Art Is Everywhere

Sunset & Hillhurst, in the alley behind the Vista

Sunset/Hillhurst, in the alley behind the Vista

In most major cities, we can see art all around us. Any blank wall can end up being a canvas for a kid with a can of spray paint. I’m not talking about the taggers who just scrawl their name anywhere they can find the space. I’m talking about artists who have an eye and a style and maybe even something to say.

Here are some shots I’ve taken of street art in the Hollywood area. They cover a wide range, from paintings by professional artists who’ve been commissioned to decorate a building, to kids working on a blank wall in a vacant lot in the middle of the night. Below each photo I’ve given the approximate location, and I’ve included the artist’s contact info when it was available.

Hollywood & Normandie

Hollywood/Normandie

Hollywood/west of Normandie

Hollywood/west of Normandie

Hollywood/St. Andrews

Hollywood/St. Andrews

Here’s a guy who knows how to get attention.

Hollywood/St. Andrews

Hollywood/St. Andrews

But, as you can see below, he’s not the only person who’s been working on that wall.

Hollywood/St. Andrews

Hollywood/St. Andrews

Hollywood/Harvard

Hollywood/Harvard

I love this one because it’s totally ephemeral. Drawn in chalk, it’ll be gone the next time it rains. That is, if it ever rains in LA again.

Hollywood/Western

Hollywood/Western

Hollywood & Western

Hollywood/Western

Artist’s Web Site: ELMAC

The following images are painted on a building that sits right next to the Hollywood Freeway. I later learned that this was My Friend’s Place, an organization that helps homeless youth. They provide meals, and also assist young people with health care and housing. Sounds pretty cool. For more information, click here.

Hollywood/Hollywood Freeway

Hollywood/Hollywood Freeway

Below is a closer look at the words on the boy’s shirt.

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Artist’s Web Site: Bumblebee

Hollywood/Highland, behind First National Bldg.

Hollywood/Highland, behind First National Bldg.

I was walking to the subway one morning and saw this at Highland and Franklin. It didn’t hold up for very long, but it was cool while it lasted.

Highland/Franklin

Highland/Franklin

Artist’s Web Site: The Artist Marie

This image seemed like a good one to close with.

Highland/Franklin, in front of the mini-mall

Highland/Franklin, in front of the mini-mall

Artist’s Web Site: Skechy

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