BLM Mural in Norristown

The spring of 2020 changed all of our lives forever….Covid-19 and…more police violence against those of color.

Fast forward to spring of 2021, who knew that I would have the opportunity to plan, lead and paint a block long Black Lives Matter street mural out front of the County seat of Montgomery County, PA…a county I grew up in. Did I mention I had one of the best partners in crime as a co-lead – (Jeleata) Nicole Davis to boot?! Yeah…it was life changing for the two of us and I believe we both grew up together during the whole process.

Stay tuned as I follow up with more about this project. In the meantime, take a look at some images, the video and the link to the story above.

From The Grey Comes Growth

Drew Montemayor - Chestnut Hill Mural - 8500 Germantown Ave
Drew Montemayor - Chestnut Hill Mural - From the Grey Comes Growth

Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) just got a bit brighter thanks to Kim Neumann (owner of 8500 Germantown Avenue) who commissioned me to create a selfie mural to help beautify her building which has been family owned since 1911. To learn more about why we chose the subject matter and the depth in this piece, check out the article written by the Chestnut Hill Local.

Drew Montemayor - Chestnut Hill Mural

Artist Haus Street Art

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I had an awesome opportunity to create about 6 different pieces of artwork for the new Artist Haus, a salon in the East Falls section of Philly. The owner Mackenzie purchased the building (built around 1870) to create space for her salon but also to create enough space for a future farmers market / taco shop to go adjacent to her salon.

When Mackenzie and I discussed creating a few paintings, we settled on an urban and edgy street art theme that revolved around connection and the idea of the art feeling unfinished. After creating a few interior pieces, Mackenzie approached me with the idea of adding Grace Kelly (an East Falls Model in the 1950’s, a past Princess of Monaco and the name of that beautiful scenic road to the Art Museum) and Harry Prime (40’s pop singer who grew up on the 3rd floor of the building). Like the interior paintings, I created these two in a more photo realistic style but with that unfinished urban and edgy look to finish them off. Our ultimate goal was to bring that known history from East Falls into the present and connecting the two eras with this modern style and rendering. I left pieces of their bodies unfinished to represent that history is never really finished or completed. It is constantly being written. I am totally grateful I had an opportunity to combine these ideas in this moment of history.

Read the article that was written about this story herehttp://eastfallslocal.com/graced-with-art