22. Turbo Island

Nestled on the intersection between Stokes Croft and Jamaica Street there is a small green space called Turbo Island. Anyone who has lived in Bristol a while will know it as a place where alcoholics and drug addicts used to congregate.

Sepr, Stokes Croft, Bristol, August 2015
Sepr, Stokes Croft, Bristol, August 2015

However, things are changing and the ‘People’s Republic of Stokes Croft’ are trying to persuade Bristol City Council to return the space back to the community. One of the aims is to remove the advertising hoarding (not shown – to the left of this picture). It is certainly a better space than it was a few years ago.

During the Stokes Croft Festival of arts 2014, Sepr painted this ‘scarecrow and crows sitting down together’. A great sentiment. The mural is dedicated to Bob, but I don’t know the backstory.

7.5/10

21. Norrisville Road

Today was the first time I have stopped to take a look at this mural by Dora, on the edge of Montpelier.

Dora, Norrisville Road, Bristol, August 2015
Dora, Norrisville Road, Bristol, August 2015

Dora is an illustrator, designer and graffiti painter, based in Bristol. She has a rather good webpage that talks about her influences.

Having looked at her portfolio, I can’t help thinking that only one half of this wall is by her. I am not sure who the other artist might be.

Dora, Norrisville Road, Bristol, August 2015
Dora, Norrisville Road, Bristol, August 2015

It is always great to find something new.

6/10

 

20. Hanover Place

The artist of ‘Girl with the Pierced Eardrum’ needs no introduction from me. Banksy’s beautiful work appeared last year. I went to see it two days after it was completed, and already it had been spoiled by someone who had sprayed paint over the bottom left side of the work.

Banksy, Honover Place, Bristol, August 2015
Banksy, Honover Place, Bristol, August 2015

It appears that some restoration has happened since then, but the work was ‘clean’ for such a short while, which is a pity. Some would say it is all vandalism…you live by the sword, you die by the sword. I’m not sure I subscribe to that.

Banksy, Honover Place, Bristol, August 2015
Banksy, Honover Place, Bristol, August 2015

It was great to see it again today, it is beautiful.

 

 

19. Dighton Street

Sepr is considered to be one of a number of ‘third generation’ street artists hailing from Bristol.

He has a really distinctive style that has similarities to 1950s design and I sense some cubist influences. His last couple of works appear to incorporate a lot of grey and use of shadows, as well as featuring musicians.

Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol August 2015
Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol August 2015

This pair of works are very new (August 2015) and I think, post-date his mural on North Street from this year’s Upfest.

Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol August 2015
Sepr, Dighton Street, Bristol August 2015

Really easy on the eye.

8/10

17. North Street, hoarding (1)

I have not come across Dice 67 before. He is an artist from Cheltenham who likes to use a mix of stencils and freehand.

Dice 67, North Street, Bristol, July 2015
Dice 67, North Street, Bristol, July 2015

This political anti-austerity piece is slightly hidden away from view, and I am not sure if it is typical of Dice 67’s work. This was created as part of Upfest 2015.

Dice 67, North Street, Bristol, July 2015
Dice 67, North Street, Bristol, July 2015

I will be looking out for more of his work in Bristol.

6.5/10

16. Frogmore Street (2)

Looking through some archive images, I found another wheatpaste by Kid Crayon (see posts 7 and 11). This image was taken on 25 February 2015.

This one is just as strange as the others, but what fascinates me more is that it is no longer there, emphasising the ephemeral nature of some street art. There is a kind of ‘catch me while you can’ element to it all that I like.

This image was pasted directly above one of my favourite JPS works (see post 2).

Kid Crayon, JPS, Frogmore street, Bristol, February 2015
Kid Crayon, JPS, Frogmore street, Bristol, February 2015

Whilst not over keen on this particular work, there is something about the way KC operates in Bristol that works for me. I have revisited this post in April 2016, and must add that Kid Crayon has become one of my favourite Bristol street artists, and the more I look at this pasteup, the more I like it.