There was one final gift for Bristolians that Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky (Clandestinos) left behind on their recent trip to Bristol…this brilliantly colourful masked face. This was another surprise for me in Wilder Street, an area which is now firmly on my routine street art patrols.
There is something of acarnival feel to this piece, and it has an unmistakably South American touch.
I still feel privileged that Clandestinos came to Bristol and left these remarkable pieces, however the story is not all good I’m afraid. The piece I wrote about by Shalak Attack in Stokes Croft has been tagged with a rather poor ‘throw up’.
The great piece next to it by SPZero76 and Mr Wigz has similarly been defaced. For less than a week, all five arches of the Carriageworks had clean untagged pieces in them…a first since I have been writing these posts. No longer. It is the nature of the beast I’m afraid, but disappointing nonetheless.
This has been a mystery for far too long, but yesterday I cracked it. This fantastic piece, and genuinely one of my absolute favourites, is a collaboration by Tom Deams (Deamze) – more about him in his rather excellent website – and Georgina Anton, a Bristol-based artist with early roots in graffiti. Her biography can be found here.
There is something so clean and soothing about this burner. The proportions are fantastic, the lettering wonderful, the word ‘utopia’ just seems to work and the design filling the letters is beautiful. It was unsigned, and so it has been very hard to identify. It was only yesterday that I caught a glimpse of the piece in Deamze’s portfolio that I was able to find out more. The piece has long since gone, but at least I can now sleep easy at night.
Another wonderful pasteup from the recent visit by Tian. Again he has taken a still (a promotional shot?) from a film, which I haven’t been able to identify yet (any ideas?) and turned it into a monochrome stunner.
As always, location is key to a wheatpaster’s art, and this is no exception, it looks splendid amongst all the other posters on this wall. The council worker ripped off loads of posters, but thankfully left this Tian piece in situ. It was still there yesterday.
I first saw this work as it was being completed by ObjectØØØ on 21 April 2016. I stopped to have a chat with the artist who works nearby. The PRSC (People’s Republic of Stokes Croft) Outdoor gallery is a space where artists can display their works legally and with permission.
ObjectØØØ was putting this piece together because the previous work by Cheba had been badly tagged, after only a matter of days, so he decided to replace it.
As I have come to expect from ObjectØØØ’s work, there is a strong political/social message accompanied by swirls of whitewash and subtle patterning as you draw closer. This is quite a stark piece, where the message forms the framework for the artwork.
I am really growing to like these curious pieces and rather hope to bump into ObjectØØØ again soon to talk more with him about his work.
The thing about popular places for graffiti is that unless you visit them regularly, you will miss something. I left a gap of about four weeks between visits to the M32 roundabout between St Pauls and Easton, and probably about half of the works had changed. I don’t think I am ever going to be able to keep on top of this, but I don’t mind that really, it is just fun making new discoveries each time I venture out.
This is a lovely piece by one of my favourite artists in Bristol – Face F1st. Regular readers will know how much I like this work, so to find this one was a real pleasure. Even better, I found another one on my way to work this morning that appeared over the weekend…posting soon.
I have noticed that the designs in the letters are becoming more elaborate with each piece that Face F1st is producing, but overall the concept remains the same. Great stuff.