Take A Look At 15 New Murals Splashed On Downtown Lynn’s Brick Walls

 

July 31, 2017

This July, muralists from Greater Boston and places around the world congregated in Lynn, on Massachusetts’ North Shore, to bring the industrial town’s brick walls to life. In just 10 days, 15 new murals popped up downtown — all within walking distance — during the Beyond Walls Mural Festival.

We went to go check them out — and you should too (use this handy map). Here’s a look at the artists and their works:

Miss Zukie and  

New York City-based artists Alison Perez (aka Miss Zukie) and John Paul O’Grodnick (JPO) collaborated on this wall in Lynn’s City Hall Square. The cartoon creatures are a signature of Miss Zukie and you can see JPO’s style in the forms that dominate the upper half of the mural.

A close up of Miss Zukie and JPO’s mural. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)(Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Lynn natives Temp and Relm cut their teeth in graffiti writing at an early age, throwing up tags around the city. If you look over to the left end of the mural, you could see “Lynn, Lynn…” written in script (click image to enlarge) — a hat tip to the rhyme “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin” that has dogged the city and is something the festival organizers want these murals to counteract.

Lynn artists Temp and Relm’s mural on Oxford Street. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Canadian artist known as FONKi is big in Montreal’s contemporary graffiti scene. His parents were refugees of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia (something he goes to the country to confront in the 2015 documentary “The Roots Remain”). A lot of his art touches on immigrants and his own heritage.

FONKi’s mural. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

You might recognize the big-eyed little creatures in this mural. They’re a common theme in Cambridge-based painter Caleb Neelon‘s work, inspired by pioneer children’s book illustrator Ed Emberley, who is based in Ipswich. (You can see them pop up in Neelon’s murals in Allston, Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, Worcester and around the world.) Artist Lena McCarthy, a Wayland native, helped Neelon with this mural.

Detail from Caleb Neelon and Lena McCarthy’s mural on Munroe Street. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)(Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

New York City artist Cey Adams emerged in the graffiti scene in the late ’70s. He went on to become the founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings and is credited with shaping hip-hop design. According to The Daily Item in Lynn, this mural was inspired by the lyrics of Boston-native and disco legend Donna Summer.

Cey Adams’ mural on Munroe Street. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Right across the tree-covered sidewalk from Cey Adams’ wall, Australian artist Georgia Hill painted the words “Not Long Now.” You could usually spot a Hill wall thanks to the black and white, almost yin-yang contrast and the bold type face.

Georgia Hill’s mural. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Boston-born artist Cedric “Vise” Douglas is not only an active participant in the world of local street art, he’s also an activist who works to draw in new artists. You may have seen his UP Truck (short for Dorchester’s Uphams Corner) around the city. It’s a mobile art center that aims to engage Boston’s under-served communities in creative pursuits.

Cedric “Vise” Douglas and Julez Roth’s mural. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Bruce Orr, in addition to working as an illustrator, painter and co-founder of a puppetry organization focused on reducing waste, is an art therapist. The Italian-born, Delaware-raised artist partnered with the Lynn organization Raw Art Works, which engages at-risk kids in art. Raw Art’s team of male teens specializing in public art, Good 2 Go, helped Orr on this wall.

Bruce Orr and Good 2 Go’s mural in Lynn. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

Puerto Rican artist David “Don Rimx” Sepulveda painted this wall with symbols connected to Caribbean, African and Latino culture. He combined brick and wood on the wall to bring elements of nature and city together.

Don Rimx’s mural seen from Washington Street in Lynn. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett (NS/CB) painted their wall with a portrait of a Wampanoag woman aiming a bow and arrow. Salgar is from Miami, while Berrett is from New York City by way of Salt Lake City.

Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett’s mural in Lynn. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Evaristo Angurria painted this portrait of a Dominican woman in curlers. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Angurria spent much of his career in the advertising and graphic design world.

Angurria’s mural on Washington Street in Lynn, as seen from the train platform. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

North Shore native Chris “Tallboy” Coulon (a Lynn native) and Brian Denahy(of Swampscott) got their start painting around Lynn. You’ve got to crane your neck a bit to see this gorilla-looking creature, high atop the other buildings. Here’s a full look at the mural from the roof of a building nearby.

North Shore residents Tallboy and Brian Denahy’s mural. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Victor “Marka27” Quiñonez was born in Mexico and raised in Texas. His art tends to draw heavily from his Mexican heritage and the nation’s folklore.

Marka27’s mural on Exchange Street in Lynn. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Puerto Rican artist David Zayas has painted all over the world, often creating elaborate portraits and images of animals. He calls this one “The Protector.” His mural is a couple buildings in front of Marka27’s wall, and from a distance, you could see petals from Marka27’s mural falling into the rooster in Zayas’ piece.

David Zayas mural on Spring Street in Lynn. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)Seen from a distance, petals from Marka27’s mural appear to drift into David Zayas’ mural. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Team Rekloos is made up of locals Brian LifeBrand Rockwell and Raodee. Life is from Dorchester, Rockwell is based in Quincy and Raodee is from Cambridge.

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