2503. St Werburghs tunnel (101)

Possibly this piece needs no introduction because the artist features in Natural Adventures rather a lot although this one is a little more cryptic than some of his other works. It is of course by Rezwonk and spells out REZER.

Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Rezwonk, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

Because of the light conditions in the tunnel, this photograph really doesn’t do the piece justice at all and the colours have been somewhat bleached out. This is highly accomplished and complex writing with so many elements crossing over between letters in what looks like a rather haphazard way and yet perfectly creating great letters. When I see complex work like this, I just scratch my head and wonder how on Earth he does it. Great skills.

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2496. St Werburghs

Taking the dog for a walk does have its plus points… just occasionally you walk down a different street – often the dog’s choice – and discover something new. Finding vans with street art is such a sweet pleasure because being mobile, the perception is that seeing them is something of a rarity. Finding a van as beautifully painted as this one by Inkie is a real treat.

Inkie, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Inkie, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

Looking a little bit like the Scooby van, the artwork here by Inkie is simply exceptional and features two of his stylized beauties, one on each site of the van, and the hair curls swirling around all over. Great colour combinations and the skill of a brilliant artist make this van highly desirable, I mean who wouldn’t want it, even if only for a day?

 

 

2495. St Werburghs Tunnel (100)

We exist for the time being in a divided nation, but there is growing consensus that Boris Johnson is wreckless and is being found out for the blatant opportunist he appears to be. I think that many (particularly in Bristol) citizens would have some sympathy with this fine work from Nightwayss.

Nightwayss, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Nightwayss, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

Commensurate with many of his recent sketches, this piece is in black and white and all the more effective for it. There is something about the style of this one that reminds me a bit of the excellent Winsor McCay and his comic strips ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’. Nightwayss continues to impress with his fine work.

2448. St Werburghs tunnel (99)

I was lucky enough to run into Mr Draws when he was painting this piece at the entrance of St Werburghs tunnel and stopped for a chat with him. We hadn’t seen each other for a while, so it was good to catch up.

Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

The piece itself is typical of his street work at the moment. Bright and colourful, spelling out ‘draws’ and with a bit of a twist, which in this case is a mirror version of his name, and his wobbly outline which he has been favouring recently.

Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

I do like and have always liked his work which is always full of ideas and fun. He may not have the tightness of some of Bristol’s design writers but he is full of creativity and always turns out pieces that are easy on the eye.

2447. St Werburghs tunnel (98)

I am currently away in Cornwall on my annual sea fishing trip, and am finding it really difficult to keep up with these posts, so today’s contributions might be a little rushed.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

This is yet another exceptional piece of writing from Fiva, where has superimposed two writing styles on top of each other and used different colours where the letters overlap. It is a very clever piece, skilfully painted, but I’d expect no less from this artist.

Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Fiva, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

It is great also to see him include one of his characters on the left hand side of the piece. All very good indeed.

2442. St Werburghs tunnel (98)

Not long ago, this rather fun collaboration appeared at the farm end of St Werburghs tunnel. It is painted by Daz Cat on the left and CD on the right and while I am familiar with the former, I have never come across CD before this and another collaboration between the two. Perhaps he was just visiting Bristol.

Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

I am used to seeing cats and dogs by Daz Cat, but even though I know he has done giraffes before, this is the first one I have seen and whaty a nice tidy piece it is too. There is an interesting ‘fairy tale’ type character in the centre of the piece nestling in the curled neck of the giraffe. A curious image, but rather compelling.

CD., St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
CD., St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

On the right hand side is a rather tight piece of a grimacing face having a smoke, with excess smoke wafting around the whole wall. The colour pallette is nicely balanced and it is amazing how well light blue and pink work together – I used to have a light blue fleece with pink trim that I bought in Jasper, British Colombia and it was my favourite item of clothing for many years. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about this work that I really like – maybe it is the rather surreal nature of the piece, I don’t know. A nice introduction to CD’s work.

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!