1718. Dean Lane skate park (162)

What a lovely surprise this was in Dean Lane, a small piece from Skor85 squeezed in between some other works on the long wall. I haven’t seen anything from her in quite a while, so it was good to stumble across this one.

Skor 85, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Skor 85, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

An interesting perspective of a dog in which the bare teeth are somehow brought into sharp focus by the blood-red background. A slightly scary piece, but really nicely presented. I like Skor85’s work very much – there is an ‘other worldly’ feel to it all…dreams and nightmares.

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1442. The Bearpit (135)

The Bearpit street/graffiti art walls are under threat. Bristol City Council appears to be taking a tougher position on the walls and boards and has recently started to paint over some fine pieces that have been there for ages. My guess is that this is a task that will bring no joy to anybody, as artists and officials play tit-for-tat paint wars. Street art and graffiti are part of what makes Bristol special, part of its USP, and by over-regulating it you will destroy it and the culture around it – all you will end up with is sterile corporate pieces that don’t really represent the local scene.

It feels odd to me going to cities, for example Chichester, that have no graffiti or ‘legal walls’ but held a festival a few years back and has some very nice pieces dotted about the place on carefully selected walls. The problem I have with that is that it is all sanitised and signed-off by the ruling classes of the city. Where is the budding street art culture in Chichester? there is none to speak of, just some imported art to create a sense of ‘edge’ but actually totally safe and permitted to the nth degree.

I say all this because at the recent paint jam in The Bearpit, several artists, including Skor85 made their feelings clear. How strange it might seem in a few months time that there won’t be any walls left where they can make their feelings known, without the permission of the officials of Bristol. This will inevitably lead to more and widespread illegal art.

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

Skor85’s meaasge is loud and clear “Could you live without freedom of expression?” The piece itself is delightful, a vibrant plant emitting sparks of colour set on a background of purples, reds and oranges. I like it a lot.

1340. The Bearpit (122)

It is always, always good to find pieces by Skor85. She is probably one of the unsung heroes of the Bristol street art scene, occasionally turning out these extraordinary fantasy dreamlike pieces in all of the spots I like to visit.

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018

In this piece Skor85 has painted a futuristic/medieval character sitting on the ground clutching a gem in one hand and a weapon in the other. The words ‘Think truth’ give the piece an overall message…maybe it relates to gun law in America, I’m not sure.

Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
Skor85, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018

Her command of the colours and tones in this piece is obvious, and I love the way she gives the effect of a pastel drawing rather than a spray can work. I admire her work a lot.

1255. Leonard Lane (14)

Leonard Lane is one of my favourite spots. somehow it feels more exclusive than some of the other more popular spots, and it is tucked away in the deepest heart of old Bristol. The Lane has become more popular with ‘established’ artists in recent weeks, with both Decay and John D’oh making themselves at home in this narrow space.

Skor85, Leonard Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Skor85, Leonard Lane, Bristol, January 2018

Now it is the turn of Skor85 and this curious piece. What I like about her work is its dream-like stories that unfold in front of you. This one involves two people rather happy about something and high fiving. Meanwhile, the lady with her bunny ballet outfit brandishes a cutlass and the man is holding a dead rabbit. What on earth… . It doesn’t matter. I love this piece, which is nicely framed too. It would be great to see more of this kind of work in the heavily tagged lane.

1171. Upfest 2017 (110)

I have featured Skor85 a few times on my blog, and had some confusing information about her identity. I have decided to disregard everything I thought I knew and defer to her Upfest profile, which reads:

Skor85 is a Bristol based creative of Polish origin. She is a self taught artist experimenting with any media available at the time from sand grains to spray paint. She has started her graffiti adventure 4 years ago being influenced by the diversity and music scene of some of the most lively European cities like beloved Bristol Barcelona and Berlin. She is heavily involved in Bristol drawing scene organizing sketching events immortalizing city landscape and live music events as well as running the Sketch Factory (themed life drawing sessions). Creative freedom of expression with others is one of her biggest pleasures in life and paint jams are a big part of it. Characters she paints are pure fantasy and often represent current mood- happiness and worries of the day. Often dreamy or scary but always true to that moment.

Part of the confusion arises out of the fact that her online profile is utterly different from his (sic) printed profile. The one above is more aligned with my previous posts.

Skor85, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Skor85, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

This is a terrific piece and has had a lot of care and attention poured into it. Many of her pieces feel quite raw, often because of the locations she chooses, but this has a finesse to it whilst maintaining her unusual style. There is some symbolism here which is tricky to decypher. Nice piece.

1000. Moon Street (36)

I am confused. Some time ago I was told that Skor85 is a female artist, however I read in the Upfest biography that Skor85 is referred to as he. I will avoid any further gender designation until I am absolutely certain.

Skor85, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2017
Skor85, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2017

This is an old piece from back in January on the wall of the Lakota in Moon Street. The work is typically understated although it comes to life with the cleverly drawn outlines interrupted with zig-zags. I do like the work on Skor85 more of which you can see on this Facebook page.

873. Dean Lane skate park (64)

I have just been reading Skor85’s biography on the Upfest 2017 website and found out that she is of Polish origination, adding to the vibrant Polish street art community  that appears to be growing in Bristol.

Skor85, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016
Skor85, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2016

This is an interesting piece, from one of her favourite spots at Deaners, from July last year, around the time of Upfest. Some philosophy to go with the solemn figure drowning his/her sorrows. I love her use of colour and highlight lines on the head, arms and legs. Subtle and modest, her work always interests me.