3169. Upper Sandhurst Road

One of the few pleasures of being the family taxi driver is that I get to visit various parts of Bristol that might not ordinarily be on my normal routes. I stumbled across this old garage piece by 3Dom when dropping my son off at a friend’s house recently.

3Dom, Upper Sandhurst Road, Bristol, August 2020
3Dom, Upper Sandhurst Road, Bristol, August 2020

Although probably several years old, the surreal piece is in reasonably good shape. There is a lot going on here, and the story is far from clear so I’ll not try to second guess it, but rather leave it to your imagination. It felt great to find this hidden gem.

3129. North Street

Sometimes you have to be patient, and with photographing shutter pieces this can be particularly true. I have known about this wonderful cat mural by Kin Dose for a long time, it was painted during lock down, but every time I visited until recently the shop was open and the shutter up.

Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, July 2020
Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, July 2020

This delightful cat was commissioned by ToyVille on North Street and is a fantastic permanent addition to the cluster of amazing pieces in this area of Bedminster. I don’t know if it is deliberate, but the cat is staring straight across the zebra crossing, giving pedestrians ‘the eye’.

Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, July 2020
Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, July 2020

Kin Dose is simply one of the best and his technique of airbrush spray painting enables him to add the most incredible fine detail to his pieces, especially good for fur and whiskers. This piece is situated immediately to the right of his kingfisher commission that was painted a few days before.

Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, May 2020
Kin Dose, North Street, Bristol, May 2020

Thursday Doors – 4 June 2020

Doors 109 – yet more graffiti/street art doors (bear with me…)

Is it really the fourth of June already? Is it really 2020? What happened to the last five decades? Time seems to be accelerating with every moment that passes at a time in my life when I would rather like it to slow down, perhaps even go in reverse.

Very busy at work at the moment so this is what you are getting – doors from 2016/17:

Copyright and Paul Monsters, North Street, Bristol, April 2017
Copyright and Paul Monsters, North Street, Bristol, April 2017

Coloquix, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016
Coloquix, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016

Decay and John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
Decay and John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016

Fiver, St Andrews Road, Bristol, December 2016
Fiver, St Andrews Road, Bristol, December 2016

Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, January 2016
Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, January 2016

Copyright and Gemma Compton, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
Copyright and Gemma Compton, North Street, Bristol, July 2016

Alex Lucas, Picton Street, Bristol, March 2016
Alex Lucas, Picton Street, Bristol, March 2016

I realise that three of these are shutters, but shutters are kind of doors too aren’t they? The last picture is the shop and home belonging to the Artist Alex Lucas, which she decorated herself. Over the last week or two she has been making good use of the current lock down restrictions and re-painted the whole thing. One for my street art posts fairly soon I think.

May I wish you all a very happy week.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

 

Thursday doors – 14 May 2020

Doors 106 – Some more archive street/graffiti art doors

Although I did manage to snap a few doors over the last week, I haven’t yet had time to download them from my camera, so for today’s Thursday doors I am trawling through images I have previously posted on Natural Adventures of street/graffiti art that feature doors. Up-cycling if you like.

Most of these doors have not appeared in Thursday doors before, so unless you read my street art posts as well, most will be new to you. These ones are from 2016 (so expect plenty more to come for future posts).

Stinkfish, Rivington Road, Shoreditch, London, August 2016
Stinkfish, Rivington Road, Shoreditch, London, August 2016

PZY, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016
PZY, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, August 2016

Shok 1, Fournier Street, Shoreditch, September 2016
Shok 1, Fournier Street, Shoreditch, September 2016

Decay, Backfields Lane, Bristol, September 2016
Decay, Backfields Lane, Bristol, September 2016

Aspire and D7606, Charles Street, Bristol, August 2016
Aspire and D7606, Charles Street, Bristol, August 2016

Deamze, Devon Road, Bristol, May 2016
Deamze, Devon Road, Bristol, May 2016

Dale Grimshaw, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Dale Grimshaw, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Angus, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
Angus, North Street, Bristol, June 2016

That’s it for another lock down week. Look after yourselves and keep posting those doors.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

2921. Ashley Hill

I cannot think how many times I have driven past this amazing pizza piece by Feek at the bottom of Ashley Hill, but I have never taken a moment to photograph it. This particular picture is pretty terrible… not only is is rather shaded, but I took it from the car window because I am lazy. Not ideal.

