If you have been following the blog for some time, you might recognize the art/artist presented in this current installment of City Paint Phoenix.
The artist goes by the name of “El Mac” and he has painted murals all over the United States and across the globe.
I have shared images of his other works on at least six other occasions…which you can find by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the Category, “Street Art – Graffiti,” or by simply clicking on the highlighted link.
As you can read in this article in AZCentral.com, the image is based upon an actual person, a teenaged Native American girl who lives on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which is located just east of Scottsdale.
For those of you who live in, or are going to visit the Phoenix area, you can find the 45 foot tall mural on the southeast corner of the building at 111 W Monroe Street, just one block south of the better known Van Buren Street, and one block west of Central Avenue, in the heart of downtown Phoenix. There is metered parking on the north side of the building, but if you’re only going to be there for a few minutes, you could probably get away with parking in the alley on the south side, as I did. A security officer came out of the building to check on my truck parked in the alley, but he just smiled, said “Good morning,” and then walked away as he saw me with my camera admiring the mural.
El Mac painted the main feature of the mural and his friend and collaborator, Breeze, painted the decorative trim that we see in brighter colors surrounding the mural and extending around the building and down the walls.
After viewing the mural the first time and having taken multiple photographs with my phone, I purposed to return the next morning with my camera to make some “real” images, which I did.
I should also add that I left the scene that first morning with something of a lightness of spirit…like an inspiration or a feeling of calm…like it didn’t matter that I still had to go to work for eight hours and be stuck inside an office or talk to people with whom I really didn’t want to talk…it was okay. I was further touched each time I got out my camera during the day to look at the images again and again.
Maybe it was the serenity and hopefulness that I could see in the young woman’s expression…
…or maybe I was still awestruck from having been in the presence of a simple beauty that transcended even the need for words to describe it.
If you have been following this blog for more than five years, you might recall that I started the “City Paint” series while living in Salt Lake City over five years ago. The locale was teeming with wonderful street-art images and I found them fascinating to the point of collecting them and sharing photographs of the murals, etc., here on the blog.
When I was in Salt Lake City earlier this year for a family event, I captured images of this mural on the side of the Purgatory bar located at 62 East 700 South, near downtown.
The mural is a representation of the actual street scene in front of the bar…complete with the Wasatch Mountains in the background…a very prominent feature of the eastern horizon anywhere in the Salt Lake Valley.
Again, if you have been following this blog for over five years, you might remember another mural completed by the same artist (Gerry Swanson), “Five on Five,” or “Becoming” as I had named it when presenting the stages of completion of the mural as “City Paint” episodes between April and June of 2012.
You can click on this link to be taken to the artist’s website and this link to go back to the blog post I shared after spending an hour or so talking with the artist as he worked on the Five on Five mural.
This mural is on the western outside wall of the Purgatory bar (click on the highlighted name to be taken to their website).
The below image is from inside the courtyard on the southernmost wall.
It was hard to get a better image of the mural on the inside westernmost wall of the courtyard (below), as the bar and courtyard were closed and fenced on the Saturday morning that I made these images, but you can find them on the artist’s website under the “Murals” tab, if interested.
Street view of the “real” place, below….
This is the 18th City Paint post subject (some subjects have more than one post) of the murals/street-art in Salt Lake City…and there are another 22 posts in the “City Paint Phoenix” segment. If you’re interested, you can click on this link to be taken to a continuous scroll of all of the posts in the “Street Art – Graffiti” category as found near the bottom of this page.
I hope you enjoyed the latest sampling of building art from Salt Lake City, Utah…and as always, thank you for visiting.
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.
I haven’t been near Roosevelt Row in some time…so it was a pleasant surprise to find some new (?) work.
This single mural is on the east-facing wall of 407 E Roosevelt Street in what is essentially downtown Phoenix…on what I understand to be an art gallery named “modified/arts.” I don’t know the name of the mural or exactly what the artist is conveying…but I don’t want to, either…the possibilities and what they strike in my mind are enough….
The artist is Hugo Medina. Please click on his name for more information about him and his work.
You might remember that we met this artist almost two years ago in my post titled, “Cabezas Curiosas.” It appears that Tyson Krank has been busy again….
I happened to drive through the alley behind the Laird Apartments, at 317 West McDowell Road in Phoenix, a couple of months ago to take another look at the Southwest Goddess mural that I shared here in February, 2015. What a nice surprise to find this bit of a treasure just waiting to be appreciated. The time of day brought the shadows of the power lines, as well as the over-brightness noticed on the right half of the above image….
Eyes like dark pools…..fantastic detail wrought with spray paint.
If you’d like to see more posts on street-art/building murals, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget to see more posts containing images of artwork from both Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
I haven’t had any new hiking adventures of late, but I did come across a nice mural the other day on my lunch-time walk. This one was kind of a surprise, as I literally drive past the place every other day or so and had not seen it. This mural is on the west side of Fernando’s Alignment Shop at 1946 E Roosevelt Street, a bit east of downtown and three real blocks away from my workplace. There are other lesser-quality paintings on a couple of the other walls, so it was something of a treat to find this one.
I don’t get involved in politics on my blog and I’m not going to do so now, but it appears that this mural is in support of the “#nodapl” movement…which you can read about here and here, pages that present both sides of the issue.
My sharing of the mural here is simply to share the mural…the street/building art that I have found in Phoenix.
