The Ten Best New Street-Art Murals of 2016 — So Far

A mural by Gamma on the north-facing wall of the Monkey Barrel, soon to be demolished.
A mural by Gamma on the north-facing wall of the Monkey Barrel, soon to be demolished.
Lindsey Bartlett

Murals have been blooming like Denver's cherry blossom trees this spring. No sooner had we settled on our award-winning mural in the Best of Denver 2016 than amazing street art started popping up around town. Here are the ten best new street-art murals of 2016 (so far)... 

A new mural by Dread on the Horseshoe Lounge.EXPAND
A new mural by Dread on the Horseshoe Lounge.
Lindsey Bartlett

10. Dread
Horseshoe Lounge
414 East 20th Avenue

Dread is the mastermind behind the new gallery Four Site; he also happens to be the creator of the largest street-art festival in the state, Colorado Crush. For his recent birthday, Dread painted this mural on the east-facing wall at Horseshoe Lounge; the ethereal character sits next to a fresh and brilliantly executed freestyle.

A mural by Joseph Martinez on Crow Bar.
A mural by Joseph Martinez on Crow Bar.
Lindsey Bartlett

9. Joseph Martinez
Crow Bar
4395 Yates Street

Although he's known for his mastery of small-scale artwork, Joseph Martinez has created another large-scale mural with this beautiful crow on the wall of Crow Bar, a new bar in Berkeley that took the spot of Nip N Sip (and the Rosa Mia Inn before that). Martinez is also acclaimed for his art on matchbooks, as well as his mural work with Palabros, a trio featuring Martinez, Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios. Look for more work from Martinez this summer in association with the Urban Arts Fund.

A new mural by Gamma Gallery at Monkey Barrel.
A new mural by Gamma Gallery at Monkey Barrel.
Lindsey Bartlett

8. Gamma 
Monkey Barrel
1611 Platte Street

See this while you can, because this building on Platte Street won't be around long. That means we'll not only lose the original Monkey Barrel, but the amazing street art that Gamma Gallery has painted on the exterior of the doomed space. He started with a portrait of Peyton Manning, then added the Vince Lombardi trophy after our Super Bowl 50 win. His latest mural, behind trees on the north-facing wall, is a gorgeous female artist named Zaira Estrada, the second in a series featuring street-art portraits of real Colorado Creatives. The Monkey Barrel will be resurrected in Sunnyside this summer. 

A fresh stunner now on the Cold Crush wall.EXPAND
A fresh stunner now on the Cold Crush wall.
Lindsey Bartlett

7. Faatma Norouzizadeh and Alicia Cardenas 
Cold Crush
2700 Larimer Street

The patio wall at Cold Crush is a revolving door of beautiful art. Right now it's serene and colorful, thanks to new work by Faatma Norouzizadeh and Alicia Cardenas, finished just in time for spring. Bien fait. 

Love this new piece by Hex found on the Franklin Street SHR alleyway wall.
Love this new piece by Hex found on the Franklin Street SHR alleyway wall.
Lindsey Bartlett

6. Art by Hex
In the alleyway in between 36th and 37th avenues, and Humboldt and Franklin streets

This new piece by Hex graces an ever-changing wall that's frequently painted by the SHR crew but invites new perspectives and new artists throughout the year. This new rendition is a favorite, featuring a tall traveler character by Hex. When you check him out, you'll also see some fresh new graf tags in wildstyle to the north. 

Continue reading to find five more of the best new murals in Denver.

 

Kwue Molly painted some fresh new murals in the alleyways of RiNo.
Kwue Molly painted some fresh new murals in the alleyways of RiNo.
Lindsey Bartlett

5. Kwue Molly
In the alley between 27th and 28th, Larimer and Walnut streets

Kwue (pronounced "q") Molly traveled from New York City to Denver during 4/20 week and painted a whopping seven walls, curated by Like Minded Productions and MegaFauna. The colors of his works are chaotic, creating faces in a sea of lava-lamp essence.  Look for a tiny version of the piece above on a smaller wall behind the Matchbox bar's patio a few blocks down Larimer. 

A short-lived painting worth remembering.
A short-lived painting worth remembering.
Lindsey Bartlett

4. Deer
West Sixth Avenue and Galapagos

Sadly, this piece has since been repainted — but it was wonderful while it lasted. The brash "Bite Me" iteration of this busy wall was painted on March 3 by Deer, an anonymous but prolific artist whose graffiti writing style is seen all over town. Less than a month later, it was dissed. We're eagerly awaiting more from the Denver native; in the meantime, check out the newest version of this wall painted by Todd and Mona. 

Chris Haven killed his portion of this "coloring book" mural.
Chris Haven killed his portion of this "coloring book" mural.
Lindsey Bartlett

3. Nice, Abeas and Chris Haven
In the alley between 28th and 29th, Larimer and Lawrence streets

Paint your own adventure! You rarely see street artists encouraging people to paint over their work, but here Chris Haven, Nice and Abeas have trail-blazed a brilliant concept, the equivalent of an urban coloring book.

The new mural at Declaration is seventy feet long.
The new mural at Declaration is seventy feet long.
Lindsey Bartlett

2. Pat Milbery and Danny Fernandez
Declaration Brewing & Taco Cart/Prince tribute in RiNo

During his recent tour in Denver, Danny Fernandez took the time to paint in two spots with friend and collaborator Pat Milbery. They completed their largest wall to date at Declaration Brewery, pulling an all-nighter to finish before Fernandez headed back to Canada; they also repainted Milbery's taco truck that parks in front of the Matchbox weekend nights. The front features a taco cat, the side a stunning portrait and tribute to Prince. 

A Mile High Salute featuring Von Miller, painted by Scot Lefavor.
A Mile High Salute featuring Von Miller, painted by Scot Lefavor.
Lindsey Bartlett

1. Scot Lefavor
Jake's Sports and Spirits
3800 Walnut Street

Former Bostonian Scot Lefavor is one of the most unapologetic artists on the Denver scene, and his Mile High Salute, a tribute to Von Miller's MVP Super Bowl 50 win this year, proves it. The work on Jake's Sports and Spirits has received national acclaim and got a shout-out from Miller himself before the colors were even filled in. It's all done now, Von: Check it out! And look for more street-art work from Lefavor this summer. 

It's all in the details.EXPAND
It's all in the details.
Lindsey Bartlett
Hail Von Miller.
Hail Von Miller.
Lindsey Bartlett
Scot Lefavor working on his Von MIller mural at Jake's.
Scot Lefavor working on his Von MIller mural at Jake's.
Lindsey Bartlett
Pat Milbery is intoxicated with hope.
Pat Milbery is intoxicated with hope.
Lindsey Bartlett
Danny Fernandez hard at work on his Prince mural tribute in RiNo.
Danny Fernandez hard at work on his Prince mural tribute in RiNo.
Lindsey Bartlett
The full mural by Nice, Abeas and Chris Haven.
The full mural by Nice, Abeas and Chris Haven.
Lindsey Bartlett
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