3310. M32 Cycle path (87)

About a week ago I posted a piece by Mena for the first time on Natural Adventures and it was well overdue. Over the coming weeks and months I intend to free several more Mena pieces from my archives, starting with this one painted in May this year on the M32 cycle path, a favourite haunt of hers.

Mena, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020
Mena, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020

Mena tends to stick to a regular letter structure, with a central kink and a leaning to the right. The rest is all about the fills, shadows and decorations. It is always great to buff a wall first, it prevents any distractions getting in the way of the piece itself, and in this case sets a neutral background for the dark colours and neon green line running through the piece. Nice tidy work.

3256. M32 cycle path (79)

An artist that I feel I don’t see nearly enough of is Logoe. I first encountered his work in April 2017 while he was collaborating with Silent Hobo, and it was on that occasion that I was told that Logoe was returning to painting on the streets after a long lay-off, and that he had been a bit of a legend in the past – Silent Hobo’s words.

Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2020
Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2020

This piece is typical of his thin hand-written style letters. The letters are beautifully picked out spelling Logoe, but it is the additional decorations that bring the writing to life. The dots through the middle and horizontal thin lines that at first I thought were drips add real interest. It is always really good to stumble across one of these.

3139. M32 roundabout J3 (250)

Corupt is an artist I have not yet met, although I have seen him up a ladder once or twice. His constant turnover of pieces has been on a long and progressive improvement over the years, and he is moving into the higher echelons of Bristol graffiti writers with his CORUPT or STIK letters.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020

This is a piece full of confidence and competence with some really interesting letter shapes, the introduction of a little character on the ‘C’ and a deep 3D shadow in white brown and tan colours. There are many things to admire in this clever work.

3131. Dean Lane skate park (343)

Although he is nowhere near as prolific as he has been in the past, Mr Draws is still managing to paint from time to time. This is a recent piece from Dean Lane that emphasises his willinngness to try new ideas and constantly push his boundaries.

Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020
Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020

The piece is in two distinct halves split horizontally, with a wobbly four colour stripe filled top half and a three colour freeform fill on the bottom half. It is an eyecatching piece and I would like to see more from the artist, but appreciate that these are not easy times for anyone.

3123. M32 Cycle path (70)

When DazCat posted this piece on Instagram he accompanied it with the following words ‘Tried something new, perspective is tricky!’. To me though I think he did a fabulous job.

Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020
Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020

Although Daz Cat does write from time to time he is definitely better known for his cats, dogs and other animals. The perspective works pretty well in this piece, but I am slightly perplexed that I can’t properly read the writing. I’ll let you work it out for yourselves.

Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020
Daz Cat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020

The cat is something altogether More Daz Catty. Propped up against the letters the rather bored, sullen or sad looking cat is passing the time drinking from a bottle (of milk perhaps?). Overall this is a nice piece, slightly understated, that should give the artist confidence to try more experimental work in future.

2790. Gloucester Road

I have waited a long while to photograph this mural from Mr Penfold, mainly because it is not in a place I frequent all that much, there isn’t any other street art to speak of just in this spot, so it requires a special trip or an occasion when I happen to be in the right place at the right time.

Mr Penfold, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2020
Mr Penfold, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2020

That time was about a month ago on one of those rare sunny days in an otherwise very wet (the wettest on record) February. This mural is what Mr Penfold does so well and so distinctively. In his ‘liquorice allsort’ colours and 1980’s designer patterns Mr Penfold presents with a pleasing abstract pece that turns a boring wall into a point of interest. This is most likely a comission from the shop or possibly from the Business Improvement District. A nice piece.

2445. Dean Lane skate park (247)

I can’t think how many artists have graced the pages of Natural Adventures for the first time this year, but is must be well in excess of twenty and Dasco is just the latest in that roll of honour (if indeed it is an honour appearing in these pages, I don’t mean to be presumptuous or big headed). Although this is the first time I have featured Dasco’s work I know it won’t be the last.

Dasco, Deal Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Dasco, Deal Lane, Bristol, August 2019

The colour schemes and overall design are fantastic and the complexity and accuracy of the fills is really impressive. I am not certain, but I think that the mischievous rolling of a joint to the left of the writing is also by Dasco. The whole thing is the work of a very skilled and talented artist. At this moment I know nothing about Dasco so I guess I’ll have to start doing some homework. Great piece.

2310. St Werburghs tunnel (86)

I took this picture back in June, and when I last visited St Werburghs tunnel, This piece by Dusk was still there. The more I see of Dusk’s work, the more I am warming to it. I caught up with Oner recently, and we were talking about the pieces in the tunnel, and he told me that the name ‘DUSK’ comes from ‘Don’t Use Skinny Kaps’. A skinny cap is a cap that you use on a spray can that gives a slightly narrower arc of spray and so tighter lines. The more skilled at spray painting you are, the less need for skinny caps. For me, as a learner, skinny caps are essential.

Sunday graff 0002 9 June 2019

What is notable about this piece is that I don’t recall seeing Dusk including a character before – that doesn’t mean he hasn’t, it just means I haven’t seen one. The character is rather fun, and appears to be smoking a reefer, although what would I know?

 

 

2148. Shoreditch, London (30)

I took a walk with my sister, who lives in London, a week ago and on her suggestion we headed over towards Brick Lane. On the way there we passed this wonderful stencil by Unify, which definitely met with her approval. There is something rather special about doorway art… perhaps it is the combination of two of my loves – street art and doors.

Unify, Shoreditch, London, April 2019
Unify, Shoreditch, London, April 2019

In my view, there is something a little sad about this chimpanzee who has sprayed ‘I Love You’ on the door, as if completely misunderstood and marginalised and yet still articulating love. We humans have done just about our worst when it comes to the fragile ecosystems where our great primates live but they bear us no grudges… that would be a human quality.

I love Unify’s work, but find that it is often tinged with a little sadness.

2130. St Werburghs tunnel (72)

There was a time, and it wasn’t too long ago, when I thought that Soap only ever produced his mushroom-shaped mouths, in a variety of different styles and colours. However, over the last year or so, he has really branched out a whole lot and is doing a lot of writing – it seems many bristol artists are currently doing the same (Decay, Kid Crayon and Tasha Bee has just started too)

 

In this piece Soap has incorporated his mouths into a rather clever and intricate word SOAP. I love the two triangles that kind of hold the whole thing together and add interest. It reminds me a little of a mint choc-chip…it’s a colour thing.