Posts tagged “City Paint Phoenix

City Paint Phoenix 22 – Mesa United Way

It’s been over six months since I shared an installment of the street-art or building murals that I’ve encountered in the greater Phoenix area.  I suppose it was good timing, then, that something caught my eye the other morning as I was out in the field for work…at 137 E University Drive in Mesa….  The address was not on my itinerary for places to visit, but I couldn’t drive past without stopping to make a few images.

A previously unseen (by me) mural glowing invitingly on the side of the road…on the side of the wall at Mesa’s United Way building, actually.  While I thought the deeper meaning of the mural might have something to do with enriching the lives of Mesa’s children, families, etc., it was actually sponsored by one of the local power companies, Salt River Project.  Click on the highlighted words to see more about the “#Powerisallyours” campaign.

As far as the artist is concerned, I had seen one of his other murals on the backside of a coffee shop in Phoenix, but had not yet visited it to make any photos.  Click on his highlighted name to learn more about Addison Karl, a multi-media artist from Munich who has murals all over the world.

If you’d like to see the earlier posts of street art and building murals from the greater Phoenix or Salt Lake City areas, you can scroll down to the Categories widget at the bottom right-hand side of this page and click on the “Street Art – Graffiti” link.

As always, thanks for visiting and spending a few minutes of your day with me.

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City Paint Phoenix 16 – King Wong Whisper….

It’s been a while since I shared any of the city’s building art, but here’s another installment in the City Paint Phoenix series…something that I have named “King Wong Whisper,” as it appears that the young man is suggesting that we speak quietly…or maybe he’s encouraging us to not tell a secret….

King Wong mural 1

The images have been tucked-away in my phone since May of this year….  I was “out in the field” for work and happened to notice the brilliant colors on the side of the building as I drove past.  And I knew that I absolutely had to turn around and take a minute or two to grab a couple of photos.

King Wong mural 2

Amazing work…in my opinion…by an unknown artist on the north side of a strip mall located at 2545 N 32nd Street in Phoenix…”King Wong Chinese Restaurant.”  Click on the link to view the menu…and to see if you’re in the delivery area….

King Wong mural 3

Another bit of iPhound art…..


City Paint Phoenix 14 – Find Your Direction

It’s been almost two months since I posted any of the street art images that I’ve collected since my return to Phoenix, and while this one isn’t typical of the city’s offerings, it is a rather grand image on a down-town building in the central corridor.

Find Your Direction full mural

The mural is on the south-facing side of the Fast Signs building at 2517 North Central in Phoenix.  I’m not sure how long it has been there and I don’t know anything about how or why it came to be.  I searched for what appears to be the artist’s information via the website information that they provided on the far left side of the mural, but was directed to a nail-fashion site…so it’s probably not related.  When I Googled the name of the mural, I found this link with photos that show the artists actually painting it….

If you would like to see more of their work, you can click on each of the artists’ highlighted names to be taken to their individual websites:  Lalo Cota and Isaac Caruso.

Find Your Direction mural focused shot

And if you’re interested in viewing earlier posts on street art in Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of the page, find the Categories widget toward the right side, and click on Street Art – Graffiti.

Thanks for visiting…now go Find Your Direction…..


City Paint Phoenix 13 – Muscle Man of Roosevelt Community Church

Appearing on the east-facing wall of the Roosevelt Community Church at 924 N. 1st Street, in Phoenix, this familiar sight finally became subject for one of my stops during a photographic excursion that included the abstract net-art that I featured in this earlier post, Her Secret is Patience.  This was a rather fruitful venture, as it provided fodder for at least another five City Paint Phoenix features that will appear here in the next several weeks.

I won’t claim to have any understanding, knowledge, or insight into the meaning of the mural or its significance on the side of a church building whose congregation purports to be open-minded and accepting of all peoples, etc., etc., but I will suggest that maybe it has something to do with the connectedness of the members of the human species, as displayed by the red-meat that we all possess beneath our variously hued external coverings of skin…rising from the dust of the earth…and then, maybe…our spirit/energy/soul/etc. transcending our terrestrial trappings and going out into the ether to join the rest of the cosmos…etc., etc., and so on…I don’t know.  I already said that…I just don’t know.  But here it is anyway, an intriguing mural along Roosevelt Row, another contribution to the local street-art scene.

Muscle man mural of Roosevelt Community Church

The only artist attribution I could find for the mural was a single article in a local newspaper that provided three names – Bishop Ortega, Larry Valencia, and Anthony Vasquez.

As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest addition to the City Paint Phoenix street art series…and I thank you for visiting.  I think it would be fun to hear/read what you think of the mural and what it might mean.  I know there are several friends here who have extensive experience in the art world…so please feel free to share your thoughts….


City Paint Phoenix 12 – Cabezas Curiosas

Driving through the city on my way to work a few weeks ago, I happened to look south and spied a couple of faces staring back at me.  I had time to spare before I had to clock-in at the office, so I parked the truck on a side street and took a little walk with my camera.

cabezas curiosas mural from afar

Moving a little closer, and a little to the east to get the tree out of the way….

cabezas curiosas mural closer look

I walked down the street a bit and attempted to approach the mural from the property entrance to the left of the mural and found that there was yet more….

more cabezas curiosas

Three more faces, two of the masked people and….a snowman?  Given that this wall was right at the entrance to the parking lot of a small apartment building, there was no problem gaining access and taking a few closer shots.

second mural of cabezas curiosas

Enjoy the gallery….and remember that you can click on any image to be taken to a sort of slide-show that allows you to view each image in a larger format.

As I was heading back to the truck, I happened to glance across the street and found yet another Cabeza Curiosa mural….

