828. Jamaica Street (7)

A few weeks ago this stunning and touching tribute piece appeared on the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) outdoor gallery wall. It is a wonderful collaboration between The Paintsmiths and Ryder.

The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017
The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017

The tribute is to Raphael Dufresne, a popular musicianĀ on the local scene who passed away on 14 April 2017, suffering a fatal aneurism whilst at the gym. He was only 27 years old. This piece fills me with a sadness, but what a magnificent way to celebrate his life.

The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017
The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017

I never heard his music, and feel sorry that I never had the chance of seeing him, it sounds like he had a good soul and attitude to life. He had links with PRSC, which is why this tribute is all the more poignant. Really terrific letters from Ryder and a superb portrait by The Paintsmiths. Sad.

The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017
The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017

466. Jamaica Street (8)

The Paintsmiths tend to paint commissions, perhaps the most memorable recent example being the Donald Trump Boris Johnson kiss. Grotesque.  This time they have created something altogether more palatable.

The Paintsmiths, Jamaica Street, Bristol, October 2016
The Paintsmiths, Jamaica Street, Bristol, October 2016
This tribute to Prince is actually a promotion piece for a concert at Colston Hall to celebrate the music and life of the great artist and is probably sponsored by the British Film Industry Black Star season.

The Paintsmiths, Jamaica Street, Bristol, October 2016
The Paintsmiths, Jamaica Street, Bristol, October 2016
The piece itself is flawless and really uses the space of the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft Outdoor Gallery to its max. The Paintsmiths never disappoint.

100. Bishop Road

Another recent tribute wall to Mibsy (Mibzy) Just off the Gloucester Road, by the Paintsmiths, a commercial outfit of two street artists, Felix ‘FLX’ Braun and Jack Dones.

The Paintsmiths, Bishop Road, Bristol, December 2015
The Paintsmiths, Bishop Road, Bristol, December 2015

This rather lighthearted but heartfelt tribute incorporates a Simpsons theme and plenty of doughnuts. I can only guess that Mibsy was fond of the Simpsons.

The Paintsmiths, Bishop Road, Bristol, December 2015
The Paintsmiths, Bishop Road, Bristol, December 2015

I haven’t knowingly seen any other murals by the paintsmiths, but I think that is because they tend to do commissions with specific clients.

The Paintsmiths, Bishop Road, Bristol, December 2015
The Paintsmiths, Bishop Road, Bristol, December 2015