2288. M32 Cycle path (30)

There is no stopping Smak these days and this is another corker of a piece tucked under the M32 along the cycle path. This was painted alongside a whole bunch of other artists who had made the trip over the Severn Estuary from Wales to leave their mark in Bristol. There was a bit of a theme of  ‘zebra’ stripes in the pieces that were painted.

Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019

As Smak pieces go, this one is not as complex as some of his pieces, but it is wonderfully crisp and the neon pink A is to die for. In recent pieces I have noticed that Smak is enjoying giving the A a bit of special treatment and some of them have been outstanding, this one included.

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Smak

A gallery of top drawer graffiti writing by Bristol’s artist Smak.

All photographs taken by Scooj.

Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Smak, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019
Smak, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 20189
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 20189
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Ashton Road, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, Ashton Road, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, Hepburn Road, Bristol, March 2018
Smak, Hepburn Road, Bristol, March 2018
Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2018
Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2018
Sled One and Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One and Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Smak, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017
Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Smak, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2017
Smak, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2017

2237. M32 Cycle path (27)

Another tremendous piece of writing from Smak along the M32 cycle path from a few weeks back. In some of his more recent pieces I have noticed that he is going for this style of blocking out letters in different ways, along similar lines to SkyHigh, and here, the M and A in particular are outstanding.

Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019

All the letters are blended and yet individual, clever work, but for me the jewel in the crown is the box around the A and circle around the M which make this piece extra special. I had difficulty photographing this piece, because it was very bright every time I visited, and the way the light falls in this alleyway makes photography really tricky. Yet another outstanding work from Smak.

2227. M32 roundabout J3 (145)

This is one of my favourite Smak pieces of the year so far, and my goodness there are a lot to choose from. This is another of his ‘double vision’ pieces where he has written SMAK twice and in this instance has played around with fonts and styles reminiscent of another brilliant graffiti writer, SkyHigh.

Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019

Often when photographing street art, I am confounded by parked cars or wheely bins that wind me up a treat. It is funny how I am somehow much more forgiving of a tree obscuring the art, although being a naturalist at heart it shouldn’t be a surprise. Wonderful piece by Smak on a great wall.

2156. Upper York Street (14)

I love it when it happens, when an unannounced collaboration appears as if by magic. This sensational work from Smak and Hazard is one of those special pieces, and I think they have absolutely smashed it.

Smak, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019

Smak has again gone for one of his double burners, where he has cleverly crafted two versions of his name into one piece. If you look carefully, there is one in blue and one in mostly orange. Such an accomplished thing to do from an artist who seems to be at the top of his game at the moment.

Hazard, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019
Hazard, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019

Then to Hazard’s fabulous frog, which I have to say has come as a huge surprise because I am more used to seeing her portrait pieces. I am a naturalist by training, and I have always had a bit of a soft spot for amphibians, especially frogs, so this piece really chimes with me.

Hazard, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019
Hazard, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019

Everything about this frog is good, the colours and the shading and the light reflecting off the body and the eye. Such an unusual piece to find on the streets of Bristol, but a wholly welcome one. More of this kind of thing please! A great collaboration on Upper York Street, so utterly well worth a look.

2151. M32 roundabout J3 (138)

There was a recent paint jam down at the M32 with fur artists participating. The only one that I recognised was Smak, so I guess the others were visitors to Bristol, or don’t paint all that often. This piece by Smak was the pick of the bunch, although the others were pretty good too, and I’ll post them in due course.

Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2019

The colours of this piece stand out so brilliantly against the white background and I consider this to be a truly masterful piece of writing. I am pretty hacked off that I cut off the ends of the piece in both photographs but the pavement here is pretty narrow and it is difficult to get the full span of a piece in shot. I am even more annoyed that I went back there last night and forgot to retake the pictures. Sensational work though.

2091. M32 roundabout J3 (132)

There is no getting away from the fact that Smak is a brilliant graffiti artist and character street artist. He is also going through what I would call a productive and creative phase. This lovely piece of graff writing is on one of the walls at the M32 roundabout which seems to have quite a high turnover at the moment.

Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019

The colour selection set on a black background is superb, and the little yellow flashes make the piece stand out just that little bit more. It’s amazing what these guys can do with a spray can.