Blue Sights is a portrait of LP’s fiancé riding the light rail between Long Beach and Los Angeles, while looking into the vast LA basin during a sunrise.
Kid, an image of a young girl born and raised in North Long Beach, is one of many paintings and drawings produced over a three-year span.
Last Stop is a portrait of two Filipino Americans, members of a community with a long history in the area.
Legacy depicts the artist’s mother, who has been riding the A Line (Blue) to and from work every day since her family moved to Long Beach from the Philippines.
Memory and Perspective is influenced by the artist’s memories riding the light rail to Del Amo Station.
Project Description Modern Prometheus represents various creative fragments within a community that forge together to build a person. Just as bodies are made up of many cells that work together for survival, individuals are activated and built stronger through the support and inspiration of one another. About the Artist DAVE VAN PATTEN is a Long Beach/Los Angeles-based artist working in illustration, comics, and murals. Van Patten has done album artwork for bands such as the Grateful Dead and Les Claypool. His work has appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Vice and NPR.
Her portraits explore the lives of individuals who are part of her community and personal life.
Project Description Metro Art Portrait Series: More People Than You Know is designed to feature and engage the different neighborhoods surrounding the stations of the Metro system. This rotating exhibition features portraits of patrons created by artists connected to the neighborhoods served by the A Line (Blue). About the Artist Born in Los Angeles, ERIC ALMANZA is a Chicanx figurative painter and curator with a BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Figurative Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. Almanza taught in Wilmington for many years and currently teaches fine arts in the Los Angeles Unified School District. KRISTINA AMBRIZ moved to Long Beach in 2011 with her husband to pursue her artwork. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries and venues throughout the Los Angeles region, including the Bergamot Station, the Liberty Art Gallery in Long Beach, and the Downey Civic Theater. JAZMINE ATIENZA is a painter, tattoo artist, and graphic designer whose art practice is a personal reflection of her place in life. Her most recent focus is figurative painting. …
Artworks featuring portraits of local transit riders by local artists are presented on digital displays interspersed with real-time transit information. The inaugural series appears at A Line (Blue) stations.
Playful Transportation shows mother and child playing with a toy train as an early introduction to transportation.
Roosters is a semi-autobiographical painting of a man portrayed with empathy and vulnerability rather than traditional markers of physical strength.
The artist simultaneously recognizes Metro’s ridership and addresses an art historical gap, the vast underrepresentation of women of color.
Vovó Santinha is a portrait of the artist’s Brazilian grandmother, whom the she would often think of on her commute.
Wall of Concrete depicts the artist’s daughter and includes elements that celebrate the street art that is prevalent between the cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles.