Artists working with the face and figure….Mural artist Art Mortimer…


I enjoy mural artists and after honing their painting skills a large number move on to just being professional studio artists. This artist has painted more than 100 murals, mainly using acrylics, over the entire United States.

The artist was born in Long Beach, California.

Crescent City, California  is featured in this short clip. The artist loves to paint murals for the fact that it represents an old quality of life, a life that has disappeared in much of modern America. Gone are the malls that employed many locals. They have been replaced by companies that offer many advantages to the consumer. Lets take Best Buy and for example.  I can go to best buy and look at any product I want to buy and check it out, touching it and trying various applications . I can then go home and make the purchase online and most of the time get free shipping, a warranty, and don’t have to pay sales tax in most cases. The artist is a throw back to an era when the U.S. was growing at a 4 to 5% annual rate.

Crescent City, California had a tsunami nearly fifty years ago.  Art Mortimer has done several mural projects where he and local artists work on  a project and try to finish it within a weekend. Its great to see how art can help revive and save a community. I hope you take the time to check out the entire clip!

His first mural was in 1971 on the side of a house he was living in. Also that year he worked with film maker Terry Gilliam in producing a series of animated cartoons for the viewing public. In 1988 he gave up his commercial art career to concentrate on plein air painting and painting his very large commissioned works. Some are as large as twelve feet by seventy feet.

The artist is adept at making compositions with several people. His work reminds me of the masters of yesteryear like Giotto.

The artist paints in acrylics but seals his work with many protective layers to keep it safe from wind and water.

The artist also paints wonderful landscapes that show the exciting coast line of the West.  The artist has a fantastic work ethic. He considers his work to be part of the community. In many locations his works are located in run down parts of town and he wants to bring them back to life. In many paintings he spends two to three months doing plein air sketches and researching the people of the towns making his work historically accurate.

I hope this artist inspires you to at least try designing a mural. If you enjoy this artist please check out Michelle Torrez and John Pugh. Torrez now works only in oils doing fine arts. Pugh paints in a “trompe” or fool the eye motif.

Happy painting!


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