Lost Murals of Los Angeles

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Pioneer Murals of Los Angeles Before and After Destruction

Beginning in the late 1960’s and up through the 1980’s, Los Angeles flourished as a center for large, museum quality paintings done outside. Some of the pioneers of that movement were Victor Henderson, Terry Schoonhoven (both alone and as members of the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad) and Kent Twitchell.  Many of their works have been painted over or otherwise fallen from their original states.  Some have been painted out, some have been replaced, some have even been replicated.  Behind every mural is a story. This exhibit briefly tells the story of four great early murals from Los Angeles.

The "Ed Ruscha Monument" in 2013, after destruction. The destruction of this piece resulted in a $1.1 million settlement.

"Brooks Street Painting" was the first mural by the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad (Victor Henderson and Terry Schoonhoven). It inspired a generation. The Doors were famously photographed here.

As a result of a misunderstanding, "Brooks Street Painting" was painted over by another muralist who was hired by the building owner.

The repainted mural was later tagged. There are plans to remove the tag and place a commemorative plaque in 2015.

Terry Schoonhoven's "St. Charles Street Painting" in Venice, CA.

The wall at 21 Windward in Venice that previously displayed the "St. Charles Street Painting." "Touch of Venice" was painted in 2014 by Jonas Never.

"The Isle of California" in better days.

The "Isle of California" in 2008. It is faded badly, but there continue to be rumors of restoration. A crowning achievement of realist muralism in Los Angeles, its decline is a tragedy.

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"Lost Murals of Los Angeles" by The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. Murals featured by Kent Twitchell, the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad, Terry Schoonhoven, Jonas Never and Clinton Bopp.

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