The Murals of Downtown Melbourne
Melbourne Main Street, with the help of Community Investors and a Cultural Grant from the Florida Department of State, successfully commissioned and completed twelve murals in Historic Downtown Melbourne. The objective of this project was to use murals as a catalyst for redesigning our community and redefining our area as a destination for arts and culture. We believe public art is an essential component to community revitalization… art strengthens communities, drives tourism, and fosters an environment of creativity and innovation. Through this revitalization project, we engaged the creative sector to help us achieve our goal of beautifying the Downtown community!
Cody Monahan (@hemplifelion) is a young entrepreneur and a up-and-coming artist, currently attending the University of North Florida for Fine Art and Business. He’s using his education to further his art career as well as his company, Hemp Life Co; a company based on environmental innovation, selling 100% organic hemp products since 2009.
All art for the company is done by Cody himself, designed to inspire humanity. Cody plans to continue painting murals, world-wide, to showcase his belief in love and creativity. The, Three Little Turtles, mural is his 4th and largest mural to date and he’s just beginning. This particular mural is very special to him because the original painting was a gift to his mother.
The turtles symbolize his family, to pay homage to his mother as well as commemorate his father who he lost at a young age. “Art is everything to me, it has always been my way to express myself to the world, as well as escape it. Every piece I do is deeply intertwined with love and pain, revealing my heart and soul to the world. Nothing will ever exceed my passion to create.” Cody believes he will never claim any particular style, that his art will constantly change and grow with him. His focus for his work is beauty, he wants to create a larger than life quality, showing the world that Heaven is a place on Earth.
Born in NJ and moved to FL when I was 2 or 3. I’ve always loved drawing for as long as I can remember. Went to school in Ft. Lauderdale for computer art and design and later continued studying art and design in Melbourne. I am a father of two boys and I am currently the in-house artist and graphic designer for Intracoastal Brewing Co. in Melbourne. I do freelance graphic art and design as well as various other commission work including portraits, murals, concept art, etc.
Mark Gilliam is a multidisciplinary artist, studied in many styles and forms of art. Fluent on surfaces ranging from paper and canvas, to exterior walls, and even skin. Being a proficient tattoo artist, and muralist are a primary focus alongside creating privately commissioned works.
Although heavily influenced by tattooing, graffiti, and other urban landscapes, Mark has an urge for education and progression in all artistic mediums. Mark can be contacted on Facebook by simply searching his name (Mark Gilliam), on Instagram at @Markgilliam_tattooer, or via email at Markgilliamart@gmail.com.
Eric Wood has been an artist since a young age. He graduated from Melbourne High School in 1991 where he won many awards for his drawings and paintings. He has always had a unique perspective and an eye for detail that sets him apart from other artists. He is an extremely creative person who always sees ways to improve things. He sees the beauty in everything he looks at. His extensive skills include painting large and small scale murals, drawing, sign-making, graphic design and printing. He currently lives in Palm Bay with his wife, Michele, and their two rescue dogs.
Kimber Grobman is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in Illustration. Her art career has taken her to many places, and she has had many different types of creative jobs… a prototype toy painter at Hasbro, Inc., a caricature artist at Disneyland, and the first credited graphic artist on the TV show Robot Chicken to name a few.
Currently Kimber is teaching painting classes at Painting with a Twist in Downtown Melbourne. She also works as a freelance artist creating colorful sign art, paintings, logos, and even children’s books.
You can learn more about Kimber, and view her scope of work, on her website www.kimberlandart.com.
Christopher Maslow is a Melbourne-based fine artist whose creative practice centers primarily around painting and sculpture. A former Los Angeles resident, Maslow graduated in 2003 from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in product development. He quickly grew into a notable clothing designer and produced for multiple labels in Southern California. A few years into his career as a fashion designer, Maslow found himself gravitating towards street art. Subsequently, after many years of experimentation with multi-media, Maslow realized a greater calling to fine art. Since his transition onto canvas, Maslow has shown artwork in galleries across the United States and has experienced equal success in curation as well. Maslow is the Curator for the Melbourne Mural Project.
Jay “REMOTE” Bellicchi
Jay “REMOTE” Bellicchi is a Boston transplant that has taken his place in the Miami art scene as a dynamic artist influenced by his history in graffiti and graphic design. In the 1980’s Jay was influenced by hip-hop music and the culture, that’s where he discovered the element of graffiti art.
Known today as REMOTE, Jay enjoys balancing chaotic, abstract reflections of urban decay with contrasting, crisp lines, shapes and or patterns. On canvas, his process is organic and spontaneous, intuitively influenced by the moment. He uses various media, including latex, acrylic and aerosol paints, and markers. Jay’s art had been featured in numerous South Florida publications, as well as national and international art books.