Visual Arts

The Ten Best Denver Street-Art Murals of 2015

This list involves a lot of blood, sweat and tears. The artists who venture out of the gallery and take to the streets to paint their murals are among the most hardworking in the city. Narrowing it down to ten is a near-impossible task, but subjectively, we have chosen our favorite artwork added to the city in 2015. Here are the ten best murals painted in Denver this year.

10. "Larimer Boy and Girl," by Jeremy Burns
2732 Larimer Street

Jeremy Burns has been a studio artist for the past decade; he began painting large-scale murals over a year ago, following a car accident that seriously injured his right shoulder. “Larimer Boy and Girl” is his largest to date. To absorb the full, visceral glory of this giant optical illusion, move quickly past it in either direction along Larimer; the building looks like it’s been dipped in turquoise paint as the fragmented boy and girl figures climb their way up the metal faces on both the warehouse’s north and south sides. Keep your eye out for more of Burns’s characters hidden around the city.
Paint the Town- The Ten Best New Street Murals of Spring.
9. "Slow Ride," by Jaime Molina, Pedro Barrios, and Joseph Martinez
3729 Walnut Street
The Palabros — aka Jaime Molina, Joseph Martinez and Pedro Barrios — are at it again. This trio of artists has collaborated on some imaginative street art in the Mile High City before, including a favorite on the Cherry Creek Bike Path near REI, at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte. New Belgium sponsored this Palabros piece, which was painted in the spring of 2015 and is located on the north-facing wall of Walnut Liquors in RiNo. The work is inspired by the “couch bike” on New Belgium’s Slow Ride beer label, but in true Palabros fashion, the artists have added their own touches, even modifying and making the waves of blue in the background more whimsical halfway through the process. Their work never fails to tell a story.
Paint the Town- The Ten Best New Street Murals of Spring.
8. Agustina Woodgate
RedLine, Confluence Park

This Argentinian artist has included Denver in her epic, worldwide street-art mission. The piece here, "Hopscotch Denver," was painted with numbers in a series that stretches from here to North Carolina, Miami, Argentina and Poland. According to Agustina Woodgate, the work is "an ongoing site-specific street intervention inspired by the ancient popular street game, except this one is hundreds of numbers long. The expanded game reminds us of our innocence while exhausting as our urban surroundings."
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7. Delton Demarest on Cross Genetics
4902 Smith Road
Delton Demarest spent the summer creating portraits of musicians — Amy Winehouse, Biggie Smalls, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia — who we wish were still alive today. It's all part of his larger-than-life triptych mural project on the garage doors of the new Cross Genetics recreational-medical dispensary and grow warehouse on Smith Road. You'll be able to see the pieces from the light-rail route that will cross by this exact spot. Demarest's work leans to the realistic, but these portraits border on abstract, capturing creative, tortured souls. "It's kind of cool to breathe life back into them in a weird way," he says.
Delton Demarest Paints the Town on Cross Genetics Mural, in Sun Valley.

6. Mario Zoots and Kevin Hennessy
2800 block of the alley between Larimer and Walnut streets

Mario Zoots was one of our 100 Colorado Creatives in 2014, and he’s received national praise in publications like Juxtapoz. Kevin Hennessy has collaborated with Zoots in the past, creating a collage mural for 3121 East Colfax Avenue that has since been painted over; they worked together again on another mural brought to us by the NAMTA project. “It’s stream-of-consciousness,” Zoots says of their creative collaboration. “We didn’t draft or plan it out, really; we just like to see where it takes us.” Their collaboration is harmonious, as evidenced by the bricolage of the interactive blue and green elements. The text and tattoo-esque details are painted by Hennessy, while the bizarre character faces and colorful explosions are by Zoots. And the three cartoon characters were painted with the help of artist Mike Weiss. Peg-Leg Pete and Quick Draw McGraw are easy to spot, but finding the third character requires a street-art scavenger hunt.
Paint the Town- The Ten Best New Street Murals of Spring.
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Lindsey Bartlett is a writer, photographer, artist, Denver native and weed-snob. Her work has been published in Vanity Fair, High Times and Leafly, to name a few.
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