1998 / 8' x 24’
125 North Main Street,
Bishop Art Supply
I create murals for businesses, mural societies, hospitals and clinics, schools, and for environmental and faith-based organizations.” -Janet Essley,
“Bishop Bakery, 1922”
1998 / 8' x 24’
125 North Main Street,
Bishop Art Supply
Since the 1850’s, Basque sheepherders have trailed their flocks in the area. The shepherds taught their time-honored recipe for a thick-crusted, tasty bread to Bob and Louisa Schoch, the owners of the Bishop Bakery. The original “Sheepherders’ Bread from the Pyrenees country was baked in brick ovens and lasted several weeks without spoiling.
“I enjoy commissioned work for the unexpected artistic journeys and the new friendships to which they lead. Research for commissions has led me to study topics as diverse as traditional Coptic design and cellular physics. While painting outdoor murals I have watched the sun rise descend down the peaks of the Sierras, been scolded by Osprey, serenaded with Mexican ballads, and been honored with the stories evoked in passers-by. Collaboration with sponsors, site owners, and observers is a unique process that joins me to the community in new and exciting ways.
I create murals for businesses, mural societies, hospitals and clinics, schools, and for environmental and faith-based organizations.” -Janet Essley,
When I was researching my post for Giorgio Vasari’s Birthday recently, I came across this interesting article on a ceiling mural collaboration by Giorgio Vasari, Vincenzo Borghini, and Federico Zuccari of the Last Judgement for Brunelleschi’s dome in the Florence cathedral, which had remained unfinished after Brunelleschi’s death in 1446.
The walls of the dome, which should have been covered by resplendent gold according to Brunelleschi project, were whitewashed.(!)
It was the Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici who had the idea to paint the dome’s interior. In 1572, he commissioned Giorgio Vasari to paint frescoes on the dome of the Florence cathedral; Vasari was flanked by Vincenzo Borghini, who worked to the iconographic subjects and added other themes taken from Dante‘s Divine Comedy.
The closest graphic text to follow was based on the mosaics in the Baptistery, divided into rows placed one on top of the other.
As a great admirer of Michelangelo, Vasari also drew inspiration from thewww.florenceinferno.com/the-last-judgement-michelangelo/ Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel.
As a result, the dome (4,000 square meters) was divided into six concentric rows placed one above the other, inside of which were arranged groups of figures separate from each other due to the division of the dome into eight vertical segments.
Giorgio Vasari's subjects were carefully matched up along the the dividing lines of rows and segments so that the theological pattern could be followed vertically and horizontally.
Starting from the false central lantern at the top of the dome, surrounded by 24 venerable old men from the Apocalypse, each segment is decorated with the four following themes: an angelic chorus with the instruments of the Passion, a series of Saints and Elect, a triad of figures representing a Gift from the Holy Ghost, and a region of Hell dominated by deadly Sin.
In the eastern segment, opposite the central nave, the four themes become three to make space for the great Christ in Glory placed between the Madonna and St. John above the three Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity), and followed under by the allegorical figures of Time and the Triumphant Church.
Vasari died on June 27, 1574, two months after the death of Cosimo I, when he had carried out only one third of the work. Although he had not completed the drawings for the four segments of the cupola and some sketches for the scenes of Hell, the new Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici called upon Federico Zuccari, an artist from Urbino, to complete the work.
Work on the frescoes started again on August 30, 1576.
Zuccari, well known in Roman circles, didn’t like Vasari’s style and tried as much as he could to affirm his own originality.
He stopped using Vasari’s method of “fresco” painting, preferring the “dry” or secco method, which was simpler but more perishable, and he changed the physiques of the painted characters, the costumes, the stylistic language, and the color range.
He boycotted the executive delicacy of Vasari, made of subtle color changes, reflections, polished descriptions of ornaments, which are difficult to pick out at such a distance, opting for a painting method that was weak in quality but of great effect, a technique he learned to use for theatrical backdrops.
He portrayed a lively gallery of contemporary personalities among the Elect: his Medici patrons, the Emperor, the King of France, Vasari, Borghini, Giambologna, other artists, and even himself as well as many of his friends and relatives.
As for the Christ in Glory, for which Vasari had left drawings inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Zuccari preferred to follow the models used by Raffaello (Raphael), which were more in harmony with the sanctimonious rulings of the Council.
However, his masterpiece in the cupola will always be his crude rendering of Hell, with its powerful devils inspired by Luca Signorelli’s frescoes in the cathedral of Orvieto, the shameless bodies of the damned, the violent gestures, and the red glow of blood that vividly brings out the dark colors of the composition to life.
When he finally completed the frescoes in 1579, having also carried out several other interventions and changes on the parts painted by Vasari, Zuccari celebrated the event by preparing a commemorative medallion. However, this did not spare him from the criticism of the Florentines.
The frescoes in the Cupola have never been popular in the city if compared with their counterparts in the interior of the cathedral: they are extremely difficult to look at because they are so removed from the viewer, placed in a dark spherical vault, and they have become increasingly obscured over the centuries by dirt.
However, these frescoes were scrupulously restored between 1978 and 1985, and it is now possible to re-evaluate them and appreciate the power of the cycle and its importance in Florentine art history.
This enormous space allows for an interesting comparison between two different ways of interpreting art rather than an antagonism between two painters: on the one hand we have Vasari, a “conservative” painter and follower of a Tuscan tradition that had been passed down directly from the Middle Ages; on the other, Zuccari, who “imported” the methods of the Roman painter-contractors to Florence, which were based on a poor executive quality but a grandiose final effect.
Florence Inferno is a blog about the Florentine mysteries, symbols, and places that are mentioned in Dan Brown’s novel Inferno,
So I’m out in the neighborhood and I see this cool mural at the Porticos Art Space, 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Arroyo Repertory Theatre unveiled its new mural at Porticos Art Space, 2033 E. Washington Ave., Pasadena, CA on September 25, 2021.
Pasadena-born artist Ian Schuler painted the mural.
The mural includes depictions of performing singers as well as roses and peacocks (for which the area is well-known).
"I like what Ian did with the awning!" -RQ
The Bishop Mural Society was incorporated in 1997 to display our heritage in a spectacular outdoor art gallery surrounded by natural beauty. In its first ten years, founders Barbara and David Williams, Dan Wells and John Knowlton established Bishop as a mural destination by producing professional, historically accurate, visually and artistically excellent quality murals. Fifteen colorful mural sites showcase the fascinating history of the Owens Valley on buildings throughout the city. Bishop Mural Society is a founding member of the California Public Art and Mural Society, which held their Public Art Symposium here in 2005. Our most recent achievement is a ten by fifteen foot natural history mural of 421 sculpted ceramic tiles and mosaic, created by 216 community members.
We produce and maintain high quality public art specializing in events and characters of historical significance to the local community. We partner with local businesses, organizations and artists to nurture a healthy local economy.
The Bishop Mural Society has produced 15 public murals throughout the City of Bishop.
(Map Published on June 8, 2015)
Winsor & Newton, the London based manufacturer of artist’s materials, is in partnership with the mental health charity Hospital Rooms to transform mental health treatment spaces by commissioning artists to create murals, providing patients a welcoming and dignified environment.
"This is a program very dear to my heart as my decision to become a muralist, back in the early 80’s when I was a Respiratory Therapist and a Hyperbaric Technician working with burn patients and the chronically ill, was to be able to create a positive and uplifting environment for people to enjoy and to thrive in.
