City Paint Phoenix 21- “El Salvador”

While the overriding subject matter, philosophy, or world-view is not one that I personally endorse, I can’t help but acknowledge the artwork as noteworthy, especially given that it’s on the side of a building in inner-city Phoenix.

Situated on the south-facing wall of Buster’s Market at 603 N 15th Avenue, just west of downtown Phoenix proper, this is an image that I have seen more than a couple of times over three years ago.  Conducting field-work provides ample opportunity to participate in the sensory experience of the local culture.

I could have waited a few seconds longer to make the first photograph without a person in it, but I specifically wanted him there to offer perspective to scale, etc.  For what it’s worth, the building has been around since 1926 and cannot help but be an important source of groceries and other necessities for neighborhood residents, as there is not a supermarket within a few miles.

And for those interested, the artist’s information is provided below…”Enuf” is a local man named Francisco Garcia and he and this mural are featured in this Phoenix New Times article. If you’re not compelled to click on the link, I will provide that the mural is actually entitled “Jesus Saves,” and the artist claims that it is something of a self-portrait that was inspired by the “Forgiven” painting by Thomas Blackshear.

And lastly, if you’d like to view more street-art from Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can click on this link to be taken to a continuous scroll of posts featuring beautiful murals and art work from both cities.

8 responses

  1. As for subject matter… to each his own, I s’pose! But the art work is impressive. Oddly enough we don’t see much of that sort of thing around here. Perhaps some whales, or waves, but not much in the way of ‘philosophical’ choices. Unless you count the occasional confederate flag.

    January 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    • Hmm…the confederate flag…and to each his own, yes, so long as it doesn’t slime onto the rest of us. 😉 But, yes, the work is impressive.

      January 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm

  2. LB

    Always love seeing the street art that you share with us. It always amazes me that artists can create such work and on such a large scale.

    January 8, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    • That remains the amazement to me, too, LB…it’s crazy how they can keep it all together in all of the right sizes, etc….

      January 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm

  3. It’s not my philosophy either (you put that so well) but it is a powerful image. If it brings a good feeling to people who see it as they go for groceries, that’s great. I can’t help wonder if the whole wall was painted black first, in preparation for the painting, or maybe it had already been painted black at some point. The golden halo against the black wall is very effective. I hope you’re doing well, Scott, and a creative 2018 to you!
    (We were in Las Vegas recently to see Death Valley, and drove over to where the Colorado River forms the border with Arizona to see a ghost town. Joe kept joking that they’re waiting over there in Arizona to put tubes in his head, and that’s as close as he wanted to get! He’s doing really well.) 🙂

    January 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

    • Hmm…not sure about whether or not the background was already painted black, but I do know (from having watched them do it), that some of the artists in Salt Lake used to cover the wall in black before beginning the work, especially when it allowed the subsequent colors to stand-out so much more richly.

      I hope you’re having fun down in the desert…and I don’t blame Joe for not wanting to get much closer! Be safe…. 🙂

      January 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      • I bet the wall was painted for the reason you mention….and yes, we did OK, but the next desert trip will not likely include Las Vegas. 🙂

        January 27, 2018 at 1:22 pm

        • At least you made it there once, to the Vegas desert….and you did bring home some sweet photos, too. 🙂

          February 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm

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