Even though it’s been up since June 4th, it was just last week that I finally had the chance to check out the latest amazingly colorful mural on display at the famous Houston Bowery Wall, which is entitled Believe, and is the work of Andrea von Bujdoss, aka Queen Andrea. Queen Andrea is a New York City-based artist who specializes in fine art, murals, typography, and graphic design. Believe serves as a celebration of the city’s cultural diversity and “vibrancy of urban life.”
For Believe, in which Queen Andrea used paints in super bright colors, the eponymous typography messaging is a focal point, along with the words Love More on the lower right corner at street level. The artist uses these encouraging messages about staying positive and believing in what inspires you the most and makes you love more!
Queen Andrea’s focus on typography as an artist is an evolution of her history as a female graffiti artist. She grew up near the Houston Bowery Wall in Soho, where she began painting graffiti and studying graphic design as a young teen. The mural is part of an ongoing partnership between Goldman Global Arts and Citi.
The Houston Bowery Mural Wall is located at the intersections of East Houston Street and Bowery on the Northwest Corner.
Well, if you haven’t had a chance too see the above iteration of the Houston Bowery Mural Wall, it’s officially too late, because the colorful piece, by Bronx-based graffiti consortium, Tats Cru, was painted over during the Memorial Day Weekend. And that’s why I’m here: to tell and show you what you missed. You’re welcome.
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.
Back in October of 2017, a new work by London-based artist, Lakwena Mciver took over the Bowery Mural Wall, located at the intersection of Houston and Bowery. The colorful, kaleidescopic piece, which reads Lift You Higher, is actually part of a marketing stunt for Instagram’s #KindComments campaign, in partnership with Goldman Properties, which owns and curates the wall.
As part of the campaign, Instagram is working with artists to turn walls around the world into murals that spread kindness through uplifting art. Instagram encourages its users to take photos or videos of the walls, and share #KindComments “to make someone’s day.” Lakwena Maciver is just the fourth woman of 22 artists who have been commissioned to work on the wall.
Legendary street artist and social satirist Ron English’s Hulk Baby Mural has been on display at the corner of Houston and Bowery since late April, but you know sometimes we arrive a little late to the party, because so much else is going on. Because, NYC!
The selfie-friendly mural shows English’s Hulk Baby character (AKA Temper Tot) set against a patchwork American flag, featuring reproductions of the many scathing corporate/brand parodies, memes and unique characters he has introduced over the past two decades as “guerilla” billboards, paintings and collectible art toys. Here are a few of our favorites.