I am happy to feature Ms. Broom’s mural work and her collaboration with Hospital Rooms." -Roberto Quintana
We (Winsor & Newton) are delighted to announce an expansion in our partnership with the mental health charity Hospital Rooms. The aim of Hospital Rooms is to provide people being treated for mental health issues with a welcoming and dignified space by commissioning global artists to install artwork on the wards. In sponsoring artist Orlanda Broom, we can support her creative journey making work for Rosebud Ward at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
Founders of Hospital Rooms, curator Niamh White and artist Tim A. Shaw, built the organization based on personal experience. They visited a good friend who was an in-patient on a mental health ward and came away struck by the lack of care given to the surroundings. They knew they had the skills and community to be able to transform these spaces with high-quality artworks. And they believed in the power of art to connect people. Thus, Hospital Rooms was born.
We join many prestigious partners who have been working to help Hospital Rooms expand their capacity to help people. Currently, the charity is working across the UK and has inspired a pilot project in Lagos, Nigeria.
It is a tremendous privilege to join Hospital Rooms and contribute in a small way as they work with service users and staff to alleviate the challenges faced by people with mental health issues. Working alongside them allows us an insight into how artists work and how they interpret the world. And it gives us a way of understanding how artists re-interpret their work to thoughtfully adapt to important community projects.
Featured Artist: Orlanda Broom
Orlanda Broom creates paintings in two distinct styles: lush and floral landscapes, and fluid and abstract works. What connects these two bodies of work is her use of colour, organic forms and exploration of painting mediums. Orlanda earned an MA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art in 1997 while studying in Barcelona. She has lived in Portugal and London and now works from her studio in Hampshire.
Orlanda's landscapes portray reimagined places that are vibrant, colourful and full of life. Her abstract paintings, created in the spirit of abstract expressionism, are made intuitively with resin and allow chance to play a role in forming the composition. Notably, Orlanda has completed large-scale commissions including a 4x4m piece for the lobby of the new Four Seasons Downtown New York and a large abstract work for the Mandarin Oriental in London. She is also involved with the mental health charity, Hospital Rooms.
Happy Birthday Giorgio Vasari!
The painter, architect, collector, and influential author was born on this day (July 30) in 1511 in Arezzo.
A successful painter and architect in the service of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’Medici, Vasari is best known today for his Lives of the Artists, a collection of biographies from Cimabue through his autobiography. Published in two editions (1550/1568), the text has had a profound impact on the development of connoisseurship, art history, and Italian Renaissance studies.
“I have represented the lord Duke Cosimo triumphant and glorious, crowned by the personification of Florence with an oak wreath” -Vasari
The centre of the entire ceiling’s decorations is Cosimo I de’ Medici: the Duke is wearing a purple cloak, is seen sitting on the clouds and is accompanied by the Ducal crown, the cross belonging to the order of Saint Stephen and finally the Golden Fleece (received from the Emperor in 1545). Surrounding him are the symbols of the city and the insignia of the Florentine Arts. Photo: Simone Lampredi
For more on Vasari, see:
Julian Kliemann and Antonio Manno.
“Vasari.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.
An Equestrian Monument for Giorgio Vasari
In collaboration with Paradise for Artists of Pasadena, California, the cultural association Paradise for Artists of Arezzo presents the sixth appointment of a program of events and collective exhibitions to support the project:
"An equestrian monument for Giorgio Vasari
on tour in America and in Italy"
and raise funds to dedicate a bronze statue to Giorgio Vasari, the father of art history, the first art historian.
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is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation,
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Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
“For myself, I aim for an art which would be in immediate connection with daily life which could start from our daily life and which would be a very direct and very sincere expression of our real life and real moods.” -Keith Haring
Though Keith Haring’s murals can be found around the world, his work for the Belgian Channel Surf Club in Knokke is certainly a standout piece. By invitation of Roger Nellens in 1987, Haring arrived in Knokke to continue the legacy of the Nellens family — as his father is the man to have commissioned René Magritte’s The Enchanted Domain in the nearby casino. Painted in a single day Keith Haring’s mural depicts the swimmers present in the rising tides, crashing through waves and advancing towards a grotesque but humorous sea monster that aims to consume them. With his characteristic pop-art figures and comic-book-like language, Haring’s impression on the seaside town cemented an artistic legacy lasting far longer than the tragically short life of the artist.
“One of the things I have been most interested in is the role of chance in situations–letting things happen by themselves. My drawings are never preplanned. I never sketch a plan for a drawing, even for huge wall murals. My early drawings, which were always abstract, were filled with references to images, but never had specific images. They are more like automatic writing or gestural abstraction.” -Keith Haring
One Person Exhibitions
Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody
The Broad, Los Angeles, CA
May 27 – October 8, 2023
Keith Haring: Amsterdam Notes
May 26 – November 5, 2023
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Keith Haring: Against All Odds
April 15 – September 24, 2023
Akron Art Museum
Keith Haring has murals all around the world,
check out the map/link to find his work near you.
The murals map is temporarily unavailable.
There are images and information about the murals
that Keith Haring made around the world. Enjoy!
Here’s a really good 'Old-School Sign-Painter' guy
in Virginia, still hand-lettering in the modern world!
Melding Traditional Sign Painting
and Computer Skills
Rodney Vicik’s skills were developed through years of continuing education and a desire for excellence.
As important as these hand skills are, they are not the only things that make his signs extraordinary.
Having learned the trade of sign painting just at the brink when computerized sign-making equipment was entering the marketplace, Rodney is competent using both mediums, old-school sign painting and computer technologies, in the production of his signs.
(from his website)
“I am the owner of Red Rocket Signs located in Hampton, VA.
We are the "go to" shop for hand lettering and gold leaf in our area. Our niche is boat lettering, but we also do a variety of commercial sign work with an emphasis on good design.
My interest in hand lettering has led to an extensive collection of sign and lettering books dating back to the late 1800s and into the early 1900s when sign painting was an art form."
"Though I prefer the old method of using pencils and brushes,
I am also proficient at digitizing hand drawn artwork into computer files. In today’s world, most designs will eventually need to be reproduced digitally.
Another by-product of my melding of traditional sign painting and computer skills has been the conversion of hand drawn alphabets into complete fonts that can be installed onto any computer. These are available for purchase in the 'Retro Fonts' section of my website.” -Rodney Vicik
Here’s a peek into Rodney’s brush-box!
"I’m a real ‘brush-freak’ and I love seeing
what goes on behind the scenes.
Meanwhile...while your here,
check out this link to some of my
signs, totems and super-graphics.” -Roberto
June 2, 3, and 4, 2023
The Pasadena Antique Warehouse Gallery
"What a great show this turned out to be!
I am very proud of the way the exhibition turned out!
All of my work looked Fantastic in the Warehouse
Gallery space, and the turn-out was great!
Here are some pix of the Show!
"I really enjoyed getting a chance to visit with all of my friends and family, and all of my patrons and clients who showed up for my exhibition. What a great time we all had!!"
Here are a few of the responses we received
from our guest book and emails:
“Our whole family enjoyed your show. It was so wonderful to see so many of your paintings new and old. Just amazing. I have so enjoyed the first painting we have of yours and look forward to the new one.
