Tristan Eaton’s Intermission Mural up now at Bowery and Houston Street is one of the more colorful and accessible installations to take up the space at that revered corner in recent memory. The mural went up in June of 2018.
Geoffrey and I happened to walk by it on a very overcast day, but Eaton’s signature bright colors and pop art references made the day a little bit brighter.
Installed adjacent to the mural is a small black plaque where you can read these words about the artist:
Born in 1978, Triston Eaton spent his childhood moving from Los Angeles, London and Detroit to Brooklyn, where painting graffiti, skateboarding and comic books became his obsession.
Eaton devoted his artistic career to spray paint after 15 years of experimentation with motorcycle painting, toy design, silk-screen work and graphic design.
His diverse background informs his now iconic painting style. Eaton’s large scale mural work features a meticulous visual collage of pop imagery, all executed with freehand spray paint on a colossal scale to tell human stories through iconograpohy and metaphor.
Eaton’s murals can be found in dozens of cities across the globe from Paris to Shanghai a well as the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
The above photo shows a detail of the mural where Eaton has drawn a rough map showing where you can find works by other prominent street artists in the surrounding neighborhood.