4395. BB Gallery (2)

As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, I have only recently discovered the delights of the Bristol to Bath cycle path gallery, and so many of the pieces that I photographed had been there for some time. This introduction is a preamble designed to explain why I am posting a beautiful piece by Rozalita that is obviously quite old because it features a clown, a subject or theme that she has moved away from in recent months.

Rozalita, BB Gallery, Bristol, April 2022
Rozalita, BB Gallery, Bristol, April 2022

This piece has been sprayed on boards that have been attached to a fence, giving it a bit of  a makeshift appearance. The face and neck ruffle are very nicely done, and the whole portrait is bursting with colour. I’m not sure exactly when this piece was painted, but she has visibly made great progress since then. I am a big fan of her work, and I am so pleased I eventually found this one, with a little help from Paul H.

4339. Greenbank (34)

I cannot fully express how much I am enjoying Rozalita’s renaissance, and find myself simply marvelling at her work. This piece fits the formula of a few of her recent pieces with a two tone portrait framed within a floral display. One of her favoured spots is this long wall on the Bristol to Bath cycle path, and several of her pieces can be seen here in one visit.

Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022
Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022

The colour tones of this piece are perfectly complementary, and help to bring out the features in the greyscale face. I’m not too sure what the blue cap is all about, but it separates the face from the background very nicely. The flowers are very nicely painted, I particularly like the one on the left, which looks a little bit like a protea. The improvements in Rozalita’s work is tangible from piece to piece, and I have a tinge of excitement each time I come across a new one.

4317. Greenbank (30)

On the long wall at Greenbank, which really is very long indeed, is this magnificent collaborative effort from Conrico and Rozalita. The writing and portrait combo is bursting with life and colour, and is rather spectacular.

Conrico, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022
Conrico, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022

To the left, Conrico has gone for some pretty wicked writing set on a fanciful sea, woodland and mountainous landscape. The letters have an animated feel about them and look lively on the calm and tranquil backdrop.

Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022
Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022

To the right, Rozalita is continuing on her extraordinary journey of improvement and diversification. The girl with a yellow face, green hair and red beret is arguably one of her best portraits yet, and is a perfect example of how far she has come in a relatively short space of time. We are spoilt in Bristol to have Rozalita and her amazing portraits appearing all over the place.

Conrico and Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022
Conrico and Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2022

Overall this is a lovely, cheerful collaboration. I look forward to so much more from both artists.

4294. StWerburghs tunnel (284)

With this extraordinary piece in St Werburghs tunnel, we get to see the diversification of work from the very talented Rozalita. Over the last few weeks, we have been treated to a range of subjects from Rozalita, but I think that this might be the first animal portrait, and what a beauty it is.

Rozalita, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022
Rozalita, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2022

The tiger face, although not photorealistic, has a seriousness and sincerity about it that removes it from the cartoony style that sometimes accompanies animal pieces. There are many elements that come together well, and the mouth/tongue has been particularly well done. I believe that, as her work develops, some finer detail will improve. I think whiskers might have lifted this piece up a level. Superb work from Rozalita who is on a magnificent roll at the moment.

4265. Albert Park Place (5)

One of my favourite walls in Bristol and one that changes probably less than once a year. The wall is tucked away in St Paul’s and has been brilliantly painted by a trio of Bristol artists, Wxttsart, Rozalita and Stika.

Wxttsart, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022
Wxttsart, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022

On the left of the triptych is a wonderful ‘Milk’ piece of graffiti writing by Wxttsart. I have seen a lot of his work about the place, but I think that this might be the first time I have posted anything by him. It will not be the last.

Rozalita, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022
Rozalita, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022

The centrepiece, and my favourite part of the collaboration is by Rozalita. I have said plenty in recent weeks about her diversification, and this is yet another outstanding example of her progress and development. It is a wonderful and slightly peculiar portrait piece with loads of expression and interest. Very lively.

Stika, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022
Stika, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022

To the right is some fine writing from Stika whose ability to switch from writing to character pieces is second to none. There is something quite logical, mathematical and regimented in his writing here, and it has a uniqueness to it. The colours match those of Wxttsart, and bring a completeness to the whole collaboration. Some lovely stuff here.

Wxttsart, Rozalita and Stika, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022
Wxttsart, Rozalita and Stika, Albert Park Place, Bristol, January 2022

4260. St Werburghs tunnel (280)

It was while she was painting this outstanding piece that I met Rozalita for the first time, and it was a great moment, because I have long been an admirer of her work, and it is always nice to make a connection with the artist in person. We chatted for a while about the technique she was using to paint the piece, which is referred to as a doodle grid.

