3147. Lawrence Hill roundabout (14)

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.

Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, August 2020
Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, August 2020

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.

Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019
Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019

3133. M32 Cycle path (71)

Unlike other artists in Bristol, Rezwonk has been relatively quiet since lock down restrictions have eased, although I am aware of a couple of new pieces in Lawrence Hill, there have only been a handful from this master graffiti writer.

Reezwonk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2020
Reezwonk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2020

This gorgeous piece in red, with alternating white and yellow outlines looks deceptively child-like, but is technically complex. The fill, which would have been laid down first, looks almost like crayon, a technique Rezwonk has used before. The two elements that set the piece off nicely are the red detail lines and the copious drips at the bottom of the letters. Great to see,

3026. Brunel Way bridge (40)

This is the last piece from the RBF Black Lives Matters wall organised by Pekoe a couple of weeks ago. It is by honorary female artist Rezwonk, and rounds off the whole collaboration with some real style. I understand that Rezwonk was a stand-in for a late withdrawal, and what better understudy could you want.

Rezwonk, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Rezwonk, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

It’s a funny thing, but when I first saw the piece, I didn’t know it was by Rezwonk, and only found out subsequently. I’m not certain I would have identified it immediately, which shows how we become familiar with the letter shapes as much as we do the style of different artists. Anyhow, this is a fine ‘Matter’ from Rezwonk and a fine conclusion to a fine collaboration.

RBF Crew + friends, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
RBF Crew + friends, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

3000. St Werburghs tunnel (170)

I am told that Rezwonk doesn’t like this piece so much so that he didn’t share it on his Instagram account. Well the great thing about writing about other people’s artwork is that I am not in a position to be self-critical, instead I critique what I see and how it makes me feel. I think this is a fabulous piece of writing and the colour selection alone is worthy of praise.

Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2020
Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2020

Whether he was short of space or whether he was simply switching things up I don’t know, but the usual REZER has been replaced with REZR. The orange/copper tones bordered by beautifully worked alternate black and white fringes leave us with a tight piece that the artist is turning out with almost alarming regularity. Great to find this one.

2980. Brunel Way bridge (33)

I managed to catch this piece literally minutes before it was painted over. The artists were on site having a quick smoke before getting started. I am pleased to have made it in time because even for the high standards expected from Rezwonk, this is an outstanding piece.

Rezwonk, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2020
Rezwonk, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2020

Spelling out REZER, the piece is painted using a gorgeous palette  of red, orange and yellow tones set on a white and orange background. To describe the fills fully would take way too long, but suffice it to say that there is a lot of craftsmanship involved and they are beautifully done. Linger for a while and study each letter. Magnificent work.

2963. M32 cycle path (60)

Of course you’d expect Rezwonk to be quick out of the blocks once the lock down restrictions eased, I guess it is the clause that allows you to ‘exercise’ for as long as you’d like that has made the difference to street artists being able to paint pieces without stressing about the rules.

 

Rezwonk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020
Rezwonk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020

This is a complex REZER design in fairly basic colours, but it has been carried off with real style and panache. With pieces as complex as this, I just can’t get my head around how the artist sees what they are doing – incredible skills really. A high quality Rezwonk burner.

2926. M32 roundabout J3 (206)

Rezwonk is one of the most productive artists in Bristol, or at least was pre-coronavirus, so it is inevitable that I haven’t been able to post all his works as we go along, or there wouldn’t be any room for anyone else. This pause on activity on the streets has enabled me to catch up a little.

Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2020
Rezwonk, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2020

As always with Rezwonk, this piece is on point in terms of design and execution. I would point out though that the colour selection either of the piece or the wall is not ideal as the whole thing looks a bit lost. If it were on a lighter background it would probably stand out a little more. (Splitting hairs… sorry). Always great work from Rezer.

2923. M32 Spot (66)

This was a modest piece from Rezwonk, tucked away on a back fence at the M32 Spot from August last year.  It includes a wonderful Charlie Brown character and yellow bird and the writing faithfully adopts the colours of Charlie Brown’s shirt.

Rezwonk, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2019
Rezwonk, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2019

The interesting thing about this piece is that although the colours of the letters match Charlie Brown, the writing style doesn’t. I would love to see if Rezwonk could reproduce this idea with writing that adopted the cartoon curves and line drawings of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. That said, I love this piece and Rezwonk is a favourite on Natural Adventures.

2894. M32 cycle path (56)

Oh what a beauty from Rezwonk on the M32 cycle path. I think that the most prolific artists are at greater risk of having work that I struggle to post. One of the reasons for this is that I like to present a representative spectrum of the street/graffiti in Bristol and so if an artist paints three walls in a week, I will reserve a couple of them to post at a later date… this is a later date, a much later date.

Rezwonk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, April 2019
Rezwonk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, April 2019

I really love this piece, the colours, the letter style and the details. Set on a flame-coloured background of Rezwonk ‘R’ tags, the letters are supported with a deep 3D shadow that seems to have a vanishing point somewhere behind the ‘Z’. The finishing touches of cracks in some of the letters adds even more interest to the whole thing. Classy.

2866. New Stadium Road (22)

This is one from the archives back in May 2019 and one of a whole bunch of not-yet-posted work from Rezwonk and Nightwayss. Over the coming weeks I will try to liberate more of these, but just this one for the moment.

Rezwonk, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2019
Rezwonk, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2019

From pretty much nowhere two years ago, Rezwonk has become one of Bristol’s most prolific graffiti writers, with a seemingly inexhaustable capacity to create great designs. This lovely piece, part of a collaboration with Decay, is notable for its sticky stuff between the Z and second E and its upside down R. It is all too easy looking at these obvious features to miss the nice background and silhouetted jagged landscape and the rather clever blurred outline that gives the top of the piece a kind of glowing quality. Worth the wait.

Decay, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2019
Decay, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2019