Feek, Ashley Hill, Bristol, July 2019
Feek, Ashley Hill, Bristol, July 2019

Shutter pieces are not easy so this crystal clear and fun piece by Feek is a bit of a triumph. It is pieces like this one that Bristolians take completely for granted. It is there, it has always been there, that is the way of things. Personally I think that this is rather special, the vegetables are amazing and the animated pizza character is brilliantly painted. At last I get to post it!

2549. North Street

This is a lovely new shutter piece by The Hass on North Street. Unfortunately there is a bit missing on the left hand side which rolls down over the door, but shutters are difficult to get at the best of times so I was pleased to get this shot. The Hass paints under another name in Bristol, but those that know, know and those that don’t, don’t need to.

The Hass, North Street, Bristol, October 2019
The Hass, North Street, Bristol, October 2019

As a marine biologist I need little encouragement to marvel at this wonderful marlin swimming in waters close to a paradise island, looking a little bit like the island set in the Disney Pixar film The Incredibles. This time though the gorgeous waters are polluted with plastic bottles in amongst the fish. Nice piece combining abstract elements with realism and a great story.

2508. Stokes Croft

In the last six months or so, I don’t recall seeing very much work by Ryder. It might be that I just haven’t been at the right place at the right time, it sometimes goes like that.

Ryder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019
Ryder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019

This shutter piece is in Stokes Croft and although I have passed it many times, I haven’t had the presence of mind to photograph it until recently. I think it has probably seen better days, but represents beautifully the graffiti scene in this little stretch of road. One of the upsides to painting a shutter (and there can’t be many) is that horizontal lines are easy to paint and the colour shifts in this piece are neatly done by following the lines on the shutter. Ryder rarely disappoints.

2355. Grosvenor Road (2)


I think that this piece by DNT was specially comissioned for this year’s St Paul’s carnival, and it is a gentle reminder to us all that knife crime in the UK is on the rise, and is not welcome at the carnival. In years gone by, there has been trouble at the carnival, and St Paul’s, when I first arrived in Bristol 28 years ago was a bit of a ‘no-go’ area. Things are much improved these days, but there is still a bit of edge to the place.

DNT, Grosvenor Road, Bristol, July 2019
DNT, Grosvenor Road, Bristol, July 2019

The piece itself demonstrates that DNT can turn his talents to pretty much anything, and stylistically, this piece is quite different from the kinds of things we are more used to sdeeing in the Stokes Croft area. Nice one, great message.

2146. Shoreditch, London (29)

Sweet Toof is a London artist who has always had strong links with Bristol especially through his long-standing friendship with Rowdy. Even now, there are several toothy pieces dotted around the city. It is funny, but I have always thought of him as a Bristol artist, because of his legacy here.

Sweet Toof, Shoreditch, London, April 2019
Sweet Toof, Shoreditch, London, April 2019

It was extra special to find this triptych of shutters, that look rather recent, when in London last weekend walking in the Brick Lane area with my sister. It doesn’t seem to matter where I pitch up in the world, there always seems to be a Sweet Toof piece close by.

Sweet Toof, Shoreditch, London, April 2019
Sweet Toof, Shoreditch, London, April 2019

These three are really rather special, and have a feel of ‘see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil’ about them. It is nice to see the three different aspects of the skulls. Obviously that Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Arts was not wasted.

Sweet Toof, Shoreditch, London, April 2019
Sweet Toof, Shoreditch, London, April 2019

I do like Sweet Toof’s work very much indeed, always blending mortality with humour in his incredibly distinctive style. Great find.

1841. Upfest 2018 (82)

Anyone reading this will know that I am a big fan of Kid Crayon. His bright and unusual pieces always contain an element of wit, charm or mischief and this pink crocodile demonstrates this sense of fun with a commmentary on the rain that fell throughout the Upfest festival.

Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, October 2018
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, October 2018

This shutter piece was the second that he did at the festival, both using this colour scheme, so I am guessing that he got a job lot of these colours especially for the weekend. There is something really endearing about this crocodile and there is a gentleness to the way he is holding the little umbrella. A lovely piece.

Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Kid Crayon, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018