1076. The Bearpit (97)

One of the classiest pieces in The Bearpit for a little while appeared just over a week ago and took up the entire length of ont of the north side entrance ramp. This stunning piece is a collaboration between Sled One and Epok. As is often the case with work like this, the photographs really don’t do it justice and I would urge Bristolians to get down to The Bearpit to see it for themselves.

Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

There is a strong message here about the damage being done to our oceans by plastics – don’t get me going on this subject, because it vexes me because the torrent of pastic, large and microscopic, will kill off life in our oceans unless urgent action is taken. We sure know how to goof up our planet.

Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

The artwork in this piece is exquisite and incredibly detailed, just take a look at the pectoral fins of the fish above, to see how much work has gone into the colourse ripples and folds of the fins.

Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

Them whole thing is cleverly constructed, combining some abstract elements with life studies, but the whole effect is one of movement and swirling currents.

Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

It would be great to hear from the artists themselves what inspired them to do this piece. It is possible that it was a commission, but by whom I wonder. Next time I see Sled One, I’ll have to ask him.

Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

All in all a great piece and beautiful gift to the people of Bristol. Now, reduce that plastic waste!

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1066. The Bearpit (96)

I have always liked the work of Object… and his unswerving political ideology that cuts through all of his work. In this small piece in The Bearpit his message is clear ‘Plant more, chop less…’.

Object..., Moon Street, Bristol, August 2017
Object…, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2017

I am not too sure what the figure in this work represents, it looks a little like an alien to me. However I subscribe to the overall sentiment.

1055. The Bearpit (95)

Sirens has this great way of combining the natural world with hard-edged urban landscapes. The result is the creation of beautiful pieces, often full of colour and strangely optimistic. Often, these kinds of urban landscapes can be dull depressing affairs, but Sirens brings out the best from these imagined environments.

Sirens, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017
Sirens, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017

In this piece the eye is drawn past a crimson sky to a crane (Sirens loves cranes – or so he says on his Instagram). On the cab of the crane is a reference to Team Robbo, which would appear to be a tribute to a friend. His Instagram feed says “you might be gone but your work will live on with us it touched, we miss you king Robbo”.

Sirens just keeps those sunsets coming.

1053. The Bearpit (94)

I am really enjoying the direction that Lemak is taking his work in at the moment, and even better, he is pasting up his fragmented stencils in The Bearpit. I am not sure exactly how he produces these works, but I think they start with stencil work followed by a printing process before finally being pasted up.

Lemak, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017
Lemak, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017

This particular magnificent piece can be found on one of the staircases leading down into The Bearpit from the northern side. It is a sophisticated portrait of a girl wearing a native North American headdress, part in sepia and part in colour. The segments are arranged on the wall, and our brain fills in the gaps so that we see the full piece when we look at it.

Lemak, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017
Lemak, The Bearpit, Bristol, September 2017

I cannot really express how much I like this piece and the original art Lemak is turning out at the moment. Well worth a trip to The Bearpit.

1047. The Bearpit (93)

This is a wall that has required a bit of a makeover, having had a rather tired piece on it for a couple of years now. Of course, who should come along to spruce it up a bit…NEVERGIVEUP, who is becoming a bit of a presence in The Bearpit.

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

It is another monster to join his previous recent works, and is really rather nicely sprayed. The way he marks the detail using black lines on the underside of the tongue and the surface of the skin of the monster have an illustration quality and is a rather different technique to ones I have seen before. A good piece.

1035. The Bearpit (91)

Another picture long-lost in my archives and by an artist I have not come across before or since. This striking skull down in The Bearpit is by Wires, whose Instagram profile reads – ‘designer | artist | illustrator | flash painter | skateboarder | Bristol’. I don’t think he takes to the walls too often, which is a pity, as his style is rather unique and interesting.

Wires, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2016
Wires, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2016

The piece has a Tattoo design quality about it, even the colours are reminiscent of the shades of the inks used. It would be great to see more of his work in Bristol, but I think I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.

1016. The Bearpit (90)

It would appear that NEVERGIVEUP, or nevergiveup familia as he tags himself, is making a takeover bid for The Bearpit. I would think that he probably has about seven or eight pieces down there at the moment, and they are not getting tagged. How he is managing to do this, I don’t know.

NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2017
NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, August 2017

This is one of his series of monsters – he appears to have moved on from bunnies. I like the way that he is moving about from idea to idea, and I also like the way he is saturating the area, a bit like Laic217 was doing before. I am sure that at some point he will move back to Dean Lane or maybe try to spray in some new places. It is the succession of pieces and artists that makes writing about street art in Bristol so much fun to do.