2943. Brunel Way bridge (31)

Often, the columns under Brunel Way are a bit scruffy, because they are painted over and over again but rarely buffed which means that sometimes pieces blend into one another or the eye is easily distracted. Fortunately that is not the case with this delightful piece by Tasha Bee from October last year.

Tasha Bee, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, October 2019
Tasha Bee, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, October 2019

Two faces for the price of one in this lovely piece and superbly filled and decorated hair in the style we have come to associate with Tasha Bee. I love it that her work incorporates symbols and icons, in this case the peace sign and a yin yang symbol, adding to the mystery and otherness of her work. This is how to decorate a column!

2903. Star and Garter (5)

When I find pieces by Tasha Bee in my archive it only reinforces my sadness that it has been quite some while since I last saw a new piece by her. She has been busy with other projects, but I hope her absence from the street art scene is only temporary.

Tasha Bee, Star and Garter, Bristol, November 2018
Tasha Bee, Star and Garter, Bristol, November 2018

This piece on the wall of the Star and Garter from November 2018 is truly beautiful. Her style is instantly recognisable and often solemn, although there is the slightest hint of cheekyness in this girls face – or is that just me? Great colours and so typically Tasha Bee.

 

2838. Dean Lane skate park (296)

Each of my next few street/graffiti art posts is going to begin something like ‘another trip back in time’ and this one is no exception. I cannot think for the life of me why I never posted this gorgeous piece from Tasha Bee (Keep it Colourful), but what a pleasure to do so now, especially when she has put the brakes on her street art work lately.

Tasha Bee, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Tasha Bee, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

This one is from June 2019 at Dean Lane, and is a real beauty so typical of her stylised faces work. I miss her soulful faces and hope that when all this Covid-19 thing is behind us she will pick up her spray cans and paint the town red.

2803. Purdown HAA Battery (3)

I took these pictures back in January this year, but the wonderful piece by Tasha Bee (Keep it Colourful) is way older than that. I have included it in part not only because I love her work but also because I haven’t seen anything new from her for such a long time, which is a great shame.

Tasha Bee, Purdown Battery, Bristol, January 2020
Tasha Bee, Purdown Battery, Bristol, January 2020

I know that Tasha Bee is working on some other projects at the moment, but maybe once the weather gets a bit nicer she will be lured out to brighten up all of our lives again. The piece is classic Tasha Bee and features a stylised portrait with wonderful ‘big hair’. Everything that is great about street art is right here in this piece. It left me smiling.

2567. Dean Lane skate park (263)

When I saw this little collaboration from Tasha Bee and Stupid Stupid Meathole, my first thought was that it looked a bit old and weathered, and I wondered if I might have overlooked it on previous visits to Dean Lane… in other words I have absolutely no idea when it was painted.

Tasha Bee, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Tasha Bee, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019

The collaboration is bookended with two beautiful faces from Tasha Bee and filled with what looks like the word ‘meat’. These two have collaborated before in the past, but not for some time. In fact I don’t recall seeing much from Stupid Stupid Meathole for quite a long while.

Tasha Bee, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Tasha Bee, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019

I’ll always have time for Tasha Bees stylised faces and am equally fond of SSM’s rather grotesque figures. This piece of writing though is quite uncharacteristic because there is lots of colour, not just the single pink SSM usually uses. A nice low-key collaboration.

Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019

2516. St Werburghs tunnel (102)

One of the most welcome sights on any wall in Bristol has to be the beautiful form and colours of a Tasha Bee stylised face. Distinctive and full of serene character, her work, to me at least, feels like it is very ‘Bristol’ if that makes any sense at all, even though I think, like me, Tasha Bee is not a native Bristolian.

Tasha Bee, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019
Tasha Bee, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2019

It would be easy just to focus on the face of this piece at the entrance to St Werburghs tunnel, but that would ignore the fine hair ornament with joyful colours radiating out from a central circle. Unfortunately the piece had been tagged by the time I got to see it… I just don’t understand the point of tagging something as beautiful as this, is it some kind of assertion of dominance from people who are natural undear-achievers? It is difficult to know.

