Artist James Marshall Traded Graffiti for Museum Murals
Formerly a graffiti artist, James Marshall has transformed the walls of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art into a beautiful mural. Now internationally known, Marshall painted the walls full of colors that represent the wonderful Arizona landscape.
Once called Dalek, by his former graffiti followers, Marshall has chosen to use his skills to better the community. According to AZCentral.com, he painted the SMoCA Lounge with Chinese red to a light-filled room of yellows, oranges and fuchsias. The installation is called “Radiate”, along with his outdoor courtyard mural with 60 different paint colors that slowly transition into each other.
Marshall usually works for the surf gear company Hurley in California, but was hired by the Scottsdale Museum. “Having that kind of leeway to have free reign in museum space is kind of rare,” said Marshall in the recent article. “If they’re going to give it to me, I’m going to take it.”
Most of the 90s, Marshall or “Dalek” spent his days among the streets of major cities painting his famous Space Monkey character. It marked the start of his love for art, as he quickly chose a different route to work for Hurley. After capturing the attention of local Scottsdale arts organizations, Marshall was definitely the top pick.
“Color is the easiest fix in the world,” he said in the article. “Everybody loves color.”
Museum hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Admission: $7 adults, $5 students, free on Thursdays and free after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Address: 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale.