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Showing posts with label Bristol. Show all posts

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Wxttsart, Rozalita and Stika, Albert Park Place, Bristol

Wxttsart, Rozalita and Stika, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022







One of my favourite walls in Bristol and one that changes probably less than once a year. The wall is tucked away in St Paul’s and has been brilliantly painted by a trio of Bristol artists, Wxttsart, Rozalita and Stika.

On the left of the triptych is a wonderful ‘Milk’ piece of graffiti writing by Wxttsart. I have seen a lot of his work about the place, but I think that this might be the first time I have posted anything by him. It will not be the last.

The centrepiece, and my favourite part of the collaboration is by Rozalita. I have said plenty in recent weeks about her diversification, and this is yet another outstanding example of her progress and development. It is a wonderful and slightly peculiar portrait piece with loads of expression and interest. Very lively.

To the right is some fine writing from Stika whose ability to switch from writing to character pieces is second to none. There is something quite logical, mathematical and regimented in his writing here, and it has a uniqueness to it. The colours match those of Wxttsart, and bring a completeness to the whole collaboration. Some lovely stuff here.



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Crocodile indoor climbing centre Bristol

Crocodile indoor climbing centre


Nothing from Rowdy for a long while and then two posts in close succession, what joy. Rowdy is held in high regard in Bristol. He is a friend of Banksy and one of the early graffiti artists emerging from the Bristol scene in the 1980s. Probably the biggest public impact that he has made is his trademark crocodile which adorns various buildings around the city.

This magnificent beast for Upfest’s 75 walls in 75 days festival is the largest and most prominent piece I have seen by Rowdy since his piece in Stokes Croft that came tumbling down with the demolition of buildings around the Carriageworks.

I am very fond of Rowdy’s crocodiles and other crazy creatures and it is fitting that Upfest should honour him with such a large wall, which just happens to be a perfect fit. Wonderful stuff




 Bristol’ own Rowdy decorating the top of the Redpoint climbing centre with his familiar crocodile


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Clement portrait Zabou Bristol

Clement portrait Zabou Bristol




Zabou – Hen & Chicken, Greville Street – 

A portrait of ‘Clement’ looking out of the wall on this popular spot on the side of the Hen & Chicken. Zabou has become known for her impressively detailed black and white portraits. Last year she created a mural of fellow artist Slim Safont as part of the 75 walls in 75 days project

The very first time I saw Zabou’s work was at an Upfest festival a few years ago. After that I saw more of her work on a couple of trips to London and have become a big fan. Her photorealistic portraits are among the best in the world, and it is a privilege when she comes to visit the west of England, in particular Bristol and Cheltenham

All I know about this magnificent portrait piece is that it is called stuck, and given that I was a little bit behind the curve, I never saw her painting it, but only as the final completed work, which meant I couldn’t even ask her about it.

I love the way that the face is slightly compressed and contorted in the places where it comes in contact with the hole in the wall. I also love the overall trompe l’oeil effect of the painted brick wall.

This is a magnificent piece that adds weight to the international status of Upfest and helps to draw visitors and inward investment to the city. We have come a long way since Banksy and his contemporaries. A truly stunning piece from Zabou.

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Monday, 15 August 2022

Flamingo on Peacock Street art mural Bristol

Flamingo on Peacock Street art mural Bristol


Zase and Dekor, Mina Road, Bristol

Once in a while we are lucky enough in Bristol to see a large commission piece appear in a public space, the last significant one being the Jodi piece for the Florist on the corner of Park Street and Charlotte street. This beautiful commission is by Zase and can be found in Mina Road.

Were it not for visionaries who commission this work in the first place, our streets would be considerably duller than they are. In this case, the recent owner of the restaurant is also owner of several other buildings in the area and he is keen to get some of those painted up too.

This magnificent piece is a solo work by Zase as I am told that Dekor, his painting partner, has returned to his homeland (Slovakia?). A theme that Zase returns to again and again is the natural world, and this piece showcases his talent for painting birds and a natural landscape

There is something about flamingos that street artists seem to like – maybe it is the vibrant colours or the curious body form, whatever it is there are a disproportionate number of them out there. Not that I’m complaining mind.

