“Big problems can be solved through design and creative thinking.” – John Van Hamersveld
Artist John Van Hamersveld first began experimenting with graphic design in the 1960s as a student at the Art Center College of Design. His career took off with his design of the iconic Endless Summer movie poster. His continued success as a designer and illustrator in the music industry, in surf culture, and in the corporate realm has solidified his position as one of the top creative voices of his time.
The Alley Cats tell a story about a fleeting presence set against the background of hidden passages and back alleys. We’ve all encountered a black cat that emerges on its own terms, solicits a scratch or a bite to eat, shares some love or provides some inspiration, and then disappears, reabsorbed into the shadows of its surroundings. Whether you interpret this literally or metaphorically, Hamersveld is paying homage to those unexpected encounters and is encouraging us to recognize and relish those moments.
The Alley Cats mural is one of many vinyl murals Hamersveld has realized in the Southern California area, including most recently his massive mural for the LADWP Scattergood tank renewal project in El Segundo and his commission by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, amongst others.