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:
Kinney also makes an appearance in this one by David Legaspi on Market and Main:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Below is “Innocent Wonder” by Clinton Bopp that includes a “no parking” sign. This one is on Abbot Kinney Blvd.
My favorite mosaic is the Mermaid on Washington Blvd., designed by Barbara Larson and made by Topanga Art and Tile Design.
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!