Rozalita, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Rozalita, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

This piece also marked a departure from her customary carnival and clown themed pieces, for which she has made a name for herself in Bristol. This is a deliberate shift, designed to broaden her portfolio the the aim of picking up some commissions, and making a living from her art.

Rozalita, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Rozalita, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

This mural is rather unusual, showing two faces in an apparently distressed pose. There is something odd, creepy almost, about the two characters, and I think it has to do with the eyes. It shows how unsettling it is to see representations of faces with eyes without pupils. This is a powerful piece, and could easily represent the horror of the unfolding invasion of the Ukrain by Russia today, even though it was painted a few weeks ago.

4249. Greenbank (24)

It would seem that Rozalita is on something of a mission at the moment, and her work rate is on an exponential growth. But it is not only her work rate that is impressive, but the subject matter of her pieces that is changing dramatically, and this is all fantastic to see.

Rozlita, Greenbank, Bristol, February 2022
Rozlita, Greenbank, Bristol, February 2022

There is so much to like about Rozalita’s work, not only her compositions, but her paintwork itself which looks more like it has been applied with a brush than spray paint. Each component of this piece is wonderful, the portrait and horses in a blue monochrome style and the extraordinary pink orchid flowers framing the piece. Such a great surprise and yet another fine piece coming off the Rozalita conveyor belt lately.

4222. Boiling Wells Lane (2)

Here we have yet another spectacular carnival portrait piece from Rozalita in the smaller tunnel just beyond St Werburghs tunnel on Boiling Wells Lane. The character has a stunning and intricate ruff around his neck which looks amazing.

Rozalita (Rosalita), Boiling Wells Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Rozalita (Rosalita), Boiling Wells Lane, Bristol, January 2022

It was Rozalita herself who told me the whereabouts of this one when I met her a couple of weeks ago, and it was one of two that she painted on that day. One of the features I really like about the portrait piece is the leaves and vines decorating the clown’s blue face.

Rozalita (Rosalita), Boiling Wells Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Rozalita (Rosalita), Boiling Wells Lane, Bristol, January 2022

There is so much of interest in the piece from the ruff to the face to the hair. Even the  background is rather special. Rozalita is on fire and I am a big fan of her work. More to come soon.

4213. Devon Road (15)

I met Rozalita for the first time last week, painting down at the tunnel, and what a pleasure it was too. Of course I knew exactly who she was, which must have felt a bit creepy really, especially as I was able to talk to her about her work with some knowledge and authority. I sincerely hope she doesn’t think me a bit weird or peculiar, because I am just a regular guy who appreciates street art. Anyhow, Rozalita is absolutely smashing it out of the park at the moment, with at least four other recent pieces. I understand that she is upping her game with a view to gaining more paid work from her artistic talents, and with that she has my full support.

Rosalita (Rozalita), Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022
Rosalita (Rozalita), Devon Road, Bristol, January 2022

This clown piece is in Devon Road, which had had a few new pieces added recently, and definitely brightens the place up beautifully. Carnival and circus are themes that run deep in Rozalita’s  work and I always have a sense of tragedy in her characters, once you strip away the mask. I don’t know if that is Rozalita’s intention, but that is what I see. Look out for more from Rozalita here soon.

4109. Dean Lane skate park (444)

One of the most enjoyable thing about chronicling street art and graffiti is that every day has the potential to bring with it surprises. Those surprises are like gifts, presents from the artists to anyone who cares to enjoy their work. This lovely collaboration from Ros(z)alita and 3F fino was part of a larger collaboration that included Tao.create, but I am reserving her piece for a later date.

Rosalita and 3F Fino, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Rosalita and 3F fino, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

This is as special as it is unexpected, and although these two have collaborated before, I think that this is so nicely done and combines their styles and preferred subject matter really well.

Rosalita, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Rosalita, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

On the left is another carnival face from Rosalita (who now spells it Rozalita, hence the discrepancy in the body of this text), where the makeup this time is much more in the style of a Venetian masquerade mask. The frilled collar adds to the clown element of the piece. Beautiful.

3F Fino, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
3F fino, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

To the right, a slightly more edgy character by 3F fino is apparently spraying the clown. I often wonder with pieces like this whether they are self-portraits, or at least based on self. There are some nice elements to this cartoon-style character and his cans, and the clothes and face mask all add to the ensemble.

All in all a nice, large and vibrant collaboration from these two.