Bnie is a reasonably regular visitor to Bristol who I think comes from Wales, possibly Swansea, I think that because she often paints with Smak, although not on this occasion. I do like it that graffiti/street artists make the trip to Bristol to paint because it all adds to the amazing diversity of work we see here. Bristol is one of a handful of cities that has the full spectrum of street art from tagging right through to high-end commissions. Some towns and cities don’t have the street art culture, but hold a festival to draw in great artists and of course the tourists. Places like Chichester for example, but it is all a little bit too sanitised for my taste. The art is invariably great, but the culture is missing.
Anyhow, this is a lovely piece by Bnie and deploys several of her trademarks, most notably the decorative patterning she uses in her fills and 3D work. There really is an awful lot to like about this modest piece tucked away on the M32 cycle path. I seem to have quite a few of her pieces in my archive, I’ll try and dig some out.
I have been posting pieces by Ments for a few years now, and I consider him to be one of the most creative writers in Bristol. I say this because most of his work has an organic feel to it, but seldom are his pieces even remotely similar.
In this one, which was part of a collaborative paint with Sled One, Ments has gone with a mash up of angular spikey green shapes and metallic spheres. The overall effect is a bit peculiar and If I am honest this fusion needs a little bit more work. I can’t for the life of me see any writing resembling MENTS, but it is probably there somewhere. Great to see some early new year work from this fabulous artist.
Already Kool Hand has appeared in Natural Adventures twice in 2020. Perhaps he has had some time off, and what better way to fill time than with a bit of spray art? This was the left hand side of a collaborative paint with Daz Cat (already posted), but merits an entry of its own.
The piece brings together the two elements we often see from Kool Hand, some writing and a character. It is less often that we see both together. The cartoon style character is nicely drafted and simply filled. I’m not too sure what the Adidas bag is, but I think it might be a weed pouch that every young man in Bristol seems to carry over their shoulder these days.
It seems like my eyes have been opened. Either Turoe One has been painting a lot more in recent months than over the last five years or so, or I have got my eye in and am spotting his work where before it passed me by. Either way, it is great to find lots of his work and in so many styles too.
Turoe One is very versatile and changes his style a lot, unlike some other artists who have a very distinct style that they repeat with variations. This piece resembles a kind of blend between Soker and Dibz (or maybe that’s just me). Anyhow it is a very neat and tidy work with clean lines and for interest there is a fine pink decoration running through the piece. More Turoe One stuff in the pipeline.
This is a really interesting piece to write about because it has given me an opportunity to introduce you to an artist I have never posted before here on Natural Adventures. I have a whole ton of his work in my files, but didn’t quite know how to break the ice. The artist is Taboo, or at least that is what I will call him (her?) until I know more about them, which currently is zilch. You can see the word TABOO in reverse in this piece (I thought it said EAT when I first saw it) with the OO being made out of the eyes of the skull.
There is a definite style here that is consistent across all of his work, with quite bold lettering that is in a font all of its own. The artwork is quite crude, in so much as it is not clean and crisp like so many graffiti writers in Bristol, but it has something in the raw approach that makes it rather effective. The skull appears to be firing beams out at the letters, which I am guessing might have been a bit of an afterthought.
All in all I rather like this different kind of piece from Taboo and over time look forward to posting more of his work and understanding more about the artist. A good start.
Another New Year collaboration, they are coming thick and fast, this time from Decay and Lens. Decay is of course well known to me and to readers of Natural Adventures, but this is a debut piece for Lens, which is perhaps not at all surprising given that he comes from Melbourne, Australia and is just visiting.
I do like it when artists from different places hook up and paint together, it makes for a terrific sense of community. This Decay half of this combo is everything we would come to expect from the artist and ticks so many boxes… the shapes of the letters, the extravagant fills and the little ‘motion’ highlights in black on the outside of the lettering to give a sense of movement and energy to the whole piece. Perfect.
Using a similar colour palette to Decay’s, Lens has an altogether different letter shape, much more angular with sharp edges and corners. Lens’ fills and decorations are absolutely magnificent, and this is an accomplished piece of graffiti writing. It is so good to see some work from an Australian artist, and it is great to see that Lens has included a little shout out to Rezwonk, who often teams up with Decay, a nice touch.
I think that this is the second collaboration between Logoe and Haka in as many months, and both have apeared on this board under the M32 in the DIY skate spot. It is not often that I like my photographs, always something wrong with them, but I actually like this one, somehow the colours of the piece stand out well against the dark top and bottom, but have not been bleached out by the light to either side.
Logoe has written his name in his script style set on a rather nice red tone abstract background. He has added to the work the sentence ‘What a year it’s been’ and he is not wrong there. On the right Haka has included a character into his chrome writing which I believe to be Hanna Barbera’s creation Quick Draw McGraw – a cartoon I don’t think I ever saw, but rather wish I had… I might have to consult with YouTube. All in all a most satisfying collaboration from these two established Bristol artists.