Eric Cox on The Garfield Galleria
|photo by Claire Lawton, mural by Eric Cox|
Cox is a local painter who works in a variety of media out of his Garfield Galleria studio, an older stucco building that he says could use a little facelift. He approached the building owner a few months ago with an idea for the southern facing wall, and his mural, Old Man Phoenix, was born.
The piece took him two days to complete; Cox says his painting method was guess-and-check; he'd spray sections of the face, and then dodge traffic to make sure it still looked OK from more than a few feet away.
|photos by Claire Lawton, mural by Eric Cox|
Old Man Phoenix is a goodbye piece; Cox is moving his studio, though just to a different neighborhood in Phoenix. But he also says the large-scale work has a message -- the word "embrace", which you can find hidden in the mural, is what he'd like to see a little more of (figuratively) in Phoenix.