2714. St Werburghs tunnel (136)

I don’t think I feature enough of Ryder’s work on Natural Adventures – there is no obvious reason for it, I guess the same could be said for any number of Bristol artists. I would think that for every piece that I post here there are probably two or three that never make it.

Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020
Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2020

This particular offering is a simple chrome graffiti piece with trademark faces worked into the lettering. The chrome colour in the tunnel picks up all sorts of light bouncing around and it is difficult to believe the artist hasn’t used more than one colour. Altogether a nice one from one of Bristol’s best.

2710. Brunel Way Bridge (26)

I really don’t think I need to say too much about this one from Smak. It is brilliant. Strong clean lines, a sensational letter style, outstanding colours that slap you in the face and the graded fills are first class. I’ve said enough.

Smak, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020
Smak, Brunel Way bridge, Bristol, January 2020

2020 has started off with a bang in the Bristol street art scene. Even though the weather hasn’t improved much, there have been a few dry days and artists have been out in force. So much for being able to catch up with lost treasures in my archive. I am going to struggle to keep up this year. I can feel it in my bones. Still, I’ll have plenty of material to blog about into my retirement.

2671. M32 roundabout J3 (186)

Ooh, there is so much to like about this gorgeous piece of graffiti writing from Rusk down at the M32 roundabout. The colour choices are magnificent and it is clever how the chrome/gray at the bottom of the piece matches the buffed background. The transitions between the the green/white/chrome are masterfully done, with an intermediate green to gently soften the blend.

Rusk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019
Rusk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019

As always it would appear that Rusk has taken time and care to produce this tight and very clean piece. Even the attention to detail on the smaller yellow RAW and RUSK is of the highest level. This is a classic Rusk piece and showcases really well his skills. Surely it must be time for a gallery of Rusk’s work – I’ll get to it.

Rusk

A photographic gallery of fabulous graffiti writing from Bristol’s Rusk, member of Read and Weep (RAW) and all round excellent person.

All photographs by Scooj

Rusk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019
Rusk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Rusk, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2019
Rusk, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2019
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, April 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2018
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2018
Rusk, Raleigh Road, Bristol, June 2018
Rusk, Raleigh Road, Bristol, June 2018
Rusk, Horfield skate park, Bristol, March 2018
Rusk, Horfield skate park, Bristol, March 2018
Rusk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Rusk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Rusk, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Rusk, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Rusk, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Rusk, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2016
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2016

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.

2646. St Werburghs tunnel (124)

Another orange piece in the orange setting of St Werburghs tunnel, this time from ‘Mr consistency’ Rusk. As I would expect from the artist this is a beautifully worked and tight piece that probably disguises the effort put in, as I know that Rusk is something of a perfectionist.

Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2019

I particularly like the way the wavy fill in the bottom half of the letters is continuous despite the breaks, demonstrating some great ‘cutting in’ technique. In recent weeks Rusk seems to have favoured the tunnel – perhaps something to do with the dismal wet weather we have been having.

2613. M32 Spot (54)

This is a very neat and tidy ‘quick one’ from Ryder, which I suspect was painted at the same time as the recent collaboration with Decay, which can be seen in the background of the feature image.

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2019
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2019

I always expect tidy writing from Ryder and this is a lovely example, I would however like to see a few more of his larger considered pieces like the ones he produces for Upfest. A hugely talented graffiti writer whose work is right up there with the best in Bristol.