1184. The Bearpit (109)

Let me introduce you to an artist realtively new to the Bristol scene, who has worked in collaboration with Kid Crayon to produce this rather fun piece in The Bearpit. His name is Ugar and he comes from Budapest, Hungary.

Kid Crayon and Ugar, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017
Kid Crayon and Ugar, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017

I first became aware of Ugar about three months ago, when I saw some of his lettering in Dean Lane, and then was lucky enough to meet him there a couple of weeks ago on one of my lunchtime walks. He told me he wasn’t very pleased with this piece (he did the dog on the right hand side) but that he really enjoyed working with Kid Crayon.

Kid Crayon and Ugar, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017
Kid Crayon and Ugar, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2017

I rather like this collaboration and I certainly look forward to seeing more from this pairing.

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1175. The Bearpit (109)

A little trip down memory lane, this is a nice colourful quick one from Mr Draws down in The Bearpit. Always playing with the order and orientation of his letters, Mr Draws brings a bit of life and vibrancy to the spots he chooses.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2017

I took this back in April and am posting it now, because it just feels like I haven’t done anything by him for ages. Mr Draws is definitely an artist who produces street work in pulses, and once he gets going he becomes extremely prolific.

1157. The Bearpit (108)

Sometimes it’s a case of blink and you’ll miss it, and so it is with street art. This gorgeous wheatpaste by Lemak didn’t last too long in one of the tunnels of The Bearpit, but the subtle colours and dim lighting meant that it was easy to walk past without stopping to take a look. Big mistake…it is a real beauty from this talented artist, and pushes his experimental approach in a satisfying direction.

Lemak, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Lemak, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

The golden eagle is hand painted and pasted together in a collage effect, a technique that Lemak has used quite a lot recently and one that I admire. There is a lot to enjoy in this piece, and the hard work I know he puts in is all definitely worth it.

1142. The Bearpit (107)

The weather, and time of day can be a real pain in the backside when taking pictures of street art. I always feel I have to take pictures, even if the light conditions are a bit crap, just in case the piece I am photographing isn’t there the next time I pass by…a very real possibility in Bristol. I am saying all this as a bit of an elaborate excuse for a rather poor picture of a beautiful recent piece by Decay.

Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

This Halloween piece is notable because it is one of those rare examples of Decay’s work that departs from his customary reds, greys and blacks. I really love this piece, and love the way he has ‘respectfully’ sprayed around the sign that says ‘exhibition in progress, please respect’. It made me smile. Something different and yet so familiar from Decay.

1123. The Bearpit (106)

This is the second piece by an unknown artist I have posted in the space of a week, which is really unusual for me, but I don’t think I will ever uncover the mystery of this one as it is so unlike anything I have seen in Bristol before.

Unknown artist, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2017
Unknown artist, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2017

There are two faces adjacent to one another that ahve the appearance of having been etched out of the thick layers of paint laid down on this tunnel wall. They are in fact painted but in this really unusual style.

Unknown artist, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2017
Unknown artist, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2017

The face on the right hand side appears to be more complete that the other one and is lighting up a ‘cigarette’. The shading and colours used for the piece are from an interesting and varied palette; for example the thumb is made up of greens, yellows, pinks and reds.

Not knowing who the artist is was not a good enough excuse for not posting this piece. I like it a lot.

1119. The Bearpit (105)

This is the second of two wonderful pieces by Christian Hooker in The Bearpit which add a breath of fresh air to the place. It is a poster-sized paste up, with the same basic Trump design as the other piece I posted but the adornments are different.

Christian Hooker, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Christian Hooker, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

There is something about this, the image, the colours and the subversive nature of the whole that I really like. As I said in my last post, it is a pity I didn’t see any of his work in New York. Maybe next time.

Christian Hooker, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Christian Hooker, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

1106. The Bearpit (104)

Here we have another Bearpit piece by the irrepressible NEVERGIVEUP, whose monsters just keep on giving. In this piece there is an inclusion of the Clifton suspension bridge, but I am not certain that he sprayed this or whether it was a part of an existing mural. Somehow the style doesn’t look like his.

NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017
NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017

As with all his monsters, NEVERGIVEUP creates a textured effect on the skin using concentric contours, in this case in red and yellow, dotted around the skin of the creature. I always like it when characters are themselves spraying. An archetypal piece from this artist.