3210. M32 Cycle path (78)

This piece was painted a little while back by Decay, but I decided to dig it out because it marks further experimentation from an artist, who, when I first met him only painted in black, white, red and grey colours. His artistic journey has blossomed over the last three or so years and his pieces are becoming more and more interesting as a result.

Decay, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020
Decay, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020

Most unusually, Decay has gone for orange and purple colours with green highlights and arrows. More unusually he hasn’t used black outlines for his letters, although his little Chuck character does have an outline. Spelling out DECAY, I see this piece as pivotal in the artist really pushing himself to try new ideas. I love the orange splashes above the A. Looking forward to more developments.

3199. M32 Cycle path (77)

There is no stopping Daz Cat these days and he seems to derive pleasure out of both quick throw up pieces and more considered cat characters. This one on the M32 Cycle path seems to be a bit of a blend of the two.

DazCat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2020
DazCat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2020

I expect this piece will make a further appearance with Thursday Doors sometime in the future so appologies in advance for the duplication. This alley cat looks quite at home in these surroundings, complete with its missing tooth and slightly unkempt appearance. Another one for the collection.

3162. M32 Cycle path (76)

Cort is an artist who appears to slip under the radar a bit in the street art community. His pieces don’t often appear on Instagram and he isn’t often talked about. I guess his graffiti writing is sometimes overlooked when painted adjacent to PADY crew member Laic217, whose pieces may ‘steal the show’ a little because of their vibrance. Nonetheless, this quiet and modest artist cracks out some really nice pieces like this one on the M32 cycle path.

Cort, M32 cyc;e path, Bristol, August 2020
Cort, M32 cyc;e path, Bristol, August 2020

Cort’s writing is unusual and assymetrical and the way he presents his colours and shadings is rather unconventional, but in being so also makes his work very distinctive. In this piiece I particularly like the yellow lines and rings and the orange and white circles both of which are regular motifs used by Cort. Note to self – time for a Cort gallery soon.

3153. M32 Cycle path (75)

One of the constants of the Bristol street/graffiti art scene, the beating heart, has to be the ever-present work of Face 1st. He appears to be tireless, and there is rarely a week goes by without a new piece from this happy-go-lucky artist.

Face 1st, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020
Face 1st, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2020

This cheery piece on the M32 cycle path is not dissimilar in style and colour regime to the one he recently painted on a caravan nearby. Of all the artists in Bristol, if Face 1st were to stop painting, I think I might miss home the most.

Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020
Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020

3117. M32 Cycle path (69)

My camera (or its operator) goofed with photographing this piece from Laic217 on the M32 cycle path. Most of my pictures were way out of focus, but I managed to retrieve a couple that were ok. This is my explanation of why I have put a close-up in the feature image, something I rarely do.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol August 2020
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol August 2020

Laic217 has always had productive patches, but I can’t recall one quite as busy as this summer. It comes as no surprise that this piece is a skeleton, nor that the fabric of his jacket is superbly painted, Laic217 is really mastering painting clothes and materials. Nice to see a little shout out to Pl8o.

1189. M32 cycle path (10)

There is quite a lot of development work going on around this spot, and the cycle path has been diverted. As a result, this spot has become a bit of a backwater recently, but it is always worth taking a quick look.

Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017
Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017

On one of my visites, I came across thuis wonderful Smak piece, that personally I think is really classy. I know that wildstyle writing is a fairly acquired taste, but the more you look at it and the more examples you find, the more absorbed you become. The skill needed to create pieces like this I think is vastly underestimated by the casual passer-by, indeed, many consider it messy and unartistic. I do not count myself amongst those people. I love this piece.