I have been meaning to post this outstanding and captivating shopfront commission by Tanith Gould in Cheltenham Road since I first saw it a few months back. Finally, over the Christmas break, I managed to get out on foot and grab some nice pictures from the opposite side of the street.
It is great to see what Tanith Gould can do at scale, and she has absolutely nailed it with this octopus piece over two levels of the building. The words “for where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also” sounds like a quote from Pirates of the Carribbean (especially with the octopus prompt), but is actually a biblical quote (Matthew 6:21)
The piece is beautifully finished, and has enough detail and mischief to keep you looking at it, and it seems to work perfectly on this old city shopfront. I would love to see more commissions from Tanith Gould, who thus far, has been painting on the streets with the Bristol Mural Collective at their occasional paint jams.
Tanith Gould was one of four female artists who painted the bill boards on Elton Street recently, adopting the paint jam colours and creating this imaginative portrait piece.
I am not entirely certain what this thoughtful piece is about, but there is a story here, and the imagery is impactful. This might be the most accomplished piece I have seen from Tanith Gould, and she has certainly earned her place in this prestigious ‘outdoor gallery’
Tanith Gould, Jamaica Street, Bristol, August 2022This piece by Tanith Gould, from the Bristol Womxn Mural Collective (now seemingly the Bristol Mural Collective), is direct and straight to the point. It is one of several pieces on the Jamaica Street gallery highlighting reproductive rights.
The political piece is nicely done, and is a sentiment I happen to agree with. The message is assertive, but not aggressive. The use of scissors in a piece like this could be construed as threatening, but somehow feels more illustrative. I am a fan of political statements in street art, and this one from Tanith Gould ticks my boxes.
I was fortunate enough to meet several members of the Bristol Womxn Mural Collective yesterday at Upfest and what an extreme pleasure it was too. I have seen the results of their various paint jams dotted around the city, and it was so good at last to meet some of them.
This piece, by Tanith Gould, is from one of their recent paint jams in Leonard Lane, one of my favourite spots in Bristol.
Tanith Gould has a wonderful illustrative style in which she presents figures almost as studies. This is a beautifully thought out and designed quartered piece with two figures accompanied by legs appearing through holes. Certainly imaginative, but something you could easily imagine as a greetings card or small poster, something that hard-core street artists rarely achieve.
I am shocked to find that this is only the second post on Natural Adventures featuring Tanith Gould. I’ll have to do something about that.
I have lost count of the total number of new artists I have written about this year, but it is dozens, and each and every one of them brings something new and exciting to the city of Bristol. This superb piece, looking great in the sunshine, is by Tanith Gould, who painted it alongside a piece in the same colour scheme by Yoliws a few weeks ago.
I don’t know much about Tanith Gould, but have done a little digging and have found out that she is a fine artist from Falmouth (a town close to my heart) who works in paint, film and photography… well she can now add murals to her list with this beautiful piece. Hands are always tricky to carry off in street art, and many artists really struggle with them, but Tanith Gould has pulled it off with aplomb here. There is a lot of symbolism going on in the piece with fungus and fish cupped in the palms of the hands. I don’t know what it all means, but there is surely a story to tell here. I hope that Tanith Gould makes a speedy return to the city to show off more of her great work.