4705. Elton Street (8)

Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022

It was while she was finishing off this piece that I met Bnie for the first time, and I was genuinely very pleased to at last make her acquaintance. I had seen her painting once or twice before, but hadn’t spoken with her. This time I was able to ask her about her work, and during the course of our discussion, she told me that she was the organiser of these boards, hosted on the side of Lost Horizon arts centre, where she also works.

Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022

This wonderful piece, sort of sign-writing, is a slight departure for Bnie, but perfectly executed. The patterns surrounding the ‘Know your worth’ writing perhaps give Bnie away a little bit, but if I am honest, If I hadn’t been there (and signed it) when I visited, I’m not certain I would have spotted it as a Bnie piece.

4702. Dean Lane skate park (528)

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

I met Bnie properly for the first time last week, and it was great to be able to put a face to a name, and to get to know a little bit more about her art and her other work. It was a pleasurable experience, and I hope the first of many, which seems likely as she is painting noticeably more often these days.

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

This piece in Dean Lane from earlier in September, is a classic piece of Bnie writing. Beautifully proportioned letters, six colour slices faded expertly, and her trademark 3D shadow, this time with straight bars, rather than her usual patterning. This is a very nice piece of writing, from an artist who is taking things up a notch.

4435. Dean Lane skate park (491)

What a lovely thing to find on the long wall in Dean Lane skate park. Fresh, clean and definitely a collaboration to bring a smile to your face. The RBF crew have been particularly busy of late in various spots around the city, but you don’t often see their work in Dean Lane.

Evey, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Evey, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

It looks to me like Evey has been having some coaching from Bnie with her 3D shadow, as I’ve never seen her paint these patterns before. This is what I love about street art; all the artists seem to be continuously developing and improving their work, moving from idea to idea and pushing themselves. The fills in her letters are rather fun too, and the colours definitely complement each other.

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

The other half of the collaborative wall is by Bnie in which she has absolutely smashed it in my opinion. The piece has everything you would expect from Bnie but elevated to the next level. This might even be her finest piece yet. The letter fills are beautifully blended and the white highlights lift them out a bit. The 3D fill is to die for, with a clever and rather unique patterning, which is a sure trademark of hers. The double border is nice and neat and provides the distinction between the letters and background. I love this piece, and I am enjoying these recent RBF collaborations.

Evey and Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Evey and Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

4421. Greenbank (43)

I have always enjoyed Bnie’s writing. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about her work I love. It might be the letters BNIE, which are so unusual (Beany?), it might be the letter shapes, fills or shadows, or possibly the combination of all of these, but there is something there that lifts her work into a different level.

Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

This piece was painted alongside some RBF crew friends all using the same background, suggesting a collaborative approach. As always, the cow spot 3D shadow, a speciality of Bnie, steals the show. A fabulous piece from a fabulous artist.

4281. St Werburghs tunnel (282)

In the gloom of St Werburghs tunnel is this wonderful Bnie piece, painted as part of an RBF paint jam including Evey and Pekoe. Once again, as so often with pieces in the tunnel, I had to do a bit of photo editing to get the true colours of the piece that had been somewhat washed out by the orange lighting in the tunnel.

Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022
Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022

Bnie has a lovely soft touch to her work. Her letters have a feminine touch, which is difficult to pin down, or perhaps it is because I know she is a female artist that I see the femininity in it. Suggestion perhaps, or is it a real thing? Anyhow, the letters have a stunning four colour horizontal palette with great transitions and the 3D shading is so utterly Bnie. A lovely piece.

4098. M32 Cycle path (149)

Regulars will know that I really like Bnie’s work. She fits into a school of writers whose letters are not cryptic… what you see is what you get, and the magic is created in the colour schemes and in the fills and patterns. Some, for example Mena in yesterday’s post, try something a little different from time to time, but it is in perfecting what you enjoy that shines through the most.

Bnie, M32 Cycl path, Bristol, November 2021
Bnie, M32 Cycl path, Bristol, November 2021

This newish piece on the cycle path, part of an RBF paint jam, does incorporate some slightly new letter shapes and the horizontal fade from purple through to green in four shades is beautifully worked, but it is her distinctive patterned (in red and black this time) 3D depth that is truly masterful. Great piece.

4088. Greenbank (18)

Somehow, this piece got left behind in my ‘conveyor belt’ publication system of new pieces on Natural Adventures. I spotted the error and have corrected it. Bnie is one of the most consistent writers around. Her uniform and recognisable letters are always beautifully turned out, and her 3D shading designs part of her USP.

Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021

This piece, on the long Greenbank hoarding, is a joyful and colourful work. The bold letters and individual colours are perfectly set off with white highlights that give the letters a little bit of a lift. This is a tight and accomplished piece of writing.

3963. Dean Lane skate park (430)

I came quite late to posting pieces by Bnie, not for any reason, I don’t know why. Perhaps I sometimes hold back until I know a little bit more about the artist, or perhaps their work grows on me. Anyhow, I am trying to make up for it now and will post her work as often as I can and if I find any in my archive searches will post them too. Last week, I posted a Bnie gallery and hope that she is now better represented in Natural Adventures.

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2021
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2021

This piece, on an awkward little bit of wall in Dean Lane skate park, is nicely pulled together with great colour fills, smiley mouth and heart on top of the ‘i’. Always reliable and always upbeat, Bnie’s work is greatly valued and enjoyed.

Bnie

A gallery of fabulous graffiti writing from the amazing Bnie, RBF.

All photographs by Scooj

Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022

 

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

 

Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022
Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2022

 

Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022
Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022

 

Bnie, M32 Cycl path, Bristol, November 2021
Bnie, M32 Cycl path, Bristol, November 2021

 

Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021

 

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2021
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2021

 

Bnie, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2021
Bnie, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2021

 

Bnie, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2021
Bnie, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2021

 

Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2021

 

Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristtol, April 2021
Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristtol, April 2021

 

Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

 

Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2021

 

Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

 

Bnie, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2020
Bnie, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2020

 

Bnie, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020
Bnie, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020

 

Bnie, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Bnie, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

 

Bnie, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2020
Bnie, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2020

 

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020

 

Bnie, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2020
Bnie, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2020

 

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019

 

Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019
Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019

 

Bnie, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Bnie, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019

 

3745. M32 Spot 115

I am struggling to keep up with the sheer volume of new pieces appearing in Bristol, which means that there are increasing delays in sharing some of the superb artwork with you. I have a time-lag on average of about two weeks between photographing and posting, by which time some of the pieces will have already been painted over. Fortunately, this collaboration from Pekoe and Bnie is still there for all to see.

Pekoe, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2021
Pekoe, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2021

This is a stunner from Pekoe, entitled ‘pink to make the boys wink’. The pink face, in three quarter profile, is following the trend of recent pieces with dotted hearts and circles on the cheeks and chin, and of course, no Pekoe piece is complete without voluminous hair decorated with little symbols and layered colours. A lovely portrait piece.

Bnie, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2021
Bnie, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2021

To the right of the portrait is some lovely writing from Bnie, who has been very active in recent months. The ‘bubblegum’ colours of the letters are blended beautifully, but once again it is her 3D shadow that steals the day. I must find her and watch her paint to see how she creates this wonderful effect.

A very nice collaboration on one of my favourite walls from this RBF duo.