Both of these paintings are meaningful to me… Your first one came after my second breast cancer in January of 2015. Both paintings mean 'moving on' and 'experiencing joy in one day at a time' for me. I often lay in bed and look at your painting, and another painting I enjoy that inspires me. Since then I joined an art class and am part of a group of women artists whose skills range from beginners to outstanding. We have a class two times a month, and I Zoom-link the other two weeks, so we chat and make art together.
The process of painting and drawing is healing and restoring for me.” -Cheryl
What a pleasure to be here and to share in your Soulful Delights!!!”
-Paul and Michele
“Thank you for the beautiful artwork! We cannot wait to come to your next show!!”
con amor, -Daniel & Alegria
“So great to be able to see your work!”
-Gloria y Antonio
“Keep up the spirit and the work.”
“Congratulations on your wonderful, fabulous, and inspiring art show Roberto!!!”
Best wishes, -Govindini & Jason
“So very happy to be here! My friend forever,
here’s to another 50 years. :)
“Dang! All these artistic folks have nice looking penmanship.
I don’t, but I want to say how wonderful the art is in here. Great job Roberto.”
“Your show is Fantastic!!! Your art is memorable in several ways!!! Your personality is so amiable and inclusive!!!
Thank you for sharing talent and spirit!!!”
-Lynn and Tom
“Good Job! I like your paintings”
You are so talented!
I love how you combine science & engineering with
spirituality & soul. It’s wonderful to explore and connect different dimensions of our spirit. We love you!"
“Overjoyed to see your work!”
“Always inspired by your creative soul,
and the art that invites us to reflect on your journey”
Love you bro! -John and Janet
“Roberto, Loved seeing your work.
Thanks for letting us know!”
-Sue & George
“Congratulations Roberto! You are so talented! Wonderful evening!”
-Rolin & Michael
“L’art best fantastique!”
“It’s great to see you and your work again!”
So wonderful to see your work today!
We loved it! & we love you!”
<3 Kate <3 AJ
“(Beautiful Asian script that I cannot read!)”
to everyone involved in putting the show together!
Chris Agazaryan: Empresario Extraordinarius
The Mindscapes Layers’ Team:
The Green Street Jazz Trio
Ron Cyger on sax,
Dave Askren on guitar,
Larry Muradian on bass.
Special Editor and All-Around-Grande-Dame
Kate at Random Framing
framing and special materials
Last minute ‘Art Show’ sign
a Very Special Thank You to:
John and Janet Quintana
Dan and Cindy Yowell
Ray and Yolanda Quintana
Cheryl and Bob Ooten
Roz and Joe Witt
Many times I come across some really nice murals or hand painted signs out there that I want to share with you!
I was out on my bike-ride around the neighborhood the other day, and I happened upon these great Calaveras skulls at a local cantina!
I thought this would be a good example of how mural art can really give a place an identity and create a memorable impact.
I looked and looked for a signature,
but I couldn’t find one.
I asked inside… but no, they don’t know.
So I went online and looked all over their website.
Not a clue as to their artists!
I even contacted them through their contact page…
After several more visits,
I spoke with a general manager, Miguel
who was very helpful
and he got me in touch with the artist:
(Sometimes you just have to be persistent!)
About: Michael Petow (b.1987)
is an American Artist who works in a variety
of media including painting, sculpture, photography and murals.
"Nice work Michael!" -RQ
I many times come across some really nice murals (or hand painted signs) out there that I want to share with you!
This one was sent to me by one of my nieces!
"I thought I'd share one of my favorite murals with you-
- (in Costa Mesa)" Love -Kate 💖
Here are a few articles about the mural and the artist:
SHEPARD FAIREY PAINTS HIS FIRST-EVER OC MURAL
ON BAKER BLOCK APARTMENTS IN COSTA MESA
by CYNTHIA REBOLLEDO
OCTOBER 13, 2017
If you’ve driven down the 55 freeway in Costa Mesa recently you may have seen a mural with a portrait of a young woman at it’s center with the words, “Welcome” at Baker and Pullman streets, on the back of the new Baker Block luxury apartments.
“Welcome Home” is a 7,000 square-foot mural recently completed (2017) by street artist Shepard Fairey. “The local community, the rebel surf-skate culture and the idea of peace and our need to take care of our environment all inspired me for this piece,” says Shepard Fairey. “But in choosing a theme I considered these things as well as what would have the greatest impact from afar since this was such a great opportunity to have a massive platform. I wanted people driving down the freeway to be able to clearly pick up its message and maybe be inspired, too…The mural represents inclusion, welcoming, community, peace and harmony.”
This is Fairey’s first public mural in Orange County, with a team of three assistants, they were able to complete the mural in six days using 460 cans of spray paint and hand painting the motifs using stenciling.
A Brief Background of Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey’s professional art career began when he attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in Palm Springs, CA and graduating to the Rhode Island School of Design from 1988-1992. It was at this time he found an interest in graffiti, street art and primarily sticker art. What started as a somewhat political somewhat snarky design utilizing a photo of wrestler Andre The Giant, really gave birth to a branding machine that later transformed into the OBEY brand.
Over the years Shepard Fairey has transformed into one of the most well-known muralist /street artists in the world. His signature propaganda inspired design posters, murals stickers and clothing has continually combined social activism with the OBEY brand even before it was a commercial enterprise. The irony of the brand; “Obey”, is that Shepard has changed the meaning behind the word (at least where the brand and his work is concerned) to support more rebellious acts such as questioning how the world works rather than submitting or obeying what society tells us to think or do.
Known for “controversial” posters such as 2008 red, white, and blue Obama poster or 2017 of what seems to be an ethnic woman also in red, white, and blue calling out xenophobia. Fairey is not afraid to use his art to display concerns about today’s social and political climate.
Shepard Fairey’s latest mural (as of 4/19/2018) ‘American Dreamers’ is a collaboration with Vhils, a Portuguese graffiti and street artist. This piece of street art is located on Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles and directs attention to people who come to the United States to fulfil the American dream but end up being denied those opportunities of citizenship mainly due to where they immigrated from.
Whether it is discrimination or racism, economics or politics, immigrants must fight through these obstacles and work twice as hard than American born citizens to be taken seriously. The mural reflects generations of immigrants wanting to make a better life for themselves that they can no longer have in their home country.
Shepard Fairey’s gallery art is included in Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and Albert Museum in London. Starting in 2007, Fairey has had his art conveyed in exhibitions in places such as New York, Denmark, and Portugal to name a few. Fairey has won awards such as Member and Contributor to the LACMA Graphic Arts Council, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Voices of Courage Media Award, and Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Recent awards were given in 2017, which indicates that Fairey is not retired and still as relevant today as ever.
Where To Find Shepard Fairey’s Work
While Obey (the brand) was originally considered a more subversive brand only found in skate shops and alternative retail establishments, today it is carried in major retailers around the world. As with Obey brand, today you can see Shepard Fairey’s work in almost any major city, ranging from stickers posted by loyal followers to large commissioned mural works. By far the biggest concentration of Shepard Fairey’s work is in Los Angeles, California where he lives and works.
Read/See more here:
Shepard Fairey documentary
I really like Shepard Fairey’s work too!
In fact I did a mural a few years ago,
of Octavia E. Butler,
which was heavily ‘influenced’ by Mr. Fairey’s work.
