Richard Wyatt

Artist: Richard Wyatt Jr. of Los Angeles, CA
Mural #8 - William & Elizabeth Campbell

Throughout October and November of 1996, artist Richard Wyatt Jr. could be seen from the highway, day after day, week after week--a man in a straw hat, moving his scaffolding back and forth along the 80-foot wall, applying layers upon layers of magnificent paint onto the storyboard of the desert life of pioneers William & Elizabeth Campbell. The meticulous and detail-oriented artist probably could have enjoyed painting on this work of art for several more weeks (or months) had a mural unveiling not been looming on the horizon. In fact, the date was delayed at least twice. "This is the most fun I've had painting a mural in over three years," the artist proclaimed at the time. "It's just pure art," he said one day, waving his paint brush out across the quiet desert horizon, up to the blue sky, and back to the nose on William Campbell's gigantic face on the wall. "No distractions ... not like when I'm working down in the city," he said. "I'm really enjoying this one!" During the two-month period, fellow artist Horacio Serrano and his father, Richard Wyatt Sr., came out to the desert to assist Wyatt with painting this mural.

Richard Wyatt Jr. has been painting murals for more than 20 years. Some of his more notable works include murals at Union Station, the Watts Library, the now Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California, and "Hollywood Jazz" on the Capitol Records building in downtown Los Angeles. He even painted murals along the I-10 Freeway in Los Angeles for the Olympics in 1983. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Southern California, and his works have appeared in numerous publications, including Sunset, American Artist, and Germany's Doe Kunst magazine. He also has been featured on a number of regional and national news programs, including "Visiting with Huell Howser," and was actually interviewed and filmed by Huell Howser for the KCET-TV/PBS show while he was painting the Campbell mural in November 1996. In addition to bringing art to the masses through his work, Richard also gives to his community, judging community art exhibitions, working with children in the Los Angeles public school system and lecturing. Wyatt lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Joyce, and their two daughters.

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