4991. M32 Cycle path (195)

Ryder, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023
Ryder, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023

At some point, in the not too distant past, some kindly people or group installed a little raised bed in this dark, dank corner below the M32 motorway. Unfortunately, for many reasons, the bed has not been maintained, and has become a dumping ground (see the razor wire, that seems to reside here) and public toilet. Even in these rather revolting conditions, street artists and writers continue to paint the walls, at risk to their own health, to brighten the place up a bit.

Ryder, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023
Ryder, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023

This is a lovely chrome burner from Ryder, a true gentleman of Bristol, that through its apparent simplicity and sharpness provides a little eye candy in this desperate spot. It was painted alongside a T-Rex piece (to follow). I like the way the chrome picks up and reflects the light in this dingy space.

4979. M32 Cycle path (194)

Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, Jnuary 2023
Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023

I had meant to post this piece some time ago, but it just didn’t happen. The first time I photographed this rather special piece by Stivs, the lighting conditions were shocking and my pictures rendered useless. I got there in the end.

Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, Jnuary 2023
Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023

The vibrant piece seems to have a lot of robot action going on, almost in the style of Transformers. This is far removed from the calligraffiti we are used to seeing from Stivs, and shows us a completely different string to his artistic bow. All in different shades of orange and red, this is a stunner on the cycle path.

4929. M32 Cycle path (193)

Benjimagnetic, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022
Benjimagnetic, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022

A constant high-performer in Bristol is Benjimagnetic with his highly disguised abstract letters that usually, but not always, spell out BEN. This nice little reminder o0f his talent is on the M32 cycle path, immediately below the motorway. It is a good spot to paint if there is light rain or the threat of rain, as it has a bit of an overhang to shelter under.

Benjimagnetic, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022
Benjimagnetic, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022

Benjimagnetic always chooses a clever colour palette and then works his magic, rather like a choreographer, placing each of the elements and details in exactly the right place, to create a pleasing end product that can be viewed superficially or in more depth. A nice piece from the artist.

4910. M32 Cycle path (192)

Mudra, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022
Mudra, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022

Quick one today – visiting relatives in Cornwall today, and a very late night last night, returning home from a Boxing Day football match in London – I am quite tired. Mudra has been firing on all cylinders this year, and you can see the progress of his work over the last few years in this updated gallery of his work.

Mudra, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022
Mudra, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2022

This is another fine example of his work, with a nicely thought out colour scheme and character face between the M and U of MUDRA. I am very much looking forward to what he can share with us in the new year ahead.

4843. M32 cycle path (191)

Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022
Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022

At risk of repeating myself, I love seeing new Desi pieces, because with each one there is a subtle but definite improvement. Confidence brings with it the opportunity to push boundaries and have new ideas, and this is something that Desi has done very well.

Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022
Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022

Although this looks like a quick one, the fills look a bit rushed, the borders and neat and the 3D drop shadow nicely done. Judging by the patchy fills, I wonder whether this was a bit of a ‘dregs’ piece, using up remnants of paint in used cans. Always great to see Desi’s work.

4823. M32 cycle path (190)

Lewse, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022
Lewse, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022

I have not yet met Lewse, which is regrettable, really. Everywhere you go in Bristol, the chances are that you will encounter a Lewse piece, and some of them have been about for a while. I think there is a lot of respect out there for Lewse’s work, and quite rightly so.

Lewse, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022
Lewse, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2022

This is a rather wonderful piece of writing with a character in tow. The letters are large, clear, regular and superbly filled and finished and are bookended by the head and tail of Disney’s incarnation of Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat. Great colour scheme, and so very easy on the eye. Anither keeper from Lewse.

4775. M32 Cycle path (189)

Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2022
Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2022

Yet another fine piece of script writing from Logoe, painted during something of a marathon by the artist on his most recent trip to the city. There is little more that I can say about his pieces that hasn’t already been said.

Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2022
Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2022

One thing that has been missing from this feast of work is the incorporation of song lyrics slapped over a corner… maybe he just didn’t allow himself enough time to do them. In a way, his pieces look cleaner without the lyrics, but in another way, they do add interest. I think that I have one more from this session to share, and there was another that was painted over before I had a chance to photograph it. I’m sure there will be more the next time Logoe hits town.

4722. M32 Cycle path (187)

Cort, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2022
Cort, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2022

One of the most consistent and busy artists in Bristol is Cort, an artist who likes to keep a low profile and stay out of the limelight. This is a wonderfully striking piece by Cort that switches things up a little bit, as he usually likes to write his name. Here he has written PAD KS, both, I think are crew names.

Cort, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2022
Cort, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, September 2022

I have only met Cort on a couple of occasions, which is weird really, given the amount he paints and how often I am out and about. The colours of this piece are nicely juxtaposed, with a vibrant red background and dark grey letters with a black 3d drop shadow. There are a couple of signature yellow strings and shiny circles to add interest. All in all, this is a very nice piece from Cort.

4694. M32 Cycle path (186)

Conrico, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2019
Conrico, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2019

Another classic piece recovered from my archive, and one that baffles me that it never made it into Natural Adventures at the time. It is a wonderful piece by Conrico from October 2019, and features a house character painted in his illustrative style.

Conrico, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2019
Conrico, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2019

The piece, like so much of his work, tells a compelling story, although I don’t quite know what the story is. Entitled ‘Bang’ the house-character is shooting indiscriminately with its pistol fingers. What I particularly like is that the house itself is a fine Victorian/Edwardian design, so typical of the housing stock in Bristol. Bravo!

4667. M32 Cycle path (185)

Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2022
Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2022

I think that I have photographed far more pieces by Desi than I have posted, and in my mind think I have posted more than I have. I will have to address this, as I’d like to do a gallery of her work, which is becoming more and more prominent about the place.

Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2022
Desi, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, August 2022

Desi has recently taken to using a second form of letters ‘VEIL’ which demonstrated her increasing confidence and experimentation. In this piece we return to the more familiar letters in which she presents four horizontally arranged colours, with quite hard transitions and some bubble decoration. Always great to see Desi’s writing.