Here’s the link to that project" -RQ
Here’s a cool YouTube video my friend Lois sent to me…
Artist Transforms Bubble Wrap
Into An Impressionist Painting
Using syringes, artist Bradley Hart injects Bubble Wrap with acrylic paint to create pixelated works of art.
Bradley transforms this everyday material into beautiful, meticulously crafted paintings.
The bare bubbles in the bubble wrap reference dots or pixels, echoing various movements in art history and other media, including pointillism, screen-printing, TVs and LCD monitors. The process of injecting paint into bubble wrap directly references pixilation.
“At every level of my studio practice I recycle as a function of the work. I recycle the syringes; the dried paint in the mixing jar and collect the drips of paint on the bubble wrap and the drop sheet.” -Bradley Hart
“My work is an album of memories made by injecting bubble wrap with paint to create pixilated photorealistic pictures. The pictures are copies of both snap shots of important people captured by me or given to me and maintained as a part of my own personal photograph collection, as well as powerful images obtained from other sources.” -Bradley Hart
Bubble wrap, his “canvas”, ,,,, is a material invented in 1957. It was originally intended as three-dimensional wallpaper, before becoming protective wrapping material. Hart, … transforms the plastic traditionally used to wrap, protect and cover artworks into the material surface of his paintings.*
The round bubbles represent “pixels” and this relates directly to our age of digital photography. Hart draws on digital photos for subject matter, usually portraits reminiscent of works by Andy Warhol and Chuck Close. While the bubbles symbolize pixels in our contemporary minds, the paint-filled bubbles also harken back to Seurat and display an unusual and unique form of post-modern pointillism.*
See more of Bradley Hart’s work here:
All images © Bradley Hart. FolioLink © Kodexio ™ 2022
Roberto's Fascinating Two-Cents:
“I have used bubble wrap, and other industrial materials,
as painting tools to make textures
and as a contact-print technique
in several of my ‘Mindscape’ paintings...
…and even on a mural project for a school library mural
with a ’Sunday in the Park’ theme. The bubble wrap was a great way to reproduce Georges Seurat’s pointillist painting technique. Here’s a link to that project with a slide show of how it was done.” Altadena Arts Magnet Library Murals-RQ
“I first met Tracy when I had the privilege of working with her on her Venetian Casino ceiling-murals project.
You can see more of that project Here.
What an amazing talent!” -RQ
Tracy Lee Stum is an American artist best known for her 3D street paintings and her chalk and pastel drawings.
Stum holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest
chalk painting by an individual: a version of
Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’
that was 35 feet long and 18 feet high.
As it turns out, Leonardo’s famous mural is only about a century older than the art of street painting itself.
This public art form can be traced back to 16th century Italy when traveling artists known as “Madonnari” chalked
Madonna and Child pictures on church and cathedral pavements for holy festivals.
Tracy taught herself to draw as a child, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
She then continued her studies in naturalism at the
Florence Academy of Art in Italy.
A gregarious graffiti lover, Tracy began street painting
in 1998, and is considered by peers
as one of the finest street painters today.
Her international team-building skills have been utilized in developing street painting festivals in China, Mexico, India, Russia, and throughout the United States.
Tracy has also had the privilege and honor to serve
as the US State Department's 2012 cultural ambassador.
In 2013 Tracy stepped into management as she
curated the first annual DO/AC 3D Chalk Festival in
Atlantic City, New Jersey, showcasing 14 renowned international 3D street art & chalk artists.
Ms. Stum has also toured Tajikistan and India creating
3D street paintings and teaching workshops
at distinguished universities and art colleges
to promote education, awareness,
and positive cross-cultural communication.
The artwork Tracy creates is made to be played in and
this is the foundation for her creation of her interactive
3D Museum... an experience like no other...
where people of all ages can step through the looking glass and revive their sense of wonder.
Tracy explaines: “Today, artists have a wide range of tools to achieve what’s called contemporary anamorphic art, a designed method or technology used to create the illusion of 3D on 2D surfaces. It’s a method of drawing founded on the geometry of perspective, often using photography or computer programs as tools to achieve the final chalk-and-paint illusion.”
With every stroke of brush or strike of chalk,
Tracy transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Her journey from aspiring artist to award winning
master of her craft has culminated in the creation of an interactive 3D Museum that takes you into impossible and magical worlds that stretch the imagination.
the public artist, who played with the perception
of space and framing...
and who always sought to create paintings that
explored and expanded reality.
"The Knokke Casino, a seafront casino in West Flanders, Belgium is the unlikely home to some of the most expansive artwork in Europe; displaying works by Keith Haring, Paul Delvaux, and René Magritte. The largest casino in Belgium, the Knokke casino was the first of four designed by architect Léon Stynen. Though severely damaged during World War II, the renovation allowed Belgian surrealist master René Magritte the opportunity to create a massive mural, spanning 360 degrees of event space. The mural, "The Enchanted Domain", was finished in 1953 and comprises eight panels that plunge their viewers into a fever-dream of surrealist joy."
"From Picasso to Haring:
Striking Artist Murals Around the World"
By: Tori Campbell
The Enchanted Domain at SFMOMA
by Alex Zivkovic, June 2018
In 1953, in a Belgian seaside resort, a team of five artists painted a 233-foot-long 360 degree mural full of leaves shaped like birds, inverted mermaids, and women who merge with the sky behind them. Referencing eight oil paintings painted by René Magritte, the artists worked diligently with projectors and paint to complete the artist’s vision.
But the artist himself was not among the painters. Magritte, the Surrealist from whom these wild, imaginative creations sprang, never touched the work during the five or six weeks it took to complete. He simply visited the casino, with his wife and dog every few days to check in. Yet it is his vision on the wall, in a mural that is, to this day, a prominent Surrealist attraction in Knokke.
Over the course of his career, Magritte aspired to create work for the public. Through his work as a painter, illustrator, and commercial artist, his art had a “public” presence in the poetry publications he illustrated or perfume advertisements he designed. It was not until the 1950s, when Magritte began receiving commissions for theaters, museums, casinos, and other buildings, that he was able to produce art at a grand, immersive scale.
Mural commissions allowed him to envision the ideas from his canvases at larger-than-life scale, imprinting them on the walls and ceilings of buildings around Belgium, his home country. In this, the largest such commission,
Magritte imagined a panorama showing one continuous environment: a magical place called The Enchanted Domain.
from: Panoramic Surrealism:
The Enchanted Domain at SFMOMA
by Alex Zivkovic, June 2018
Five of the eight oil paintings that served as the models for this series will be (were) on display at SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) as part of a re-examination of how this immersive space resonates with other images developed throughout his career.
By focusing on his works of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties, René Magritte: The Fifth Season draws attention to the set of Surrealist symbols Magritte perfected and used again and again. Nowhere is this focus more apparent than in the landscape of Surreal creations in The Enchanted Domain which includes all of the artist’s most popular motifs in one newly-imagined universe.
Magritte believed that the canvas models he provided were sufficient to realize his vision and as such they merit their own consideration. These small oil canvases, painted at 1:6 ⅓ scale reveal the precise texture of the painter’s hand, manifest his imagination, and allow us to examine the attention he gives to each figure up close.
“That the paintings are not being kept together has caused a good deal of debate among art experts here and abroad. Many believe that the paintings should not be separated.
The seller, an unidentified American businessman, bought the suite purely as an investment.”
