Monday, July 28, 2008

A Beacon of Murals

"Hi Randy,
Beacon's Value Village Thrift will throw you a curve when looking for great murals. In addition to a number of great murals on the side of the building, they also have some very cool murals going around the columns in the front walkway. The expanded 4th Ave trolley will pass in front of this once they finish construction of the the rails going to downtown (in progress). Location is 300 N. 4th Ave.
Warren V.

Update (March 11, 2012): These murals were all painted over months or years ago when Goodwill took over the building.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

From The Big Easy to The Old Pueblo

Artist Cliff Brown:
New to Tucson. Not New to Murals.
Randy Garsee

     Cliff Brown may very well be Tucson's newest muralist. He says he moved from New Orleans to Tucson just over two months ago. Two months!?! And look at the mural he's already working on. Clearly, Mr. Brown never allowed that Louisiana moss to grow under his feet and the Sonoran Desert caliche isn't slowing him down either.
     In our e-mail interview, Brown told me, "I started painting murals when I was in high school in New Jersey. I love doing large pieces of work. While living in Northern Ireland I painted over 300 hundred pieces of art in five years. The best pieces were my murals that were not political murals. The mural here in Tucson is fun. As you can see by the Roadrunner Hostel mural (pictured here) the Arizona night scene is more my style of painting.
     "The Roadrunner mural was my first and now I am working on my third one for the hostel," Brown wrote. "I got the job by just asking if I could paint one mural. We bartered for it."
Brown added he's passed through Tucson many times and decided to stop and stay a while because he was "fascinated with the cactus and the rest, as they say, is history."
     Brown said he's traveled to a few countries, including the aforementioned Northern Ireland and Canada, working as an artist. "I'm as full-time as one can get as an artist. I teach art as well."
     But the muralist is about to run out of room on the Roadrunner and he's already eyeing a bigger project. "I have a few new artist friends here at the Hostel and we are looking into doing a Celtic mural on the Rialto building. If we do, it will be at least 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The theme is Celtic and it would consist of four panels celebrating the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Hugo O'Connor, founder of Tucson."

     If you'd like to see Cliff Brown's work, run on over to the Roadrunner Hostel & Inn. It's located at 346 E. 12th St.

     Meanwhile, here are some other examples of Cliff Brown's work.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Tucson Murals Project's 50th Posting!

The Tucson Murals Project reaches a milestone today with our 50th mural posting. Thanks to everyone who's contributed and everyone who's bookmarked the Murals Project for frequent updates. Remember, there are supposed to be at least 400 murals in Tucson. And we want to post and map link each and every one!

Contributor Warren V. snapped this pic and says you'll find the mural on "the north side of the Hippie Gypsy store, located at 351 N. 4th Ave."

Update (September 24, 2012): Here are photos of the roll-down window shutters.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hidden Treasures

"Hi Randy, I'm not sure of the exact street addresses, but these two murals are on opposite sides of the street on 1st Avenue, in the short block between Eight & Ninth Streets (south of Tucson High). cheers, Warren"

Update (September 18, 2012): The top mural is gone. It used to be on the front of 218 S. 1st Avenue. The other mural (shown in two halves) is in good shape.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Horsin' Around at the Saloon

Frequent contributor Warren V. snapped this picture of a giant horse mural. It's located on the side of the Red Garter Saloon at 3143 E Speedway. Warren adds it's "hard not to to spot this one when driving eastbound on Speedway."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Our First Mural Movie

A walk along the mural at Marion Donaldson 
Elementary School in Tucson. It's located at
2040 W. Omar Drive. Here's the map link.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sit Down!

At least that's the English version of sientese: sit down.

So, when you find yourself at the Bates Mansion, 283 N. Stone in Tucson, then sit down and take in this awesome mural.

Pics submitted by Warren V.

Update (January 22, 2013): An Arizona Daily Star article by Ernesto Portillo says that the mural was painted by Mexican artist Salvador Corona. We've added a photo of the mural over the north entrance (mentioned by the Star article) in today's post.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

To Catch the Eye...

...paint a mural!
That's what Solar Culture Gallery must have intended at it's downtown Tucson location on
Pic submitted by dedicated contributor Warren V.