I like pretty much everything about this mural and of course it contains the trademark 3D moniker from the artist just to the right of the flamingo. Well worth a trip to see this one














Zase

A beautiful commission mural by Zase on the front and side of a recently refurbished restaurant



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Coral Reef Street mural by Louis Masai Bristol

Coral Reef Street mural by Louis Masai Bristol


This year's Upfest in Bristol features the television cartoon series "The Simpsons", a show that has been running since the late 1980s. Creator of "The Simpsons" Matt Groening has selected some of the street artist's for this year's Upfest. In addition, other street artists have played a part in honouring the cartoon family in their murals for this year's Upfest. One of the artists who painted on North Street in Bedminster, Bristol, is Louis Masai. Masai's work always draws connections to environmental issues, and that is what his stunning artwork is reflecting this year. It is similar to some of the work he has created in London.

The work depicts a coral sea with fish, turtles, and colourful plants. However, floating plastic bags can be seen amongst the colourful creatures. The artwork sends a message about pollution in water.

As a tribute to "The Simpsons", the three-eyed fish in the cartoon style created by Matt Groening also makes an appearance 












One of the less celebrated, but nonetheless special, walls at Upfest is this side street, Mount Pleasant Terrace, just off North Street. Previous occupiers of this wall have been Sokar Uno (2016) and My Dog Sighs and Snub 23 (2017), so it has a great pedigree. This year the mural went big, spreading beyond the first floor and covering the entire end of row wall.

At first glance it might not be obvious that this is a Louis Masai piece, but a closer inspection gives away some of the tell tale signs, such as a patchwork turtle, and of course a signature

I was pretty spaced out at the festival, absorbing so much visual information but not really seeing things right in front of me – sensory overload if you like. I didn’t take a proper look at the wall until the scaffolding was down a couple of days later and then it hit me, this is a brilliant piece by Louis Masai

There is so much to look at in this coral reef scene, but of course it comes with an environmental message, and there floating around the reef are a couple of Tesco bags, which once seen can’t be unseen.

I love the way that he entered into the spirit of the Simpsons theme of the festival and presented us with a cartoon mutant fish with three eyes gawkily cruising across the reef. Some serious messages interspersed with a bit of fun. A great piece to start with. Hats off to Louis Masai.

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Saturday, 13 August 2022

Columns street art mural Bristol

Columns street art mural Bristol





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Thursday, 11 August 2022

Butterfly street art mural Bristol

Butterfly street art mural Bristol







A new mural has gone up in Stokes Croft painted by over 20 different artists in Bristol highlighting ‘hope, restoration and transformation’.

The main artist behind the project, Emma Holloway, believes the street art “connects to the bigger picture of what’s happening in Bristol

It was created over a two week period and the first half was completed last year but due to coronavirus restrictions, the second half took longer than anticipated to finish.

The mural was commissioned by E5 church where you’ll spot the painting on the side of the building.

Emma, who will also be painting at Upfest next year, said: “Everyday it is seen by families who live nearby, NHS workers on their way to work, those living in the Compass, a homeless shelter next door, those enjoying the local music, art, restaurants and cafes in Stokes as well as visitors to Bristol from all over the world.

The wall of multi-coloured, multi-faceted gemstones represent the diversity of E5 church and the worldwide church. It’s a big mix of cultures, races, ages, social classes and walks of life.”

The team is urging members of the public to get involved with their work, take a picture with the interactive butterfly and post images on Instagram to help spread their message


The butterfly on the mural represents “metamorphosis and spiritual rebirth”.

They would like the art work to bring a “hope-filled vibe” to the area.

We’ve had so many positive comments over the last year about how much people like what we’ve created from people saying it makes them feel happy just looking at it, to ‘It’s like a journey, like we’re all in process of transformation’”, Emma said.



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Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Delores Campbell street art portrait mural Bristol

Delores Campbell street art portrait mural Bristol



Mrs Campbell is one of the Seven Saints of St Pauls. She had a lot to do with carnival,” says 11-year-old Cornelius Conway. “I really like it – it’s a local landmark.”

“It’s only in this part of Bristol they celebrate people like Mrs Campbell,” adds his friend, Amari Mowatt.

The artist behind the Seven Saints of St Pauls murals project, Michele Curtis, smiles at their comments: this is exactly the kind of response she hoped for when she dreamed up the idea of commemorating the seven founders of the St Pauls carnival on its 50th anniversary.

It is not that Curtis wants to ignore the city’s soul-searching over its pivotal role in the slave trade, but she would prefer to focus on the contributions of the African-Caribbean community.

“I think it is important that other communities understand the legacy slavery left. But I also think it is important to celebrate the positive things that have come out of that history: diversity, communities working together and stories of people triumphing out of adversity,” she says.

Her latest mural depicts Delores Campbell, who was a foster carer to more than 30 children and a lifelong campaigner for racial equality.

