An exhibition of twenty-one graffiti and mural artists recognized for their work in public spaces across the city of Houston. Their art reflects the politics of claiming access to the city environment. Most of the artists are self-taught. They exhibit the moral dignity and the mastery of an art that lie outside the academic and commercial tradition of fine art. In other words, because they are free of the conventions of the commercial gallery system and the university, they are able to develop visual ideas and forms in new, powerfully energetic ways.
Their work is a measure of the raw creativity of the community, and their subject matter deals with issues that are both personal and of general interest to an extremely diverse multi-cultural community. While all of the work is connected in one way or another to traditional street art, it is different—it is street art that has become fine art. It is Houston’s own novel extension of that tradition. As such, it is an important new contribution to contemporary art in Houston and another sign of the cultural vitality of this important city.
the JJ WATT
HOUSTON TEXANS MURAL
Roland Saldana never knew when he was airbrushing t-shirts at Astroworld as a kid that he would one day end up making a career out of spray painting. But that's what he's done, recently turning his buddy's garage into a tribute to Houston's many sports teams. The 20-foot Texans mural features J.J. Watt busting through the plaster and, after being posted online, went viral, increasing Saldana's demand and business.
His website, ArtistikMisfits.com, has been flooded with requests to recreate the mural in others homes. But this is not Saldana's first taste of success. His work has been featured in music videos by Beyoncé and Bun B.
"I've done some of my best work in other people's homes," Saldana says, acknowledging he may never again see much of his artwork. "I walk away with a photograph and an experience. That's it." -CW39 HOUSTON
Northside artist turns graffiti into career
MAY 8, 2016 3RD WARD
THE big hawk mural
"Fallen Soldiers Mural"
Big Hawk Gets His Own Day In Houston
A week after the 10-year anniversary of his tragic death, Big Hawk (John Edward Hawkins) is being honored as a community leader and musician. A mural has been erected for “Five Star General of the Screwed Up Click” complete with a proclamation from the City of Houston, declaring May 8 to officially be Big Hawk Day in the City of Houston.
Hawk’s widow, Miesha Hawkins has been an advocate for carrying her late husband’s legacy. In a press release for “Big Hawk Day”, the goal was to push “Hawk’s “ghetto dream”, advocating for the improvement of the quality of life among poverty stricken citizens & children. Included in Big Hawk Day were a groundbreaking ceremony at Hawkins Memorial Gardens, Big Hawk taking his place in spirit amongst his SUC brothers at the official Screwed Up Click archive at the University of Houston’s M.D. Anderson Library and a “Fallen Soldiers Mural” which was created at Live Oak & Calumet in Third Ward, Houston.
Big Hawk was shot and killed as he left a friend’s house on May 1st, 2006. He was 34 years old.
May 8, 2016 - A decade after his murder, Houston hip-hop legend Big HAWK is the latest rapper to be honored with own official day in the city.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A brand new portrait of Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla has popped up in Houston.
The mural, located at "The Arena" vintage clothing store off Washington Ave. and Shepherd Dr., depicts Selena next to the "We Love Houston" sign. The skyline and red flowers add to the backdrop of colors. You might recognize the store by the giant portrait of Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla emblazoned on the side of its building.