 

 

2408. St George skate park (5)

On first inspection, this doesn’t really look like very much, mainly because of the condition of the wall (ramp) and the quality of the photograph. However, take a closer look and there are three lovely pieces of work from Conrico, Rebecca Prince and Tasha Bee. I assume that this is yet another Monday Club production.

Conrico, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Conrico, St George, Bristol, August 2019

The left hand side is a delightful illustration of  a Chinese (?) man sitting on a rock blowing smoke rings from his pipe.. The thing I love about Conrico’s work is that the picture he creates is only one part of the work, it is the way he gets your imagination going with trying to unpick the story – a real talent. I could look at his work all day.

Rebecca Prince, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Rebecca Prince, St George, Bristol, August 2019

In the middle is street art newcomer Rebecca Prince with a portrait of a girl with fruit in her hair. There is something quite dreamy about this piece, and I am really looking forward to seeing her progress. She and other new starters give me hope.

Tasha Bee, St George, Bristol, August 2019
Tasha Bee, St George, Bristol, August 2019

Finally we have a gorgeous piece by Tasha Bee who has such an assured and confident touch to her work. There is joy in the simplicity of her designs and soul in the poise of the characters. This really is a teriffically difficult wall to paint, because of its textured surface and orientation, but all three artists have done a great job. Love it.

2393. New Stadium Road (18)

This is the second part of a four-way collaboration in the foot underpass at New Stadium Road between T-Rex, Tasha Bee, Decay and Ryder. The first half (the boy’s end) was posted here. As I always say about this location, the light was not helpful for getting good photographs, but you can still see the quality of the work.

T-Rex, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
T-Rex, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

On the left is a beautifully colourful piece of writing from T-Rex with some wonderful and varied fills and her trademark dinosaur character rounding off the ‘X’.

Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

On the right is a very nice piece by Tasha Bee (Keep it Colourful) which reaches the very high standard I am used to seeing from her. Tasha Bee’s work never disappoints, and although she pretty much always paintsthese soulful styalised portraits, each one is an absolute beauty. All in all, it looked like these four artists had a great day out.

2325. New Stadium Road (16)

A beautiful aquatic scene and collaboration by Bristol fave Tasha Bee (keeping it colourful) and new boy on the block (to me at least) Conrico. For a while now, a loose aggregation or crew has been in existence called ‘the Monday Club’. At its heart is Tasha Bee, but other members include Soap, Zake, Face 1st and now Conrico amongst others. This is a Monday Club production.

Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019
Conrico, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019

I have only seen two pieces by Conrico to date (the other one to follow soon) and what I have seen so far I like. There is a great story going on in this piece with the diver who seems to be making away with some pearls or at least looks like he is up to no good. I like the spray cans in his helmet and the manic fish adding to a sense of mischief.

Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019
Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2019

The other half of the collaboration, by Tasha Bee, has a mermaid who seems to be equally obsessed with the Pearl she has in her left hand. And just next to her is the shell from which the pearls are coming. Speaking as a marine biologist I ought to point out a few inaccuracies in the piece, but speaking as an admirer of art I think this is a wonderful collaboration in the story-telling style.

 

 

2301. Sparke Evans Park (1)

I found this wall quite by accident a couple of weeks back. I had spotted a whole ton of graffiti (nothing much to write home about) along the bank of the River Avon, but to access it I had to go through Sparke Evans Park. I had never been here before and didn’t even know it existed. On the outer boundary wall of the park I spotted some bright colours behind the trees and it turned out that there were several rather nice pieces here, including this collaboration between Face 1st and Tasha Bee from some time in 2018.

Face 1st and Tasha Bee, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, June 2019
Face 1st and Tasha Bee, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, June 2019

I had seen this piece on Instagram, but had no idea where it was, so it was good to get closure on it. I don’t really need to tell you how much I like the work of these two artists, and they have a style and preference for soft colours that makes their collaborations so easy on the eye. The two central figures are by Tasha Bee and the faces on either side by Face 1st. To have found this alone would have been reward enough, but on this particular walk I managed to find a bunch of other stuff too. I think the turnover on this wall is very slow, so I don’t think I’ll be returning too often, it is a bit out of the way.