While researching this exhibition, Associate Curator Caitlin Haskell had the pleasure of seeing the mural in situ. But no one has seen the original oil paintings together in over 20 years; they were always owned as a group, first by Nellens and his family, and then by a series of private collectors. In 1998, the set was broken up and sold as individual works. Ever since they have resided separately.
SFMOMA is (was) fortunate to be presenting several panels together, allowing us to approximate the feeling of a continuous mural. As a 360-degree artwork, the mural itself of course, can never be seen all at once. But these models, which are hung on a curved surface, give us at least a glimpse, as if looking directly into the world that would wrap around our field of vision.
This gallery presentation will be (was) one of several immersive exhibition rooms in René Magritte: The Fifth Season which will showcase other series of works and an interactive, interpretive space as well. This mode of presentation is true to Magritte the public artist, who played with the perception of space and framing in his canvases, and who always sought to create paintings that explored and expanded reality.
Magritte at the SFMOMA:
Enigma, Conundrum, Paradox
A review by Bill Carmel, MFA
"The Ignorant Fairy”, 16 m wide
1957 Palais de Beaux Arts, Charleroi, Belgium
IN THE ART ROOM:
THE MAGRITTE PROJECT, ONE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013
The British street artist Banksy has confirmed to The Art Newspaper he has created seven murals in various locations in Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, the suburb of Irpin and the town of Borodyanka—among the places hardest hit by Russian bombardments.
Speculation had been mounting that the anonymous artist was in the war-torn country after three works were spotted last week. One mural depicts a man said to resemble the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, being thrown to the floor during a judo match with a young boy—Putin holds a black belt in the sport.
Another work shows two children using a metal tank trap
as a seesaw, while a third mural, painted within the ruins of a bombed building, is of a gymnast doing a handstand.
Banksy has now confirmed these as well as a further four works. They include a woman in her dressing gown, hair in curlers, wearing a gas mask and wielding a fire extinguisher;
a bearded man taking a bath; and another piece in which Banksy appears to have incorporated existing graffiti of a penis... turning it into a nuclear warhead loaded onto
the back of an armored truck.
Borodyanka, a town around 54km northwest of Kyiv, was besieged by Russian forces early on in the invasion and subjected to aerial bombardment. It was recaptured in April, and Ukrainian investigators subsequently found dozens of mass graves where the bodies of civilians, who had been tortured and killed, had been buried. There have also been calls for investigations into alleged Russian war crimes in Irpin and neighbouring Bucha.
The new works are Banksy’s first public murals in more than a year, though this is not the first time his work has been associated with Ukraine.
In March, a print of one of his most famous anti-war pieces, CND Soldiers, was sold at auction, raising $106,505 for a children’s hospital in Kyiv. The original mural first appeared outside the Houses of Parliament in London in 2003, during protests against the war in Iraq.
"I’ve made 50 of these screenprints
with all proceeds going to our friends in Ukraine." -Banksey
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Isabel O’Neil (1908-1981) was an acclaimed authority in the field of decorative arts. A New York-based conservator, teacher, and inventor of painted finishes, she was often called upon to restore painted finishes on antique furnishings. She found great inspiration in the techniques and materials used by European craftsmen.
Isabel’s early curiosity in replicating Old-World craftsmanship led her to study at Skidmore College and Yale University, where she researched the historic origins of the painted finish. Then she traveled to Europe to observe the working methods of skilled craftsmen. Upon returning to her New York studio, she replicated the historical European methods she studied and introduced modern materials to her process.
Isabel dedicated her life to teaching and perpetuating the Art of the Painted Finish. Throughout her teaching career, she accumulated a body of historical information, contemporary resources, and innovative procedures. Using 20th Century materials, she formulated new methods of achieving faux and fantasy finishes to simulate precious materials including marble, rare wood marquetry, tortoise shell, ivory, shagreen, lapis lazuli, and malachite.
The publication of her 1971 book, The Art of the Painted Finish for Furniture & Decoration, gave her further acclaim as an authority in painted finishes. Featuring more than one hundred and fifty finishes, it remains the standard for the most comprehensively-written reference and instructional guide on the subject.
Admirers of Isabel’s work persuaded her to teach and in 1955 she founded her eponymous studio workshop. In Europe she discovered the method of instruction she used as a model for her school: the guild system of the Renaissance. In this system, novice students learn through apprenticing under master craftsmen. Skilled apprentices, in turn, instruct new students. This method of teaching and adherence to the recommended curriculum ensures that every student has the same training and each student understands and maintains the exacting standards of the Studio.
Since its inception, the Isabel O’Neil Studio has grown into an internationally-recognized art school, with works exhibited at The Museum of the City of New York and a curated collection featured at Tiffany & Co. Today the Studio remains true to its founder’s vision, and includes a cadre of Studio-trained instructors who are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards and traditional methods of the Art of the Painted Finish. The eagerness of students to continue in this craft has encouraged the development of additional finishes and workshops to teach the process.
Isabel O’Neil opened her Studio in 1955. A visionary teacher, conservator, and inventor in the field of decorative arts, once called, “the grande dame of American painted finishes,” by House & Garden magazine, she inspired many students to dedicate themselves to the continued teaching and preservation of the art and craft of the painted finish.
Today master artisan-teachers at the Isabel O’Neil Studio carry on the legacy of Isabel by guiding students through a traditional journeyman guild system that encourages creative innovation.
The curriculum, taught in person in New York City, is an exploration of painting techniques that build upon students’ skills and creativity as they acquire the confidence to execute finishes of the highest historical and contemporary quality on furniture and objects. The Studio is more than a school; many who have completed the program remain connected to the community it fosters, often returning to teach.
Murals On The Street!
"Many times I come across some really nice mural, or a hand painted sign out there that I want to share with you!
This one is from my dear friends Daniel and Lois who were back home in Minnesota last May and they sent me this great photo of the street party and unveiling of Hiero Veiga’s new mural of TAKAPrince Rogers Nelson-(TAFKAPrince!)" -RQ
Mural by 33-year-old Hiero Veiga, a Florida street painter known for the rendering on the exterior wall
of Miami’s Museum of Graffiti.
Organizers say the $500,000 Minneapolis project
has been in the works for seven years.
June 3 2022
Purple party: Prince fans celebrate mural completion in downtown Mpls
By Tony Kiene
On the same day that the Queen of England celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in London, Minneapolis honored its very own monarch: His Royal Badness, Prince Rogers Nelson. A 100-foot-tall mural of our favorite son, painted by internationally renowned artist Hiero Veiga, now looks out over the city’s entertainment district and the legendary music club that Prince established as an international landmark almost 40 years ago.
Last night’s event, billed as the “Purple Block Party,” saw throngs of people descend on First Avenue North, including many Prince fans from out of state and around the world, here for this weekend’s Celebration 2022 at Paisley Park.
A little after 9 pm, the dynamic duo behind the mural, also known as the “Crown Our Prince” project, graced the stage for the first time. With the blessings of Prince himself, it was Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, CEO of the Rae Mackenzie Group, and public art expert Joan Vorderbruggen, that conquered a multitude of roadblocks to successfully carry out this seven-year project “across the finish line.”
Things became a little emotional when they introduced two of Prince’s sisters, Norrine and Tyka Nelson, each of whom spoke to the crowd.
