Murals in Portland - Some Small Favorites

It's been a little while since I've spent time exploring the wonderful murals around the Rose City. It still amazes me how many great public works of art we have around Portland. I'm sure I discover a new one on at least a weekly basis. So let's spend a moment and have a look at some of my favorites on a slightly smaller scale. 

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Number One.

Prince Mural PDX

How many people out there knew Portland had a mural dedicated to Prince? I sure as heck didn't until recently! Located in north east Portland on the side of a structure that has probably seen some better days, this epic mural pays homage to the late great Prince in all his purple and wondrous glory. When I passed by this mural for the first time I squealed in delight behind the steering wheel of my car. No matter what happens in my life, no matter what goes down in the world, I can always draw a little bit of joy knowing that there is a mural dedicated to Prince in my town. 

Number Two.

Portland Mural

This one is a bit of a two for one type situation. Located on the north side as one heads toward north east Broadway we have two rather unusual pieces kitty corner to each other. One depicts a rather aggressive looking jack rabbit that for some reason always makes me think it belongs on the side of a space ship in some kind of cyberpunk novel. The other depicts two beetles sprouting colorful pink flowers up toward the sky. It's a very odd juxtaposition that I quite enjoy.

Number Three.

Portland Mural

This one barely qualifies as a mural, but it does hold a little bit of a special place in my life. Located along south east Morrison, I pass by this mural either on foot or in my car at least six times a day on my way into downtown Portland. I find it kind of cute and it always catches my eye despite the fact that it is relatively simple as far as Portland murals go. 

Andrew Kaiser

My name is Andrew Kaiser, welcome to my site! I have a passion for making images wherever and whenever I can. I seek to capture humanity and the world around me with a focus on the figure. Film, digital, pinhole, and instant photography are all fair game for me.

I grew up in the California Bay Area and started taking photography seriously in High School. I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to go to a high school with a working darkroom and a teacher who understood that making images was an art form – care and patience was a necessity in the image making process from start to finish.

Later in life I attended the University of California in Santa Cruz where I received a Bachelors Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. After having my fill of the California sunshine I packed up my life and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I quickly found the overcast skies, lush forests, cooler temperatures, and creative communities to be a perfect match for my work.

Over the years I have exhibited my photographs in several galleries and art shows including the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and Cascade AIDS Project. I’ve published a few books and taught workshops up and down the west coast of the United States. Through this site I’m hoping to share my work and perhaps inspire others along the way.