The second, third, and fourth images are the left, center, and right panels of the mural….
And the following gallery is simply a set of close-up images focusing on separate sections….
In attempting to give credit to the artist, I researched the name/label that we can see in the far right, lower section of the mural, something that looks like “Gua Che Collection 2016,” and couldn’t find anything relating to a particular artist’s collection. It appears that “gouache” is simply a type of painting…anyway, here it is…..yet another example of iphound art in Phoenix….enjoy.
When a couple of you mentioned that the man in the last installment of City Paint Phoenix looked like David Bowie, it reminded me that I had previously observed a section of city wall that had actually been decorated with images that were very distinctly Bowie.
The mural is located at 1715 N 7th Street in Phoenix, about one block north of McDowell Road for any local readers….
While I was never a fan, I understand that David Bowie was an iconic figure in the music world for a period that spanned decades.
So instead of blabbing on and on about the guy and his career from any research that I would have had to conduct in order to do so, I will simply offer that I find the mural and the skill of the artist to be rather compelling….
And lastly, to give proper credit for the work, I will close the post with a panel sharing the artist’s information…Maggie Keane…please click on her highlighted name to learn a little more about her.
As always, thank you for visiting and viewing another presentation of iPhound beauty…. If you’d like to view other presentations of street art from both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can click on this link to be taken to a continuous scroll of the posts.
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….
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.
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….
Another bit of iPhound art…..
Found in an alleyway where people park their garbage cans so the collection service can do their thing and haul away the waste. There was a stretch of decorated wall that ran more than 100 yards deep into the alley…the backsides of backyard walls in a mid-city residential area. The art was created as part of Paint Phx 2015.
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.
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….
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…..
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.
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….
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.
You might remember that in the last City Paint post about the mermaid knitting her tail, I mentioned another mural about Native American/Pacific Islander myths being melded into one vision, or something like that….well, this is that mural. I didn’t to into much detail about it in the earlier post, but the owner of the building told me that this mural represents the joining of myths from these two cultures…or the one people trying to understand or view the other through that other’s totem or spirit animal. You can see by the alignment of figures, from left to right, that the Pacific Islander is looking toward the right…through the Native American’s spirit animal, the wolf, to his own spirit animal, the whale…and the Native American on the far right is looking through the whale to his own animal on the far left. That’s what I understood, anyway…and I hope it’s a fair representation in word of what the artist meant to portray when he explained it to the building owner….or what I understood the building owner to say about what the artist said…….hmm…..
If you will click on the first image in this first gallery, you’ll see the mural entire…the next four images are segments of the mural when viewed from left to right.
The second gallery contains isolation shots of what I thought were some of the more interesting portions of the mural….
And lastly, these are some angled shots that give yet another perspective….to what I think is a fascinating and remarkable bit of building art. If you’re new to the gallery presentation of the images, you can click on any photo to be taken to a slide-show presentation of the images where you can view them in a larger format.
…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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A closer look….
…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….
The images from this next installment of City Paint Phoenix are from my first tour of the city with the intent of documenting its street art. I made them on August 10 of 2014…and if you notice that the angle and the lighting are a bit off, or awkward, or could simply be better, do note that I began shooting at 9:15 in the morning and, while the sun was clearly up and above the horizon, it had not yet made it up above this building, so I was not able to stand far enough away to make straight-on images, as the sun would have been shining directly into the camera. At any rate, here’s what I found. This mural is located on the back and west facing side of the Barrio Cafe, among other shops, at the address of 2814 N 16th Street. The Barrio Cafe has its own bit of artwork, so I will feature all of that in another post.
The first three images are looking north along the building…and the gallery that follows includes photos taken while walking back toward the south.
Remember that you can click on any image in the gallery to be taken to the slide show that presents each image in a larger format.
If you’d like to see a photo series of the mural actually being composed, click on this link to Calle 16 Mural Project’s Facebook page and scroll down to entries dated 12/30/2012. It’s rather fascinating seeing it all come together. And…if you’d like to see more posts on street art and graffiti in both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget.
If you remember the City Paint post about the Urban Jungle, you might recall that I mentioned that I was allowed access to the property by “someone nearby;” this happened to be the staff at the Utah Arts Alliance (UAA). Before I ventured over to make the photos of the jungle scene on the adjacent lot, I took advantage of the opportunity to capture some photos of the murals that the UAA had on the side of their building.
I couldn’t find any artist information for the next two panels. They measure somewhere around 10 x 10 feet square and are on the building just to the left of the above image.
This next one looks like it belongs in a gallery somewhere…can you imagine creating it on the side of a building and then leaving it out in the elements of the weather?
I didn’t speak with the arts alliance staff about the following gallery, so I don’t know if they’ve even properly titled it, but I refer to it as the “Legends” mural because of the status of the personalities shown…they are singers, composers, actors, philosophers, authors, scientists, and even social activists. The mural was painted by a street art duo known as Weird Chief. If you’d like, you can click on their highlighted name and be taken to their web-site to read their bios and see more of their work.
Here’s another gallery of some close-up images of the mural –
And lastly, this is what the mural looks like complete…minus the “far right” panel that is actually on a smaller segment of adjoining wall that is just off-frame to the right.
If you’d like to see more examples of Salt Lake City’s street and building art as I’ve presented them in this City Paint series, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Street Art – Graffiti” category to be taken to a continuous feed of the earlier posts.