|Claire Lawton, Murals by Angela Cazel Jahn|
Street art is (thankfully) on the rise in Phoenix. In the past few years, we've seen hearts pasted
, mural projects started
, huge dripping landscapes painted
, and stencils galore mark the sidewalks and corners of the city.
There's a beauty in artwork that's painted, pasted, stenciled onto the streets -- it's a clear message of no hesitation, no regret, and a passion for creating accessible artwork for public view.
While some of our favorite pieces have faded and others have been destroyed, there are still plenty of examples of local artists creating work on the streets. Here are a few of our favorites:
10. Angela Cazel Jahn's Couple on Gallery SuHu
Angela Cazel Jahn's no stranger to painting on the streets. For the past devade, the local artist has participated in community murals with local high schools and organizations, but one of our favorite public works is the mural outside of Su Humphrey's Gallery SuHu on Third Street in downtown Phoenix.
Her characters change from time to time -- we loved the woman in the red-striped socks painted early last year, and her transformation into the man currently standing down next to his television.
|Claire Lawton, paste by HMPH|
HMPH's one of the most prolific sticker artists in town (he designed our first Jackalope sticker more than a year ago
). His gorillas can be spotted on the backs of stop signs and electrical boxes, but we couldn't keep our eyes off his large-scale pastes on the abandoned house next to Bliss/ReBar in downtown Phoenix.
|Claire Lawton, mural by Lalo Cota and Thomas Marcus, box by Joerael Elliott|
8. Joerael's Electrical Box at The Hive
The street art scene has a Joerael Elliott-shaped hole since he left for Los Angeles at the end of 2011. The painter was known for his murals on The Caravan
, Way Cool Hair Salon
, and Roosevelt Row
, but when Lalo Cota and Thomas Marcus were painting a mural on The Hive/The Bee's Knees
in December 2010, Elliott stopped by to paint the electrical box on the corner.
|Claire Lawton, Mural by El Mac and Dave Quan|
|Mural by El Mac and Dave Quan|
El Mac has a long history of street art in Phoenix. He's one of the biggest names to come out of the city in contemporary public art and murals, and he comes back from time to time to create works on a few of his favorite wall in Phoenix. In 2009, he painted "Paisito" on the garage door of The Chocolate Factory on Grand Avenue. Since, it's been framed by Dave Quan's blue ooze