I’m sure my fellow writers, bloggers and photo-journalists have this problem. You know, that one problem? The problem when you see something so F%$#@& DOPE you don’t have the words to describe it? Yeah, that feeling. I have had this article in draft mode with just pictures for a few days just so I could think of some shit to describe what Brian Avila is doing on the streets right now. The word I came up with was actually a phrase. A phrase one uses when in a state of confusion, surprise and just complete astonishment as to how something is done. “How the F%$#?” is the phrase in question.
I have been wondering, since the first piece I purchased from Brian at Roy Paz’s “The Streets Will Never Be The Same” show, how he would top the Pharrell and Picasso pieces he had on display. I kept a close eye on his IG, ran into him and the homies a couple of times on the street while doing my photo thing and also tried to see if he post previews on his Facebook. And he did! It started with the Basquiat, Warhol and Keith Haring pieces he did. I saw them first as digital creations on social media thinking of how cool it would be to see those implemented on his next canvas in the same way he did with the Picasso piece mentioned earlier.
I kept checking to see if maybe there was a piece he was saving for a show or maybe just hadn’t gotten to it yet. Then I hit the alley ways of Melrose on my usual art hunt and who do I see? You guessed it, Basquiat, Haring and Warhol, in perfect poses on the wall. I was blown away by how clean they looked and how they were perfectly attributed to today’s LA Art scene.
What I’m most fascinated with is how perfect the characters are insanely in sync with how I would picture them today. Basquiat relaxing in a West Hollywood Art Gallery with his wine glass probably mentoring the next great artist, Haring going insane as the LA Kings win the Stanley Cup in Hockey, and Andy Warhol just being plain old cool Andy doing whatever he pleases around the city.
These pieces were the “dopest” on a strip full of DOPE artists. This was it for me. This is exactly what I was waiting to see on the street. So then I thought “Who else would he do next?”. It happened to be just a few weeks later, on the same journey, in the same location that I found these new gems. And let’s just say I bugged the F%$# out when I saw them. This time, Brian brought new friends with him. He teamed up with fellow artist “DirtyWetPaint” (IG: @DirtyWetPaint) creating wheat-pastes of Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Mexican Revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata. Check them out!