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.

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3 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

  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

  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

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