1578. St Werburghs tunnel (26)

Getting to know an artist and to become familiar with their style and content is all part of the fun of hunting street art. I have only seen three pieces by KiKi? and so far haven’t been able to find anything on digital media about them. In a way, knowing nothing is a great place to start because you can come to your own conclusions about the work without external influences creating any bias .

KiKi, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018
KiKi, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018

I can honestly say from my limited exposure to KiKi that I am very struck by their work. It all feels pretty organic and centered around animals and beasts of one sort or another. This piece looks like some kind of Chinese dragon breathing fire and has an archaic feel to it…something you might see on the side of a temple for example.

KiKi, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018
KiKi, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018

The light at the ends of the St Werburghs tunnel make it very difficult to get an evenly lit picture, but even with the poor quality of photograph, I think you can see that this is a fine piece of work. I need to try and find out more about KiKi.

KiKi?, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2018
KiKi?, M32 Spot, Bristol, May 2018
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1566. St Werburghs tunnel (25)

In a lovely sunny spot at the southern end of the tunnel in St Werburghs, this recent character by Silent Hobo has come to join one of his previous youths. Silent Hobo has been busy on the streets again and his work seems to come in fits and starts.

Silent Hobo, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018
Silent Hobo, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018

The contemporary young woman is dressed in ripped jeans and yellow sneakers and her vest sports the word ‘legendary’. In all his works, Silent Hobo conveys enormous warmth and empathy for young people, but I feel that there is an element of sadness in his characters – maybe it is their closed eyes and slightly downcast demeanour.

Silent Hobo, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018
Silent Hobo, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2018

Looking forward to posting a recent commission by Silent Hobo in Hotwell road fairly soon.

1555. St Werburghs tunnel (24)

I am suffering a little from Draws withdrawal (see what I did there?) because it has been 45 posts since I last wrote about him. He or I must be losing our touch. This piece, at the end of St Werburghs tunnel, hence the light differential, is a cheerful quick one using an interesting patchwork style to fill the letters.

Mr Draws, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2018
Mr Draws, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2018

I really like the colour palette that Mr Draws has used for this and the way he has managed to distribute the colours in a way that pleases the eye. What I like most about Mr Draws is how utterly in love with his craft he is, and it comes across in his work.

 

1553. St Werburghs tunnel (23)

What a lovely piece this is from the great Fiva in the depths of St Werburghs tunnel. It is a clever piece that lifts itself out from the wall with superb shadowing in black and dark green.

Fiva, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2018
Fiva, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2018

I’m not sure whether it is the silhouettes or the font , the colours or the expert shading, but I really admire this piece, which is a bit strange, because it is not necessarily my natural leaning. One of the pleasures of hunting out street art is coming across something that makes you feel really good. This is one of those. Thank you Fiva.

1507. St Werburghs tunnel (22)

Regular readers might recognise this orange orangutan as the second piece I have posted by Kool Hand, this time in the tunnel at St Werburghs. There is a third one to come still from these sessions.

Kool Hand, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2018
Kool Hand, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, May 2018

Looking forward to seeing more from Kool Hand, and maybe I can try and find out a little bit more about him. For now, simply enjoy those crisp clean lines and fun design.

1484. St Werburghs tunnel (21)

One of the things I love about hunting for and writing about street/graffiti art is when I come across new artists and find out a little bit more about them. I have seen the burner ‘ONER’ for a few months now, but as many readers will know, I don’t like to post about artists until I know a little more about them.

Oner, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Oner, M32, Bristol, May 2018

Well I got lucky recently and met Oner when he was spraying a burner in one of the tunnels of the M32 roundabout (see above). What an incredibly nice man. I started to chat with him, which has become a bit of a thing for me (before I started all this malarkey, I never struck up conversations with complete strangers, least of all spray-can-toting ones) and rarely have I met such an enthisiastic person, and so easy going.

Oner, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2018
Oner, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2018

Now he told me where he was from, and I think he said Exeter, but it might have been Taunton, whichever it was (and I really should have listened better) he now lives in Bristol. This piece in St Werburghs tunnel is typical of his work, which is nice and tidy (can you spot the small error at the bottom right?) and colourful. I expect to see a lot more from Oner and look forward to seeing how his work develops.

1457. St Werburghs tunnel (20)

Well here is a piece by an artist I haven’t seen in an absolute age. It is a stencil of a street character by Hoax. I’m not sure if he hasn’t been doing much street art for a while or if I just haven’t been where he usually sprays. Whatever, it is really great to see a new piece by him.

Hoax, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, April 2018
Hoax, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, April 2018

Unfortunately, the piece is quite high on the entrance to the tunnel in St Werburghs (which must have been a challenge to work on) and the light is reflecting off the brickwork, making it a bit difficult to appreciate the detail of the stencil, such as the check pattern on the shirt. This is a nice piece from Hoax…looking forward to seeing more.