Murals


Painted sign, fading on a wall in Nicaragua
While preparing for Wednesday’s talk at St Bride I rediscovered this in an old photo album from my 1998 travels in Central America. It is from Nicaragua, celebrating 1 May, International Workers’ Day. I believe this may be my first ever ghostsign photo, predating the fountain […]

My first Ghostsign, from Nicaragua



Large mural advertising the Victor Clothing Company and featuring actor Anthony Quinn
This huge advertising mural in Los Angeles was painted to coincide with with the Olympics in 1984. Named “The Pope of Broadway”, the mural features a local hero, the actor Anthony Quinn, and was painted by the artist Eloy Torrez. It advertises the Victor Clothing Company which […]

Anthony Quinn and the Victor Clothing Company





Hand-painted wall mural 'Greetings from Bradock, Pennsylvania'
After finding this fantastic collection of Pittsburgh ghostsigns on the Steeltown Anthem blog I dug a little deeper and came across another great set of photos. These, including my favourite above, celebrate the hand-painted murals and signs of Anthony Purcell. He also has his own […]

The signpainting of Anthony Purcell



Hand painted counter with the words, "Who let the dogs in...who...who...who?"
Walldog is the nickname given to those that once roamed the USA painting signs and slogans on brick walls, roadside barns and any other surface capable of providing a canvass for their advertising art. The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum is a celebration of […]

The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum


Mural depicting men hanging out on the steps of a house
Daniel Lohmann kindly shared the link to this archive of Los Angeles mural photography from Ernest A. Long. There is an introductory article on the Getty education blog and the collection contains 200 images, all taken between 1973 and 1883. Like London it seems that Los […]

Los Angeles murals photographed by Ernest A. Long


Brixton Windmill by London Mural Preservation Society 2
Check out this photo essay from the London Mural Preservation Society documenting their project to repaint Brixton’s Windmill mural.  It is a fantastic achievement and a vibrant and colourful result at the end of this undertaking which involved many people from the community and beyond. […]

The restoration of the Brixton Windmill mural



Close up of portion of Hackney Peace Mural in Dalston, London
The London Mural Preservation Society has organised two walking tours showcasing some of London’s most iconic murals.  Check the PDFs below for full details and contact information for the society. East London Line Mural Walk, Saturday 30th June (download PDF with details of East London […]

Mural walks in Brixton and East London