Kilroy Was Here
Acrylic on Canvas
Since the art league decided to do a show on graffiti art, I was motivated to think of something different. Writing on the walls became the theme of my thinking for awhile. I thought about why people write on the walls where others can see it. They have something to say? They just want to be seen? They like to vandalize?
I have learned that the majority of graffiti artists take their work seriously and are highly skilled at what they do. There should be more public walls and use of graffiti to engage communities in discussion. There is a project involving the community in explaining democracy. Here is the link. http://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/6641.html
Graffiti has been recognized in museums all over the world. The Brooklyn Museum had an exhibit in 2006. Here are a couple of links. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/30/arts/design/30graf.html?fta=y and http://www.hhnlive.com/photos/more/12 . Enjoy.
I chose Kilroy because I remember the Kilroy graffiti so well from my childhood. It typified graffiti to me. It started out saying simply that “an American soldier was here”. Then it became the joy of many a youngster.