4735. Dean Lane skate Park (530)

Full Time Ghoul, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Full Time Ghoul, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

Full Time Ghoul (FTG) is an artist who paints variants of the same interlocking ghoul head and who is poorly represented on Natural Adventures. I have many unpublished photographs of his work in my archives, and really need to dig them out and share them. This is a recent small piece on the reverse wall of one of the ramps in Dean Lane skate park.

Full Time Ghoul, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Full Time Ghoul, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

Here we have three ghouls whose upper heads are reminiscent of a kind of Celtic cross design, with interwoven parts in a plait. The ghouls have red eyes and a black nasal cavity. The designs are simple but impactful, and FTG has made his mark all over the city.

4734. Sparke Evans Park (57)

Mest, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, September 2022
Mest, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, September 2022

I like Mest’s writing a lot. His letters are clear bold and the word have no links to anything, so there is no inherited preconception… what I mean by that, for example, is that if his name was HAND, or LION, you would expect to see a hand or a lion in the work. Actually, come to think of it, I can’t think of any writers who are called what they paint, other than the letters – except perhaps Face 1st, who always includes a face. Enough tittle-tattle.

Mest, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, September 2022
Mest, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, September 2022

This is a fabulous piece of graffiti writing, and possibly Mest’s best to date. The letters, looking like pieces of ironwork with cracks through them and the colour transitions at the edges are beautifully done, and the wisps of smoke complete the overall work. One of my favourites.

4733. Greenbank (54)

Face 1st and Chill, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022
Face 1st and Chill, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022

Pirate Wall Art (PWA) has been quite a dynamic crew over the last couple of years, with the inclusion of Nightwayss and Chill, and then the departure of Nightwayss (not from the crew, but from Bristol). Chill has embraced the group of friends with gusto, and regularly paints collaborations, often in the company of Face 1st, who I get the impression is always up for a paint.

Chill, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022
Chill, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022

The collaboration is beautifully presented on a grey buffed background with green foliage, flowers, clouds and a little bird by Chill. His cartoon character is wonderful, but it is the hand gently holding the flower that works so well… some real tenderness.

Face 1st, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022
Face 1st, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022

Face 1st has reverted to his girl with FACE for hair, written in a chunky block script. The shading on the letters F and E gives them a 3D effect, while the A and C are flatter, sitting back. It shows you what you can do with shading to make elements of a piece stand out. Of course, the girl is smiling, and the piece is a happy one. This is a fine collaboration from the PWA pair.

4732. Chatterton Square (6)

Werm and 3F Fino, Chatterton Square, Bristol
Werm and 3F Fino, Chatterton Square, Bristol

Chatterton Square is a stone’s throw away from Bristol Temple Meads station and boasts two stretches of wall that tend to be relatively untouched by tagging, and it is a great place for artists to go to town with ‘special’ pieces. This is a rather nice collaboration between two LRS artists, Werm and 3F Fino.

Werm and 3F Fino, Chatterton Square, Bristol
Werm and 3F Fino, Chatterton Square, Bristol

The writing is by Werm and spells WE-RM. It is technically very well done, with a great colour transition in the fills and a deep drop-shadow that has a central vanishing point. The rather intimidating character, perhaps loosely based on the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, is by 3F Fino. Although the proportions of the character are a little inconsistent, it is well painted and certainly conveys an element of fear.

4731. Purdown (47)

Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022
Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022

What I really like about Mote’s approach to street art is that he is a very tidy artist. He likes to have a buffed wall to paint on, so that there are no distractions, and he keeps everything clean and tidy. Nice solid fills and crisp sharp lines. I am guessing he is a bit of a perfectionist.

Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022
Mote, Purdown, Bristol, September 2022

This charming monster piece up at Purdown is a wonderful doodle character, with some nice colour fills and details. The eyes and eyelids work well, and the shadow cast onto the wall lifts the piece out. Altogether this is a rather good piece, one of many.

4730. Cheltenham 2022 (15)

I have only once before come across Madderdoit, and that was a column stencil piece under Brunel Way in Bristol, so it was good to see a couple more pieces by the artist in the skate park for the Cheltenham Paint Festival, of which this is one.

Madderdoit, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Madderdoit, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

The kid sitting among a bunch of spray cans reminds me a little of an early Dice67 piece, and is nicely done. The brightly sprayed heart is also a nice touch, without which the whole thing would be duller. I like the spread of spray cans, but would have created two or three stencils for these and perhaps coloured the tops – but there I go again nit-picking. This is a nice fresh stencil from Madderdoit.

Chill

A gallery of fantastic cartoon-style work from Bristol street artist and tattooist, Chill (PWA)

Instagram: @chill.works

Chill, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022
Chill, Greenbank, Bristol, September 2022
Chill, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Chill, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Chill, Peel Street Green, Bristol, July 2022
Chill, Peel Street Green, Bristol, July 2022
Face 1st, Chill and Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Face 1st, Chill and Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2022
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2022
Chill and Smut, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill and Smut, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Chill, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2021
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2021
Chill, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2021
Chill, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2021
Chill, M32 roundbout, Bristol, January 2022
Chill, M32 roundbout, Bristol, January 2022
Nightwayss and Chill, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Nightwayss and Chill, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Face 1st, Chill and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Face 1st, Chill and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019
Chill, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2021
Chill, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2021

4729. Cheltenham 2022 (14)

Pelmo, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Pelmo, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

One of my favourite Bristol artists is Pelmo. His work is usually well thought out and is about so much more than the artwork, often there are messages of love, affection and care with the relationships between characters. In this unusual piece, there are no characters, but a very strong climate message.

Pelmo, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Pelmo, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

Having worked in environmental communications for twenty years, some of it on climate change, I have seen many images like this one, and they are not uncommon. What is different here is that it is not a corporate ‘explainer’ but a heartfelt warning. Pelmo has captured the jeopardy of failing to act in a gentle, but effective way. I could look at this piece for a long time, it chimes for me and has a serene quality to it. Great work from Pelmo.

4728. Cheltenham 2022 (13)

Helen Harper, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Helen Harper, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

There is a very strong relationship between street art and tattoo art, for example, some of Bristol’s best street artists; 3Dom, Sepr  and Chill, among others, are also tattoo artists. So it is no surprise to learn that Helen Harper, who painted this gorgeous lion at the Cheltenham Paint Festival is also a tattoo artist.

Helen Harper, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Helen Harper, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

There are three elements to this piece that work nicely together. The black background has some swirly patterning, and the lion’s face is painted in a greyscale that works well with the background. Encircling the lion’s face is a circular burst of colour, radiating outwards. This is the first piece that I have seen by Helen Harper, but I look forward to seeing more in the future.

4727. Cheltenham 2022 (12)

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Even though Aspire no longer lives in Bristol, I have managed to come across some of his work this year, which is a joyful thing. Of all the artists that have left Bristol in recent years, I miss his work (and that of Kleiner Shames) the most. Thank goodness for festivals such as Upfest and the Cheltenham Paint Festival, which have encouraged Aspire to leave London and share his work in the provinces.

Aspire, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022
Aspire, Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham, July 2022

This piece is an absolute belter, with a beautiful Robin, set alongside some silver birch trees and weirdly a bottle of sun spray. I’m not quite sure I get the significance of the plastic bottle, but it certainly sets up an interesting juxtaposition in the piece. As always the whole thing is superbly crafted, and Aspire’s pixelated sections perform the job of a signature. Top work from Aspire.