“I’m highlighting these very humble heroes. Some people may know their names but not necessarily know they were the driving forces who changed the city and the country for the better,” Curtis says.

It is the second mural to be completed and – as long as the Arts Council agrees to more funding – the others will be ready for next July’s carnival, Bristol’s answer to the Notting Hill carnival which will take place in west London on Sunday and Monday.

Campbell – along with the six other founders: Owen Henry, Roy Hackett, Audley Evans, Clifford Drummond, Carmen Beckford and Barbara Dettering – put on the first carnival in 1968 to celebrate the unity that helped to end the “colour bar” on the city’s buses, which prevented recent West Indian immigrants joining bus crews despite labour shortages.

They started carnival to say thank you to the city for all the support during the bus boycott and to promote integration by inviting people into St Pauls to learn about the African-Caribbean community,” says Curtis.


The boycott campaign – which encouraged passengers to stop using the bus service while it denied work to black people – enjoyed support across the city, including university students, churchgoers and the then Bristol South East MP, Tony Benn. It paved the way for anti-discrimination laws. “The founders organised the bus boycott, which led to the 1965 and 1968 Race Relations Acts,” she adds.


The only other finished mural shows travel agent Henry, who helped many settle in the area and played a key role in the boycott. Lisa Blackwood is pleased to live in a house with Henry’s face emblazoned across it. “I’m really proud – I chose Mr Henry. He helped my mum come over from the West Indies in the 1960s,” she says. “He did all the paperwork to get her through immigration

Only two of the seven founders are still alive: Hackett and Dettering. In a house on the other side of the M32, Dettering, 79, who helped hundreds of families during her time as a social worker, says she is pleased to have been chosen as one of the Seven Saints. “I feel honoured because I’ve worked for years in St Pauls,” she says in her living room, with its family pictures and mementoes from Guyana.


“When I go to St Pauls everybody calls to me ‘Aunty Babs’, ‘Aunty Barbara’, ‘Mrs D’ or ‘Mummy’ – never ‘Barbara’. It is a mark of respect and it is very endearing,” she says.










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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

NHS workers street art Mural Bristol

NHS workers street art Mural Bristol


Silent Hobo, James Street, Bristol, July 2020

Silent Hobo






A graffiti artist has painted a mural on a house in Bristol in appreciation of people who have “kept the city going” during the pandemic.

The artwork features NHS workers helping a patient, and teachers and cleaners wearing masks.

Artist Silent Hobo said he wanted to remind people that front-line workers “should not be taken for granted”.

The mural was commissioned by a group of residents in St Werburghs using money raised by the community.

Silent Hobo has been painting for over a decade working with large brands such as Coca Cola, Disney, Levis and Google, and has other artwork on the streets of Bristol.

"The NHS takes centre view but there are also representations of the cleaners, teachers and everyone else who is keeping the city going during this pandemic," he said.

Everyone I know appreciates their efforts, everyone has used their services, they work crazy and long hours.

"I know this as my mum was a nurse many years ago when she came over from Singapore, like a lot of people from former colonial countries, and this mural is a nice way of saying that their efforts have not and should not been taken for granted."

The community group said they it wanted to cover up "ugly tagging" that had been on the wall on the corner of James Street and Mogg Street for 10 years.

“We tried to include positive messages about the NHS, about diversity, about key workers," it said

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Seagull street art mural Bristol

Seagull street art mural Bristol 

Irony & Boe on Back Road







Apart from street art, is there anything more ubiquitous in Bristol than seagulls? London-based street artists Irony & Boe understand this and perfectly capture the city’s most consistent terrorisers in this leering portrait

Boe, Irony

Fabulous collaboration by Boe and Irony for Upfest 2017 - a huge seagull.

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Monday, 8 August 2022

Barbara Dettering street art portrait mural Bristol

Michele Curtis, PaintsmithsSeven Saints of St Paul's

Another magnificent mural (one of seven) commemorating the civil rights activist Barbara Dettering. Stunning













Fern Street

This is the third of the Seven Saints of St Paul’s pieces by Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths that I have posted, and it is a real stunner. I love these pictures, because the light and sky are perfect, bringing out the best in the artwork

This ‘saint’ is Barbara Dettering, who was one of the co-founders of the St Paul’s Carnival (along with the other six ‘saints’) and who fought for the rights for people from the Afro-Caribbean community in Bristo

Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths have once again pulled a rabbit out of a hat with this one. It is an exquisite mural and one that is such a classy way to recognise and pay tribute to local heroes. Not only is the portrait beautifully painted, but the flowers and exotic bird balance the piece perfectly. I love this.

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