CARLSBAD — Los Angeles graffiti artist legend, King Cre8, painted the 25th mural on the Carlsbad Art Wall at Señor Grubby’s on July 25 in the Carlsbad Village.
King Cre8, South Central LA-based artist, brought 40 years of graffiti talent to the Carlsbad Village. He painted the word “love” in his signature style writing technique.
While his mural evolved, his wife, Val, sold original canvases, signed prints and posters to the community members who attended the day-long live painting experience.
“One of the goals of the Carlsbad Art Wall is to provide a learning platform for aspiring artists,” said Bryan Snyder, Carlsbad Art Wall founder and curator. “King Cre8 is a legend graffiti artist with 40 years of experience. He provided a workshop where aspiring artists were able to watch, engage with and learn from one of the best artists in the game. To have provided this opportunity in Carlsbad is monumental.”
The mural quickly came to life as the artist proceeded through his well-perfected creative process. After painting the face of the word love in metallic silver, he added depth with values of blue, layered the background and concluded with highlights carefully placed around the composition.
“I have been doing this particular style of art since 1982, which I have a great passion for,” King Cre8 said.” My mission in Carlsbad was to bring my specialty of lettering, color schemes and most of all my most famous word to paint, which is “love.”
There have been some wonderful murals there – but this isn’t one of them, and judging by the feeling amongst locals, I’m not alone in thinking this.
Carlsbad – an extension of East LA.
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