With the sunshine and warm weather comes brilliant new street-art being created in Denver. Last season, local and international artists added color to the street with stunning sanctioned murals all over the Mile High City. 2014 is no exception. All year long, local master artists have been waiting to hit the streets along with the Spring sunshine. So far, the 22 best local artists dominated Snowball, plus just last week, international artist Ben Eine came to paint Black Book Gallery.
Here are three of my favorite new spots to visit in Denver this street-art season.
I wish I could adopt this mural situated on the West facing wall of Woof in Boots pet daycare on 8th and Gallapagos. This awesome new Saten creation is a personal favorite on Concrete Canvas, adding to his expansive and always creative collection. Maybe it’s nostalgia for the OG days of SpongeBob Squarepants with Gary on the bottom saying “Woof”. Maybe it’s the hilarious and cartoon-esque personification of the dog that really is worthy of praise and attention. Either way, Saten rules.
This beautifully alien and surreal mural can be found on the North facing wall of Black Book Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District. Max Kauffman is Black Book Gallery, constantly working to give artists a platform for their work. Now, his unique and unexpected style is on the outside of the gallery, catching the passer-bys and drawing them into the beautiful space. Black Book Gallery is constantly having amazing art shows, including BASK, “The One You Feed” tomorrow night for First Friday in the Art District! Come by and enjoy the best local art and see the amazing Kauffman mural for yourself.
I absolutely love this brand new “Brilliant” mural that Eine painted just last week on the South facing wall of Black Book Gallery at 555 Santa Fe Drive. Ben Eine is a Londoner who has visited Denver once before, to paint his bold, ballsy, and internationally acclaimed typeface in Session Kitchen. I am so thrilled that more international artists are making Denver a stop worth visiting on the map. Murals like this will only add to Denver’s value as an artistic hub and a viscerally trendy place to live. See the jaw-dropping Eine mural for yourself. As he said on Instagram, Denver is brilliant.
Blvd Dandelion Mural on Holland and Colfax
Make a wish. Found on West Colfax on the massive West facing wall of a building that is now “For Rent” (formally Puff n Stuff), this beautiful new B.L.V.D./Transcending Walls mural took my breathe away. The photo above was taken by 303 Magazine friend and street-art aficionado Denver Street Art. Transcending Walls is a mural company created by Jared Aldren (aka the notorious B.L.V.D.) and his good friend Covergeist (a Denver native, artist and musician now out of Nashville). Transcending Walls has done work all over the country with Banksy, Blu, Sheppard Fairy, and many more wildly acclaimed artists. I am so happy this mural now graces the wall of this Colfax building. It is hopeful, starry eyed, and stunning in person.