City Paint Phoenix 1 – “Old Man Phoenix” at the Garfield Galleria

If you’ve been following or visiting my blog for the past few years, you will likely remember the City Paint series of posts that featured street art, graffiti, and building art that I found during my explorations of Salt Lake City, Utah.  As you might also remember, I am no longer in Salt Lake, as my family and I have returned to Phoenix, Arizona….

In an effort to re-establish or re-orient myself in the locale and to introduce you to a bit of my new and old home town, I will begin sharing similar artwork that I find during my official and unofficial wanderings of Phoenix’s neighborhoods.  I offer those two categories of wanderings for anyone interested, only to state that part of my responsibilities with my new (and old) employment here in this pan of desert is to venture into the wide city and county looking for individuals who might need to visit our clinic for one reason or another.  During my searchings for street addresses and hang-outs, in addition to my lengthy commute to and from my workplace (and occasional recreational and photography-oriented explorations), I can’t help but notice the markings and decorations of buildings and alley walls that I pass along the way.

While I have noticed a striking difference in the style of art between the Phoenix and Salt Lake City offerings (although not necessarily with this first post), I still find the Phoenix art to be as creatively compelling and worthy of respectful consideration…for not only is it born of artistic minds and hands, it is also wrought with a richness of symbol and story and meaning that is so much greater than the simple results of the stroke of a brush or spraying of a can of paint.

So…please join me in this new venture of appreciating the street art, graffiti, and building art of Phoenix, Arizona, USA…as you have joined me in Salt Lake City.  This first selection is from the side of a building at the Garfield Galleria…316 West McDowell Road in Phoenix proper.

Garfield Galleria

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Garfield Galleria at this link…and if you’d like to check-out the artist, Coxy, you can click on his name to be taken to the street art page on his web-site.  If you venture beyond that linked page to learn more about him, be fore-warned that some of his work is rather graphic…body parts…etc.

Garfield Galleria Face

As always, thank you for joining me here at Scott’s Place…for visiting and sharing a bit of your time with me…and if you’d like to see more from my City Paint series, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget.


20 responses

  1. Interesting use of the drain . . . I suppose that goes with your warning regarding his content.

    August 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    • Hmm…it might….

      August 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

  2. I’m glad that we finally recognize graffiti as art, and I’m glad that you’re showing us such great examples of it.

    August 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    • Aside from seeing an occasional mural on a corner market in a Hispanic neighborhood, I don’t remember finding anything like this when I lived here before…not even when I used to drive around as part of my job…so maybe it’s truly gained an acceptance by the broader community. And yes, it is very nice to see…and I’m happy to share it, as well.

      August 24, 2014 at 10:09 am

  3. The creativity is equally astounding whether up north or down south. It’s great expression and I agree with the previous comment that the recognition is way overdue.

    August 24, 2014 at 12:23 am

    • I think some of it can certainly be out of place and not very compelling, like a dog marking his territory, but when presented in a format like this, I welcome it and admire the creative ability of the artists.

      August 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

  4. Looking forward to more of your findings!

    August 24, 2014 at 3:07 am

    • I shall be a-posting them. 🙂

      August 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

  5. I love the image and really appreciated the enlargement you included. I definitely would like to see more…

    August 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Charlie…more will be coming shortly….

      August 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

  6. I’ve missed the Street Art and Graffiti, so it’s nice to see some more of this wonderful art. A superb figure – reminds me of pastel painting at a first glance. I’m looking forward to more of the same, Scott.

    August 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    • I found a website the other day that directed me to more of the art in the downtown area, Andy…and then spent the lunch-hour of the next day driving about looking for all of it. It appears that there’s something of an art district just north of downtown proper, something that’s referred to as “Roosevelt Row.” Many small businesses in the area have one or more of their buildings’ walls decorated in this fashion. I need to get back down there in the earlier morning to make my photos…it’s still rather warm to be wandering around the streets and neighborhoods with my camera during my lunch-hour.

      August 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  7. LB

    Incredible! I can not even imagine being that gifted. Thank you for sharing this, Scott

    August 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    • That would be a wonderful gift, wouldn’t it, LB? And you’re welcome for the sharing, too. 🙂

      August 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  8. It seems to me lots of people moan about graffiti without stopping to appreciate it. This piece is beautiful.

    August 26, 2014 at 2:50 am

    • Graffiti by itself, or “tagging” as it’s commonly referred to, can be something of an eyesore, but when it’s turned into Art, as this has been, it’s very easy to appreciate. And yes, this certainly is beautiful.

      August 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  9. I like the way he left the top of the head open – nice photos, and I”m happy to join you Scott. (I’d love to hear about the work escapades but I know that doesn’t fly, confidentiality-wise. Suffice it to say I’m certain the stories you hear and witness are compelling).

    August 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    • Yes, the open part at the top of the head is enough to give pause…makes one wonder why…what could it mean?…and I’m glad you’re here, Lynn. You are correct, too, the confidentiality issue certainly puts a crimp in the storytelling about my workplace and field adventures…but there’s still a way to craft the narratives, essays, or stories in such a way that you can smell the dust or wood-smoke in the air, or see the sadness in the eyes of the girl sitting behind the partition of wire grating in the visitation room of the jail…. There are stories from my earlier days with the health department here in Phoenix back in the archives of my blog…and there shall be more in the future, as well….

      August 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      • Yes, I think it’s those stories from a while back that I remember. And I could have stories too – how many times I’ve told myself to write – but time keeps telescoping, it seems!

        September 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

        • I’d love to read some of your stories, Lynn…damn the telescoping time and get going! 🙂

          September 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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