4957. Devon Road (18)

Rozlita, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2023
Rozlita, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2023

I don’t venture to Devon Road very often, but the irregular visits I make are pretty much always worth it. On my most recent visit, I found this interesting design piece by Rozalita (Rhozi). The black and white bull’s head on a red background has a bilateral symmetry, and more than just a passing resemblance to the Pizza Express logo (without the horns and ears).

Rozlita, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2023
Rozlita, Devon Road, Bristol, January 2023

Unfortunately, it was raining when I took the pictures and I hadn’t noticed a raindrop on my lens until I was saving the photographs onto my computer – it is an occupational hazard, but one I should be more careful with. I think I might just about have got away with it. The character above the bull’s head is the chinese character for bull, and is used in the Chinese zodiac, which is what this piece is about I am guessing. Lovely work and something a little different from Rozalita.

4941. Sparke Evans Park (51)

Rozalita, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, March 2022
Rozalita, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, March 2022

I think I know why pieces from Sparke Evans Park sometimes get left behind in my archives. As mentioned on these pages numerous times, there is a row of mature trees that run parallel with the long wall, roughly 5 meters away from it. If there is even a hint of sun, then it is impossible to photograph anything on the wall due to dappled shading – summer or winter.

Often I will photograph the wall and be dissatisfied with the pictures, and then return some time later on a dull day to take more pictures. Because of the volume of new street/graffiti being painted each week, these second sets of pictures can get a little lost in the competition for space on Natural Adventures. By looking back through my archives I can pull out a few pieces that I feel should be posted. This beauty by Rozalita is one such piece.

Rozalita, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, March 2022
Rozalita, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, March 2022

Although last year was a relatively quiet year for Rozalita, compared to 2021, the quality of her work was outstanding, and this gorgeous piece combines her skills at painting portraits with her detailed flowers and butterfly. I am looking forward to another great year from Rozalita.

4905. Greenbank (63)

Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, December 2022
Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, December 2022

It has been a long while since I last saw anything by Rozalita, in fact the end of May to be precise with her Upfest piece (not yet posted on Natural Adventures), so it was a great surprise to find this one on the Greenbank hoardings, one of her favoured spots.

Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, December 2022
Rozalita, Greenbank, Bristol, December 2022

Rozalita is another artist whose work has really matured and improved over the last couple of years, and this is an excellent portrait piece with depth, texture and emotion. All I can gather from her Instagram feed is that she was out painting friends with friends. I do hope that she gets to paint more walls in 2023.

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.

4364. Greenbank (37)

Here we have yet another fabulous piece by Rozalita on the Bristol to Bath cycle track, and one that not only looks great, but tells a very important story. Rozalita passionately opposes the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSC), as should we all, as elements of the Bill will give the police disproportionate powers with regard to peaceful protests and the rights of travelling people. Another ‘Conservative’ withdrawal of liberties, driven by those who live in comfort and care little for others.

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

The piece itself tells a story of a travelling lifestyle that is lovingly portrayed, and I suspect that Rozalita has drawn on personal experience, which comes across in this tender piece.

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

Rozalita is truly spreading her wings with her artwork and her progress and development is a pleasure to witness. Kill the Bill!

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.