3042. Cattle Market Road (3)

A new piece from Bnie and something really quite different from her. Bnie is an artist that I love, particularly for the fills she uses in her letters. Well, in this large piece there are no letters, only fills on a geometrically divided background.

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

Five creative and beautifully consistent patterns have been cleverly distributed along the length of the hoarding and there is an oblique reference to cows (Cattle Market Road) in the black and white cow-print pattern. This is a fine piece and sits comfortably with the other artists in this magnificent outdoor gallery.

3022. Brunel Way bridge (36)

This is the first of five posts from this magnificent Black Lives Matters collaboration which was organised by Pekoe under the banner of the RBF (Resting Bface Crew) from a couple of weeks ago. This is an all female (plus one honorary female) collaboration and starts off on the left with the word BLACK by Bnie.

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

We are more used to seeing Bnie writing the letters of her name, but whatever she writes, the quality of her lettering and unique style of fills and 3D shading shine through every time. She is one of the tidiest writers I know of and consistency is a given. The green and black shading is absolutely stunning. The whole wall was amazing but as with all street art, it just didn’t last as long as it deserved… it was painted over a day or two ago.

RBF Crew + friends, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
RBF Crew + friends, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

2875. Upper York Street (22)

This is one of the last pre-lock down pieces from March this year (photographed in April) that I have (not strictly true, as I do have more, but it is the last one I am posting for a while, before I start on a trip through the archives. Painted by Bnie, this beautiful piece of graffiti writing was sprayed at the same time as Hazard and Smak decorated this hoarding (see yesterday’s post).

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

This, I think, is the crispest, cleanest piece I have seen from Bnie to date and shows off her talents perfectly.The alternation of graded yellow and blue fills is really nicely done and the patterned 3D shading, a bit of a Bnie trademark, is superb. A classy piece.

2801. Dean Lane skate park (289)

There is something very comforting about the work of Bnie. Also, and I know it is dangerous territory going down any kind of gender stereotyping, but her pieces definitely have a feminine touch, which I find incredible really… maybe it has something to do with the formation of the letters, or maybe something to do with my unconscious bias kicking in because I know she is a female artist and so I expect to see clues in her work. I could tie myself in knots, so I had better stop there, but perhaps you can see what I mean.

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

This is a beautifully crisp piece and she has filled her letters in a very Bnie style. The dotty pattern in the 3D shadow is excptional. I love her work and certainlky get a bit of a kick every time I see a new piece by her. First class.

2698. M32 Cycle path (50)

Bnie is a reasonably regular visitor to Bristol who I think comes from Wales, possibly Swansea, I think that because she often paints with Smak, although not on this occasion. I do like it that graffiti/street artists make the trip to Bristol to paint because it all adds to the amazing diversity of work we see here. Bristol is one of a handful of cities that has the full spectrum of street art from tagging right through to high-end commissions. Some towns and cities don’t have the street art culture, but hold a festival to draw in great artists and of course the tourists. Places like Chichester for example, but it is all a little bit too sanitised for my taste. The art is invariably great, but the culture is missing.

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

Anyhow, this is a lovely piece by Bnie and deploys several of her trademarks, most notably the decorative patterning she uses in her fills and 3D work. There really is an awful lot to like about this modest piece tucked away on the M32 cycle path. I seem to have quite a few of her pieces in my archive, I’ll try and dig some out.

2664. Dean Lane skate park (270)

Very pretty in pink and a lovely way to start the new year. Just before Christmas, Bnie and Smak got together to paint this wonderful collaboration down at Dean Lane  skate park.

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

On the left, Bnie has absolutely smashed it out of the park with this really tight piece of graffiti writing. The cartoon style letters are beautifully done but it is the shading of the letters that singles this out as an outstanding work. What a great Christmas present.

Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019

On the right, and not to be upstaged is a magnificent piece by Smak. I think that Smak has saved his best until last for 2019. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe how much I like this. It feels like he has taken the best of everything he has done during the year and pulled it all together in this piece. The colour selection for both is to die for. Outstanding work from both artists who would appear to feed off each other.

Happy New Year.

2606. M32 roundabout J3 (180)

This is a beautiful and touching tribute piece by Bnie to her late grandfather – or so I understand. I love the way that street art can accommodate such public and overt ways of recognising one’s loved ones.

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

The piece itself is beautifully painted with soft tones of green and purple, and it has a sombre feel to it. Her mastery of fading the colours acoss the letters is really improving and the 3D fill is really interesting. I am drawn to the zebra stipe decoration at the top of the piece above the A – it is a halo I think – I know that Bnie has been favouring this pattern recently and it is great to see it here.

2268. M32 Cycle path (28)

Ok, so another debut on Natural Adventures, this time a piece by Bnie. I have been aware of her work for quite a while and have several of her pieces in my archive (I’ll have to dig them out now, having broken the ice), but have just never posted any of them until now.

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

I believe she might have a Welsh connection, as I have seen her work alongside Smak before and also when Welsh crews come over to paint in Bristol her work is sometimes among them. She has a lovely touch and style to her work and this piece is beautifully filled. I wish I could do what these guys do, it just looks so good. I look forward to sharing more of her pieces and trying to find out a little bit more about her.