I have a feeling that this piece by Benjimagnetic, alongside an Acer One piece hidden behind a bush, has been here for a while, but that I have only recently clocked it. I can’t be everywhere all the time, right.
Cryptically spelling out BEN, This is a lovely, colourful piece from the artist with beautifully defined components, crisply sprayed, making up the letters, and some very clever and subtle shadow work that lifts some of the letters and arrows away from the wall. Lovely work.
Hemper does seem to love his collaborative walls, and has partnered so many Bristol graffiti writers over the years. In this piece in the tunnel he has paired up with Benjimagnetic, who has been a little quiet of late.
To the left is a superb piece of organic writing, so organic in fact that it is sprouting shoots and leaves, from Hemper. Spelling out HEMS, this is an utterly awesome piece of writing and shows off his talents to the maximum. I cannot really express how this piece is close to technical perfection and incredibly beautiful to boot, which is not always the case with technically great pieces. A masterclass in writing from Hemper.
To the right of the collaborative space is a bright and colourful piece that really brings out the best in Benjimagnetic. The letter fills, using straight lines, create a wonderful structural effect that gives the writing so much depth and texture. It is always a great pleasure to see any new pieces from Benjimagnetic.
Today I might get a chance to investigate a spot or two for the first time in 11 days. I wonder how much new stuff there is out there…
The last time I met these two, Benjimagnetic and Acer, they were painting this exact spot with an epic piece that regrettably had been painted over by the time I went back to photograph it. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake again, and having seen it on Instagram, made the tunnel my first port of call.
The left hand of this collaborative wall is a superbly clean and light piece of wildstyle writing from Benjimagnetic, spelling out BEN. The colours and shapes are inspiring, and the little grey shaded areas provide a little bit of solidity to the frame. Lovely work.
On the right, Acer continues to dazzle us with his highly stylised rainbow lettering, spelling out CHAOS. Is this a random word, or a description of the mad, mad world we live in? This is a thing of beauty and great skill, I love the grey shadows of the black shadows. An absolutely fabulous collaborative wall.
Ah! A real beauty from Benjimagnetic splashing bold and solid colours onto the long wall on the cycle path. I have really been enjoying the adjustments he has made to his style over the last few months and although his rather ephemeral style previously was his USP, I genuinely think that this is an improvement.
With lashings of colour, this BEN piece of graffiti writing ticks an awful lot of boxes for me. The colour palette works really well and has a childlike vibrancy about it. The fills are neat and tidy and the boundary lines clean. A well-worked and perfectly presented piece from Benjimagnetic.
It is clear that Acer and Benjimagnetic enjoy painting together, and having met them both in the tunnel last week they seem to get along really well. This collaboration was painted about a month or so back, and shows the deeply contrasting styles of their work, and indeed is a great example of how varied graffiti writing can be.
On the left is a nice piece by Acer, which reads TOBY13, and is a lovely birthday tribute for his son Toby. Carefully designed and regimented, Acer’s work is measured out and masked using a meter-long thin plank. The final effect is dazzling, and it can take a while to get your eye in to be able to read his letters.
To the right is an outstanding piece from Benjimagnetic that is another great example of his newer style I talked about a few days ago. Less ephemeral and more solid than some of his more familiar work and so full of colour and energy. The letters are very cryptic, but if you know that he usually writes BEN then it becomes easier to see.
I tend to prepare posts in advance for my street art blogs, perhaps as many as twenty pieces lined up and prepped for written content to be added. It is sorting and sizing the images that takes the most time. Downloading a stream of conscious thought can be surprisingly quick, largely because most of it is conversational nonsense, like this, and comes naturally.
I say all of this because it is quite coincidental that this lovely piece by Benjimagnetic, which has been lined up for some time, is ready for posting just two days after I met the artist for the first time.
I have noticed that Benjimagnetic seems to be toying with some different design ideas lately and moving away from his quite scratchy abstract writing and transitioning into more solid and colourful pieces, while keeping the essence of his style. It is a difficult transition to describe, but it is definitely happening. For me, I have to say that I am definitely liking his new work a lot, and hope this is more than just a passing phase. A superb tunnel piece.
Here we have another classy piece of writing from Benjimagnetic on the roundabout. Although he is going through a simplification of his rather busy and frenetic style, the work is so unmistakably his.
The colour selectionsare rather nice, with the pale blue border and 3D shadow working well with the red letters. The shapes of the letters are rather pleasing, and the shadings, both blue and red are very nicely crafted. Another fine piece of graffiti writing from Benjimagnetic.
Throughout the whole of the last year, Benjimagnetic has been consistently turning out superb BEN pieces, and this is one of the more recent one of them. I love the way that he has been developing his style and that recently he has simplified the look of his work without compromising his technical ability.
This piece from the tunnel is notable for its extraordinary fills, particularly in the blue segments. This graffiti writing is clean and sharp, and the white border that lifts the letters is superbly consistent – the work of an experienced hand. It must surely be time for a Benjimagnetic gallery?
This is an absolute gem of a collaboration from a little while ago by Hemper and Benjimagnetic, who will often be seen side by side painting Bristol walls, having said that, I still have yet to meet Benjimagnetic.
On the left is is a gorgeous gloopy, fluid piece of writing from Hemper with some outstanding fills and drips adorning the letters (HEMS). The piece is finished off with a little mist of green yellow around the boundary providing a bit of movement and depth. A very nice piece of writing indeed from this master of the craft.
To the right of the Hemper writing is a very tidy piece for graffiti from Benjimagnetic, spelling out BEN (I assume). In recent months, Benjimagnetic has reined in his work a little from the rather busy style he has, into something calmer and easier on the eye. Personally I like this new direction and find it easier to engage with his newer work. The geometric patterns are still there, but with out too much fuss. Another fine collaboration from this pair.