2475. St Mark’s Avenue (2)

This is the second piece I am posting from St Mark’s Avenue and it is a rather fun piece by Sepr. Judging from the weathering of the paint on the door, it looks like it has been here for some years. In line with pretty much everything in this alley, there seems to be remarkably little tagging.

Sepr, St Mark's Avenue, Bristol, September
Sepr, St Mark’s Avenue, Bristol, September

The piece itself presents a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat although rather than just one rabbit, he is actually pulling two rabbits, in a compromised state from the hat and they don’t look too pleased about it. I have long been a fan of Sepr’s work and I love the retro influences in his style that make his pieces so distinctive. Great piece with a great story beautifully executed, you can’t ask fo much more than that.

2376. St George skate park (3)

I have known about this piece by Sepr for quite a long while, but simply wasn’t sure where it was, because St George skate park has only recently come onto my circuit of regular spots to visit. You can’t be everywhere, and with a full time job and two teenage kids I do miss an awful lot of artwork in spots I don’t know about, so I am pleased at last to have discovered this one.

Sepr, St George, Bristol, July 2019
Sepr, St George, Bristol, July 2019

You can tell this has been around for a while because it is a bit tagged and looking a little worn. One of the problems with skate park art is that anything on skating surfaces becomes degraded very quickly, so you either visit regularly or have to put up with pieces not in the best condition. I’m not certain how ‘appropriate’ this piece is for a park where a lot of very young children play, because it is ghoulishly macabre, but then again perhaps it is perfect. I always have been and always will be a huge fan of Sepr’s work.

2192. North Street

On North Street some hoardings have recently been erected around a tower block, which is either due to be renovated or demolished, I am not too sure which. Anyhow the hoardings look like they will be staying for a while, and Upfest are curating them, which means that they will probably remain in reasonably good condition and be reserved for selected artists.

Sepr, North Street, Bristol, May 2019
Sepr, North Street, Bristol, May 2019

This piece is by the fabulous Sepr and features a lady with a cat and some mischievous looking mice. The grayscale piece is punctuated with a little pink on the cat and the woman’s mouth… I have no idea what is going on with the pink but it looks good. I admire greatly Sepr’s clean retro style and never tire of the humorous scenes he creates.

2177. Wilder Street (28)

Aah, the clean lines and cartoon/tattoo style of Sepr. Finding his pieces in such crisp and pristine condition is always a real pleasure, and this one is a real beauty. There are some common motifs in this piece from Sepr, including a musical instrument and some rather mischievous looking birds.

Sepr, Wilder Street, Bristol, April 2019
Sepr, Wilder Street, Bristol, April 2019

The musician looks a little uncomfortable, intimidated even by the birds , especially the angry one on the left saying ‘CHA!’. The joy of these pieces is in the detail, for example, the musician is releasing spittle from the trumpet and it is dripping onto the back of the bird on the right who is looking suitably miffed.

Sepr, Wilder Street, Bristol, April 2019
Sepr, Wilder Street, Bristol, April 2019

This wall, curated by Where the Wall, is a favourite with ASK artists and Sepr in particular has done several great pieces here before. I just love the way he tells a story in a clean, clear way, without any fuss filling the space. Just bloody classy.

Sepr, Wilder Street, Bristol, November 2017
Sepr, Wilder Street, Bristol, November 2017

 

2092. Brunel Way Bridge (13)

What a fabulous piece under Brunel Way by the distinctive Sepr. I love his work, which is so easy on the eye and has a strong retro cartoon feel to it. Part of an ASK paint jam, this piece features a dog in a smart suit performing with a little human glove puppet.

Sepr, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, March 2019
Sepr, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, March 2019

Sepr’s work pretty much always raises a smile and is always of such high quality. It is easy to see his tattoo artist roots in his clean lines and original designs. Truly one of Bristol’s very best artists and he keeps on turning out outstanding work.

1984. Stokes Croft, Turbo Island (3)

Turbo Island has taken on a new lease of life since the PRSC (the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft) and associates tidied things up here. They should be really proud of the work they have done to set this wall up as a viable curated street art spot. Just look at this amazing montage of an old Sepr piece on the right, some monstrous advertising hoarding and an extraordinary collaboration by Soap, Hazard and Tasha Bee below it.

Soap, Hazard and Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Soap, Hazard and Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

The collaboration itself is nicely balanced and colourful and combines three distinct but complementary styles.

Soap and Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Soap and Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

Starting on the left is an interesting combination from Soap and Tasha Bee, who are collaborating a great deal at the moment. It is great to see Tasha Bee working on a different design, this time a rather pretty stylised cat.

Hazard, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Hazard, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

In the centre of the collaboration is a magnificent grayscale portrait by Hazard…have I said yet how great it is to have her back in Bristol creating these beautiful artworks around the place? And those flowers and cacti bring an exotic touch and richness to the piece.

Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

Finally, on the right hand side of the collaboration is a trademark Tasha Bee portrait looking on with deep serenity. This is how a great wall should look, and well done to the three artists who do so much to uplift the streets of Bristol.

1965. Armada Place (15)

I don’t think I can ever recall being disappointed with a Sepr piece in the few years that I have been enjoying street art. His distinctive cartoon style and sense of fun ooze from his works which usually raise a smile.

Sepr, Armada Place, Bristol, January 2019
Sepr, Armada Place, Bristol, January 2019

In this piece, marking the end of 2018, we see a sunbather being mildly abused by some birds (gulls?). One is stealing his ring, another emptying cream on his tummy, another drinking his cocktail and the last using a magnifying glass to burn his toes. Now when I first saw this, I thought someone had drawn a cock and balls on the man’s stomach, but the more I have looked at it, the more I think it is a sketch drawn by the bird with the tube of sun cream. A brilliant piece – comedy on a hoarding. Nice to see that Sepr and Epok have decorated the nearby wheely bin too.