The muralist Richard Wyatt was born in Lynwood, raised in Compton, and attended UCLA—a confirmed Angeleno, you could say. Over at KCET, poet/blogger/exuberant tour guide Mike Sonksen recently wrote an LA Letters piece about Wyatt's prolific work, spread throughout our far-reaching city. With an 80-foot mural at Union Station, two works in the Purple Line's Wilshire/Western station, and one on the 110 Freeway, chances are good that you're already familiar with the artist's work. With help from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles's website, we've mapped out 10 of the murals you've probably already seen but didn't know were Wyatt's.Read More
Mapping 10 Major Richard Wyatt Murals All Over Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90002
This mural in the line of sight of the Watts Towers pays tribute to Black Arts Council co-founder Cecil Furgerson.
2. Untitled at the Alma Reaves Woods Branch Public Library
Los Angeles, CA 90002
A diverse representation of the various cultures that have put down roots in Watts, "including Italians, Japanese, Jews, African Americans, and Latinos," says the Mural Conservancy of LA.
3. The Inglewood Project
Inglewood, CA 90301
The side of the Inglewood HIgh School Auditorium is home to this Wyatt of an unnamed Native American with a mixture of past and present settings in the background.
4. James and Spectators
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Right at the 110 and Adams, there's this Wyatt piece slapped against the overpass.
5. City of Dreams/River of History
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This mural depicting Native American, early settlers, and today's LA residents welcomes you as you enter Union Station from the bus bay of Patsaourus Plaza.
6. The White Memorial Project
This two-panel painting inside the White Memorial Medical Center depicts diverse families in a serene, mountainous landscape.
7. The Insurance Man
Los Angeles, CA 90018
This mural inside the Golden State Life Mutual Life Insurance Building depicting a lone agent was painted to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary.
8. People Coming / People Going
There are two 52-foot murals designed by Wyatt inside the Purple Line Station--one of people coming toward the viewer, one of people moving away. In the background of the murals is the Wiltern Building.
9. The Muralists
Los Angeles, CA 90028
This playful mural(actually on the Hudson Avenue-side of the building) depicts Laurel and Hardy painting a mural of Golden Age greats Laurence Olivier, Lauren Bacall, Vivian Leigh, and James Cagney.
10. Hollywood Jazz: 1945-1972
The outside of the Capitol Records building is a fitting location for this mural featuring Chet Baker, Tito Puente, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and several other jazz greats.