4995. Cumberland Basin

Solar, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2023
Solar, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2023

This is not the first piece I have seen by Solar on this particular wall, and it seems to be a place where he can express himself a little bit better with a bit more space than some of the more congested walls he has painted about the place.

Solar, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2023
Solar, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2023

Solar’s work is improving each time I see it, with a confidence and boldness to try new things all the time, such as the character face in the O of this piece. This has a nicely worked horizontal transition from red to orange to yellow and added interest with cross hatching to break up the piece. Nice work from Solar.

4814. M32 roundabout J3 (435)

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Solar, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2022
Solar, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2022

y pressed for time this morning, as I am attending a two-day conference, one day online and the other in-person, but it means my whole day is pretty compressed.

I said I would share more work by Solar, and true to my word, here is a recent one from the M32 roundabout.

Solar, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2022
Solar, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2022

Solar has a fairly organic approach to his writing, pushing the boundary beyond conventional lettering, fills and borders. The overall effect is tidier and more considered than it might be at first inspection. Nice work from Solar.

4772. Frome side (18)

Solar, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022
Solar, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022

I checked through previous posts before writing this piece about Solar, and it appears that I have only written about his work twice before on Natural Adventures. This is in spite of having taken plenty of pictures of Solar writing about the place. I will need to rummage around in my archives to post more Solar pieces, as they offer an antidote to more conventional graffiti writing.

Solar, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022
Solar, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022

In this ethereal piece under the M32, Solar has written out his letters, which have a transparent look to them, over a background pattern of red, purple and black ‘marbelling’ of the wall. A lovely piece in a place where it won’t get as much exposure as it deserves.

4399. Cumberland Basin

Solar is an artist who is horribly under-represented on the pages of Natural Adventures. I have dozens of photographs of his graffiti writing, but very little of it has seen the light of day. I have no idea why this has happened, because in my mind’s eye it feels like I have posted a lot of his work.

Solar, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2022
Solar, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2022

Solar is one of those ‘it does what it says on the tin’ artists who spells out Solar in most, if not all, of his pieces. His letters are quite boxy and the holes in the ‘o’ and ‘a’ are distinctively low and squished. This is a rather fun throw up that uses the space well. I really must dig out more of his work and share it.

3674. New Stadium Road (31)

This is one of several recent eye-catching pieces from Solar, who goes by the Instagram handle of @super.lunary. I only became aware of this rather special writer fairly recently, but I am enjoying the style very much.

Solar, New Stadium Road, Bristol, April 2021
Solar, New Stadium Road, Bristol, April 2021

The regular sized block letters are presented with some interesting free-form fills with strong colours and themes. The overall effect is rather calming and pleasing. It is interesting that different writing styles can stimulate different emotional responses, from calmness to anger to anxiety and so on, this is definitely at the gentle end of the spectrum. More to come from Solar soon.