Tyka mentioned some of the many ways downtown has been important to their family through the years, recounting how she and Prince would often catch the #19 bus over North, and then, with transfers in hand, make a pit stop at Shinders bookstore on Hennepin Ave. before continuing on to their destination.
Norrine Nelson spoke to the crowd, promising not to cry. She closed by telling those gathered to honor her older brother, “Thank you for loving him. He loved you.”
Smith-Akinsanya and Vorderbruggen then returned, and after acknowledging the major sponsors, additional contributors, and the three photographers whose images served as the basis for the mural, further hyped up an already electric crowd, before introducing artist Hiero Veiga,
The unassuming and soft-spoken muralist did not address the audience, but no doubt felt its love and appreciation as he embraced Vorderbruggen and Smith-Akinsanya.
Finally, as the opening chords of “Purple Rain” reverberated through the nearby streets and skies above Minneapolis, Veiga’s masterpiece was doused in brilliant light, officially dedicating the mural and fulfilling the promise to 'make Minneapolis shine purple.'
DJ Mickey Breeze closed out the night with a more adventurous set the second time around consisting of a couple of classic Prince B-sides, including “Violet the Organ Grinder,” in which Prince repeatedly declares, “I’ll die, but I won’t go away.” That certainly rings true to all his fans. And though he didn’t end with it, Breeze’s inclusion of “It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night,” recorded live in Paris on the 1986 Parade Tour, proved to be the perfect depiction of the night’s festivities.
a Florida street painter known for the rendering on
the exterior wall of Miami’s Museum of Graffiti.
“I am obsessed with the practice of my craft.”
Hiero Veiga grew up in the small boxing town of Brockton, MA
and has been spray painting since he was 12 years old.
With over 21 years of experience, Hiero has evolved from writing graffiti to curating hyper-realistic pieces ranging from portraits, natural scenery, and psychedelic art.
Hiero’s unique perspective and experience of light and color is reflected in his distinctive compositions. His current personal work style involves abstract backgrounds and kaleidoscopic designs with Groucho glasses, chattering teeth,
and rubber ducks.
Hiero has participated in countless mural festivals and collaborated with numerous artists in his community. His most prominent works were done in participation with Pow Wow! Mural Festivals, including a mural displayed in the
Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hiero is based in Florida, but you can find his work in the streets, businesses, and galleries across the United States, Jamaica, and Canada.
If you are interested in working with Hiero,
please fill out the contact form or directly send an email.
© 2022 HIERO VEIGA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Article By Tony Kiene
Tony Kiene’s experience in the Twin Cities nonprofit and entertainment industries includes work with Minneapolis Urban League, Penumbra Theatre, Hallie Q. Brown, and Pepé Music.
He welcomes reader responses to
Artist Hiero Veiga now painting Prince mural in downtown Mpls
Honoring Prince: community reactions to new street sign and mural
“This all reminds me...
of the work Christina Rosenthal and I did
for Prince’s nightclub ’Glam-Slam’ in L.A.
and at his Paisley Park Studios in MN.
Here’s a link to that project…" -RQ
Glam Slam and Paisley Park Studios
Article by Matt Stromberg
December 14, 2022
Murals by Iranian-American artists across the city are inescapable reminders of the regime’s ongoing brutality.
Drive north on Main Street through Los Angeles’s fashion district and a striking new mural is visible just past Interstate 10. Against a backdrop of green, white, and red — the colors of the Iranian flag — the faces of 13 women who have lost their lives at the hands of the Iranian regime are depicted in stark black and white. Below them, their names, and others, are written on the palms of outstretched hands. Most of them were killed during the recent protests in response to the September death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, who was detained by Iran’s morality police for not wearing her hijab correctly and died in custody. “Women, Life, Freedom,” the originally Kurdish slogan that has become a rallying cry for the protests, is written in English and Farsi.
The mural is the work of Katrine Karimpour, who was approached by her friend Mojgan of Mona_E_Arts with a concept for the mural and a connection to the owners of the building at 1605 S. Main Street. Karimpour created the image on her iPad and it was then printed on two large panels of weather-resistant paper and hung on the building’s southern facade on November 27. The mural is just one example of Iranian-American artists in Los Angeles showing solidarity with the protesters in Iran.
For Karimpour, it is also a way to express a connection with family, despite the tumult of revolution and emigration. Her late grandfather and mother fled Iran just before the 1979 Revolution. “When it started, they said they would come to the US for a week til it died down,” but they ended up staying,” she told Hyperallergic. “[The regime] took all my family’s belongings, everything my grandfather had worked for, everything he owned.” She says her grandfather wrote poetry; however, she couldn’t read it, since she was never taught Farsi. “Doing this, I thought about my baba the whole time,” Karimpour said of her work on the mural.
About 10 miles northwest of Karimpour’s mural, a nearly three-story-tall image of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini graces a wall in Fame Yard on Melrose, a hotspot for street art. Her hair, colored green, white, and red, spills out from her hijab, while the chains covering her head break apart.
Mural by Cloe Hakakian and Todd Goodman
(photo by and courtesy Impermanent Art)
“I used to stay away from everything political, but this is personal for me. This is not political, it’s about basic human rights,” artist Cloe Hakakian, who created the mural with Todd Goodman, told Hyperallergic. Hakakian was born in the US to parents who had emigrated shortly before the revolution, “Otherwise I could have easily been one of those girls,” she said, referring to those killed in the recent demonstrations,
who are in the hundreds.
Iran has already executed two people involved in the protests, with 25 others facing the death penalty, according to the Guardian. On Monday, Majidreza Rahnavard was publicly hanged from a crane in the city of Mashhad. He was accused of killing two members of the Basij militia. Last week, Mohsen Shekari was executed after he was convicted of “waging war against God” by a revolutionary court. He had been accused of blocking a street and injuring a militia member. Today, the United Nations announced its decision to remove Iran from its Commission on the Status of Women, thanks in part to campaigning by activists in the diaspora.
Since the mural went up in early October, Hakakian has shifted gears, connecting artists with building owners willing to offer up their walls for murals in support of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement through her “Murals for Freedom” website. The site lists murals across the globe, in San Diego; Washington, DC; London; Paris; Berlin; and Sydney, Australia. “Not all the artists are Iranian,” she notes. “It’s inspiring a lot of people outside of the community.”
Further West, in Santa Monica, the side of an office building now bears Rashin Kheiriyeh’s mural of a woman’s silhouetted head in profile, her hair rendered in sinuous, turquoise Persian calligraphy. Kheiriyeh created the mural before the death of Amini for a mural competition sponsored by the Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that supports Iranian art and culture. After Amini’s death, Kheiriyeh posted an image of the mural to social media and added the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom.”
According to Alireza Ardekani, executive director of the Farhang Foundation, the group has other murals planned in Los Angeles in support of the movement, but has run up against a troubling issue with one artist selected for a mural at 1031 South Grand Avenue in Downtown LA. “The artist just informed me he’s under surveillance in Iran and being threatened. I offered to have the art anonymous, but his work is quite iconic,” Ardekani told Hyperallergic. “Murals are big in Iran. Before the uprising, artists had learned how to dance around red lines and go under the radar. Now they’re cracking down.”
Through these public artworks, artists in the Iranian diaspora are able to speak to — and amplify — those whose voices are being stifled.
