“Be Still My …”

14 February 2017 – “… beating heart!” cries the Tuesday Walking Society, as it takes in the murals at College & Concord.

I know, my Tease promised that my next post would not be from Toronto. But I didn’t know that Phyllis & I would run into a heart-fest, smack on Valentine’s Day, did I?

detail, mural at 860 College St.

Now, that’s a heart.

Toronto-based painter & photographer Johnathan Ball — “neo-futuristic abstract expressionist,” to quote the man himself — opens his website with the entire width of this mural. It’s worth the click. (So are the videos you’ll find if you click on that sub-heading.)

Phyllis & I discuss the dramatic heart. We discuss the ravaged face. (I remember a friend describing the day his toddler grandson patted his wrinkled face & said, “Gwampah! Yoah face is aw cwacked!”

We side-step our way to the left, following this mural, backwards perhaps, to its collision point with the neighbouring mural.

Which is by another artist & at first seems entirely oblivious of its wall-mate. No attempt at stylistic or thematic harmony.

Then we see that Katia Engell‘s work flows into Ball’s.

Definitely co-operative, therefore — but definitely heartless.

mural detail, both Engell& Ball, 860 College

Do not despair.

Another little side-step to the left, and ..

detail, Engell mural, 860 College St.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

The Tease, Revisited

My next post – really! — will not be from Toronto.



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  1. The best way of celebrating Valentine’s Day! Given your love of murals, I thought you might be interested in these blogs

    http://oaklanddailyphoto.blogspot.co.uk/ which features a Monday mural

    https://raisamirza.com/2017/02/15/3-days-in-cairo/. (Day 2 shows a mural covering 50+ buildings)

  2. Happy Valentine’s to you too! Love love lovely.


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