4095. Dean Lane skate park (441)

One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the street art scene in Bristol over recent years has been the emergence of dozens and dozens of new artists, genres and movements. Among the most interesting has been the Bristol Womxn Mural Collective that seems to be growing with some pace, and holds regular paint jams at various different spots around Bristol. Watching studio artists transition their artistry onto walls is a fascinating experience and adds some intriguing, new and fresh pieces to the spectrum of street art in the city.

Raquel Blazquez, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Raquel Blazquez, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

This small piece by Raquel Blazquez is tucked under one of the ramps in the skate park, which presents a cosy space for artists. The portrait of a woman is colourful and has a certain presence generated by the expression of the subject’s face. The piece has all the hallmarks of a fine artist (lots of detail and colour shadings) adapting to a street canvass. Lovely work and I hope to see more.

4094. Brunel Way (135)

I mentioned in a recent post that Mudra has taken to painting columns, which is all well and good in terms of diversity and experimentation, but is a real pain for anyone, like me, wanting to capture the pieces (I was going to say on film) digitally.

Mudra, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2021
Mudra, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2021

This one under Brunel Way is a classic Mudra character, full of colour, with a red nose, glasses and a yellow moustache, and signed with his @ signature on the character’s forehead. Mudra has a style that is all his own and has made a strong impact since first hitting Bristol’s streets, just over a year ago – sometimes it feels like he has been forever, but he is still a relative noob in the city.

4093. Greenbank (19)

Just because I haven’t posted anything by Turoe for a while, doesn’t mean he hasn’t been decorating Bristol’s walls, it is more a reflection of the sheer number of new pieces appearing every week in the city, and I don’t have the capacity to feature them all in Natural Adventures.

Turoe, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2021
Turoe, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2021

On the long hoarding at Greenbank, this is a rather luscious (or lush as we say in Bristol) chrome burner with a gorgeous red 3D shadow giving the letters real depth and lifting them away from the hoarding surface. This is a lovely piece of graffiti writing from a very accomplished artist.

4092. Dean Lane skate park (441)

I met Hire in Dean Lane the day before he painted this beauty, and he was basically sizing up the wall looking where would be best to paint his new work. I hadn’t seen him for quite some time, but he remembered me and even remembered my name, which felt good, and we chewed the fat for a little while, before I had to dash.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

I like, and have always liked, Hire’s work. His graffiti writing has a distinctive jagged appearance of edges and shapes that remind me of medieval weapons and blades. The letters are sophisticated, spelling HIRE, and the colour transitions beautifully worked, with a bright band running horizontally through the piece. So good to see both the artist and his new piece.

Thursday doors – 2 December 2021

Doors 171 – A random selection of Bristol doors

I am overwhelmingly busy, so today’s offering is a little short on narrative. Suffice it to say that this is a random selection of doors photographed in Bristol over the past year or so. I hope you enjoy them.

Temporary pub garden door in lock down, Bristol, May 2021
Temporary pub garden door in lock down, Bristol, May 2021

A door decorated with slaps (stickers), Bristol, May 2021
A door decorated with slaps (stickers), Bristol, May 2021

Double garage doors, Bristol, June 2021
Double garage doors, Bristol, June 2021

Bunker Bikes overgrown door, Bristol, August 2021
Bunker Bikes overgrown door, Bristol, August 2021

Warehouse door, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2021
Warehouse door, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2021

Saucy door, Bedminster, Bristol, September 2021
Saucy door, Bedminster, Bristol, September 2021

Former city bank door, Bristol, September 2021
Former city bank door, Bristol, September 2021

Sorry for the rather brief post this week. May I wish you all the best for the rest of the week and weekend.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

4091. Horfield skate park (7)

In this Halloween stencil piece from John D’oh we see a depiction of the ghastly Priti Patel as a witch on a broomstick, and I can honestly say it is a depiction that I thoroughly approve of, although her ideology and persona are rather more frightening than a regular witch.

John D'oh, Horfield skate park, Bristol, November 2021
John D’oh, Horfield skate park, Bristol, November 2021

Accompanied with the words ‘Happy Halloween idlers’ and a little silhouette of a power station belching out CO2, the piece does nothing for Priti Patel’s reputation. Although she is highly unlikely ever to see this piece, is is yet another contemporary record made by John D’oh chronicling these dark days of conservative government that seem to be squeezing the life and joy out of our country. It really is time for a change and a breath of fresh air, but unfortunately the UK is essentially a conservative country, and little Britain will be very slow to change.

4090. Catherine Mead Street (2)

This is a lovely piece from Nightwayss sprayed as part of a paint jam, which, on reflection, I perhaps ought to have posted as a bundle or collaborative wall, but I didn’t, so there.

Nightwayss, Catherine Mead Street, Bristol, November 2021
Nightwayss, Catherine Mead Street, Bristol, November 2021

In recent months Nightwayss has been experimenting with these fragmented pieces, playing with portraits, light shapes and disassociation. The overall effect is a contemporary take on street art and really brings out the fine artist in Nightwayss. Alas, there are no monkeys in this piece, but it is nonetheless a really interesting and challenging piece of art.

4089. Peel Street Green (2)

There are so many artists in Bristol whose work has never appeared in Natural Adventures before. The reasons for this are complex, but are not related to a quality or standard that needs to be met, rather to a familiarity with the work and the ‘right time’ for me to embrace them in these pages.

Krops, Peel Street Green, Bristol, November 2021
Krops, Peel Street Green, Bristol, November 2021

The latest debutant is Krops whose work is all over Bristol, with this lovely chrome piece featuring a Mario Bros. Mario in the middle. Typically, Krops uses the letters/character combination to great effect usually with the character in the middle. I have plenty of his pieces in my archives and hope to share them with you in time.

4088. Greenbank (18)

Somehow, this piece got left behind in my ‘conveyor belt’ publication system of new pieces on Natural Adventures. I spotted the error and have corrected it. Bnie is one of the most consistent writers around. Her uniform and recognisable letters are always beautifully turned out, and her 3D shading designs part of her USP.

Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021

This piece, on the long Greenbank hoarding, is a joyful and colourful work. The bold letters and individual colours are perfectly set off with white highlights that give the letters a little bit of a lift. This is a tight and accomplished piece of writing.

Benjimagnetic

A gallery of superb graffiti writing from Bristol’s Benjimagnetic.

Instagram: @benjimagnetic

All photographs by Scooj

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021

Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2021
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2021

Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021

Hemper and Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Hemper and Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

Benjimagnetic, M32 cycle path, Bristol, April 2021
Benjimagnetic, M32 cycle path, Bristol, April 2021

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2021

Benjimagnetic, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021
Benjimagnetic, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021

Benjimagnetic, M32 cycle pth, Bristol, February 2021
Benjimagnetic, M32 cycle pth, Bristol, February 2021

Benjimagnetic, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2021
Benjimagnetic, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2021

Benjimagnetic, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020
Benjimagnetic, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020

Benjimagnetic, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020
Benjimagnetic, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2020
Benjimagnetic, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2020

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020

Benjimagnetic, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Benjimagnetic, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

Awkward and Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Awkward and Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020