The last few months have been a busy time of traveling around and looking for a new home. My husband and I tried out many neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and much to our surprise, our favorite spot turned out to be the coast near Venice. We can walk and bike everywhere, and we do. There’s so much to see and do here, but one thing that stands out is the street art. It catches you by surprise, like this portrait of Abbot Kinney, who originally developed the Venice area, that suddenly loomed into view as we were waiting to cross N. Venice Boulevard:

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

Kinney also makes an appearance in this one by David Legaspi on Market and Main:

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

A few days ago we were heading to the rooftop bar in the hotel Erwin, and caught Levi Ponce finishing up a beautiful painting, which I think is my favorite of all that I’ve seen. The first photo is of the artist with his work, and then the finished piece, which we photographed a couple of days later. Ponce started doing this with his father when he was a little boy. I went to his website to learn more about him (check out LeviPonce.com), and was surprised to find that he also did one of my other favorite murals in Venice, “Luminaries of Pantheism.” Unfortunately a few palm trees are casting a shadow on some of the men in this photo, but see how many you can identify.

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

Rip Cronk is another prolific muralist. Here is “Venus Kinesis” on the Venice Boardwalk at Windward. While researching this one, I found out that he painted the portrait of Abbott Kinney that appears at the top of this article. Another famous Cronk mural is his portrait of Jim Morrison at 18th and Speedway. street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

Around the corner from “Venus Kinesis” you’ll find “A Touch of Venice,” by Jonas Never, which is an adaptation of Orson Welles’ film, “A Touch of Evil.”

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

At Dell and Venice is the Jaya mural, by Emily Winter. It has an interesting back-story, which you can read here: http://www.veniceartscouncil.org/drupal/node/32.

 

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

Below is “Innocent Wonder” by Clinton Bopp that includes a “no parking” sign. This one is on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

My favorite mosaic is the Mermaid on Washington Blvd., designed by Barbara Larson and made by Topanga Art and Tile Design.

street art in venice, california, joyful heart travel

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many interesting murals, paintings, and inspirational quotes all over Venice, and there’s even a public art wall where anyone can legally make their own art or graffiti (http://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/venice-public-art-walls). So the next time you’re in Venice, enjoy the feast for your eyes, or create a feast for someone else’s!

4 Comments

  1. Beautiful and very interesting artwork!

  2. Sandy, thank you for this intriguing post – I love the photos, the history and this unique view of Venice, CA.

  3. Beth Bradfish

    Thank you, Sandy. I love the photos, the history and this unique view of Venice, CA.

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