3688. Dean Lane skate park (414)

I can’t be a hundred percent certain whether this was a collaboration or simply two pieces that had been painted adjacent to one another, but the black background leads me to believe it is the former.

Flava136, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021
Flava136, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021

On the left is another wonderful piece from Flava136 painted on a recent visit to Bristol from his native Cheltenham/Stroud kind of area. It is an absolute scorcher with a lot of complex things going on in the fills and shadings of the goofy monster. Lovely precise work.

Veks, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021
Veks, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021

To the right of the curved wall is a rather nice chrome set of letters spelling out VEK with a fine blue and green border, reflecting the colours of the 2DAE piece at the top of the wall, which I don’t think is a part of the collaboration, although I wouldn’t swear to it. Veks is having a bit of a busy time at the moment. I wonder how much all of these artists will be getting out once we resume a more ‘normal’ pre-Covid situation.

3659. M32 Cycle path (122)

Another artist who appears to have woken up a little of late is Veks who has teamed up several times lately with his friend and painting partner Turoe. This character portrait piece was part of a collaboration with Turoe and Teao One from a week or two back.

Veks, M32 cycle path, Bristol, April 2021
Veks, M32 cycle path, Bristol, April 2021

This old school style portrait would appear to be autobiographical, with the words ‘we don’t learn… 80s kids’  posted next to it… perhaps even a self-portrait of a younger Veks? The cartoony piece is very nicely done and just in case you weren’t too sure about the artist, the letters VEK are tattooed onto the characters fingers.

3548. Dean Lane skate park (400)

Another one from the archives and one that I am so pleased to have re-found. It is a lovely collaboration from Turoe and I think Veks, although I might have that wrong. I think I never posted it at the time because I was uncertain about the artists, and it disappeared, quite neglected.

Veks and Turow, Dean Lane, April 2017
Veks and Turow, Dean Lane, April 2017

Dating from way back in April 2017, the writing in dark brown colours is clearly by Turoe, who definitely wasn’t on my radar back then (what kind of blind was I?). The character I believe to be by Veks and is masterfully painted, so crisp and clean and vibrant. I feel I should have done more homework at the time, but I don’t think I even had an Instagram account back then and was still learning (that never ends). A fine and once forgotten, until now, collaboration.

3248. M32 roundabout J3 (257)

Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen… Well there you have today’s ear worm, sorry. This is a rather nice little piece from Veks, that is modestly tucked away near a tree on the M32 roundabout wall.

Veks, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2020
Veks, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2020

It is quite an unusual piece With large chrome letters and bang in the middle an old school character looking very much like Robin Hood to me, but I am probably wide of the mark on that one. Still, as with all art, there is what the artist paints and there is what the viewer sees and these may not be the same thing at all. I rather like this understated offering.

2474. Brunel Way Bridge (21)

I realise that graffiti writing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and it is one of the reasons that I try to mix up street art pieces and graffiti writing pieces on Natural Adventures, but I do have a mission to grow an appreciation for writing and writers whose work is often highly technical and commands supreme spray painting skills. This piece by Veks is really out of the top drawer.

Veks, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2019
Veks, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2019

Some of the things that make this piece so good include fantastic variations of colours blended nicely through the letters, an outstanding selection of complementary colours bounded by a very tight and sharp yellow border, a fine background and most of all a nicely balanced design, not over-complicated or too fussy. Great work from Veks.