3500. Purdown HAA Battery (18)

Up at Purdown there are several walls painted by Zace, it certainly seems like he enjoys practising his craft on the square concrete walls. Among the customary alien faces is this outstanding manga style profile portrait.

Zace, Purdown, Bristol, February 2021
Zace, Purdown, Bristol, February 2021

This is an eye-catching piece and one that I like a lot. There is a simplicity of composition about the whole piece, but it comes together nicely, and I’d love to see more like this coming out of the rather productive Zace stable. Shame about the mud splatters on the face.

3476. Purdown HAA Battery (13)

I managed to take the dog for a very muddy walk last week up at Purdown. It is the first time I have been there for a while and there were quite a few nice pieces up there. It would appear that Zace has made himself at home up there and this is the first of several pieces by him I will be posting.

Zace, Purdown Battery, Bristol, February 2021
Zace, Purdown Battery, Bristol, February 2021

There is a simplicity about Zace’s work that keeps it real and unpretentious. Clean lines and single colour shading keeps a focus on the alien character set in a starry sky. A fun modest piece from Zace.

3413. M32 Spot (100)

It was great to see that Zace was getting into the Christmas spirit down at the M32 Spot with this alien face wearing a Father Christmas hat. One of the good things about 2020 for me has been the sheer number of new artists spraying their work in Bristol of which Zace was one.

Zace, M32 Spot, Bristol, December 2020
Zace, M32 Spot, Bristol, December 2020

I think the best part of these new artists is the diversity they bring. One might think that the ‘market’ was flooded, but as with all art, there are no limits to the variety of styles and subjects that people bring with them. I am really looking forward to watching Zace develop over the coming year.

3386. M32 Spot (96)

It is good to see another Zace piece featuring a stone face similar to the one I posted a short while ago from St Werburghs tunnel. In this little corner of the skate spot, Zace has used the unusual shape of the board to good effect. This is the kind of small piece that will often be overlooked, and it is always fun to find little gems like this one.

Zace, M32 Spot, Bristol, December 2020
Zace, M32 Spot, Bristol, December 2020

Zace has a fairly straightforward style and manages to execute it very tidily. I like the reversed out colours used in the face, with the lighter dots on the darker background and the darker dots on the lighter background – a clever technique. I am genuinely looking forward to seeing loads more from Zace in 202 because I like what I have seen in 2020.

3342. St Werburghs tunnel (210)

Resembling one of the giant stone head statues of Easter Island is this rather nice and low-key piece by Zace. This is only the second piece I have posted by Zace, and it illustrates the diversity of artists in Bristol at the moment and the rate at which new ones are joining the already sizeable cohort.

Zace, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Zace, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

There is something about this piece that I really like, maybe its modesty or the simplicity. The expression is difficult to read – an enigmatic smile perhaps? There is a lot to like and enjoy in a piece like this one and I really look forward to finding more work from Zace.

3298. St Werburghs tunnel (203)

This piece has been in the tunnel for rather a long time and similarly was in my October folder for an equally long time, speaking to me saying ‘post me, post me’ every time I saw it. I have at last yielded, and I am writing about this piece by Zace, a Bristol artist whose work I can’t recall having seen before.

Zace, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2020
Zace, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2020

An alien face with brains hanging out of the top of a severed skull – now there’s something you don’t see every day (unless you go through St Werburghs tunnel a lot). This is a memorable piece in bright colours that attract the eye, and the artist has woven the letters ZACE into the brain squiggles. Weird and wonderful, and I am sure not the last we’ll see of Zace.