The 10 Best Murals in Dallas (Photos)

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Dallas' murals are as disjointed as the architecture they're painted on.

The high-end commissioned works, like the walls Shepard Fairey and Faile did for the Dallas Contemporary, are balanced by spaces where local artists were allowed to get handsy. What we don't have much of -- well, never for long anyway -- are renegade teams of muralists. But hey, painting a wall takes time and money, so it's best to find a generous benefactor.

Here's our 10 favorite Dallas murals -- some new, some old. Have another that you like more?

Tough. Start your own blog.

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By Richard Ross
Deep Ellum's urban mural entryway painted on the support beams of the overpass works to set the tone for all visiting the neighborhood. My favorite off all the pillars is this one by Kettle Art favorite Richard Ross. There's something relatable in it: People shout at the sky but still seem disconnected from one other. It's that unity and isolation of city dwelling, told with a nice dose of charming humanity.

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Oak Cliff is a cultural mash-up; that blend of styles and influences is what keeps the area so interesting. That's represented here where different personalities paint their own muses in conflicting forms. I prefer this to the more cohesive Oak Cliff mural near Oil and Cotton, which is more staged, more planned. This one's more like a game of pick-up basketball.

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Travis_Rex
Travis_Rex

So Fairey comes to town with a bunch of wheat paste stencils and gets put before Dallas muralists...good job Observer.  Thanks for pandering to the douche crowd.

MBM99
MBM99

Ever check out the painted support columns on the run/bike trail along the Trinity River?  I believe they are under Continental Bridge near the jail.  These may be some of your tagged up paintings with no benefactors.  Sadly I'm sure few see these since I don't think many people know about this trail, it's usually empty when I'm there.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

The San Luis one has been there for a while.  I remember being down in that area and one day there it was.  It's so bad it's good but funny.  Makes you do a double take.  The "moon" you're referring to could be a cue ball since she is sitting on a pool table and is trying to entice you into the club to play some pool.

markzero
markzero

No love for non-painted, non "street-art" murals?

The one that was visible from Central Expressway (at Royal Lane) for decades until it was moved to the DMA is mine:

"Genesis, the Gift of Life" by Miguel Covarrubias

http://publicartwalkdallas.org/en/art/3.shtml


bill.holston1
bill.holston1

My fave is Frank Campagna and Dan Hitchcock's Masterpiece of James Brown across from Snuffers. 

TooFreshProductions
TooFreshProductions

How is there not one IC piece in this mix? These guys have been painting Deep Ellum like crazy as of late and the last 15+yrs. Crazy

LDR4
LDR4

Sadly, many of the murals that graced the city in the early 2000's have been destroyed.

carina41
carina41

They are at three separate locations right now; sometimes one by itself, sometimes two together.  Same as when they first appears awhile ago.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@Travis_Rex Are you talking about the opening photo? You must be, because Fairey didn't make this list of my ten favorites. He's not on it. Go ahead, give it a read, I'll wait. I think his murals are invasive.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@markzero Ah, that's a lovely one. We stuck with painted, street art in this list, otherwise we'd have to dip into Fair Park and a few other spots around town that seem outside the context. Yours is worthy of another list, I need to narrow down what that list might be. Maybe public art in general?

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@LDR4 True, but the flip side of that is the buffing leaves room for new additions by new artists, like that great new Sour Grapes mural. Street art as a medium is destined to be temporary. That comes with its pluses and minuses.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Jamie_L. @markzero  

Essentially, it looks like everything you selected is in the Deep Ellum area.

Why did you leave off "The Wall" on Forest Lane, which has been there since the 70's?

markzero
markzero

@Jamie_L. That sounds like it could be too broad a list, unless you wanted to make it a pull-out. :)

As an aside, I wonder what area curators have as their favorite works of art held locally, but that aren't in their own collections? Might be a starting point for a "most interesting" works list.

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