2877. Upfest 2016 (172)

Somehow, since the lock down I have a lot less free time than I had before, which feels rather counter-intuitive. I am still working full time, only at home and mostly on Covid-19 communications. The kids are at home all the time and there is no respite from looking after them 24/7. The dog still needs walks. My wife too is working full time at home and occupies the study to work, which is where our main computer resides, and all my associated street art files etc.

The upshot is that I am writing these posts in the few minutes I can when my wife takes a shower in the morning. I am on leave next week, and might be able to write a whole bunch of posts to get a little bit ahead. I don’t like flying by the seat of my pants.

Rusk, Upfest 2016, Bristol, July 2016
Rusk, Upfest 2016, Bristol, July 2016

This is a stunning piece from the perfectionist Rusk on the RAW wall at Upfest 2016. I consider this to be an outstanding piece of writing and somehow Rusk, using highlights, has managed to create a metallic effect, so the whole thing looks like the side of a car or something like that. I can’t understand why I’ve not posted this before. Worth the wait.

2861. Cheltenham 2019 (32)

I posted this collaboration by Turoe One and Rusk yesterday without any words by mistake, so here it is today with some words. Not surprisingly the post received as many views/likes as it might have done without any description which is a little disheartening, but it is still nice that people apreciate the pitures. Thank you Paul for pointing out my error.

Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

The piece itself was painted at the Cheltenham Paint Festival last September and I was lucky enough to bump ito the artists while they were grabbing some sandwiches midway through their session. The photograph above is the only one I have with the whole piece, including  the bookend characters.

Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

Both artists should be familiar to regular readers of Natural Adventures, and didn’t have to travel far from their native Bristol to get to Cheltenham. My poor knowledge of popular culture prohibits me from telling youn too much about the characters in the piece but it is certainly spectacular and a true collaboration where both artists have contributed to all aspects of the work.

The end characters are beautifully painted, and I would guess the one on the left was by Turoe One and the other by Rusk (I’ve got a 50/50 chance of getting that one right).

A most impressive piece from these two graffiti writers.

 

2821. Raleigh Road (8)

Painted at the weekend (I think) this is a real beauty from Rusk (I told you there was more from him coming) and Jody. I can’t really articulate just how good this collaboration is and although the writing and the portrait don’t integrate, they certainly complement each other brilliantly.

Rusk, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020

On the left The expected high standard and tight work from Rusk delivers in bucket loads. A horizontal mix of bright and dul colours with some ‘glinting’ accents together with some nice inter-linking letters, a lilac outline and grey shadow – a lesson in how to make the complicated look simple.

Jody, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020
Jody, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020

To the right is a sensational portrait which is a tribute to Nipsey Hussle by the brilliant Jody. OK, so I’m old and my musical tastes although broad are not comprehensive and I have never heard of Nipsey Hussle before. He was an Ameican rapper, activist and entrepreneur who died in 2019, shot outside his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. I might have to go and dig out some of his music, and I thank Jody from bringing him to my attention.

Rusk and Jody, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk and Jody, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020

I had seen this collaboration on Instagram and got myself down to Rakleigh Road a quickly as practical because one never knows just how long these things might last. This is a real beauty.

2814. Dean Lane skate park (291)

Rusk is so, so busy just at the moment as you will notice on Natural Adventures in coming days/weeks. This piece was painted on a very special day last week when there was a gathering of some of the best Bristol graffiti writers including Rusk, Soker, Inkie and Hemper. I got extraordinarily lucky as I had decided to take the dog for a walk in Dean Lane at the exact right time (more on the others coming soon).

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

Rusk is a friendly guy and when I arrived he made time for a quick chat and even posed for a picture. I have said it so many times before, but I’ll say it again, his work is always tight and he takes a lot of care in keeping it tidy. In this piece the colour fills are merged vertically, which is quite unusual and which looks rather nice.

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

I have separated out his piece from the others that were painting at the same time, because this end of the wall is somewhat separated from the rest of the wall in terms of photography due to a wall opposite it and being in a narrow space.

2805. M32 cycle path (52)

One of the most consistent writers in Bristol is Rusk, always meticulous in the turnout of his pieces. This is a gorgeous example of his great work on the M32 cycle path, adjacent to an already featured piece from Soker.

Rusk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2020
Rusk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2020

The letter shapes are most pleasing and the blue 3D shading contrasts beautifully with the chrome letters and red gaseous background. This wall is no push-over as it conceals a metal door, so the surfaces are pretty uneven and made of different materials, not that you’d know it from looking at it. Rusk is pretty busy just at the moment, which is a very good thing as far as I am concerned.

2781. Armada Place (18)

It is very nice to see a character piece from Rusk, and this is a bit of fun constructed around the theme of magic mushrooms. Is that still a thing? I am so old. It is also good to see these boards, which in my view are underused and underrated, getting the treatment from some of the best artists in Bristol.

Rusk, Armada Place, Bristol, February 2020
Rusk, Armada Place, Bristol, February 2020

This piece does its job well: the pun; the psychedelic colour selections and the execution come together to create fabulous whole. It would be great to see more turnover on this wall… especially as it is reasonably quick for me to walk there.

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, Upfest 2016, Bristol, July 2016
Rusk, Upfest 2016, Bristol, July 2016
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Turoe One and Rusk, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Rusk and Jody, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk and Jody, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2020
Rusk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2020
Rusk, Armada Place, Bristol, February 2020
Rusk, Armada Place, Bristol, February 2020
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

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.

2601. St Werburghs tunnel (113)

Here we have another really decent piece by Rusk in the St Werburghs tunnel. If I am honest, I wish he’d paint somewhere else, because the photographs of anything in the tunnel just don’t convey the true natutre of the works. Whether it is deliberate or not I don’t know, but Rusk has put little shiny highlightson his letters that loook like they are reflecting from the tunnel light above. It works nicely.

Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Rusk, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

As always, Rusk has worked diligently on this piece, and the design works well without becoming too clever or over complicated. The piece was obviously painted during a collaborative session with the artist to the left (65ERS), because they have shared a red outline and a midway horizontal line that spans both works. Always a pleasure to find Rusk’s work.