Tour of Venice Murals

SPARC

Venice Beach Boardwalk.

"This tour of Venice Murals has been created by the Social and Public Art Resource Center: Los Angeles' Mural Center 685 Venice Blvd Venice, CA 90291 (310) 822-9560. SPRAC A Venice organization since 1976. Dedicated to the Venice community, the muralists, and to all of you who care about mural preservation. Become a member and help us continue the mural legacy of Los Angeles. Log on to: www.sparmurals.org."

I was the only remaining member of the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad Still painting murals by 1975. In 1978 I began this mural on the side of the old St. Charles Hotel on Windward Avenue in Venice. The St. Charles painting is a mirror image of the street itself but all of the cars and pedestrians are absent. It functions as a large empty stage set with real people acting out their lives in front of it. This mural was the last work signed Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad. Terry Schoonhoven. St. Charles painting by Terry Schoonhoven 1978. Windward avenue/Speedway.

Venice on the Halfshell 1980 Windward Avenue/Speedway Venice Reconstituted 1989 Windward Avenue/Speedway Art historical parody: in public mural art the use of historical parody. Art historical parody: in public mural art the use of historical parody has an acculturating affect on the viewer. The parody creates a matrix between popular culture and Western history. Contemporary values implicit in the mural are seen as an extension of our cultural heritage while the relevance of our heritage is reconfirmed in the contemporary setting. Rip Cronk.

This mural was inspired by the great Russian-Jewish artist, Marc Chagall, and the spirited and diverse population of senior citizens who make the Israel Levin Center their habitat. Originally titled Chagall comes to Venice Beach, the mural was destroyed in the 1994 earthquake. The community rallied and the mural was repainted in 1996 under SPARC's sponsorship. The mural depicts characters from Chagall's paintings, from the fiddler to the violin playing fish, against the backdrop of the Venice Boardwalk. Homeless artists Bill and Dougo contributed angels and the Pacific Ocean Park pier, and an original poem was written for the mural by Dora Bayrack, an Israel Levin senior citizen. As one of the founders of SPARC and a lover of Venice, I feel enormous pride and gratitude to have been able to create this mural and add it to the artistic legacy of Venice Beach. Christina Schlesinger. Chagall Returns to Venice Beach by Christina Schlesinger, 1996 Ocean Front Walk/Rose Avenue.

Groupie by Wayne Holwick, 1968. Bob Dylan by Wayne Holwick, 1966. Lynne Carey by Arthur Mortimer, 1978. Rosie by Arthur Mortimer, 1978.

This mural was produced in 1975 by a collective of women artists called Jaya (Sanskrit for non-violent victory). I designed the Jaya mural under the direction of the Venice Canals Community, who wanted to depict their struggle to preserve the beautiful and colorful life in the canals despite the intrusion of profiteers. The empowering graffiti phrase "stop the pig" was included by the community's request. Battle scarred, faded and tinged green from paint-out attempts, the mural was restored in 1997 sponsored by SPARC, astonishingly and purely by chance, by the original quartet of artists: Emily Winters, Judith Foster, MaryJane and Don Unzicker. Emily Winters. The People of Venice vs. the Developers (The Jaya mural) by Emily Winters and Jaya Collective, 1975.

Although the headquarters of the LA Fine Arts Squad was located in Venice, our best known mural was in West Los Angeles. The Isle of California depicted the realization of a mythical (or not so mythical) California earthquake that plunges the Golden State into the Pacific Ocean, creating instant beachfront property for Arizona. Terry Schoonhoven. The Isle of California by L. A. Fine Arts Squad, 1971. Butler Avenue/West Los Angeles.

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