The north-facing wall of the Lawndale Art Center received a fresh coat of white paint this week to make way for its newest mural, a collaboration between graffiti artist-cum-METRORail train operator Daniel Anguilu and noted Houston painter Aaron Parazette.
On Friday, the artists began marking lines with red chalk and demarcating with blue painter's tape the frame for "Skywriting," a piece that will play Parazette's geometric precision against Anguilu's organic, abstract gestures.
The latter artist, whose work is a common sight on the exteriors of Midtown buildings, has painted the prominent Lawndale wall twice before. But while Parazette has produced some large-scale, sight-specific paintings before — most recently for his 2012 Texas Artist of the Year exhibition at Art League Houston — this project presents a new challenge.
"Nothing this big," laughed Parazette, who was strapped into a harness and hooked up to a hydraulic lift. The artists plan to complete the mural before next Thursday in anticipation of Lawndale's opening on March 15.
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