2026. Mina Road (3)

OK, so I’m cheating a little bit. Some of you might have seen this piece in my Thursday Doors post last week, but it is deserving of a mention in my street art section too. A ‘belt and braces’ approach to sharing this one.

Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019

It is, of course, a collaboration between PWA members Soap and Face 1st and has such a charming quality to it. Add to that the location on some kind of municipal building behind a secured gate and you have all the makings of great urban street art.

Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019

I can’t quite figure it out, but there is something about the balance of the piece and the space it occupies that makes this a real winner for me.

 

 

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2019. M32 roundabout J3 (125)

Another artist who seems to have upped his game over the last six months or so is Soap. I’m sure that I struggled to find any of his work for an age but now, I am pleased to say, I stumble across new pieces nearly every time I venture out.

Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

This is a bad picture (the light was unkind) of a lovely piece by the artist, and one that extends his ‘standard’ motif into something a little more animated and fun. The addition of eyes creates a new sense of mischief and character. Great colours and really nicely worked patterns – this is a corker from Soap.

Thursday doors

Doors 60

I am being a little bit lazy this week and have selected some doors that cross over into my street art posts. I make no apologies…I am a busy man and some weeks I just don’t have the wherewithal to take door pictures.

I would say however that the first door (which was originally going to be the only door for this week) is one of my all time favourite doors, so it deserves a special post really. I will soon be posting it again as part of my street art thread.

The other doors have been lurking in my Thursday doors folder for far too long and need to come up for air. Incidentally Coming up for Air by George Orwell is one of my top ten novels…well worth a go if you’ve not read it.

Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Thursday Doors, Bedminster, Bristol, January 2018
Thursday Doors, Bedminster, Bristol, January 2018
Stewy, Thursday Doors, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2016
Stewy, Thursday Doors, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2016

The bear by Stewy might trigger some memories of the squirrel I posted a few weeks back by the same artist.

Well that’s it for this week. I hope I can get out and find some new doors next week TTFN.

Access to more fabulous doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0, just follow the frog.

by Scooj

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.

1960. Ashfield Place

One of my favourite pieces of 2018 was this lovely collaboration by Soap and Face 1st. It is one of those collaborations that is more of a proximity of work, rather than a true collaborative merger.

Soap, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018
Soap, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018

I must have driven past it hundreds of times thinking that I really must stop and take a picture, but it is close to a road junction and there are very limited parking opportunities. The left hand side is by Soap and is one of his most regularly used designs in a nice metallic silver. The tongues are particularly nice with the purple tinge.

Face 1st, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018
Face 1st, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018

It is the Face 1st piece though that is in my view outstanding. I do so much like his full figurine, and every time I see her, she seems just that bit more special. In this piece it is her hair that is so captivating, and the blue spotted bow. Her eye lashes too are extraordinary. When I spoke with Face 1st not long after he had painted this lady, he told me it was one of his favourites too.

Face 1st, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018
Face 1st, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018

A beautiful lady.

1927. Dean Lane skate park (182)

These three, Tasha Bee, Soap and Stupid Stupid Meathole, seem to be getting on famously at the moment. This is a fine collaboration in Dean Lane with all three painting typical trademark work.

Tasha Bee and Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018
Tasha Bee and Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018

On the left is a serene figure by Tasha Bee, whose work seems to go from strength to strength and gain in confidence. The hair on this one is breathtaking. In the middle and on the right of the work are faces by Soap looking rather cheerful.

Stupid Stupid Meathole and Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018
Stupid Stupid Meathole and Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018

Sandwiched between the two Soap contributions are two rather weird looking faces by Stupid Stupid Meathole. On first inspection of these pink delights, I hadn’t noticed the teeth, but once I had spotted them, I couldn’t keep my eyes off them.

Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018
Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018

All in all a thoroughly delightful and light-hearted December collaboration from three very busy artists.

1904. St Werburghs tunnel (56)

I am really pleased to see that Face 1st and Soap have teamed up again, it feels like a while since they last collaborated, to produce this beautiful piece. The two distinct halves are joined by the hair of Face 1st’s girl.

Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018

I love the concept of Face 1st’s character sketching out an idea in her black book, there is a lovely story unfolding and it brings a whole extra layer to the piece. This really is something special.

Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018

The Soap half of the collaboration is yet another great example of just how good his writing is with the blue and lilac elements almost resembling stained glass windows. I always feel these two artists are so modest with their work, and it is a pity that something like this is lurking in the darkness of St Werburghs tunnel…it deserves more prominence.