As cars whizzed by and I wobbled over pavement cracks in my wedges (because it’s summer and I can’t wear them in San Francisco), a large face suddenly appeared in front of me. Well, actually, a sign describing The Springs first caught my eye. I walked towards the building and then noticed that the blue of the sky seemed to reflect off a mural on the wall depicting a face staring out into the distance.
This is the work of Christina Angelina, an artist based in California — Venice to be exact, so you can spot plenty of her pieces throughout LA. What I really loved about finding the piece on this particular day is the way that the LA environment played so beautifully with the colors in the mural.
Something about the light blue against pops of white on the wall seemed so fitting with the tufts of cloud and bright hues in the sky. Overly romantic? Maybe. But that’s what Los Angeles does to you sometimes.
The Springs — an adorable juice bar and cafe — asked Christina (nicknamed Starfighter) to paint a few walls inside and outside. When I wandered into the space, there was also an awesome pop-up shop from M Dot Design Studio.
Christina has a knack for photorealistic faces. Her muted but eye-catching color palette has become her signature although she’ll also use grays and pops of bright color in other works. A lot of her figures seem to have untold stories, secrets they’re hiding. Except the viewer doesn’t quite know what those secrets are — and maybe it’s better that way.