2944. Riverside

Not far from Brunel Way bridge along the river is a little brick wall ruin, which includes two sides of what was once a little utility building of some sort. It is curious that it was never demolished completely. The wall is a bit of a favourite with taggers, but occasionally it gets a little make over, like this one from Sirens.

Riverside, Sirens, Bristol, November 2019
Riverside, Sirens, Bristol, November 2019

I get it that Sirens is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I happen to really like his work, bringing a little window of hope and light into our lives. His framed works (a feature I really like) often incorporate large horizons and a meeting of the urban/industrial with rural landscapes, in this example, the intrusion is of wind generators. There is a good balance to the piece and Sirens loves working in corners to add an anamorphic touch. I really like this piece.

2503. St Werburghs tunnel (101)

Possibly this piece needs no introduction because the artist features in Natural Adventures rather a lot although this one is a little more cryptic than some of his other works. It is of course by Rezwonk and spells out REZER.

Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

Because of the light conditions in the tunnel, this photograph really doesn’t do the piece justice at all and the colours have been somewhat bleached out. This is highly accomplished and complex writing with so many elements crossing over between letters in what looks like a rather haphazard way and yet perfectly creating great letters. When I see complex work like this, I just scratch my head and wonder how on Earth he does it. Great skills.

One wall – many faces (1)

Looking at a single wall and how it changes over time.

1. Curved wall at Dean Lane, Bristol

Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Kid Crayon, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017

Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

Biers, Dean Lane skatepark, Bristol, July 2017
Biers, Dean Lane skatepark, Bristol, July 2017

Luke Smile, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Luke Smile, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017

Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018

Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018

Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018

Slim Pickings, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2018
Slim Pickings, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2018

Tom Miller, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Tom Miller, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

NEVERGIVEUP and Soge, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
NEVERGIVEUP and Soge, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

Stupid Stupid Meathole, Panskaribas and Rory MacRaild, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019
Stupid Stupid Meathole, Panskaribas and Rory MacRaild, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019

Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Stupid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

Face 1st and Daz Cat, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Face 1st and Daz Cat, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019

Hemper, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
Hemper, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019

Lucy Danielle, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020
Lucy Danielle, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020

Decay, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020
Decay, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2020

Dtok, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Dtok, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

Turoe One, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Turoe One, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

3Dom and Sepr, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020
3Dom and Sepr, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020

Pura Decadensia, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2021
Pura Decadensia, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2021

Ryder and T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021
Ryder and T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021

Flava136 and Veks, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021
Flava136 and Veks, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021

Sake, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2021
Sake, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2021

Tuco, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2021
Tuco, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2021

Werm (Eman) and Veee, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Werm (Eman) and Veee, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

Ceus, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021
Ceus, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2021

Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Biers, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

Ceus, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Ceus, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

2452. Cheltenham 2018 (1)

This is an unmistakable piece by My Dog Sighs, which was one of several little ‘gifts’ left behind in Cheltenham by him at the Paint Festival in 2018. Having never been to a Cheltenham Art Festival before I was discovering so many of these beauties for the first time this year. I love this photograph… there is something about the placement of the piece on this particular wall and its immediate environment, such as the carpet and the weeds that come together to make an outstanding image.

My Dog Sighs, Paint festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019
My Dog Sighs, Paint festival 2018, Cheltenham, September 2019

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these eyes, and although they are one of My Dog’s trademark pieces, each is individual and independent of the others. The most amazing thing about this one is how you can look at it and in your mind know that it is on a flat surface, but the skillful artwork has a depth and the shine on the iris makes it look aqueous, just like a real eye. Magnificent in so many ways.

1746. Moon Street (54)

Absolutely no prizes for guessing the artist…besides which his signature is strikingly obvious in this piece. Laic217 favours this wall, and I must have six or seven of his works from here over the past three years or so. Incidentally, Moon Street is one of my favourite haunts too, but there seems to be less and less turnover here than there used to be.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018

In this piece, we have many of the things you can expect from Laic217 Including the bucket hat and brick wall motif. But what I particularly like about this character is his eyes which are actually spray can caps – a great idea. You have got to like the rather manic ‘Joker’ mouth too, which adds a touch of menace to the piece.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018

Laic217’s pieces are often highly colourful and this one is no exception to that. The turquoise background acting as a perfect foil to the red brick shirt and purple face. I’ve always been a fan and likely will always continue to be one.

1549. Nelson Street (5)

There is still so much I don’t know about street art in Bristol. This is a photograph I took quite a long time ago, but I never really tracked down who painted it. It has been sitting in my archive, but I am none the wiser about its origins. I thought I’d publish it in any case under the ‘unknown’ artist category.

Unknown Artist, Nelson Street, Bristol, August 2017
Unknown Artist, Nelson Street, Bristol, August 2017

It was sprayed around the time of the absurd Donald Trump wall-building cant, and along with so much other street art, lampoons the unhinged president. I actually really like this political commentary piece and only wish I knew who the artist is. Any ideas on a postcard…

Thursday doors

Door 30

Door, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Door, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

Set in a wall on a hill very close to where I work is this beautiful old weathered door. It is the perfect ‘secret garden’ door, but it is not the secrets that hide on the other side of this wall that grabbed my attention, rather it is the small stone sculptures that pepper the outside of the wall along its length.

Commemerative plaque , Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Commemerative plaque , Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

The artwork is by the late Bob Ballard, an artist from Bristol, and I found this tribute on the Society of Graphic Fine Art website which tells you a little more about him:

Bob Ballard was born in London in 1944. He had worked full time as an artist since 1989, when he won a Goldsmiths Travel Bursary (drawing and studying Romanesque art in Spain). Thereafter he was awarded many prizes, including the Bruckhaus Derringer Award from the Royal Watercolour Society. Bob’s work encompassed abstract and representative styles in a wide range of media, such as sculpture, print, oils, watercolour and pastels. Later in his career he was a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England, and senior tutor and research associate for COREOX, University of Oxford. Bob was a council member for both the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) and the Bath Society of Artists (BSA). He lived in Bristol with his wife Maggie.

Bob Ballard attached a number of small sculptures to the wall which the curious would notice. Little gifts of artwork that brighten up a day. I love this wall, I love the door and I love the sculptures.

Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors
Guerilla artwork, Bob Ballard, Bristol, Thursday Doors

I found this quote from Bob Ballard on his Facebook feed, which I rather like:

In my work I always try to place the unknown next to the known. Defamiliarisation is the essence of art. The closer you look at it the greater the distance from which it stares back at you.

Thank you Bob Ballard.

by Scooj

More doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0