A mural is a painting done directly on the wall. It comes from the Latin word murus, which means wall. Murals often show the concerns, hopes, values and memories of the community where the murals are painted.
Murals are not like other paintings. They have a different purpose, a different kind of effect on the lives of those who see them. They are public art in the best sense, because they are actually created in public, with the community looking on.
Good public art says something about the community. It says, this is who we are or, this is what we think, this is where we came from, this is what we want. And it says these things in a way that everybody can understand and enjoy.
Murals can be inside a building or outside, in this last case they decorate a degraded or an insgnificant part of the city. 3D murals are those that “Deceive the eye”, in French trompe l’oeil, with a painting technique that, through the perspective and play of colour, create a virtual reality.
Eric Grohewas born in New York City in 1944. He moved to the West Coast when he was young, and currently lives just north of Seattle, Washington. In 1973, he was asked to design graphics for Expo’74 in Spokane, Washington.
At this time, he began receiving commissions for his artwork, which have continued to grow in scope and size, leading to today’s large-scale trompe l’oeil murals.
Eric Grohe Murals Working in cooperation with architects, designers, art commissions and community representatives, Eric Grohe creates mural art that transforms the environment and communities as well. He believes that his art should involve, challenge and inspire the viewer; not simply adorn, but integrate with its architectural surroundings.
John Pugh born and raised in Denver, CO, graduated with scholastic honors in 1975 from East High School with a Prestigious Portfolio award from New York and six Gold Key Awards under the guidance of art teacher Joyce Redwillow, who would make a lasting impression on John’s artistic endeavors. John’s enthusiasm for fine arts would lead him into many mediums throughout the years to come…
“It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked. Once captivated by the illusion, the viewer is lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece. I have also found that by creating architectural illusion that integrates with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically, the art transcends the “separateness” that public art sometimes produces.”
“When developing a mural, I also respond to aspects of the location such as its architectural style or the natural surroundings. Often, I like to play with the art’s context by contrasting these environments with another place and/or time. This paradox or juxtaposition of environments transports the viewer on a journey from local reality into a new space. During this “voyage”, the viewer may experience sequential discoveries as my compositions are designed to unfold in narrative layers.”
Martin Ron was born in Argentine, named “El Mago” (The Magician), si dedica alla pittura murales con tecniche creative che interagiscono con la città di modi diversi. “Ogni muro che vedo è una tela gigante, poi vado allo studio e dargli un po’ di forma, e quando dipingo, io lo abbraccio.
It’s very interesting because the difference between the finished work and the one that I was thinking of, end up being things really different” Martin Ron completed a stunning new mural at Meeting of Styles 2012, the title of the mural is ‘Pedro Luján and his Dog’.
“The turtle is beautiful animal and has a lot of colours and textures. It’s really interesting to paint. It’s not an animal that is seen a lot and it seemed ideal to take it out of its normal context and put on it on the walls of Barracas.”