I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and watch Casette (@ros-fables) as he finished off this rather beautiful whale piece in Dean Lane. I haven’t come across the artist before, so it was great to meet him, albeit briefly, on his visit to Bristol from (I think) the west country.
The sperm whale (blue whale?) is set on a fat striped background, a theme that is carried into the body of the whale. I was pleased to see Casette using a bit of cardboard to mask the spray over some of the details, something I have started doing quite a lot – obviously a legit technique. Pleased to have seen this lovely one-off, until he next returns.
I shared a great walk with fellow street art photographer, Paul, around St Paul’s a couple of weeks back, and this stunning wheatpaste/stencil had us both stumped. Obviously it is a picture of Haile Salassie, but the untitled piece left us with a bit of a mystery.
After a bit of a social media hunt, I tracked down the artist as Alphahol, who I believe is based in Blackburn, so he must have come down to Bristol for the St Paul’s Carnival. I know nothing more about the artist. The piece has some similarities with the work of Stephen Quick and even more so About Ponny. To turn a fabulous stencil piece into a wheatpaste is a technique used by several artists and an effective way of gaining reach for the art. I have to say I think this is an absolute cracker and a perfect location/time for the piece. Come back and visit soon.
I said in a post not too long ago that I would have to start doubling up on Nevergiveup’s rabbits, because there are so many of them, and so tru to my word, here are two for the price of one.
Both of these are at North Street Green, and one has been there rather longer than the other one and is looking a little worse for wear. This purple bunny is a little bit dumpy, constrained by the size and shape of the utility box it is painted on, but nonetheless cute.
The older rabbit on the door has been tagged quite heavily and could probably do with a makeover. It is quite unusual to see Nevergiveup’s rabbits defaced in this way, but I guess on an urban green like this one you are inviting trouble. Not much point in saying more to come from this artist…
It feels like a pretty long time since I last saw anything by Kool Hand in Bristol, and I figured he might have moved to London because he has posted a few pieces on Instagram from there. But here is a new piece in Dean Lane, and I hope this signals a return.
In this piece we see a return of his monkey/orangutan character, but just the head (looking a bit fierce) this time. I love the use of bold, vivid colours, the simple single-colour fills and clean designs. I think that if I try to do characters I might try something a bit like this, but to be a fraction as good would be success.
It has been a little while since I last saw a piece by Zake, and this little gem is exactly what we’ve seen from him before except for one thing… hair. He really has nailed the format of these column pieces and this one is rather special.
I have looked at it a lot, and can see it in two forms. One as a woman with voluminous black hair, and the other as a woman with a hijab. Both are beautiful. It is great to see the artist return to the spot where I first became aware of him.
I think that this is the fourth ‘Saint of St Paul’s’ piece by Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths that I have posted, and it is one that is tucked away on the side of a house that backs on to St Agnes Park.
The ‘Saint’ portrayed in this piece is Clifford Drummond who was involved with the bus boycott protests which ultimately led to a change is race laws in the UK with the 1965 and 1968 Race Relations acts. He along with the other six ‘Saints’ were the founders of the St Paul’s Carnival, and this mural project is such a wonderful tribute to the hard-fought work they put in and the positive changes they made to UK law.
This mural itself, like all the others is simply beautiful and features a lovely portrait of Clifford Drummond set on a local background with the Speedy Bird Cafe, which I believe was a meeting place for the bus boycott protesters. In keeping with the other murals, this one has some beautiful flowers decorating the piece, presumably from his Clifford’s home land. Another masterpiece from Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths.
Painted for the St Paul’s carnival, this is a wonderful collaboration by Decay and Pekoe. Of course the colour scheme of red, gold and green is wholly commensurate with the colours of the festival, the colours of the Rastafarian movement.
On the left is another stunning Decay piece in his full writing form, see previous post. There is such confidence now in this form which contains some regular features, such as the ‘rays’ in the top half of his letters, and of course his character, Chuck, as the letter ‘e’.
On the right is a joyful collection of faces, representing the local community looking on in wonder. I do think that Pekoe’s naive style captures the expression and mood of people in a way that is uncomplicated and unpretentious. I love her work.
Altogether, this is a fabulous and time -appropriate collaboration. Great to see these two working together.