Asheville mural artist Gus Cutty just completed a great new mural of an icon that speaks to me: gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Check these photos out:
Credits are due for WINER LORDS crew.
Gus, interested in doing a Mystery Science Theater mural?
Yo matt, go smoke some dmt on a salvia bowl weirdo. Nerds rule!
Gus understands Asheville’s deeper more honest personality as a city. Lots of radical demonic styles, this wins!
i saw a picture on the internet of the guy who did the characters on this wall. he had an extra hand and arm coming out of his pants helping him paint. pretty wild.
Gus’s comment on street art and graffiti in the Mountain Xpress was inspirational and on point. I dig this guy’s art.
This is on Dunwell Avenue, across the street from BiscuitHead / The Isis
It’s So nice to see lovely art around town on the walls! But I gotta say my preference is for subjects more interesting than rehashed druggy icons. It reinforces some of the more boring stereotypes about ashville. But then again, maybe we’re still kind of adolescent here? And that’s not to say Hunter and his legacy isn’t worthy of a mural….but I think you either know what I’m getting at or you don’t.
I was also wondering what Hunter Thompson has to do with Asheville. Here’s an out-of-town mural artist who found something local to celebrate: http://www.mountainx.com/article/52457/State-of-the-Arts. Sometimes the mural artists in town do find their own (and Asheville’s) iconography, e.g. the Moog portrait, the Eagle Street mural, the mural on the Underpass.
Ugh, why do I even bother addressing critics? First off, drugs have nothing to do with my admiration for Thompson. He was one of the most important literary figures of the past century who represented independent thought, something which obviously I believe greatly in. Anyway, that’s great that you have an opinion, that is important. Why you would take this opportunity to try and make a post about a creative gift to the community into something about you I dont understand but thats your right and more power to you. Please in the future attempt to focus on what you like about art and not what you would do differently, you will enjoy it much more. @Asheville Artist, I have no clue why you would believe that a mural should firstly represent the location in which it is found. Though that can be a fun element, I find it strange to choose that as a starting point. But if you must begin there, well reference my first point in the fact that he is an icon of independent thought, something this town has prided itself on in the past, though it seems to truely represent this ideal less and less as the out of towers pour in and mold this beautiful city into what they moved here to escape. Mona, is a really cool person and one of my favorite muralists in San Francisco. My many years there I often found myself lost in her pieces. However to act as though she painted that piece purely out of a reaction to her surroundings is to expose your ignorance to her work and specifically her latest focus which is almost exclusively of weeds and flowers growing through the urban environment. I am glad that you read and I encourage you to continue your education next time before blindly repeating an article from a local paper to enforce your point. There is a lot to learn about mural, graffiti and street art work for most of Asheville and I hope to help educate my town but when you come from a place of negativity or even thinking that you know the answers already, you will rarely continue to learn. P.S. I do a lot of local icons as well, including the Moog mural, a collaboration between Dustin Spagnola and I.
Thank you for educating all of us in Asheville about murals and street art. And thank you for reminding this 70-year-old artist that it is good to read and to continue to learn.
Get over yourself dude. You paint. That’s it.
Well put, Gus. It’s nice to get an artists statement, even if it is that artist personally bitch slapping me in a comments section. To be clear, I am so grateful to see this beautiful stuff on the walls. I will take a vibrant work of art like this any day over an empty wall – and that’s saying a lot considering how much I don’t resonate with the subject matter. If this city were full of people like me, it would be drab, indeed. Keep up the good work.
sidenote: that massive white wall behind the new ‘the loft’ garage…that spot could be such a nice outdoor gallery.
I wouldn’t use the phrase “rehashed druggy icon,” but it does seem like something that would be in a city that is trying too hard to be Portland, or Asheville for that matter. I like it, and am a huge fan of Thompson’s political journalism, it’s just not especially original.
Props to the artist, though. It’s great work.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro