Giessen, Germany // October, 2017.
I was selected as one of the artists for the River Tales mural project. This mural design marked the beginning of a new style of painting for me. More curves, and less emphasis on my former trademark, the arrow symbol. Convergence is symbolic of two styles coming together, then expanding outwards into new directions. I feel that this composition is one of my strongest I've painted in my career!
Mural for Pow! Wow! Hawai'i
Honolulu, Hawai'i // February, 2017.
I designed the Break Thru mural to have a push/pull visual effect of two different designs 'stacked' on top of each other. The design forces the viewer to observe all areas of the mural before distinguishing the two separate layers. Similar to when a person is window shopping, they can look thru the window at the object behind the window, or they can look at the surface of the window and see their reflection. This design allows the viewer to visually flip between seeing each design independently, or view both designs as one. My color palette was directly inspired by my associations I have with the Hawaiian Islands.
Mural for: Wide Open Walls
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I was born, and raised in California, so when I was invited to Sacramento I was eager to get a big dose of California sunshine. I was excited to try out this newer trompe l'oeil style of painting. In the beginning I made a lot of mistakes with the gradient, but I stayed focus and played with it until it looked the way I envisioned it. Watch the video to get the full experience. There are some amazing drone shots from Chop Em Down Films.
Mural for City Of Gold Festival
Johannesburg, South Africa
This was my second invitation to Johannesburg to paint a mural. The first was in 2012, and then in October 2015 to paint the Incognito mural. If you read the post on my Metamorphosis gallery, you'll know that I am obsessed with the CMYK style of painting. I painted the Metamorphosis mural just a few months prior in Malmø, Sweden (14,000+ km north of Joburg). I was able to apply some new techniques I learned while painting the Metamorphosis mural to the Incognito mural. Even with the new time saving techniques, It took me a full twelve hours each day for ten consecutive days to paint this mammoth wall. I believe there are 24 different colors in the design, making in my most colorful mural to date.
Mural for Nashville Walls Project
Nashville, U.S.A. // July, 2016
The Beautiful Decay design was symbolic of what I was going thru in my personal life in July, 2016. I'll try to quickly explain in a few sentences. For literally 20 years I lived in a self imposed shadow of anonymity. My identity, and real name were both kept highly secret. It was in June, 2016 when I started the process of stepping out of my isolated shadow. The Beautiful Decay design represents peeling away the older layers, and starting fresh. The trompe l'oeil shadow effect was the most important element of this mural. The illusion of the shadow was symbolic of the anonymity I had put myself through for over 20 years. This was my first mural painted as Tavar Zawacki :)
Mural Sponsored by Pow! Wow! Worcester.
Worcester, MA. U.S.A. // September 2016
Perhaps a world record for largest marriage proposal? 70 meter ( 210 foot ) long
I LOVE YOU MARRY ME was inspired by the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. The concept of a Valentine's Day card was invented in Worcester. Worcester is infatuated with love and hearts, so I felt this proposal was a suitable addition to the city.
At time of writing this, I've received emails from six different couples that have already proposed in front of the mural. I hope this mural will continue to be a destination spot for future marriage proposals, and newly weds. XOXO
The pulse design has a strong emphasis on expansion, and morphing of shapes. The pulse starts off subtle, but then expands and transition into a newer, larger design. I flipped the structure on it's head to create more of a balanced interaction. The newer morphed lines created an interesting unison of some fascinating new shapes. If you relax your eyes you can see a tilted oval in the center of the design. This pulse design had me entertained during the entire painting process. Trippy stuff :)
Mural for D.C. Mural Project.
Washington D.C. U.S.A.
I had been wanting to paint this design on a horizontal wall for quite some time. When I was offered this wall in Washington D.C. I was thrilled to finally paint it. I designed the gradients inside the arrow to replicate the colors seen in the sky during a summer sunset.
Mural for: Murals In The Market
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In 2014 I had a three month long artist residency in Detroit. The uncensored rawness of Detroit is something I'm very attracted to. Detroit is certainly one of my favorite cites in the U.S.A.
Mural sponsored by the city of Malmø + Artscape Festival
Malmø, Sweden // June 2014
The Metamorphosis design was inspired by my obsession with CMYK color printing. For those of you who don't yet know, CMYK is a style of printing where you print different layers of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black, which all overlap on top of each other. The overlapping of each CMYK color creates a new shape, and secondary color. The possibilities are literally endless, which makes this style so exciting to explore.
The Metamorphosis design was my first attempt at painting the CMYK style on a wall, so naturally I made a lot of mistakes. During the process I learned a lot of new techniques that would benefit me for executing future murals in this style. This new found information encouraged me to continue to explore, and refine myself in this style of CMYK mural painting.