Phoenix Goddess

After writing about Elmac (El Mac) in my last blog post, I emailed him through his blog and he wrote back and told me about another of his murals in downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Goddess. So yesterday I went to see her. She is located in back of an old (1927), well-maintained apartment building, overlooking their patio area, that you probably wouldn’t come across by accident. He told me this one was an “oldie, but goodie.”

As you can see by his blog, he works internationally to much acclaim so he is far more than “P-Town’s Graff-Daddy.” Most of his work is not in Phoenix (sadly for us).

One of the coolest things about this mural, I think, is that the skyline in the painting is the actual skyline looking down the alley. Same poles, same palms, sneakers thrown over the lines (maybe not the same pair)…You can click on the photos to see the details better.

I couldn’t shoot down the alley at the same angle because of the brightness of the sun but you get the idea.



Now that I’m becoming an “old pro” at mural-hunting, it’s a little like the old Concentration game. I keep coming across muralists whose work I’ve seen before and recognize either by the style or by their signature. Where was the other one(s) by this person?

This one, in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district (at Pravus Gallery), was done by “Elmac Kofie.” See the signature on the upper left above. I know I’ve seen that name before.

Oh, yeah, I saw it a mile or 2 away a couple of weeks ago in another section of the arts district (Grand Avenue). And now that I look at both of them, they look very similar to one I blogged about at Zao Gallery recently.

Yes, down there on the left side, amidst her hair, is “Elmac.” The signature is a little different but the style is the same. This was a couple blocks away from the one above it. And back to the one above it:

Next to the Elmac mural is one by Lalo Cota, who I wrote about in my Calaveras post, including this one by him above. Murals at 3 different locations were shown in that post and now here is another one by Lalo, distinct by its style:

This van is outside a coffeehouse/boutique called Conspire. The walls of Conspire have more murals by Lalo.

It’s pretty fun getting accustomed to their styles and coming across them all over downtown Phoenix. Every time I go out to photograph a mural, I seem to see or hear about some other ones. This project could go on for a long time.

Here are some other shots I took while wandering around the area shown above, close to Roosevelt Row. It will give you an idea of what our downtown arts district looks like: mostly old houses and warehouses slowly being converted to galleries, shops, and restaurants: quaint, and in constant transition.

The above building is next to Conspire. I’m not sure if it’s in the process of becoming a business or what but I didn’t want to trespass to see if I could find a signature on its mural.

The next photo is of a typical house in this area and it had some permits in the windows for renovation work so I imagine it will be a new business soon. I love the look of it. If only I could have a studio, this is what I would like. Just half of it would do.

It’s right next to a shop called MADE, where most items are handmade, and is surrounded by many galleries.

Maybe you can get a little of the local flavor from these photos. If you have any interest in seeing all the central Phoenix mural photos I’ve taken (to date), here is the link:

Glenrosa Journeys murals

Edit: Wendyvee of the totally awesome Roadside Wonders was kind enough (and better at googling than I was) to send me this link to Elmac‘s blog. Kofie is his friend so the first mural shown is a collaboration. Too cool.