Miguel Angel Reyes created this painted mural that combined an alternating array of greatly enlarged portraits of ordinary people and exotic flowers, wrapping them around the construction fence at Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue.
"The neutrality of a person, the somberness expressed in the subtle looks, reflects the somber times in which we live. The portraits are reminiscent of photographs used in official documents. They are representative of real people, not of icons, superior beings or contrived theatrical set-ups. I'm interested in doing a likeness that feels like the person instead of just looking like the person."
About the Artist
Miguel Angel Reyes (b. 1964, Colima, Mexico) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute. He is a portrait and figurative painter, muralist, printmaker and illustrator. His paintings have been included in exhibitions throughout the United States and in Germany and Korea. His work is in the permanent collections of the Laguna Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
Locations: Hollywood/Argyle site (1995-97)