“Culturally I felt very in the middle. This was something that could feel so personal to me, but this isn’t about just me. It’s about all the women who are fighting for their future and future generations,” Karimpour said. “What art can do is amplify those who are not being heard. We are their echoes.”
by Matt Stromberg December 14, 2022
Murals for Freedom
Murals for Freedom aims to amplify the silenced voices in Iran through art. All over the world, artists have painted murals commemorating the victims of the Islamic Republic of Iran's brutal regime. This project is about promoting freedom and spreading awareness.
There are multiple ways to get involved!
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Many times when I'm out, I come across some really nice murals or hand painted signs out there that I want to share with you! So that is what this post is all about.
So the other day I was out and about, and I saw this wild mural on the wall over at Avenue 50 Studio and Gallery.
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 No. Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
They were between exhibitions so I didn’t bother them,
but I later wrote and inquired about their mural.
Here was their response:
That mural was painted, maybe around 2015, by 'Defer' with help from Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez.
Juan Carlos is in the same crew that Defer is part of.
Juan had it painted for the exhibit he was in. It was all volunteer painted. They were so good to us."
Defer / Alex Kizu
"As a founding member of the respected crews K2S, STN & KGB, Alex “DEFER” Kizu (b. 1975) has been an integral part of the Los Angeles street art scene since the mid-1980s.
He is well known for his expertise in rendering beautifully complex letter-forms.
Alex Kizu’s work stems from his culture and connection to graffiti and the urban landscape, representing a profound artistic language which distorts the lines between street art and fine art. Kizu, aka Defer, was one of the pioneer members of the first generation of Los Angeles graffiti writers, and he has distilled the hand-style developed since his youth into abstract pieces that incorporate not only typographic but also cultural motifs, and complex patterning.
Kizu’s paintings are highly detailed examinations of line and color – frenetic structures that flow organically with multi-layered abstractions creating a borderless visual depth and complexity.
Interviews and work by Kizu have been included in a number of esteemed compendiums of graffiti art – a testament to Alex Kizu’s artistic stature in the realm of Los Angeles street art.
Whether it’s the LA-centric graffiti book,
“Graffiti LA” by Steve Grody,
or the national scope covered in the recently released
“The History of American Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon,
Kizu’s influence on the visual language found in the
City of Angels cannot be overlooked."
-Fabien Castanier Gallery
"DEFER’s typographic work is viewed as lyrical and beautiful. Also known as a 'handstyle', this specific expression speaks to the credibility of the original graffiti crews in Los Angeles and now bridges to a larger audience.
Currently Defer creates paintings that incorporate Japanese images with his handstyle resulting in exquisite art."
- Brandy Shea Sweeney
JUAN CARLOS MUÑOZ HERNANDEZ
American Sculptor and Painter
Born in 1969, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez was raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles where he was exposed to art at an early age, in the form of graffiti art and aerosol based mural paintings.
After being commissioned for his first public mural, his career progressed with further commissions and he was eventually selected, through a rigorous interview process,
by world-renowned sculptor Robert Graham to join the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Torso Project” in 1992.
Muñoz Hernandez continues to work at the esteemed
Robert Graham Studio today, and has worked on several internationally acclaimed public works including
the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.,
Duke Ellington in New York, Charlie Parker in Kansas City,
and Our Lady of Angels Cathedral doors in Los Angeles, California.
Muñoz Hernandez’s works range in materials from acrylic, ink, pigment on paper, wood, and canvas, to multi-dimensional cast and fabricated bronze, with patina and powder-coat.
His work has been included in numerous museum and gallery shows over the past twenty years such as
The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art,
The Pasadena Museum of California Art
PMCA, OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery,
and The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH).
His work was also included in
The Getty Graffiti Black Book in 2013,
which featured the work of more than 150 of LA’s most influential graffiti artists, and was inspired by 16th century manuscripts held by the Getty Research Institute
called “Liber Amicorum” or “Book of Friends.”
The Getty Graffiti Black Book was on display at
the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA).
In 2018, he held his first solo show at
Simard Bilodeau Contemporary.
Here’s a guy to keep an eye on!
Sayak says about his work:
“My main subject matter involves cultural nuance, political issues and social incidents, which are employed to establish discourse on the relationship between simple human emotions – love, happiness, agony –
through the language of abstraction."
"Investigating human values in present time, I take ordinary mundane objects, scenes, symbols & characters, and introduce them as symbols of something much deeper.”
“The multidisciplinary nature of my work
is inspired by fugacious exploration of human existence
with an unrestricted palette."
"Using representational elements in union
with repetitious forms,
I emphasize the pleasures of eternal entanglements."
"I take from the world around me – whether it be semiotics
or journalistic materials like newspaper, magazine photos
or television news.
It could be something as banal as driving signs,
fashionable textile patterns,
or any significant infographic I find on my mobile app."
"The complex union of incoherent images, vivid colors and layered application designed with both digital tools and paint brush, invite us to communicate.”
Here is another one of my favorite books from my library:
“The Mural Artist’s Handbook”
by Morgan Bricca
Are you ready to try your hand at painting a mural?
Have you wondered how to find clients who will pay you to paint?
In Morgan's handbook you will learn how to build an art business
that is sustainable and fun!
• Find clients
• Develop a site-specific design
• Select the right materials
• Block in a mural
"Morgan has done a great job of showing how she has created
a thriving business from her passion for painting murals!
She gives excellent advise on the ins and outs of working by commission and maintaining your own creative vision at the same time." -Roberto
I particularly like her
“Nature is Home”
Native Bird Murals
Morgan has painted fifteen flower and bird murals
throughout Ilha das Flores in the Azores, Portugal
in the summer of 2017.
These murals were mainly hand painted on public buildings and ruins, most near the main town of Santa Cruz,
a town of about 900 residents.
(Read about her adventures with this project HERE !)
In addition to sharing her mural painting expertise
and talent through her “Handbook”
Morgan has an excellent
on her website
...and a fantastic PODCAST!
“If These Walls Could Talk”
promoting the art of mural making and exploring
best practices for creating successful mural projects!
-Great Job Morgan-
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"I really enjoy following this generous and talented Muralista as she shares her creativity and vision for a better world
through mural painting!" -Roberto
Are you into landscape painting?
I know I am!
So here’s a link to some of my landscape paintings
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and FANTASTIC Video tutorials.
Ian Roberts has been painting for over 40 years.
He attended the New School of Art and
the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.
He also studied figure painting in Florence, Italy.
He now teaches plein air painting in the U.S. through his school 'Atelier Saint-Luc',
named after the patron saint of painters,
in Los Angeles, California.
Each week Ian shares a 5-7 minutes video on some aspect
of composition and how it plays a foundational role
in our painting.
"This Guy really knows his stuff!
(and He shares all the Tricks of the Trade.)
I’ve been following Ian for many years now and I always learn something new from him!" -RQ
He also has an excellent Video series:
“The Search for Beauty”
One artist’s journey to understand beauty
He has written TWO of my favorite books in my library!!
Techniques and principles
to dramatically improve
by Ian Roberts
(40 minute video included)
Here's an interview of Fuse Awr
(from the 'Bombing Science' Blog)
Awr is a Los Angeles graffiti artist who began painting
in the 1980s, before relocating to Colorado in the 1990s.
This mural is a collaboration with El Mac.
Bombing Science is a web site
all about Graffiti Art!
