In 2015 I was given the opportunity to revise a mural I had painted in 2000. It was a biographical portrait of the Philadelphia printmaker Dox Thrash.    Project was a collaboration between myself and Willis Nomo, our assistants were Amira Mohamed, and my class at SCI Graterford.   
       
     
  The mural is located at 1631 Girard Avenue, a block away from the old Pyramid Club, of which Dox played a major role. Click  here  for an article about the history and the people surrounding the Pyramid Club.     
       
     
  In 2000 I painted the original Dox Thrash mural, it was designed by Cavin Jones. The site was near Dox' house around 25th and Cecil B Moore. One day about 3 years ago, the mural was mysteriously blacked out. After much confusion it became clear that the house and the lot were foreclosed , and HUD decided, on their own, to paint out the mural.
       
     
  While the new design recreates many of Dox's prints, it also tells the story of a man who was born in the south....
       
     
   travelled the country as a Vaudville act...
       
     
  was a Buffalo Soldier in WWI, serving in France... 
       
     
  finally settling in Philadelphia, and working in the Chester Sun Co Shipyard.
       
     
  Dox also pioneered the carborundum printmaking process, an image of which appears on the right. 
       
     
 Scene from a Pyramid Club event 
       
     
 Starting work in my studio during June
       
     
 Studio Detail
       
     
 Studio Detail
       
     
 6 Panels were reserved for a paint day at Jewish Family and Children's Services in North Philadelphia. JFCS is 2 blocks away from the mural. We had collaborated on projects in the past. I was happy to bring them something that would be featured in their own neighborhood. 
       
     
 The 6 panels made up the portrait of Dox
       
     
 Detail
       
     
 It took everyone 4 and a half hours to finish the portrait. People even elected to stay late, and see this through. 
       
     
 Going old school and using carbon transfer for the quote at the bottom of the mural.    The quote:   "I always wanted to be an artist, even when I toured the plantation circuit in a dance and patter act"    The quote continues:   "with a fellow by name of Whistling Rufus"
       
     
 Install Detail
       
     
  Installation of panels took place in just 3 days
       
     
 Install Detail
       
     
  My favorite spot to see the mural, just under the tree branches in front of the Hospital
       
     
  The best time to take a group shot is in the middle of a heatwave at the end of the day! We finished the entire mural in just around 6 weeks.
       
     
 In 2015 I was given the opportunity to revise a mural I had painted in 2000. It was a biographical portrait of the Philadelphia printmaker Dox Thrash.    Project was a collaboration between myself and Willis Nomo, our assistants were Amira Mohamed, and my class at SCI Graterford.   
       
     

In 2015 I was given the opportunity to revise a mural I had painted in 2000. It was a biographical portrait of the Philadelphia printmaker Dox Thrash. 

Project was a collaboration between myself and Willis Nomo, our assistants were Amira Mohamed, and my class at SCI Graterford. 

  The mural is located at 1631 Girard Avenue, a block away from the old Pyramid Club, of which Dox played a major role. Click  here  for an article about the history and the people surrounding the Pyramid Club.     
       
     

The mural is located at 1631 Girard Avenue, a block away from the old Pyramid Club, of which Dox played a major role. Click here for an article about the history and the people surrounding the Pyramid Club. 

 

  In 2000 I painted the original Dox Thrash mural, it was designed by Cavin Jones. The site was near Dox' house around 25th and Cecil B Moore. One day about 3 years ago, the mural was mysteriously blacked out. After much confusion it became clear that the house and the lot were foreclosed , and HUD decided, on their own, to paint out the mural.
       
     

In 2000 I painted the original Dox Thrash mural, it was designed by Cavin Jones. The site was near Dox' house around 25th and Cecil B Moore. One day about 3 years ago, the mural was mysteriously blacked out. After much confusion it became clear that the house and the lot were foreclosed , and HUD decided, on their own, to paint out the mural.

  While the new design recreates many of Dox's prints, it also tells the story of a man who was born in the south....
       
     

While the new design recreates many of Dox's prints, it also tells the story of a man who was born in the south....

   travelled the country as a Vaudville act...
       
     

 travelled the country as a Vaudville act...

  was a Buffalo Soldier in WWI, serving in France... 
       
     

was a Buffalo Soldier in WWI, serving in France... 

  finally settling in Philadelphia, and working in the Chester Sun Co Shipyard.
       
     

finally settling in Philadelphia, and working in the Chester Sun Co Shipyard.

  Dox also pioneered the carborundum printmaking process, an image of which appears on the right. 
       
     

Dox also pioneered the carborundum printmaking process, an image of which appears on the right. 

 Scene from a Pyramid Club event 
       
     

Scene from a Pyramid Club event 

 Starting work in my studio during June
       
     

Starting work in my studio during June

 Studio Detail
       
     

Studio Detail

 Studio Detail
       
     

Studio Detail

 6 Panels were reserved for a paint day at Jewish Family and Children's Services in North Philadelphia. JFCS is 2 blocks away from the mural. We had collaborated on projects in the past. I was happy to bring them something that would be featured in their own neighborhood. 
       
     

6 Panels were reserved for a paint day at Jewish Family and Children's Services in North Philadelphia. JFCS is 2 blocks away from the mural. We had collaborated on projects in the past. I was happy to bring them something that would be featured in their own neighborhood. 

 The 6 panels made up the portrait of Dox
       
     

The 6 panels made up the portrait of Dox

 Detail
       
     

Detail

 It took everyone 4 and a half hours to finish the portrait. People even elected to stay late, and see this through. 
       
     

It took everyone 4 and a half hours to finish the portrait. People even elected to stay late, and see this through. 

 Going old school and using carbon transfer for the quote at the bottom of the mural.    The quote:   "I always wanted to be an artist, even when I toured the plantation circuit in a dance and patter act"    The quote continues:   "with a fellow by name of Whistling Rufus"
       
     

Going old school and using carbon transfer for the quote at the bottom of the mural. 

The quote:
"I always wanted to be an artist, even when I toured the plantation circuit in a dance and patter act"

The quote continues:
"with a fellow by name of Whistling Rufus"

 Install Detail
       
     

Install Detail

  Installation of panels took place in just 3 days
       
     

Installation of panels took place in just 3 days

 Install Detail
       
     

Install Detail

  My favorite spot to see the mural, just under the tree branches in front of the Hospital
       
     

My favorite spot to see the mural, just under the tree branches in front of the Hospital

  The best time to take a group shot is in the middle of a heatwave at the end of the day! We finished the entire mural in just around 6 weeks.
       
     

The best time to take a group shot is in the middle of a heatwave at the end of the day! We finished the entire mural in just around 6 weeks.