A professional graphic designer, Allen Harcourt recently attempted his first mural in the ViBe Creative District.
Artist Allen Harcourt paining his first mural with the help of his father, a retired school teacher who painted murals for the schools where he worked. Photo courtesy of the ViBe Creative District.
Where did you get the inspiration for first mural?
When I was asked to create a new logo for restaurant Barrel 17 Burger Bar, the owner added in the possibility of a mural. I agreed to both right away only because I had a design that I created a couple months ago sitting in my archives. This was the perfect time to use it.
Did the business owners at Barrel 17 weigh in?
The final design of the mural varied only slightly with the wording in the banner flying behind the plane. The owners and I agreed upon “Virginia Is 4 Lovers” (The slogan of the Virginia Tourism Corporation) to appeal to a larger audience.
What was the experience of painting the mural like?
At first, overwhelming, frustrating, and hot… really hot. But after working on it for a couple days, I finally got the hang of it. It was really fun creating your own technique to brush on the cinder blocks.
What materials and paint did you use? Any cool gadgets?
I used Sherwin Williams, Resilience Exterior Acrylic Latex paint. Didn’t use anything out of the ordinary except a paint roller, couple throw away brushes and some ladders.
Any lessons learned about what worked or didn’t work for painting an outdoor wall?
Plan for the rain! That was the downfall of trying to complete this.
Artist Allen Harcourt standing in front of his first mural located at Barrel 17 Burger Bar on Mediterranean Avenue in the ViBe Creative District. Photo courtesy of the artist.
How do you support your passion / ie: Day job?
I do Freelance Graphic Design work and I also bartend at Barrel 17.
What other artists inspire you?
I’ve always been a fan of Andy Warhol ever since I can remember. They also say some of the closest people are your biggest inspirations; two of my really good friends, whom I worked with in a previous clothing brand about 5 years ago, Alec Yuzhbabenko and Zach Filkins. Alec is a current Architect for Hanbury and Zach who is an Artist living in Bend, Oregon now.
What’s your next big project?
I’m really hoping to knock out a second mural before 2018 is over!
Give us three adjectives that describe your mural:
Simple, Vibrant and Flowing
Besides your own, which local mural is your favorite (anywhere in Hampton Roads) and why?
I’ve always been a huge fan of the brothers behind TALENT Murals. Todd and Eric were my neighbors for a short period when I was born, right around till I was 5. Their stuff is next level; their hyper realism is something I’ve always been fascinated by.