Sometimes I’m driving down the most everyday streets when I stumble on something gallery-worthy.
There is something to say about the artists out on the streets of Los Angeles – a lot of them have loads of talent.
This street was normal enough but if you turned the corner, you stumbled upon this awesome work.
Not only is it a large piece but it’s one that includes four very famous people who are rendered quite lifelike. The faces of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama and Malcolm X are unmistakable here.
The most impressive part is that the background is done in a very geometric way, with squares making up the intriguing backdrop for the faces. The orange color choice is an interesting and kind of risky one but it somehow works very well with the blue used for Malcolm X’s face.
The way the figures are set up is interesting too. All the men are grouped together with Obama rising highest in between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Rosa Parks is on the other side and this rendition is shockingly similar to the real person. The size is also tough to pull off but this artist does it somehow. It’s interesting to note that white, not blue, for her face.
There is almost a comic-book, graphic-art kind of feel to this piece. The shading is also craftily done and there’s just something that the artist did right that makes Rosa Parks’ smile look convincingly soft and friendly.
I really think this is a gallery-worthy piece. Sometimes the streets are the best keepers of good art.