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Metro to present ‘artists in conversation’ salons at local libraries


Tuesday August 23, 2011

Artist Elliott Pinkney begins the conversation at Compton Library Sept. 13. His poster 'Compton' reveals the colliding, colorful energy of Southern California's past and present 'Hub City.' Next up: Jane Gillespie Pryor immortalizes the bees of Whittier at the Whittier Public Library Oct. 6.

    'Compton' poster by artist Elliott Pinkney
    Elliott Pinkney's Compton: Number 23 in the series of posters commissioned by Metro for the "Through the Eyes of Artists" project. The posters are displayed throughout the Metro system.

The Compton Library will host a conversation with local artist Elliott Pinkney on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. The library is located at 240 West Compton Blvd. in Compton. The art salon is the first in a series of "artists in conversation" events to be held in the local libraries of neighborhoods featured in the poster.

    Artist Elliott Pinkney
    Artist Elliott Pinkney's 'Compton' begins
    the unique series of artist conversations
    at neighborhood libraries.

Pinkney will discuss the technique and inspiration for the Compton poster, part of the "Through the Eyes of Artists" series commissioned by Metro Creative Services. The artist also will sign and give away first edition prints, an enviable collector's item for residents as well as art and local history enthusiasts.

The new poster celebrates the City of Compton, one of the many destinations customers can travel to via Metro.

As seen through the eyes of Elliott Pinkney, Compton City is depicted as a brilliant array of colors, images, icons and signage that highlight the hidden treasures. Known as the Hub City due to it's proximity to four major freeways, the artist presents Compton as the center of a cultural wheel, booming with color and movement.

"Upon visiting the City of Compton, you soon become aware of the energy and excitement found here. The impression is often quite different from how the city is depicted in the media and by non-residents," says Pinkney.

Pinkney is an accomplished artist who works in a variety of media; he is a printmaker, muralist and sculptor and his work is centered around color experimentation. He lives and works in Compton.

The Compton poster is number 23 in the series of posters commissioned by Metro Creative Services. Posters in the series have garnered a Print Magazine Regional Design Annual Excellence Award, Tranny Merit Award, "Fresh" Illustrations Award from Illustrations Magazine Annual, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, and a Society of Environmental Graphic Design Award.

In the tradition of celebrating transportation through colorful travel destination posters, Metro commissions a diverse range of Los Angeles artists to create original artworks. The purpose of the series is to express the distinctive character of neighborhoods and destinations served by Metro. The posters are displayed throughout the Metro system, including on trains and buses, in stations and various other locations.

Metro Creative Services includes the agency's in-house design studio, which creates Metro's brand communications, and the agency's art and design excellence programs, which commission wide-ranging projects by visual artists and promote overall design quality of customer environments. From intelligently designed, user-friendly customer information, engaging and effective advertising and a newly designed fleet of buses and trains to large scale site-specific artworks by world-class artists.

Metro employs art and design to create a sense of place, engage transit riders, and improve quality of life throughout Los Angeles County.

For more information about Metro's art programs and it's free docent guided tours, visit or call 213/922-4ART.