Bombing Science has been a great source for graffiti pictures since 1998 and a complete online graffiti supplies store.
They are the official retailer and distributor for some of the most popular graffiti products such as: Molotow premium paint, DANG, Ironlak, Flame Paint, Krink markers and many more.
They pride themselves on supporting graffiti artists from around the world, giving them exposure in their graffiti blog and supplying them with the finest tools.
Check out their Graffiti Photo Library…
"Graffiti techniques and tricks have grown tremendously over the years, and from its underground roots on the gritty streets, they’ve been past on and developed through word of mouth for years. But here at Bombing Science, we want to share our experience and knowledge of graffiti with you. We came up with some in depth analysis and some of the fundamentals of the graff game in this graffiti tutorial, all to help you master the craft. Nothing can bring you those super sharp outlines and flawless colour schemes quite like going out there and getting your hands messy. We explore the theory and some tips (literally) behind the essentials of graffiti. You’ll learn how to paint a graffiti piece from start to finish.
We start off breaking down the basics of graffiti tools, from can control to cap selection, these are the essentials that everything else will be based on. Once that’s wrapped up, we jump into letter structure, the foundation of any graff piece, from tags to burners. Once letter structure is established, style is then explored creating a sense of originality to a piece or throwie. From there we delve into the intricacies of the trade, from extensions to cut backs, we cover them all so you can get a feel for when to use what, and why. Finally we jump into little tricks that often go overlooked but can come in handy in a big way."
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They also have a great Blog...
with more Interviews, Reviews of supplies, featured artists, and videos!
Check it out!
Peace and Love -RQ
John Singer Sargent’s mural cycle
'Triumph of Religion'
"Check out these lectures sponsored by
the Boston Public Library!"
The Sargent Lecture Series:
New Interpretations of Sargent’s Murals
at Boston Public Library
John Singer Sargent’s mural cycle at the Central Library
in Copley Square, spanned twenty-nine years of the prolific artist’s career between 1890 and 1919.
A century after a public controversy around Sargent’s 1919 installation reached a peak in 1922, Boston Public Library gathered a group of conservators, historians, curators, and authors in May 2022 to revisit this significant project in Sargent’s life and to offer new interpretations
of the murals.
The talks make connections across local and international collections and resources to promote the further study and discussion of Sargent’s library works.
New Interpretations of Sargent’s Masterwork at Boston Public Library
May 9, 2022 Meghan Weeks
Join BPL’s Curator of Interpretation for a virtual exploration of John Singer Sargent’s Triumph of Religion mural cycle at the Boston Public Library.
This introductory lecture will examine the evolution of the project over three decades between 1890 and 1919, and offer fresh insights into the visual study of these masterful murals on public display.
Reflections on the Restoration
of John Sargent's Murals at the
Boston Public Library
May 10, 2022 Gianfranco Pocobene and Kate Smith
In 2003-2004, the Straus Center for Conservation undertook the comprehensive conservation and restoration of the Sargent murals which also included in depth technical analysis of the artist's painting techniques.
This talk focuses on some of the more complex treatment issues that conservators faced during the fifteen-month project.
Sourcing the Madonna of Sorrows: Painting, Sculpture and Sargent’s Spanish Photographs
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Chloe Sharpe introduced by Richard Ormond
Sargent’s Madonna of Sorrows, installed in 1916, was the culmination of over twenty years of research into Spanish religious iconography for the Boston Library murals.
The painter’s fascination with the spiritual power and rich materiality of Spanish art led him to amass a significant collection of photographs of sculptures, which has only recently been rediscovered in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
This lecture explores the significance of these and other sources for interpreting the murals’ meanings.
More images of Sargent's mural panels at Boston Public Library are available at Digital Commonwealth.
and more videos!
The Uncanny Sargent: The View from Conservation
Lecture: Richard Ormond on John Singer Sargent
O.K., so here’s another amazing Muralist and Artist out there that I’ld like to share with you all:
Painted in downtown El Paso, Texas.
This mural represents resilience and strength,
and complements the fighting spirit
of the classic boxing mural next to it.
The figure is based on a man named Melchor Flores,
who has been fighting to get answers and justice
for his son who was picked up and disappeared by police
in Nuevo León in 2009.
In honor of all those who fight for justice.
Mural located on the US-Mexico border and commissioned
by the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs.
A binational gesture of goodwill painted on a ten-story high water tank in the remote border community of Presidio, Texas, facing its southern neighbor Ojinaga, Chihuahua, and bearing the likeness of a humble local resident named Linda.
Commissioned for The Manitou Art Center (The MAC)
in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
The mural is a collaboration with FUSE AWR,
a Los Angeles graffiti veteran artist
who began painting in the 1980s before relocating
to Colorado in the 1990s.
The mural depicts legendary and reclusive local artist
Floyd Tunson (born 1947), who had a retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center a couple years before
EL MAC's exhibition there in 2015.
Tunson is a Colorado native who has been creating art in his Manitou Springs studio for over 30 years.
"It was a pleasure getting to know him, and I would consider him one of the most inspiring and interesting people I've met.
I recognize in him a deep love for creation, experimentation, and a certain shared philosophy that art and life are inseparable." -EL MAC
Located in the East Harlem section of New York City
in collaboration with Celso González and Roberto Biaggi
of CERO Design, Puerto Rico.
The title of the mural,
"El Regalo Mágico / The Magic Gift"
refers to the gift of inspiration.
The figure is based on respected Nuyorican author
Nicholasa Mohr, who lives nearby, and is known for being one of the first widely published Latina authors
in the United States.
Cero's part, the geometric infinity pattern that forms a halo around the figure, is composed entirely of tile mosaic.
The mural is located in "El Barrio", East Harlem,
on the side of a large elementary school
at 111th Street and Lexington Avenue.
The mural was created as part of a public arts project
called MonumentArt, curated by Celso Gonzalez.
Painted in Aalborg, Denmark
while there for a solo show at Galerie Wolfsen.
The mural is across the street from the maternity ward of Aalborg University Hospital,
so an iconic symbol of motherly love
seemed appropriate for this location.
A massive tribute to Leonard Cohen
commissioned by the City of Montreal and MU
in cooperation with the Cohen family.
El Mac, Retna and Kofie were commissioned to create a mural for the Manifest Equality Event
held in Hollywood, California in March, 2010.
The mural was painted over three weeks after completion without notice or warning
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!
About EL MAC (Miles MacGregor):
An internationally renowned artist born and based in Los Angeles. He began painting both smaller indoor works as well as public murals and graffiti in Phoenix in the mid 1990s, and since that time has developed his unique visual aesthetic and rendering style which utilizes repeating contour patterns. His work draws on influences from classical European art, social realism, symbolism and devotional art, as well as the Chicano and Mexican culture he grew up around. He is best known for his meticulous paintings and large-scale murals exploring feminine beauty and honoring ordinary, overlooked, or marginalized people. He has been commissioned to paint all over the world, for museums, universities and other cultural institutions, including the Groeninge Museum (Belgium), San José Museum of Art (California), Northeastern University (Boston), University of California (San Diego), QAGoMA (Brisbane), Fondazione PRADA (Italy), and the Mexican secretariat of Foreign Affairs, as well as murals in Belgium, Cambodia, Cuba, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Viet Nam. For over twenty years he has aimed "to uplift and inspire through careful, perfectionist renderings of both the sublime and the humble".
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