1923. The Bearpit (172)

It is really great to see Mr Klue back in The Bearpit. For a long time he hardly made an appearance on the streets, and then in the late summer, he started painting a lot, but mostly in the St Werburghs tunnel. Now at last he returns to a spot that he has used before, on the steps down into The Bearpit.

Mr Klue, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2018
Mr Klue, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2018

I never tire of his abstract pieces that are so unique to him. They have a wispish dream-like quality with elements disappearing into infinity wrapped up in oval vortices. Mr Klue drafts dozens of these abstract pieces using a humble biro, his preferred sketching instrument. I love this one.

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1920. The Bearpit (171)

In spite of the Council’s determination to eradicate street art from The Bearpit, there seems to have been a recent resurgence in visits from artists. Nothing like the turnover of a couple of years ago, but any new pieces are welcome. This is a lovely new piece by Nightways featuring a monkey sporting spectacles and a turtle on his hat. An interesting study and something refreshingly different from much of what we are used to seeing in The Bearpit.

Nightways, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2018
Nightways, The Bearpit, Bristol, December 2018

This piece though brings me to something of a dilemma I have. I posted a piece by the artist back in August this year – it was a rather nice green monkey piece at Dean Lane. Recently, the artist contacted me through Natural Adventures and thanked me for posting it, but asked me to take the image down because he didn’t like it and he didn’t want people to see it (on a digital platform I guess) as a first introduction to his work.

His exact words are:

Hi, I love that you have made this post about me but I just really don’t like this piece of art that I made. It came out abit of a flop. Can you please take this post down as I don’t want it to be the first thing people see of my work when they type my name into google. Many thanks, nightways

Now, Natural Adventures is a ‘warts and all’ kind of blog. It is also an archive of street art and graffiti in Bristol, some of it good and some of it not so good, but it is an honest record of what is out there. I take pictures of art that I find and write about it, simple as that.

I hold all of the artists in great respect and am in awe of their talent, but as I see it, once they have committed a piece to a wall it is out there to be judged, enjoyed, tagged, photographed, whatever. The question I ask is whether I should respect the polite request of Nightways to take down my post of his work or whether I should politely decline. There is a risk that I might piss him off or a risk that other artists start asking for their posts to be taken down. I’m not sure what to do. Any thoughts?

 

1895. The Bearpit (170)

We are lucky in Bristol to have people like Decay who continue to spray down at The Bearpit in spite of a Council determined to clamp down on spraying. Most of the decent work down there is confined to the boards that were put in place by the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC), and this is where most of the recent work is, like this one. All the other walls are regularly buffed (at some expense ) by the Council. The paint doesn’t even get to dry before the taggers move in. It is an insane cycle of self-destruction. I really think that the Council need to devise a better plan. The Bearpit has the opportunity to become the best legal wall in Britain if they just try to think outside the box.

Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2018
Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2018

This Decay piece was a nice surprise for me as I rarely expect to find much down in The Bearpit these days. Great letters (DK) and for good measure two of his little character faces. Unfortunately there is a small poster slapped right in the middle – I guess it’s all part of the furniture.

1884. The Bearpit (169)

Even though it is becoming more difficult to find clean walls to work on in The Bearpit, and the Council are taking more of an interest in artistic activities, some of Bristol’s finest are still able to make their mark. This is a fine piece by Nevla.

Nevla, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2018
Nevla, The Bearpit, Bristol, November 2018

What makes this quite unusual for a Nevla piece is the inclusion of colour. Most of the work I have seen before has been two or three colours only. I don’t know if this is a budget driven thing or a fast getaway thing, but this time he seems to have branched out a little. His cartoon style continues to keep up a happy and light-hearted perspective in this little corner of Bristol.

1839. The Bearpit (168)

Mr Draws is not being quite as busy on the streets these days, so it was a welcome surprise to come across this recent piece in The Bearpit on my way in to work, especially as Bristol City Council are making it very difficult for anyone to do anything beautiful in The Bearpit at the moment.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2018

This piece just screams out ‘doughnuts’ to me…I’m not sure if it is meant to, but it does. It is alwats great to see these happy pieces by Mr Draws, whose colourful works definitely brighten up the place.

1831. The Bearpit (168)

This is the third piece that I have found in The Bearpit by ‘out-of-towner’ Tommy Fiendish. It is quite different from the other work of his that I have seen, both of which are quite edgy and slightly odd, and is a rather curious domestic living room scene.

Tommy Fiendish, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2018
Tommy Fiendish, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2018

I love the perspective and the old TV, the Nike shoe box and the plants. I can’t quite make out what is going on with the walls…is it a tagged wall exposed or is is something that has been stuck to the wall? There is probably a story here, although I’m not too sure what. Maybe there are some memories the artist has from his childhood. An interesting and unusual piece.

1827. The Bearpit (167)

I haven’t seen anything new from Decay since Upfest, and I know he has done some pieces in Cheltenham, but I still haven’t had time to venture over there, so I thought I’d post this oldie from my archive.

Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

This piece was sprayed not long after Decay moved to Bristol and I think was the first deviation from his usual concentric shapes around a face that I had seen (I think from recollection). The piece oozes class and the drips , the drips are expertly done. Can’t think why it’s taken me so long to post!