Jul 172023

This mural by Marina Capdevila was created for the 2022 edition of the SHINE Mural Festival in St. Pete, Florida.

Check out her Instagram as well to see her most recent work.

Jun 032023

Rooted in the Community was created by Kenny Coil and Marc Merenguer of Break Maiden for the 2020 SHINE Mural Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Nov 222022

Brightmares was created by Alex Pardee (@alexpardee) for the 2016 SHINE Mural Festival in St. Pete, Florida.

From the St. Pete Arts Alliance website about the work-

The mural is called Brightmare, 46 feet wide and 19 feet tall. An emaciated, purple, naked figure is bowed down under a huge, sagging rainbow-colored ball where her head should be. She’s bony and hunched over, with purple skin and long grey skeletal hands, pendulous breasts and a swollen belly. The figure is on tiptoe, knees bent, one hand on the muddy floor for balance.

The sagging striped ball covers her head and neck and droops toward her belly – a red dot like a bullseye in the center of the ball, is ringed with pink, blue, green, yellow and orange. It’s like a rainbow balloon that’s leaking air, and jammed onto the figure’s head. Colors drip from the ball, and purple splashes from her body, as if the entire mural is melting in the heat.

The figure is stooped in front of a gaping black hole painted on the wall, like the opening of a cave. At her feet, bulbous blobs of white, tan and brown are spurting mud and water into the air.

On the lower left corner, the muddy blobs touch a green metal door in the side of the building. The outline of the cave crosses vertical pipes and electrical connections bolted to the wall. Two dark metal exhaust ducts frame the figure’s heavy rainbow head.

The background of the mural is the same stark industrial tan of the rest of the building, a massive structure that takes up almost an entire block.

Alex Pardee is a multi-media designer and illustrator who’s brought his unique aesthetic to music, film, animation, clothing and comics. When he painted this for the 2016 SHINE Festival, it was the largest mural he’d ever attempted. Ricky Watts, another artist on our tour, flew in from San Francisco to help with the mural’s completion. The mural is painted in aerosol, but the gaping black hole is brush painted.

To your right, in the alley facing this mural, a small window with heavy metal bars reflects the mural’s rainbow colors.


Aug 052022

Jared Wright’s Harmony for Shine Mural Festival 2021 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Feb 242022

For more of Ya La’Ford’s artwork, check out her website and Instagram.

She was also one of the Tampa Bay artists featured in the recent exhibition Skyway 20/21.

Oct 132021

This mural by Arlin Graff was created for the 2016 iteration of the SHINE Mural Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Oct 012021

Dangerous Visions, a mural by London based artist SHOK-1, was created for the 2019 iteration of the SHINE Mural Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida.

For more of SHOK-1’s work check out his website and Instagram.