3487. M32 Spot (105)

Many of the old classic Disney films would have a weird and frankly rather disturbing sequence, often adopting a different illustrative style to the rest of the film. Ryder has brought one of those to light with this magnificent pink piece at the M32 Spot. Who can forget the drunken pink elephant hallucination scene from Dumbo? – what was that all about in a children’s cartoon?

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2021
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2021

Ryder has done a magnificent job with his elephant characters and an equally disturbing set of faces incorporated into his RYDER lettering. Part of a collaborative wall, this is a wild and stunning piece of graffiti writing and shows off Ryder at his very best.

3457. L Dub (24)

When it comes to writing about graffiti writing by Ryder, there is little more to say than he is an exceptional talent and seeing his work is always accompanied by a bat-squeak of excitement.

Ryder, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021
Ryder, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021

A recent trip to L Dub was fruitful, and among that crop of superb pieces was this one from Ryder. Full of colour and a fine fluid movement of the letters which makes this piece of writing very easy on the eye. Sophisticated and smart.

3414. M32 roundabout J3 (273)

Here is a recent fun piece from Ryder down at the M32 roundabout featuring characters from the Willo the Wisp children’s TV programme from the 1980s. There is always something that makes me smile about incorporating children’s characters into the subversive world of graffiti art.

Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2020
Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2020

The writing is, as always, perfectly painted, with nice letter shapes and horizontal colour fills that complement each other well. The 3D shadow has a vanishing point in the centre of the piece which is less common than the shadow going in one direction.

Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2020
Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2020

The piece is bookended with characters from the show, with Willo on the right and on the left Evil Edna, the TV set. A very nice holiday piece from Ryder.

3164. M32 Spot (79)

Sometimes fate plays a part in our lives. Yesterday morning I gave my son a lift to friend’s house quite early because they were heading off for a day’s fishing. On the way back I stopped off at a few street art spots, the first of which was here underneath the M32. I just so happened to turn up as Ryder was finnishing off some rather lovely of graffiti writing.

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

I stopped for a while but tried not to break his rhythm because he had to be at work for 10am and needed to finish the piece off quickly. He said that he was really pleased with this piece, it had just worked out really nicely for him and that is good to hear because in my experience street artists are unerringly self-critical. It is a bit of a stunner, and the amazing thing is he created this in a little over an hour!.

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

As he was packing up he asked if I was heading off to the Cheltenham Paint Festival, which got me thinking. I hadn’t been planning on it, our weekends are a bit precious at the moment, but now I am giving quite a lot of thought to going tomorrow (which is partly why I am writing this post yesterday, almost immediately after coming home from taking these pictures, as I might not have time today (written yesterday as if tomorrow was today)).

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

Finally, I am rather chuffed with the Scooj shout out. Little things matter, and that made me feel very happy.

3094. St Werburghs tunnel (176)

I got lucky taking the dog for a walk a few days ago because I just caught Ryder as he was putting the final touches on this wonderful piece of graffiti writing. In the car opposite was T-Rex and their new baby… they start them young in the graffiti way in Bristol. He stopped for a chat and it was really nice to catch up – I always feel rather surprised and touched when these guys remember who I am, but I remind myself that they are all really decent folk.

Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020
Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020

The piece itself is a big bold chrome on pink piece of writing and is shit hot in my view. Proper writing from a proper writer painted with confidence and class. It was this piece that prompted me to publish a gallery of his work last week. Keep ‘em coming.

Ryder

A gallery of great work from one of Bristol’s most notable and consistent graffiti writers

All pictures by Scooj

Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020
Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020

Ryder, Frome side, Bristol, June 2020
Ryder, Frome side, Bristol, June 2020

Ryder, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
Ryder, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020

Ryder, Turbo Island, Bristol, April 2020
Ryder, Turbo Island, Bristol, April 2020

Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2020
Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2020

Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2020
Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2020

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

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

Decay and Ryder, M32 spot, Bristol, November 2019
Decay and Ryder, M32 spot, Bristol, November 2019

Ryder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019
Ryder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019

Ryder, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
Ryder, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

Ryder and T-Rex, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2019
Ryder and T-Rex, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2019

Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2019
Ryder, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2019

Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019

Doors on a wall embellished by Ryder sitting over a Mr Klue piece, Bristol, January 2017
Doors on a wall embellished by Ryder sitting over a Mr Klue piece, Bristol, January 2017

Ryder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Ryder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

Ryder and T-Rex, Armada Place, Bristol, September 2018
Ryder and T-Rex, Armada Place, Bristol, September 2018

Ryder and 2Keen, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2016
Ryder and 2Keen, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2016

Ryder and T-Rex, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Ryder and T-Rex, M32, Bristol, May 2018

Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2017
Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2017

Ryder and TRex, M32, Bristol, February 2018
Ryder and TRex, M32, Bristol, February 2018

Door, Moon Street, Ryder
Door, Moon Street, Ryder

Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016

Ryder and Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Ryder and Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017

Ryder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Ryder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Ryder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Ryder, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Ryder and T-Rex, Bedminster, Bristol, September 2017
Ryder and T-Rex, Bedminster, Bristol, September 2017

Ryder and T-Rex, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2017

Ryder and T-Rex, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2017

Ryder, Upper York Street, Bristol, June 2017
Ryder, Upper York Street, Bristol, June 2017

Ryder and T Rex, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2017
Ryder and T Rex, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2017

Ryder and T Rex, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Ryder and T Rex, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017
The Paintsmiths and Ryder tribute to Raphael Dufresne, Jamaica Street, Bristol, April 2017

2Keen, Ryder and Aspire, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017
2Keen, Ryder and Aspire, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017

Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016

3014. Frome side (1)

At last, with the help of Paul H, I have been able to access a spot where great treasures are painted. I guess that it is fitting that the first piece (of many, many I hope) from this spot is by Ryder, who has been tireless in keeping our walls fresh for as long as I have been writing about street/graffiti art, and indeed quite a while longer than that.

Ryder, Frome side, Bristol, June 2020
Ryder, Frome side, Bristol, June 2020

This is a very nice piece indeed from the RAW man with his customary tidy writing and faces lurking within the letters being reflected in a ‘watery’ medium beneath a thin layer of mist. Great colours and great execution and an all round winning piece.

3010. L Dub (18)

L Dub (Lawrence Weston) is a funny old spot. Only a few of the Bristol artists venture out to paint there and some of the artists that paint there such as Dun Sum rarely paint in central Bristol. It is secluded and out of the way and so is favoured by artists practising in the gloom of the tunnels.

Ryder, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
Ryder, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020

This is a wonderful piece of writing from RAW’s Ryder and really demonstrates why he is such a hightly regarded writer on the Bristol scene. The letters are beautifully proportioned  and consistent and the pink and red fill almost magical, but it is the yellow 3D shading that really makes the piece stand out. Very nice work indeed.

2871. Turbo Island

On Turbo Island, one of the spots in Bristol that often exposes some of our greatest social problems in the city, is this wonderful message of thanks from Ryder to the National Health Service. Of course we must shout out to not only the NHS but also care home workers, all key workers, public servants and civil servants who are keeping this country ticking over during this difficult period. Notable by their absence in this list of heroes are bankers and hedge fund managers – I seem to remember the nation bailing them out about a decade ago. How quiet they are right now, speculating about how much money they can make when we come out of this crisis. Leopards never change their spots.

Ryder, Turbo Island, Bristol, April 2020
Ryder, Turbo Island, Bristol, April 2020

Ryder has managed to get out during lock down to create this piece, and I guess it could be interpreted as mental and physical exercise, and I guess he may have worn a mask when painting it. Just to emphasise the point about some of the social problems in this area, the plastic object directly in  front of the wall is a sleeping bag/tent for some poor homeless person.

Thank you Ryder for raising the spirits of Bristol citizens at this time.

2828. M32 cycle path (54)

Ryder has stamped his moniker all over Bristol, either with the letters RYDER or with his ‘R’ character. Because his work is everywhere, it is sometimes difficult to know whether you have already photographed a piece or not, and that was the case with this one on the M32 cycle path. While I might have photographed it, I haven’t posted it until now.

Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2020
Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2020

The obvious thing to comment upon is the dynamic and free-form fill that Ryder has used – not solid, but rather more organic, like the kind of fills you might see from Ugar (what’s happend to him recently?). The whole thing is unusually subtle from Ryder, but look closely and you’ll see that it is a real gem.