3265. Brunel Way bridge (66)

I must admit to being very taken by this piece on the wall facing the river, and I have absolutely no idea who the artist is. If I find out at any time I will add the name in because I don’t like posting pieces by unknown artists, but sometimes they are just too good to leave in the archive.

Artist unknown, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Artist unknown, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

To me the whole thing simply screams out Matisse with perhaps a touch of Miro, maybe Chagall and is worthy of hanging in any fine art gallery, but is also worthy of a wider reach and audience alongside the Bristol Avon. A lovely piece of abstract street art.

3076. St Marks Avenue (9)

I was walking in Easton last week, without the dog, which meant I was able to extend my range a little further and go a bit faster than normal. I decided to visit St Mark’s Avenue to see if anything had changed since I last visited a few months ago. Much was the same, but there were a couple of these bright colour portraits which I didn’t recall seeing before.

Unknown, St Marks Avenue, Bristol, July 2020
Unknown, St Marks Avenue, Bristol, July 2020

Regular readers will know how I rarely post pieces by unknown artists, but sometimes they simply deserve to be written about and maybe I’ll get lucky and find out who the artist is in due course. The white face is decorated with colourful makeup and looks as if it is prepared for a festival of some kind. I think the portrait definitely looks better viewed from the right than from the left – amazing how different it can look from different angles. I have pictures of another piece by the same artist which I will post in due course – I hope with the artist’s identity.

Update 21 August 2020 – I believe this piece is by Rosalita

2945. M32 roundabout J3 (210)

Even though I don’t know the artists (yes artists), I have posted this for two reasons. Firstly I love the composition and transition of blues and secondly because I discovered a piece I had never seen before while photographing the blue faces.

Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019
Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019

The blue faces piece, although relatively simple in design has been beautifully executed, with each face in a slightly different shade nestling neatly with the one next to it. The eyes give each face a different expression. It looks like it has been signed LEF. Take a good look at the top left hand corner of the piece and you can see a little piece of installation art that has been overpainted…

Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019
Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019

This is a piece which I assume had been in situ for some time, but which I had not noticed ever before. It is the kind of work that Will Coles might do, but it is not quite his style. Entitled mammal, it reveals bare breasts (something of a rarity in Bristol street art). I love this, and liked it even more for discovering it accidentally.

Two pieces for the price of one, but both artists unknown to me.

2807. Moon Street (81)

I couldn’t hold this amazing black and white portrait piece back any longer. ‘Why hold it back at all?’ I hear you ask (in my fertile imagination), well, it is another of those pieces that I know absolutely nothing about, despite some fairly intensive Interweb interrogations.

Kosc, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2020
Kosc, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2020

Moon Street has be host to many different pieces of street art, but nothing like this one in my experience. I don’t know who P. Jacobs is, and I guess the date is a date of birth. Is this a tribute to somebody famous or to somebody dear? What do the formulae mean? There is so much in this work to figure out before even marvelling at the superb portrait itself. This is a piece painted by an accomplished artist, but not someone that has crossed my path before (I think). Those eyes are amazing and follow you around.

Could somebody out there put me out of my misery and telll me who this is by and what it is about?

Thank you Paul. This piece is by Kosc, who has painted this door before.

2784. Dean Lane skate park (285)

Regular readers will know that I really don’t like posting pieces by ‘unknown’ artists, but sometimes I’ll see something that is just too good to consign to the depths of my archive and this is one such piece. Rather simple, yet appealing to me at least, is this slightly geeky looking character on one of the walls at Dean Lane.

Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020

The cartoon style and subject matter appeal to me, and while it might not be the best piece of art in town, I actually like it a lot. I can’t work out the letters just to the left, it could be GTIFF or STIFF ot STTFF or some other combination, but Google searches have yielded nothing so far, so if anyone out there knows who the artist might be please shout.

2276. Moon Street (72)

Regulars will know that I don’t much like to post street art on Natural Adventures when I don’t know who the artist is, but just occasionally I do it because the artwork is too good to ignore and maybe I’ll get to find out who it is as a result of writing about it.

Unknown (Rezwonk?), Moon Street, Bristol, June 2019
Unknown (Rezwonk?), Moon Street, Bristol, June 2019

This wonderful and certainly rather original piece appeared in Moon Street about three weeks ago on a gateway that has been favboured in the past by Rezwonk, which is why I have tentatively attributed it to him. However, although he is capable of something like this, it is not commensurate with most of the writing work he has been doing recently.

Whoever the artist is, it is a striking painting and brings a touch of class to the street, which is well known for its tagging and high turnover. I love the anatomical diagram, and particularly the numbering. Something like this would certainly liven up a waiting room in a doctor’s surgery or hospital.

Update –  14 March 2020 – it is by Kosc.

2032. Stokes Croft

I am going back a long way (December 2015) through my archive now to share this piece by DNT and another artist, possibly Mr Sleven, but I am not sure. I really don’t know why I have held on to this for so long, because it is a fine and rather unusual collaboration next to the Matchbox Gallery.

DNT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2015
DNT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2015

The ‘stone’ cherub is by DNT, and for a while there were a few of these dotted around the area. I have a feeling that the cherub sitting in a pile of spray cans is a stencil, which is a surprise as I’m not aware of any other stencils by DNT.

DNT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2015
DNT, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2015

I love the way the whole thing is black and white apart from little flashes of colour on the spray cans. A memorable piece.

2022. Stokes Croft

Something a bit different today. Where Stokes Croft and City Road meet, there are some poster frames on a wall, which I think have been installed by the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC). The posters here could easily be mistaken for the random advertising we are subjected to on a daily basis and which we tend to ignore and filter out as white noise. But take a slightly closer look and you’ll see something quite different.

Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

I don’t know who the artist(s) is/are that put these posters together, but I thoroughly enjoy seeing them when I walk past. Often with some political undertone the wry humour shines through. The first is of a spoof Evening Standard (check the spelling) billboard, stating that ‘things can only get bitter’ a direct reference to the current Brexit crisis that continues to divide the country.

Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

The next poster shows a portrait of David Cameron with paper peeling off where his face is to reveal large corporate office blocks (banks?) behind – surely they are not suggesting the ex PM was driven by capitalist ideology..?

Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

The third poster is a commentary on the ‘social media brain drain’ with a character, loosely based on Mickey Mouse encouraging people to look up from their phones. I wonder how many people look up and read this poster…not many I would guess.

All of these posters are provocative and humorous and I’ll keep looking out for more. Perhaps I’ll get lucky and find out who is behind them too.

1928. M32 roundabout J3 (113)

This is a wall on the M32 roundabout that I rarely look at properly as it is something of a practice wall and most of the stuff there isn’t up to much. Something about this piece made me do a double-take though and I decided to take a closer look.

Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2018
Unknown artist, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2018

I’m not familiar with the artist, and can’t read the signature (Pegeau?), but I really like it. It is quite unconventional and has three abstract/cartoon faces on an interesting and well thought out background. I need to find out the who the artist is and see if I can find more of their work.

1818. Upfest 2018 (78)

I have no idea who this little piece was by, but when I passed it, it was attracting rather large crowds – unusual for such a tiny piece, but maybe it was the humour and subject matter that made it appealing.

Unknown, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Unknown, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

I have seen an awful lot of Trump street art, and not a single one, a single one (…as Trump would say, because he loves to repeat his sage-like words softly) is in any complimentary. I think this little piece speaks for most of us. Interestingly a short time later it had gone – a street art hunter’s trophy.