and a gem of a find. Still more to come (I think).
Tes, or Slim Pickings as I call him, is one of the most consistent writers in Bristol with his familiar TES super-tag, but every once in a while he throws something different at us, and this piece is an example of how he switches it up.
The letters are the same, but aren’t presented in his usual very prescriptive form, they are more uniform and spread further horizontally, but the fills and lines are solid and clean, just as we would expect. Great to see something a little different from Slim Pickings.