2427. St Werburghs tunnel (97)

Just when you thought the Rezwonk/Decay partnership couldn’t possibly get any better, they pull this one out of the hat (see what I did there?). This is a remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable collaboration painted brilliantly in the style of Dr Seuss’ Cat in the Hat.

Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

The left hand side of the collaboration is by Rezwonk where the writing almost takes second place to The Cat, Thing 1, the kite and flower pot and the general setting of the piece. I believe this piece to be utterly outstanding and is right up there with my favourite pieces of the year.

Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

The Cat in particular is so well painted, like he has stepped straight off the page of a book, Thing 1 also is incredibly faithful to the book. Surely this can’t have been painted with spray cans alone?

Decay and Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Decay and Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

The right hand side of the collaboration is by Decay who has introduced the character Sam I am from the book Green Eggs and Ham. He also included the goldfish in his bowl from Cat in the Hat.

Decay and Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Decay and Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

Decay has gone for a simple piece of writing in his usual (2019) style which acts as a fabulous backdrop to everything else that is going on with the piece. Fortunately the colour schemes used are not polluted by the horrible light conditions in the tunnel, and the photographs of the piece have come out OK.

Thoroughly brilliant by this pairing – Bravo! Bravo!

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2411. M32 roundabout J3 (161)

There is absolutely no stopping this guy. I hope he has a good job, because he is absolutely burning through the paint at the moment. I got really lucky with this piece and met Rezwonk for the first time when he was just finishing it off. At the same time I was also lucky enough to meet #Bristiol.graffiti, another local street art hunter and lovely lady. She has been so, so busy this summer spotting old and new art all over the city, and is a great source if you want to get a good idea of the scene in Bristol.

Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

Rezwonk takes his ideas to a different level with this piece, by rather cleverly lifting his ‘e’ off the piece and onto the railings of the roundabout. Clearly a lot of thought and preparation went into this one, and it has paid off in bucket loads. This spot is subject to incredibly different light conditions depending on the weather and time of day. These two pictures were taken on different days, and you can see how the light can affect the appearance/colours/shadings of a piece. Once again Rezwonk excells himself.

2383. Dean Lane skate park (238)

It would seem that Rezwonk and Decay are inseparable at the moment, they are churning out so many exciting and vibrant collaborations this summer. Some of these display a common theme used by both artists or some like this, one present two very different pieces side by side.

Rezwonk, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Rezwonk, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019

On the left is a colourful Rezwonk piece of writing, that is reasonably simple in concept – different coloured letters with melting drips, but complex in its execution. How on earth would you start such a piece? I’m not entirely sure the white ‘dusting’ works though, if anything it looks like someone has tried to obscure the piece… it might have been better without.

Decay, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Decay, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2019

Then on the right is the Decay piece which shares only drippiness with Rezwonk’s. In all other aspects the writing and colour selection could hardly be more different. It is rermarkable to think how much Decay’s work has come on over the last twelve months or so. Perhaps a quick squint at his updated gallery will give you some idea of the progress made.

 

 

2375. Lawrence Hill roundabout (11)

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.

Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, July 2019
Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, July 2019

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.

2364. M32 roundabout J3 (156)

This is the other half of an outstanding collaboration between Rezwonk and Decay from a couple of weeks back, and for both artists was a great success. Here Rezwonk or Rezer as he writes, plays with the same themes that Decay used and with equal success.

Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

There is a lot of movement in this piece, aided by the explosive flames around the lettering. The whole thing is deliberately rather busy, typified by the patches of spots and clouds in the background. It seems that each of the artists have approached this collaboration with their own identities, but in sharing themes and ideas have played off one another to create two great individual pieces and a great shared piece. So good.

Decay, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019
Decay, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2019

2277. M32 roundabout J3 (149)

As a teenager I was fairly obsessed with 2-Tone Records, in particular The Specials, so much so that a plaster cast I had on my broken leg as a sixteen-year-old was decorated from top to bottom in black and white squares. So imagine my unbridled delight at finding this 2-Tonetastick collaboration between Rezwonk and Decay douwn at the M32 roundabout.

Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019
Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019

I wonder if this piece was inspired in any way by the recent release of a new album from the Specials. On the left Rezwonk has written his name split into six sections in reversed black and white boxes. Some additional accent decorations in red just add a little extra interest.

Decay, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019
Decay, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019

On the right Decay has written his name in a continuation of the reversed black and white boxes and he too has incorporated some red in the form of his little ‘e’ character Chuck. The dancing rude boy, the filling in the sandwich, could be by either of them, but I’m putting my money on Decay. A joyful collaboration.

2260. Dean Lane skate park (218)

Vibrant and sharp, this is a magnbificent bit of graffiti writing from Rezwonk and the left-hand half of a collaborative wall with Rusk. What really brings this piece to life is the clean letters and striking blue trim, it’s really something special.

Rezwonk, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
Rezwonk, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019

Rezwonk, or Rezer as he writes, has been incredibly busy with his street work this spring/summer and he seems to enjoy painting with othert artists, often with Decay and Nightwayss. It is funny how these artists rise through the mist of anonymity. I think Rezwonk first hit my radar back in the summer of 2017, before that I can’t recall ever seeing any of his work. This is one of his best (IMHO).