Mural at Downtown Post Office
Even if you don't know his name, you know the works of Michael Brown. He's the one responsible for the murals around town that turn the everyday spaces of our streets and alleyways into colorful, playful, and sometimes ironic works of art. Perhaps you've seen the block-long pencil on Henderson Street? Or the turtle on the back of Spanky's? Or the puzzle pieces in the alleyway between Rosemary and Franklin Street? Or the faded signs that Brown painted on the outside of the new Southpoint mall?
This summer the Chapel Hill Museum will bring the work of the muralist inside its own walls with an exhibit that highlights two features of Brown's painting: the process of mural-making and his other love, watercolor landscape painting. Brown will begin a mural on one of the Museum's wall, leaving it partly unfinished so that viewers can see how he establishes the grid and pattern for his paintings, and how the finished product emerges from the process. The rest of the show will give viewers the chance to see how Brown works in reverse, transferring the life-size landscape into miniature when he works in watercolor.