Whilst Banksy may have put Bristol street art on the map, many other respected graffiti artists have also added vibrancy and colour to the outside walls of buildings in our city, earning it the title as the capital of street art in Europe, if not the entire world.
Let’s take a closer look at where you can find some of Bristol’s finest street art and some of the incredible Bristolian talent contributing to this vibrant century scene.
Where to go
Street art is abundant throughout the city’s roads and streets in Bristol, from the main high streets and thoroughfares to side roads and out the way buildings and areas. You won’t need to venture too far from the city centre to glimpse diverse outdoor murals adding pops of colour to otherwise grey and monotonous buildings.
Let’s look at some of the main areas in turn.
North Street and Bedminster
Some of the world’s best urban artists have left their mark in the Bedminster and Southville areas. North Street, in particular, is awash with colourful wall canvases, many of which have been created during the most widely acclaimed street art festivals in the world, Upfest. The quality and sheer scale of the street art here will blow you away (and because of the annual Upfest festival, changes every year).
Popular with students, the Stokes Croft area of Bristol is bursting with colour, with some of the most famous outdoor murals to be found in this location. Think Cosmo Sarson’s epic Jesus BreakDance, and, of course, Banksy’s Mild Mild West. Also don’t miss taking a peep at works by Aspire, Stinkfish, Cheba and Phlegm all lining the colourful and vibrant Stoke Croft area.
Although Easton is famed for housing some of Banksy’s most ambitious works of urban art (he allegedly lived here), don’t dismiss the many other curations from lesser-known artists. In fact, veer off the beaten track to the back streets of Stanley Park and you will discover a whole host of graffiti talent.
Bristol’s Street Artists
The world’s most famous graffiti artists have made their way to Bristol, putting their creative stamp on the city’s walls. Arguably, the most famous of all artists is the legendary Banksy, who began his graffiti career in the city, and has been unleashing his creative talents on walls since 1993.
While Banksy is the king of Bristol’s urban artwork scene, it would be unfair not to mention other talented street artists that have brought a splash of colour to the city’s walls. If you want to immerse yourself in Bristol’s graffiti art, seek out the murals of these other creatives.
With that being said, let’s start with Bristol and perhaps the world’s most famous street artist.
No visit to Bristol would be complete without hunting down some of Banksy’s most famous wall illustrations. Head to Frogmore Street, to glimpse the Well Hung Lover, while Hanover Place is the location to spot the renowned Girl with the Pierced Eardrum. Off Bath Buildings Road you can spy one of Banky’s earliest innovations, Take the Money and Run. Other street artists, such as Inky and Mobz, pitched in to help with this one.
Humour is at the heart of the graffiti creations of UK artist Angus, where his works of art are influenced by cartoon characters, superheroes and Minions.
If you catch sight of a distinguished-looking dog wearing clothes, covering five floors of the walls of a building in Bristol, then you will instantly know it is the work of Spanish artist, Aryz.
If you stumble across artworks on walls around Bristol depicting birds surrounded by neon colours, then chances are it will be the work of talented UK graffiti artist, Aspire.
This graffiti artist has a penchant for painting astral scenes around Bristol, in particular, the Full Moon pub in Stokes Croft displays his most famous illustration.
Dan’s striking Streets of Colour scene on Westbourne Grove cleverly portrays a wet street illuminated by neon signs, reflections, rain and light.
Unicorn fans should head to St. John’s church, where you will discover a fresco style depiction spray-painted on the wall by local artist, Feek.
Bristol-born Inkie is fast earning the same urban artist status as fellow compatriot Banksy, who dominated the scene during the 1980s. He has daubed paint on a pub in Clifton as well as a restaurant in Keynsham, infusing a style influenced by Mayan architecture.
Known for creating bronze sculptures that can be found on walls or at the top of street signs, this UK artist has left his mark in the Leonard’s Lane part of the city.
Portuguese urban artist Odeith is famed for the eye-catching illustration of Benny Hill, found covering a wall in Bristol.
There is a reason why graffiti artist Stik has acquired his name, as his urban illustrations of choice are simple stick figures that can be found gracing large walls around Bristol.
Bringing an exotic flavour to the streets of Bristol, Stinkfish’s two most famous pieces include a one-layered stencil portrait of an African girl in Stokes Croft, as well as an Indian girl, entitled Taj Mahal Girl, on Mina Road.