Thursday, September 5, 2019

Banksy and More: Street Art in Beautiful Bristol, England

The street artist Banksy has managed to remain anonymous while achieving worldwide fame.

In June, I visited Bristol, England, the home of this "unknown" street artist (if he's unknown, how do we know where he's from?  ha ha).  

Perhaps in homage to Banksy, Bristol has a flourishing street-art scene.  I took a self-guided tour, and here's a selection of what I saw!  

Girl with Pierced Eardrum
"The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum".  This painting, located on Spike Island, parodies Vermeer's "Girl With a Pearl Earring" and is one of Banksy's more recent instalments in Bristol.  
Bristol England
A beautiful mural painted by @thetuns.  I couldn't find this person on Instagram.  A great color scheme, in any event.
Banksy's Well Hung Lover.  This has been vandalized several times.  The blue paint boxes really obscure the painting, but overall it's still visible.  
Bristol England
Such a darling painting here.  I found @JPSartist on Instagram; he's a UK artist now based in Germany.    
This building was entirely covered with art.  Loved these comedy/tragedy masks along the left side of the building.  The little blue & green guys peeking under the tree on the adjacent wall showed up all over town in various colors.  
Here's the little guy again. We couldn't figure out who this artist was, but he/she had certainly made his mark!  
Impressive paintings alongside a building in Bristol.
This character looks like Japanese animation to me.  
The street art had so much variety.  This painting hearkens back to a period of Britsh history several hundred years ago.  
This is the opposite side of the building with the Greek Theater masks.  
"You don't need planning permission to build castles in the sky".  Banksy's giving us a little advice in this final photo.  And perhaps giving a little jab at the "unplanned/unapproved" nature of street art.  This simple painting is attributed to the famous artist himself.

And there you have it!  As you can see, taking a walk through Bristol is a bit like walking through an outdoor museum.

Which painting is your favorite? 


  1. Banksy is a great artist. I love the work that he does. The stories behind his work are interesting, especially the political messages. Thanks for sharing these artwork! I enjoyed looking at them!

    Nancy ♥

  2. Banksy has some great work! I love that you were able to experience it. Thanks for sharing these photos; they were beautiful to look at!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

  3. Oh wow how cool to have Banksy street art there! I feel street art is thing in the uk. Very cool!

    Allie of


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