Last summer, Capitol Hill added a block of Pike/Pine to its already impressive roster of murals large and small. Summer of 2016 has brought a new crop to the area on and around Capitol Hill — including an ambitious expansion of the street art gallery that E Pine’s Richmark Label building has become. Here is a look at some of the new works. Let us know about anything we’ve missed.
RICHMARK LABEL — 11th and Pine — Denial, Bisco Smith, and Josh Doll
The highest profile of the new works fills in the label factory’s northwest walls with works from street artists painted in the run up to the Seattle Art Fair. Treason Gallery in collaboration with Urban Artworks and Richmark Label made it happen with help and supplies from Art Primo:
Canadian artist Denial will kick off the mural project beginning on Monday August 1st. Denial has participated in a number of mural festivals around the world as well as Detroit’s “Murals in the Market” which transformed Detroit’s Eastern Market district with over fifty murals last September. Known for his vibrant pop influenced satirical visual sub- versions Denial’s imagery will surely excite any on-lookers. Los Angeles based artist Bisco Smith will begin painting the second story wall beginning August 4th. Bisco Smith has painted walls in Venice Beach, California, Johannesburg, South Africa and Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Bisco’s work blends graffiti inspired hand styles with a clash of deconstruction and abstraction creating poetic visuals exclu- sively in black and white. Josh Doll will finish off the mural project towards the later end of the week. Doll known for his impeccable design works and clever murals using play on words and symmetrical illustrations, has participated most recently in Portland’s “Forest For The Trees” mural festival.
LOVE CITY LOVE — 14th and Madison — Lawrence Genette
With a boost from Art Primo, Genette rendered this meme-worthy Goggle Kid on the side of the Love City Love art space. “There was no parameters — the only parameter was money,” Genette told CHS in May after the paint had dried on the work.
RED CHAIR SALON — 15th AVE E — Stasia Burrington
“Welcome to Capitol Hill” reads this new addition to the 15th Ave E streetscape. Red Chair Salon added the paint job as part of an overhaul of its building. We’ll tell you more about the restoration of their cool clock soon.
BEGINNINGS SCHOOL — 15th and Denny — Sensei 23
The Capitol Hill daycare was looking for a solution to stop the tagging of its new fence. Contemporary artist Kevin Sullivan answered the call with this colorful set of panels. More of his work can be seen here.
MANU’S BODEGITA — E Madison — Baso Fibonacci
Fibonacci gave the Hill one of its most iconic — and temporary — works of art on the Capitol Hill Station construction wall. You can enjoy a smaller Fibonacci design if you’re unlucky enough to stop by Manu’s when the walk-up is closed.
ZION UNITED HOUSE OF PRAYER — 21st and Jefferson
The Urban ArtWorks public art program jumped in and worked with the congregation to add a mural to 21st and Jefferson’s Zion United House of Prayer after a neighbor contacted the organization about ongoing graffiti problems — and a proposal to help pay for the art.
OFF HILL — THE OLD HONDA DEALERSHIP — downtown — Will Schlough
“Ribbon” was added, a spokesperson tells CHS, to make the vacant building cleared after acquisition for the eventual expansion of the convention center “a more interesting and better neighbor.” Urban Artworks again helped make the project happen. Not mentioned in most coverage of the art are the squatters who had to be cleared from the old dealership.
UPDATE: Here’s another — painted this spring but worthy of inclusion…
1520 SUMMIT AVE — John Sarkis