It has been a while but it is always worth waiting for any works by Tom Miller. Tom is a hugely talented fine artist who creates wonderful and sometimes slightly disturbing surreal pieces, often involving distorted body parts.
This piece is located in one of Miller’s favourite spots and catches the eye of passing pedestrians and motorists, more than other work here. His artwork is very different and really stands out – we are lucky to see gallery quality paintings on the street.
There is a lot of symbolism in this piece…a hand instead of a face clutching a heart from which an arm is extending clutching another heart. So many ideas and bits of detail to marvel at, and all set on a background of light shades, shapes and colours. I love this piece and admire the artist hugely.
Sadly, nothing lasts forever, and the piece only lasted about a week before it was sprayed over by what looks like a thelocknessmonster piece. I know which I’d rather have hanging up at home.
At a bus stop, just opposite Ashley Road, there is a hoarding which has slowly and steadily been claimed by graffiti artists. The building owner has tried to shoo them away, but it is a bit of a relentless tide. The initial graffiti that went up was mostly quick burners and none of it up to much, with the odd exception. Then with accelerated pace, more pieces have been going up recently and this lovely quick one from Jee See appeared a couple of weeks ago.
Of course, it was over -sprayed a couple of days later, but I was very pleased to capture it. This is a revolutionary motif that Jee See likes to use a lot, and I have to say I really like it. It was a piece like this that first put him on my radar. Power to the people! Briz Graff.
There is so much talent in Bristol, and I am very proud to have adopted it as my home. This is a lovely piece by the amazing Hazard whose Upfest offering was one of my favourites last year.
Certainly this is a striking work and really stands out on the Carriageworks wall. Hazard sprayed it to promote Bristol singer Katie Sky’s new EP, and the image is taken from the cover and promotional designs for the EP. It would appear from reading Katie Sky’s Twitter feed that she and Hazard are friends, which is how this piece came about.
Now, you probably know that I am not always too fond of street art being used for advertising, but I am going to have to make an exception in this example because I think that Hazard’s work is so very good. Two very talented Bristol ladies doing the city proud.
The space underneath the iconic stinkfish portrait of a girl has been occupied by a Deamze piece for a long while, up until a couple of weeks ago when this wonderful PWA collaboration appeared in this well known spot.
I like this piece a lot – there is just something about it. Face F1st has provided bookends to another artist, unknown to me, who produced the central part. This is a lovely clean piece and the colour pallette is very easy on the eye, and in stark contrast with the yellow and black above.
Sadly, this piece lasted less than two weeks, so I am really pleased that I captured it. I wonder if in creating this, the artists inadvertently opened up the wall for business, where before, when Deamze occupied the space, it was respectfully left alone. Rules and no rules…it is too confusing.
Where would we be without occasional political and philosophical outbursts from the passionate Object…? In this piece Object…reflects on a quotation attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and his commitment to vegetarianism.
On the right hand side of the piece he has drawn up a Vitruvian man and placed into his torso various animals and a fish. This is a provocative and principled piece, especially as it is daubed on the hoarding outside what used to be the Meat Liquor restaurant.
I like the piece, which is so typical of Object…’s work and so it is a pity to report that it has been ruined by somebody who obviously disagrees with his opition. Object… does retort with the point that you don’t have to destroy somebody’s work to disagree with them. I am with Object… on this one.
On one of the most iconic walls in Bristol, there are always things to look out for around the large yellow and black Stinkfish face of a girl. One reasonably recent addition is this incredible bust (if that is the right term). Unfortunately I don’t know who the artist is, but it is a beautiful addition to this space.
I don’t come across very many sculptures on my Bristol street art sorties, so it was a real pleasure to find this. It is perched high up, and I’m not sure that it is seen by many. You have to look up and observe.
Up close you can see that it is a nicely worked piece. Any ideas about the artist would be most welcome.
I see an awful lot of Face F1st’s work dotted around the Stokes Croft area and at the M32 roundabout, but this is the first piece I have seen where he has a message for us all. And the message is quite clear – ‘no ads on free walls’. What he is referring to is the increase in street art in this area that is advertising events in the local area. I have to say I have quite a lot of sympathy with him.
The face is angry, which again is quite unusual for this artist. The rest of the piece is colourful and bright and the word Face can be made out in the writing. An artist whose work I continue to enjoy, especially when it has this bit of edge to it.