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GALLERY: Bristol Style

Bristol is famous for its graffiti and street art with entire blocks and many businesses decorated, more or less elaborately, in the familiar spray-paint style.

We’ve found the way this applies to pubs particularly fascinating since arriving here permanently in the summer. We don’t know yet if we like it, as such but we do like that it seems to be a Bristol ‘thing’ — a real expression of local identity. It also seems to signal a certain laid-back informality that you might call Bohemian if that didn’t sound ludicrously 19th century.

We’re not sure of the etiquette of photographing and sharing other people’s creations but have tried to find credits where we can and link to the artist’s websites. At any rate, consider this an encouragement to go out and look at these pubs yourself, which are far more startling and unusual in the flesh.

"The Prince of Wales" (scrolll)
In the yard at the Prince of Wales, Bishopston.
Art in the gaps at the Prince of Wales.
Front of the Prince of Wales by Andrew Burns Colwill.
A giant painted beer pump.
Side of the Prince of Wales.
The Golden Lion, front.
The unfinished front of the Golden Lion, Bishopston.

Detail of paintwork.
Close-up on the ‘brushwork’ at The Golden Lion.
A lion.
The side of the Golden Lion.
The Full Moon, doorway.
The Full Moon, Stokes Croft, by Cheba.
A window surrounded by painted stars.
The street side of the Full Moon, next to the main gate.
The Farm, exterior view.
The Farm, St Werburgh’s, by Xenz.
A cow.
Detail from the wall next to the bike shed.
Doorway surrounded by bucolic painted scenery.
Main entrace to The Farm.
Exterior, the Duke of York
The Duke of York, St Werburgh’s, by Alex Mack.
Painted Signpost: "Neither Up Nor Down"
Detail of the mural on the pub’s right flank.
A psychedelic sign and backdrop.
"MACK 16"
Artists’s signature next to the front door of the Duke of York.
The Cadbury (exterior)
The Cadbury, Montpelier, by Xenz, with trompel’œil Tudor timbering.
"Smoking is not allowed on these penises".
Hur hur.. chortle…. snurk.
Doorway with painted pipes and steam.
A glimpse into the engine room.

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