New Mural Highlighting Local History Going Up in Rosemary District. Local graffiti artist, Richie Brasil, has been getting a lot of recent press coverage for his new mural that he has begun painting right here in the Rosemary district. The work, which was commissioned by the Rosemary District Venues, is being completed on a multi-use development located at 650 Central Ave and is divided into two murals. One that pays homage to indigenous Americans and one that honors the African-American settlers that first settled this area.
The 27 year old Boston native has already finished the first part of the mural and has begun working on the second phase. Speaking to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Brasil said this about the Rosemary District community, “This area has been rebuilt over. A lot of people in this community have a lot of sentimental feelings toward what’s going on here. It’s nice to be doing something to be thinking of them — to be thinking of people who aren’t even thought of anymore.”
Brasil was hired by Lewie Bloom and Mitch Racoosin after they became fans of his work that was displayed in a nearby gallery. Racoosin explains, “He’s a real energetic young kid that I really related to,. I could see that he had a vision and was very capable. He has a lot of feelings and messages that are within his art. We’ve kind of given him carte blanche to do whatever he wants to do because we’ve seen his other art and liked it.”
The process of painting on a building wall can be very different, especially since the medium is so large. Prior to the work beginning, Brasil spent six months working with Bloom and Racoosin on concepts, research and sketches. The project began using a projector to beam the image onto the walls so the outlines could be established. “The process is different than painting on a canvas, but as far as the passion goes, it’s the same kind of love, same attitude,” Brasil said. “Sometimes painting bigger is easier than painting small, not snapping yourself into four dimensions.” Brasil explained his use of color to Nick Friedman of YourObservor saying, “I’ve been dying to do these weird pastels. It’s breaking the rules a little bit, but that’s OK. I love that color blocking. You have to listen to the wall when you paint — listen to what it’s telling you.”
We can’t wait to see how the finished piece ends up! Stay tuned to The Courtyard At Citrus Square Facebook page for more details.