The visist to Bristol by Gatoloco yielded two wonderful pieces, of which this is the second I have posted. It really is a beauty in both colour and form, and there is also a story going on with a gun being held by the hand at the end of the ‘K’ and a long string of bullets underlining the whole piece.
I was rather hoping that Gatoloco would be something of a longer-lasting fixture in Bristol, but I am guessing it was a fleeting visit. I’m not sure where the artist is from and their Instagram feed reveals very little. Nice to see things like this, and Bristol is definitely a draw for visiting artists contributing to the vast spectrum of great art in our city.
This is the second part of a four-way collaboration in the foot underpass at New Stadium Road between T-Rex, Tasha Bee, Decay and Ryder. The first half (the boy’s end) was posted here. As I always say about this location, the light was not helpful for getting good photographs, but you can still see the quality of the work.
On the left is a beautifully colourful piece of writing from T-Rex with some wonderful and varied fills and her trademark dinosaur character rounding off the ‘X’.
On the right is a very nice piece by Tasha Bee (Keep it Colourful) which reaches the very high standard I am used to seeing from her. Tasha Bee’s work never disappoints, and although she pretty much always paintsthese soulful styalised portraits, each one is an absolute beauty. All in all, it looked like these four artists had a great day out.
It is good to see that Mr Draws is getting out a bit more again after a comparatively quiet period. This rather low-key piece in St Werburghs tunnel is a nice take on his DRAW lettering, with a reversal of the letter D. This is quite a common effect used by writers but is always fun and effective.
Rather strangely, the subtle colours used here by Mr Draws come out better in my photographs than some of the other more vibrant adjacent pieces. Usually the poor lighting in the tunnel brings out a lot of amber and orange colours, but this piece is mercifully spared from that fate. Mr Draws would seem to be enjoying his wobbly white outline, which he has used in several of his more recent pieces and is rather effective. I guess that getting a good wobbly line is probably as difficult as getting a good straight line.
Oh I really hate the light in this bridge/tunnel it is almost impossible to get decent pictures of anything, especially near the edge of the wall. Even though the picture doesn’t do it justice, I still felt it was worth sharing this recent collabortation between Decay and Ryder with you.
Decay as you know already is simply smashing it out of the park with every piece he does at the moment, and although the general shape of his writing is reasonably consistent from piece to piece, the colour palette and shadings and backgrounds continue to amaze.
I haven’t posted anything from Ryder for a while now, even though he has painted quite a lot recently, no reason, it just hasn’t happened… I’ll have to raid my archive and unlock a few I think. This small part of the collaboration hosts a couple of Ryder’s trademark character ‘Rs’ one of which is shooting laser beams across the whole thing.
These pieces are two of a larger collaboration which included Tasha Bee and T-Rex (to follow).
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.
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.
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.
I really do wish that Kleiner Shames had never left Bristol for the lure of London, but I suppose that is where the work and opportunities are. However, it is so good that roughly two or three times a year he returns to Bristol and leaves one of his distinctive pieces as a gift to all of us that admire his work.
Although taking pictures in St Werburghs tunnel is a nightmare, some pieces transcend the quality of the picture, and this in my view is one of those. The letters spell out FOIS (time in French), and for a long time I thought that was the name of the artist. I don’t remember how I met him, or discovered his name, but I do remember buying a couple of pieces of art from him when he was clearing out his studio to move to London, and they are treasured possessions indeed. Come back soon.
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.
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.