4994. Dean Lane skate park (563)

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023

The waits seem to get longer between finding new Laic217 pieces, which is a real pity. I can only hope that the reason behind his slow down in street activity is that he has other great things going on in his life. It is not uncommon for street artists to go through peaks and troughs in activity, and that is all part of the game.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2023

This is Laic217 at his classic best, a skeleton holding a spray can, wearing a puffer jacket over a hoodie. There is tons of shape and texture in his work, especially on the clothes. Seeing this piece reminds me just how good he is and how much I miss his work.

4807. Dean Lane skate park (538)

Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022
Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022

As part of a collaborative wall, this is something rather different from Kosc, but the high quality of the piece is there for all to see. Taking a break from his writing, which he seems to have been enjoying of late, Kosc has created this amazing rat skeleton character.

Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022
Kosc, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2022

There is more than a little menace about this rat, brought about by its posture and open mouth. You can tell that Kosc enjoys the anatomy of the creature and clearly has a good understanding of skeletal structure. There is some complementary artwork from Saor, whose part in this collaborative wall was just to the left, that cuts through the rat’s tail. Fabulous artwork from Kosc.

4738. Greenbank (56)

Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022
Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022

This morning I bring you your regular dose of Laic217 and this fiery piece on the Bristol to Bath cycle path. The days of this spot are numbered, as the housing development completes, sections of hoarding will be removed and replaced with flimsy iron railings… arguably more in keeping with the housing, but I will mourn the loss of this fantastic graffiti spot.

Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022
Laic217, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022

As ever, this piece contains many of the key attributes we would expect to see in a Laic217 piece; a skeleton beautifully painted fabric, a touch of menace, a chain, a hat and fire. Always a pleasure seeing one of his pieces.

4709. Elton Street (9)

Sled One, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022
Sled One, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022

The latest array of billboard pieces in Elton Street have been outstanding, and this special ‘outdoor gallery’ just seems to be getting better and better. The colour scheme has been replicated across all the pieces, and this one from Sled One is an absolute banger.

Sled One, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022
Sled One, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022

Sled One has created an apocalyptic scene in which a skeleton is bearing a canister on his back with some soil and a small plant. The canister is actually a spray can, and presumably Sled One is making a link between the life giving qualities of the natural environment and of spray-painting. The character is set in a scorched earth surrounding. Sled One’s paint work is absolutely outstanding and this is a really classy piece.

4610. Dean Lane skate park (513)

I am not the biggest fan of this bit of wall. There is no easy way of photographing it without a wide-angle lens or similar capability, so you are getting it fence and all, to see what it really looks like, rather than a sanitised version, although I have tried that too.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022

There is little need for me to say much about Laic217, the artist, as I have said pretty much everything I can in the past. This is another skeletal offering, which although not to everyone’s taste, has artistry that can still be admired. He is doing a lot of greyscale work these days which is not easy, but he manages to generate great depth in his pieces with light and shade and folds etc. This is yet another fine piece in a long series of outstanding work from this excellent artist.

4533. Sparke Evans Park (47)

After a reasonably long absence, Laic217 has treated us with another of his skeleton pieces at Sparke Evans Park. Laic217 is one of those artists whose work I make every effort to photograph and post on Natural Adventures, and I would say that my gallery of his work is probably my most complete gallery of any artist.

Laic217, Spake Evans Park, Bristol, June 2022
Laic217, Spake Evans Park, Bristol, June 2022

This one looks like it is a tribute piece to Holls, and carries several themes that Laic217 uses in his work. The ghetto blaster, the brick wall and the folds of material in the hood and hat, all identify this piece as a Laic217 production. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of a skeleton out spraying. This is another fine piece from Laic217.

4354. M32 roundabout J3 (402)

Over the last month or so, Laic217 has produced four wonderful pieces, three of them linked to support for Ukraine and this one, reverting slightly back to the territory we are used to seeing from the artist.

Laic217, M32 roundabout, Brisol, March 2022
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Brisol, March 2022

The backdrop of multiple colours layered horizontally, almost looks like paint brush work, and is quite crude. There is nothing crude about his greyscale skeleton character, however, picked out with a fine white border. There is threat and misery in this piece, all part of Laic217’s narrative and fascination with decay and distortion.

4225. Sparke Evans Park (30)

I took this picture shortly before heading off for a week’s holiday skiing in France, and it is great to come back to this one and all the familiarity of Bristol that accompanies it. Laic217 is so firmly established in the street art scene, that it is hard to imagine it without him. A constant drumbeat in an unpredictable world.

Laic217, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, January 2022
Laic217, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, January 2022

The portrait piece is another study of a skeleton in a fine hoody with a large chain around his neck. It is the background that is special about this one though, playing with the 3D idea of blue and red lines, confusing the eyes. As suer as night flows day, there will be more from Laic217 soon.

4173. M32 Spot (129)

Think big, and think ceiling and you might then be thinking Risco, if you follow street art in Bristol that is, otherwise you might be thinking Michelangelo. There the similarity ends. This is only the third Risco piece to appear on Natural Adventures, which is a bit disappointing really, because I have pictures of several others… time to raid the archives.

Risco, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022
Risco, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022

This piece is not the easiest to photograph due to being on the ceiling and also the light quality is challenging with light from outside bleeding into the pictures. The subject is a fabulous skeleton of a mythical creature, a fish or a dragon or something. The two tone work is exceptional given it is painted high up on the ceiling. I’m not sure how Risco painted these pieces, but it must be with long poles and rollers, with the detail added from a ladder?

Risco, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022
Risco, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2022

I am constantly struck by the incredible creativity and energy of street art in Bristol, and pieces like this simply add to my sense of awe and admiration.

4118. M32 roundabout J3 (367)

I would think it would be safe to say that Laic217’s status as a character artist in Bristol is at the highest level, and what is so gratifying about this has been watching his consistent progress over the years. His pieces are so self-assured, and have an ease about them, although the content is sometimes not quite so easy. This is one of at least three recent pieces by Laic217 in Bristol.

Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

The subtle use of colour in the background is just enough to provide some contrast with the greyscale character, helping to lift it from the wall. The theme is a common one for Laic217, with a skeleton, clad in dark robe material, is busy spraying the wall with cloudy grey paint. The whole thing appears effortless, although that is only because the artist’s expertise has made it do. This is a great and typical example of Laic217’s work.