Because It’s Not Everyday You See Kent Twitchell Working Out There

Coming back from the Hollywood Home Depot yesterday afternoon, my wife Susan and I opted for surface streets back to Silver Lake instead of the backed-up southbound 101, and boy am I glad we did. Heading east on Fountain I looked south as we passed Kingsley Drive to find none other than renowned and prolific muralist Kent Twitchell doing some touch-up refreshment work to his 1971 Strother Martin Monument mural. With Susan understanding my OMG as we went around the block to pull up across the street from him, I got out and went pretty much total fanboy, interrupting him apologetically to gush about what an honor it was for me to see him in action, and get a picture of him:

Twitchell At Work

I asked him if there was any hope of restoring the Ed Ruscha mural that had been despicably painted out in 2006 (and for which he ultimately settled a lawsuit in 2008 for a reported $1.1 million). He said he hoped for its return but that it would be put up in a different location.

The one mural of his also unceremoniously destroyed whose return I’ve long hoped for is his two-story cool-as-ice-blue Steve McQueen Monument, painted the same year as the one above.

Steve McQueen MonumentI first found it during the inaugural LA Marathon Bike Tour in 1995 when I looked up while pedaling hard south on Union Avenue approaching 12th Street and did a double-take at something so awesome and unexpected. Sometime around 2001, it was accidentally painted out and I’ve mourned its loss since.

So when I asked if it might ever be revived you can perhaps understand how ecstatic I became when he matter-of-factly told me that it was already back and only needed a “day or two more” until it was complete.

So of course, after enjoying the thrilltastic rollercoasticiousness that is “Super 8” at the Regal Cinemas this morning, Susan and I drove over to Union and 12th and boy was Steve’s brand new piercing gaze (as seen at right) a site for sore eyes (click to enlargify).


3 thoughts on “Because It’s Not Everyday You See Kent Twitchell Working Out There”

  1. Where’s that damn like button, this is some pretty awesome stuff. Thanks for taking a different route and sharing what you found.

  2. This is an artist who dosen’t put up giant super ads like JR and Shepard Phoney, as this is a real artist who dosen’t have to cultivate a relationship with a public relations firm like Bank-C Note. This is not a artist who castigates his wife in public because she reveals the truth behind his veneer!

  3. Wow, what a lucky meeting! He’s one of L.A.’s greatest. I recently got to see some of his original drawings being shown with other East LA College Alumni at the Vincent Price Art Museum. As you can imagine, his drawings are equally impressive in their own monochrome way. The show at ELAC continues until August 19th.

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