2844. M32 Spot (63)

Utterly inexplicable! how on earth did I fail to post this brilliant column piece by Kid Crayon back in June 2017? And how have I not retrieved it from my archives before now? I think this illustrates just how many pictures I have in my archives that get left behind and that what you see here on Natural adventures is just a fraction of what is out there on the streets every day.

Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

What is quite unusual about this column piece is that it spans three sides of the column and so is impossible to enjoy from standing in one position.

Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

On the first face (or is it the third?) is a purple-faced girl and monster, apparently unrelated. Purple or blue-faced characters is a bit of a trademark for Kid Crayon, as is the turquoise colour that he uses a lot in his work.

Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

On the second face are some more rather weird animate and inanimate objects along with another face, this time I am pretty sure it is a self-portrait of the artist, and if it isn’t, it ought to be because it looks a lot like him.

Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

On the third and final face of the column are a couple more characters one of whom is singing? a rainbow. Let’s embrace and own this as a Coronavirus rainbow of hope. This is unfathomable and simply brilliant work by one of my favourite Bristol artists and incredibly nice guy.

2377. Greville Road (8)

Some pieces are good, others, very good, and just ocassionally you get lucky enough to see something outstanding. This stunning piece ‘self-portrait 2019’ is by Irony and has been 10 years in the making, after he created his first screen print in 2009 with a version of this work.

Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019
Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019

I managed to have a quick chat with Irony as he was painting it, but at the time I didn’t know who he was, nor did I recognise his style (obviously not from round these parts). I asked him who he was, but he said I’d have to wait until he’d finished before he would reveal who he was. Fair do’s I suppose, although perhaps I should have been a little more attentive to the line ups for Upfest’s Summer Editions, which might have given me a clue.

Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019
Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019

The concept of a piece of art creating itself is a tried and tested theme, but rarely is it executed with such passion, skill and emotion. This piece is awe-inspiring and would sit comfortably in the company of any of the great Italian renaissance artists. I can imagine this piece adorning the wall of a side chapel of any of the great Italian cathedrals (although I think the Catholic church might have a word or to to say about that).

Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019
Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019

This is not my favourite wall to photograph, because there is a wide expanse of white light behind it. If I were a proper photographer I would be able to accommodate for that, but I am just a ‘point and shooter’.

Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019
Irony, Greville Road, Bristol, July 2019

The closer you get to this picture, the more beautiful the angel becomes. It really is quite incredible that such a fine piece can be created with spray cans. If I could be just one tenth as good as this, I would be happy. Many years of hard graft and study ahead of me, but I fear I lack the raw talent bit that Irony has in spades. A brilliant piece, worth a trip to see it.

1094. Upfest 2017 (87)

This is an interesting piece from Dice 67 at Upfest this year, where we see the artist continuing to experiment with his freehand spraying, having spent most of his street art career to date stencilling.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

To my shame, I have to confess that I walked past Dice 67 while he was spraying this piece, but didn’t recognise him or the style of painting. I even took a couple of pictures, but didn’t make the connection. It was only later, when I met Dice 67 and his family in the Steam Crane, that I realised I had goofed.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I went back to South Street Park later during the festival and found the completed piece, but at that point it hadn’t been signed. I later found Andy (Dice 67) again and advised that he ought to sign it, as other people like me might be expecting to see a stencil. In the feature picture, you will notice that the piece was signed in the end.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The work itself is a self-portrait, and I wonder how much the pretend ears were influenced by his children. I really like it that Dice 67 is making this big step in the art he creates, and I am looking forward to seeing more of it in the future.

Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Dice67, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

It is also worth mentioning that Dice 67 organised the highly successful Cheltenham Paint Festival in September, which I was unable to visit, but some of the pictures I have seen on Instagram were utterly awesome.