Even with all the artists and art in the city, the wall murals might take the cake for most photographed and cherished. Here are our must-sees from famous muralists who have shaped and influenced graffiti as an Art form in Atlanta culture.
01/ Nick Napoletano
Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., artist Nick Napoletano is known for his hyperrealist style brimming with allegory, symbolism and rich color. This mural in particular was part of a weeklong event in 2018 called the OuterSpace Project, in which artists were invited to our beautiful city to paint public art in real time and celebrate art itself with live music, action sports and more. Located at the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station, this mural depicts a Colombian artist who was raised in ATL set atop a bubblegum pink base and a deep azul circle. 1055 Dekalb Ave.
02/ Chris Veal
Donning the side of Noni’s neighborhood trattoria in Old Fourth Ward, Debbie Harry of Blondie stares out with striking eyes. The art pop-inspired mural is by Atlanta local Chris Veal—a muralist known for the satirical and punchy messages that come from his pieces. Veal’s art can be seen in the Old Fourth Ward as well as Ponce City Market, the BeltLine, Cabbagetown, Downtown, East Atlanta, Edgewood, Inman Park and Little Five Points—basically every neighborhood in the city. 357 Edgewood Ave.
03/ Jeks and Jonathan Mannion
Jeks is behind this iconic mural on Moreland Avenue depicting André 3000 and Big Boi. Also part of the OuterSpace Project (during the 2019 iteration), this piece represents Outkast’s huge impact on Atlanta’s culture and perfectly demonstrates the meticulous detail, smooth gradients, emotion and saturation Jeks is known for. The original image was taken by famous hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion. 447 Moreland Ave.
04/ Dr. Dax and The Loss Prevention
Dax Rudnak, aka Dr. Dax, is one of Atlanta’s most prolific and popular muralists. He has a deep history as a member of the Dungeon Family (other members you might recognize include Big Boi, André 3000 and CeeLo Green, just to name a few). You can see his work all over the city in hot spots like Ponce City Market, East Atlanta Village and Buckhead. This particular piece was painted alongside The Loss Prevention, a highly skilled team of artists and craftsmen with a mission of transforming communities with art. The work also pays tribute to the former Limelight disco behind Binders Art Supplies and Frames in Buckhead. 3330 Piedmont Road NE, Ste. 18
This piece, titled “Cheese,” was painted by a New York-born-and-bred graffiti artist who goes by the name of Jerkface. Known for his cartoonish drawings all over the world, Jerkface brings levity to our everyday stress through bright colors. This piece features a popular cartoon mouse, Jerry, as he chases after his one love—cheese. 1083 Euclid Ave. NE
Photography by: all courtesy of Atlanta Street Art Map