I don’t get over to Lawrence Hill roundabout all that often, so there is always something there that I haven’t seen before. However, the disadvantage of not regularly visiting is that any pieces new to me can be quite tired looking or tagged.
Mudra has had a big impact since arriving in Bristol last year and has made his presence known all over the city with his distinctive pink faces and colourful writing. Although tagged, this moustached character with a distinctive outlined red nose is still looking rather bright, and I am pleased to have stumbled across it. Not long before I’ll have enough of his work to post a gallery.
I may have mentioned in a recent post that unlike some other artists in Bristol, Rezwonk has been uncharacteristically quiet over the last six months, but seems to have awakened in recent weeks, and this new piece in Lawrence Hill is a fine example of what this great artist can do.
I have a feeling that this character is from the Muppets or Sesame Street but I am not sure which one. He is throwing some building blocks which spell out the word REZER. This is not the first Sesame Street piece that Rezwonk has painted here. Those with good memories might remember his Big Bird piece. Great to see this writer doing character pieces.
An old one from Face 1st, although not that old – painted sometime in 2019, but not photographed by me until February 2020 because I haven’t been down to this spot very often. The colours are magnificent and set alight with the dayglow green outline.
I think I have more pictures of Face 1st’s work than any other artist in Bristol which reflects his incredible energy and productiveness. I would guess that for each picture I publish on Natural Adventures there is at least another one in my archive. The only other artist that comes close is Nevergiveup and his #followmyrabbits.
I am not too sure how old this one from Soap is because I haven’t been to this spot for quite a few months. It looks a bit chipped along the bottom but is otherwise in rather good condition, so I would guess it is from the back end of last year.
This mouthy piece is typically cheerful and bright from an artist who appears to have had something of a renaissance over the past year or so. I like the incorporation of swirly colours around the character and line drawn ones within it too. It was painted alongside Bad Taste who Soap has collaborated with before and which I wrote about on Christmas Day. It just shows that it is worth checking out these spots from time to time.
I met Rezwonk for the first time last week, and what a pleasure it was too. He was actually painting a piece at the M32 roundabout (to follow). Our conversation was brief, because both of us had to rush off. I also met at the same time another Bristol ‘hunter’ who goes by the Instagram moniker @bristol.graffiti and it was a real pleasure to meet her too (and if I am honest I has assumed incorrectly that she was a man before I met her, stumbling into the perils of unconscious bias once again). The anonymity that digital social media affords is a double-edged sword.
As ever, this piece by Rezwonk is sharp, creative and really demonstrates the artistic talents and range in his locker. The red and white combination (a personal favourite of mine) works exceptionally at the end of this dark tunnel – other colour combinations probably wouldn’t have the same impact. Nice work once again. Very, very prolific at the moment.
I don’t quite know what Nightwayss has been taking recently, but whatever it is is seeing him become one of the most prolific artists in Bristol at the moment. I actually received a message from him to go and check this piece out, and I am so very glad that I did, because it is utterly original and rather awesome.
The piece depicts a guitar set on a gorgeous background of plants and flowers in subtle oranges and yellows. Of course, no self-respecting Nightwayss piece is without monkeys, and this one has five of the little mischief-makers.
I am enjoying his work a great deal at the moment, and have a whole ton more pictures of recent and not-so-recent pieces to share in due course. Let’s hear it for the monkey man.
I guess I have been posting pieces by Diced Mango since the beginning of the year and I can honestly say that I think that this is his best piece yet. On one of the tunnel entrances (the Easton swimming pool side) he has found the perfect spot to show the piece off.
I think that he has absolutely nailed the flames effect and his colour selections work really well. He has really developed his technique in such a short space of time, and it is easy to chart his improvement. I’m looking forward to seeing where it all goes.
Sandwiched between Soap on the left and Zake on the right is this lovely piece by Tasha Bee. I haven’t seen much of her work recently, so had a little ferret around in my archive to pull this one out from my first and thus far only trip to Lawrence Hill roundabout.
I particularly like the character’s hair in this one, which appears to have symbols from the zodiac although none that I recognise. As with most of her work, there is something calming about this one. Consistently interesting and good.
Although I haven’t posted much from Oner for a while, it doesn’t in any mean he hasn’t been productive. On the contrary his work seems to be ubiquitous, and a day barely passes by without seeing something by him.
This is a rather good piece in one of the tunnels of Lawrence Hill roundabout. Real care has been taken with this to create nice clean lines, excellent shadows and clever accents that give the letters a rounded 3D appearance. Oner is an interesting artist who seems to enjoy bombing and quick throw-ups, but when he takes his time he can create works of high class, like this one. Very nice.
It seems that I have been a bit of a latecomer to the Lawrence Hill roundabout tunnels… well you can’t be everywhere can you? Although most of the graffiti in the tunnels is nothing to write home about, there are a few decent pieces, including this wonderful collaboration between Tasha Bee and Face 1st.
I like it when these two collaborate as their preferred soft-tone colour pallets and line drawings match so very well – there seems to be a good fusion of styles, which can’t be said for all collaborations. Peace and love.