4997. St Werburghs tunnel (348)

Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Here we have yet another fine piece from Mudra, in what seems to be a rapid-fire series of work from him. It is satisfying, as an onlooker, to watch as he develops and improves his style and to observe his creativity and imagination. To see his development, I have linked to his gallery, which is well worth a quick look.

Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mudra, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This piece, at the end of the tunnel, follows his template style of letters and character, mashed up into a single coherent work. The letters are connected through a common colour palette, but their shape, design and size are somewhat varied. The letters are quite concealed, although easy to find if you know what you are looking for. The little ‘d’ is probably the easiest. The character in the middle of the piece, on this occasion, is not a substitute letter, but instead just a bit of fun breaking up the piece. You’ve got to love the little floating had. There is a reference to recreational drugs and a bit of trippyness about the piece – but I am way too conventional to know about such things. More to come soon, I have no doubt.

4993. St Werburghs tunnel (347)

Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Kosc is having something of a purple patch with his greyscale pieces that are to be found around the city. He seems to have found a new theme that he is enjoying exploring, and as an onlooker I am thoroughly enjoying seeing.

Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Kosc, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

The effect that Kosc achieves, using only greyscale tones on a green-grey background, is awesome, creating a kind of metallic look, especially where the dark and light tones meet in the diagonal line across the KOSC letters. This is the work of an artist at the top of his game who appears to be enjoying his painting.

4989. St Werburghs tunnel (346)

Mr Klue and Hana, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Mr Klue and Hana, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

It looks like Mr Klue has a new painting partner, which is great to see. This small collaboration appeared in the tunnel a couple of weeks ago and has colour coordinated pieces by Mr Klue and Hana (an artist I have not encountered before).

Mr Klue and Hana, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Mr Klue and Hana, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

To the left is a characteristic wispy KLUE (I think), ephemeral as ever and looking like it might evaporate at any moment, and to the right, pulling the colours across, is a beautiful floral design piece by Hana. It would seem that ‘Floral’ is ‘in’ at the moment, and I am fully in favour of it. I know that these two have paired up again since this piece was painted, but I can’t recall where – I’ll need to investigate.

4987. St Werburghs tunnel (345)

3F fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3F fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

The turnover in St Werburghs tunnel is always high in Winter, but this winter it has gone off the scale. New pieces emerge daily, and there have been a plethora of paint jams involving several artists painting together. I hope to get down there today, having been away for a week, and expect to find quite a lot of new work.

3F fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3F fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This lovely piece by 3f Fino is slightly haunting, with a yellow-coated character hanging, phantom-like, over the green and purple FINO letters. The folds in the clothing have been worked really well, with some great shading and highlight work. Overall something a little bit different and also rather good from the LRS artist.

4986. St Werburghs tunnel (344)

Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

I met Peggy for the first time yesterday in Dean Lane, but it was the most fleeting of meetings. Peggy was finishing off a piece on a sloping wall and wasn’t really in a position to stop and chat, so I left her to it, and will I’m sure, have another opportunity to say hello.

Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Peggy, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This is a gorgeous piece at the farm end of the tunnel, which I don’t think lasted very long, which is a great pity. Clearly Peggy has a great eye for design and proportion, and manages to create a piece that fits a space very well. I expect she gets lots of practice from the henna work she does. As with other pieces she has created, there is an eye in the floral design. Quite what the eye signifies, I don’t know, but I will ask, if I ever get the chance. A fine piece from Peggy.

4983. St Werburghs tunnel (343)

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

I always enjoy seeing DJ Perk’s work. He has to be one of the most modest street artists in Bristol, although a great many others are too, to be fair. This is a particularly vibrant piece in the tunnel, which has been painted with precision and care.

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

The letters PERKS are in quotation marks and have several horizontal colour fractions, which seem to battle it out between the grey and white layers i9n thee middle. The border is very neat, and the 3D drop shadow is nice and clean. With every new piece, DJ Perks is improving and is worthy of rubbing shoulders with any of the longer established writers in Bristol. I love this piece.

4980. St Werburghs tunnel (343)

The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This is an absolute beauty in the tunnel by Inca the Mole, possibly the best I have seen from the artist. The colour selection is really nice, and the mole lettering combination works so well.

The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

There is a great balance in the piece, and of course the mole is beautifully painted with plenty of character about him. There is a lovely shout out to the RBF crew, who often hold paint jams in the tunnel, and Inca the Mole might have painted over one of their pieces. All good stuff.

4972. Dean Lane skate park (559)

Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

As artists develop, they often change their names or identities, and that has happened with Mind Control, who naw goes by the name Mind 49. This kind of name change presents me with a bit of a conundrum. Do I continue my posts referring to the artist under their old name (which makes my whole system of filing and archiving so much easier) or switch to their new name? As you can see from the image captions, I have decided to go with Mind Control’s old name for the time being.

Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Mind Control has come such a long way, and his latent talent as a teenager is shining through now. This portrait piece in the tunnel is a first-class piece of art, that has a strong fine art feel to it. I have commented before that Mind Control’s work always seems to have an element of menace and I sense that here… the covering of the face and the chain tell you that all is not entirely well here. A fine piece indeed.

4970. St Werburghs tunnel (340)

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Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

have now met Kid Krishna twice in the space of a week, in pretty much exactly the same spot, which is pretty amazing really, given that I had never met him before that. He seems to like painting in the tunnel area, and this stunner was painted about a week before I met him.

Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

A notable thing about Kid Krishna’s work is that is very often very intricate and busy, and of all the writing in Bristol, his letters are the ones I struggle with the most. The creature in the middle of the piece is, I am guessing, a spider from Mars and is in such stark contrast to the writing. This is the work of a very talented artist.

4967. St Werburghs tunnel (339)

3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Trainers are quite a common motif in street art, and this is a fine example from 3f Fino in the tunnel, painted during a recent paint jam with LRS crew friends. The brown shoe, nicely designed in a cartoon style, is stuck to the floor with some sticky green goo (chewing gum?), where we find the letters FINO. 3f Fino also recognises his crew with the letters LRS making it into the soul of the shoe.

3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Set on a red background, there is a lot to like about this piece, as it is different from the regular stuff you see on the street. 3f Fino is not short of a creative idea or two, and it is probably high time I published a gallery of his work.

As you read this post, I should be some 30,000 feet in the air, on my way to France. Timings of posts over the next week might vary, but I intend to continue posting while I am away.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018