I found these murals on buildings located at the intersection of 7th Street and Pierce, just east of downtown proper in Phoenix, Arizona.  As you can see in three of the images above, the artist is listed as “@t_krank” on Twitter, Tyson Krank, and you can follow this link to a short article about him in one of the local newspapers.

I hope you enjoyed this latest presentation of the City Paint Phoenix series.  You can see other posts of Phoenix’s street art, and Salt Lake City’s, as well, by scrolling to the bottom of the page, finding the “Categories” widget, and clicking on “Street Art – Graffiti.”


City Paint Phoenix 11 – Film Bar abstract

I found this mural quite by accident a little over a month ago.  I had intentionally taken a different route to work so that I could photograph a particular mural, and afterwards, I happened to spy this bit of purple and blue decorating a wall a couple of blocks away.  So, at the risk of being late to the office and missing the “timely punch” of the clock, I stopped and made a few more hasty images.  The mural is located on the north wall of a downtown theater called the “Film Bar.”  It is located at 812 North 2nd Street, which makes it about two miles from my workplace…and just down the road a little bit from the area that I have mentioned here on several occasions, Roosevelt Row, a showcase of local street art and culture.

This first gallery shows the complete mural and then the sections, moving from left to right….

This second gallery presents some greater detail in isolation form….

Walking around the building to where I had seen some “graffiti-type” art decorating a trash dumpster, I found this surplus image on the east-facing wall…obviously touched with the morning’s sun and companion shadows.

The last photograph shows the signature of the artist, Joe Rael, whom you might remember from an earlier post, City Paint Phoenix 2 – Hair Pollution.

If you’d like to see more of the City Paint Phoenix posts, or earlier images of street art in Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Street Art – Graffiti title under the Categories widget to be taken to a continuous feed of the posts.


City Paint Phoenix 10 – Nuestra Senora del Desierto

Here is yet another of El Mac’s murals that one can find in Phoenix.  You can see some of his other work in City Paint Phoenix 3, 6, 7, and City Paint 4 and 17 in Salt Lake City….and you can get to those other posts by scrolling to the bottom right corner of this page and clicking on Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget. This particular mural is located on the south and street-facing side of Love and Hate Tattoo and Piercing, located at 322 West McDowell Road.  You can click on their highlighted name to be taken to their webpage…if you’re interested.

Nuestra Senora del Desierto by El Mac


City Paint Phoenix 8 – The Mermaid Knitting her Tail

In a comment on another post, I mentioned to Andy at LensScaper that I happened to see some artists painting murals that day….

Knitting mermaid mural entire

…and I said I’d be going back to capture some images of the work.  I didn’t get there the next day, like I had hoped, but I did manage to get there a little later when the mural was complete.

Knitting mermaid mural left half

Coincidentally, the owner of the building (Joseph…or maybe it was James….?) was walking out to his vehicle as I was driving mine into the parking lot.  After asking if it was OK to be there on the property and make some photos, I asked the man if he knew anything about the mural.  He mentioned that an artist from Hong Kong was actually brought into town to create the mural as part of the Paint Phoenix 2015 paint festival….and that this is a mermaid weaving (knitting?) her tail.  Joseph also mentioned something about it being the subject of a Chinese myth, but maybe I misunderstood or got that part of the conversation mixed-up with another part in which he was discussing a Native American/Pacific Islander combination mural that’s on the other side of the building…which I shall be featuring here shortly.  And finally, Joseph/James, also told me about a couple of other locations nearby where I could find some wall murals painted by other artists who participated in the event…again…to be shown in another post.

Knitting mermaid mural right half

To wrap-up the post, I’ve included a small gallery of some isolation images that you can click on to see in greater detail.

And as always, if you’d like to see more of the City Paint Phoenix posts, or even earlier images of street art in Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Street Art – Graffiti title under the Categories widget to be taken to a continuous feed of the posts.


City Paint Phoenix 7 – Southwest Goddess

I’ve seen it referred to as “The Phoenix Goddess” in a few different locations, but the artist, El Mac, refers to it as Southwest Goddess on his website…click here if you’d like to check it out for yourself.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac 1

The directions I found on-line on how to find the mural states simply that it’s in an alley south of McDowell Road between  3rd and 5th Avenues…another set of directions indicate that it’s on an essentially hidden wall of the Laird Apartments at 317 West McDowell Road.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac 2

I happened to find it through the first directions, driving up and down alleyways….  There were two other murals close-by, one of which you can see in green paint on the left side of the first image above.  I may feature them in a later post.

Phoenix Goddess by El Mac close-up

The fact that the mural is on the east-facing wall of the apartments might have something to do with it remaining in such good condition after being there for 10 years.

Phoenix Goddess city skyline shadows by El Mac

This is the fourth mural by El Mac that I’ve featured in the City Paint series…two others in Phoenix and one in Salt Lake City.  I have already collected images of two of his other murals in the Phoenix area and know where a third one is, but haven’t gotten to it yet with my camera.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac last

If you’ve enjoyed viewing this fine example of street art, spray-paint murals, building art, or whatever else you’d like to call it, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget to see more posts containing this genre of art from both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, Utah.


City Paint Phoenix 5 – Morning Blessing

I found this “shed-sized” mural on the other side of the parking lot behind the Barrio Cafe at 2814 N 16th St.  This entire area contains houses, restaurants, sports shops, and alley walls that have been decorated with street art…some of it is easier to understand or conceptualize, and some of it is in abstract form that simply entertains in its presentation and demonstrates the skill of the artists.

Morning Blessing Mural whole

A closer look….

Morning Blessing Mural closer

…and credits…for the Medicine Paint Art Collective and Impact Project.  You can click on this link to be taken to the home page of the organization if you’d like to learn more about them….

Medicine Art Collective credits