'That's why he picked Fighting Dragon and Tiger ... the competition and spirit in sports'
EUGENE, Ore. - This isn't the biggest mural Hua Tunan has ever painted.
"I try another one in Dubai," the mural artist from southeast China said. "It was big; different size."
Tunan has painted a mural on the wall of Vistra Framing Gallery.
"The fact that we're picture framing and art, and we get to have something of this caliber on our wall, is just tremendous," co-owner Scott Lewis said.
The mural is part of the 20X21EUG Mural Project, an effort to create 20 or more world-class outdoor murals in Eugene before the start of the 2021 IAAF World Championships.
"That's why he picked Fighting Dragon and Tiger," Mandarin translator Xiangkui Yao said, "to present and represent the competition and spirit in sports."
"We are trying to curate the cultural landscape of our city and really make it dynamic and vibrant," said Debbie Williamson-Smith, who chairs the public art committee behind the initiative.
There's a lot more to come.
"We are creating a new event called Eugene Walls," Williamson-Smith said, "and we're bringing in 8 artists during July 29 to August 4."
That week will include Eugene Sunday Streets on July 30 along Broadway in downtown Eugene.
On Wednesday, August 2, the public can meet the artists at a reception at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
The artists scheduled to participate in Eugene Walls include a lineup from around the globe.
- Blek le Rat (France)
- Telmo Miel (Netherlands)
- Hyuro (Spain/Argentina)
- Jaz (Spain/Argentina)
- Dan Witz (United States)
- Hush (United Kingdom)
- Ila Rose (Unites States)
The week wraps up August 4 with a tour of the murals as part of the Lane Art Council’s First Friday ArtWalk.
There are 3 completed murals in the 20X21EUG Mural Project.
The committee shared these descriptions of the artwork.
Mural #1 Acidum Project (Brazil) 62 W Broadway (on the alley by Cowfish)
Acidum Project, founded in 2006, is an art collective from Fortaleza, Brazil. Currently featuring the vibrant work of Robézio Marqs and Tereza Dequinta, this duo uses mixed techniques to transform their dreams into artwork filled with vivid color, brilliant patterns and obscure characters. Through murals, graffiti, design, stencils, photography, stickers, tattoos, audio visual projects and exhibitions, Acidum Project promotes experimentalism through a matrix of urban art. They subvert the notions of space, creating art in areas that may be considered unusable or sterile, creating micro-universes for the viewer to explore.
Mural #2 Beau Stanton (USA) McDonald Theatre (overlooking LTD station)
A multi-disciplinary artist, Stanton’s work takes the form of paintings, murals, large scale installations, stained glass, and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton’s work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provides the foundation for his images. Stanton is originally from California where he studied Illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. He relocated to New York after graduating in 2008 where continues to live and work in Red Hook, Brooklyn constantly drawing inspiration from local nautical history. His work has recently been shown in a 12th Century crypt, on the Berlin Wall, a Fiat 500, and in galleries worldwide.
Mural #3 Steven Lopez (USA) Wildcraft Cider Press House, 232 Lincoln St
Steven Lopez is a painter influenced by hip hop culture and graffiti art. Although he emerged from the graffiti subculture, the academic influence gained earning is BA of Fine Art from the University of Oregon resonates through his work. Lopez studied under the guidance of master sculptor, Dora Natella and design theorist, Leon Johnson. Lopez seeks to discover the possibilities of utilizing wildlife as a stage for human interpretation. Using a variety of dynamic colors, Lopez explores his own calm protective nature, as well as his volatile relationships with his subjects, producing pieces that are powerfully vibrant and, at the same time, complimentary. The result is a series of works that articulate the very essence of the creative process. Lopez currently works and lives in Los Angeles, California and his work can be found within a myriad of corporate and private art collections both in the United States and abroad.