Working 5–9 in the Middle of a Global Panoramic acknowledges the many enterprising commuters pursuing their livelihood amid systemic discrimination.
We Ride Together features snapshots of the artist’s last night out on the train with friends before the COVID-19 lockdown.
We ride the train toward memories of beautiful travelsis inspired by their enduring connection to Metro and soulful bond that evolved with time and age.
We Are The Heritage reflects the importance of preserving one’s cultural heritage.
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.
Vovó Santinha is a portrait of the artist’s Brazilian grandmother, whom the she would often think of on her commute.
Visionary conveys the invaluable time afforded by public transit to contemplate the past and present, and envision the future.
Traveler honors the drifters, explorers, migrants, nomads and tourists.
The Poet portrays Kamau, an instrumental figure in Leimert Park’s cultural renaissance.
The artist simultaneously recognizes Metro’s ridership and addresses an art historical gap, the vast underrepresentation of women of color.
The Great R-38 depicts Joshua, a rail-loving toddler, awaiting the train under the expert guidance of his grandfather Thurman, a 30-year Metro veteran who retired his employee number “R-38.”
Self Portrait with Ancient Ones muses on how history and context make meaning across time with a portrait of the artist honoring her Mesopotamian roots.
In Self Portrait in Motion, fluffy bolls envelop Harris on the Metro, which was a lifeline and gateway for the artist as a new LA resident in 2013.
Sanctuary is a tender portrait of a mother and child, Pia and Paolo, shielded among hydrangeas, monarch butterflies and bees.
Roosters is a semi-autobiographical painting of a man portrayed with empathy and vulnerability rather than traditional markers of physical strength.
Playful Transportation shows mother and child playing with a toy train as an early introduction to transportation.
Outward Bound depicts two young friends engaging with Los Angeles’s diverse cityscape on board the Metro.
Ms. Assata Umoja celebrates the South LA activist for her empowering presence in the Hyde Park community.
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).
Her portraits explore the lives of individuals who are part of her community and personal life.
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.
Mga Bayani Sa Ating Paligid (Heroes In Our Midst) shines a light on Filipino American caregivers Teresita, Jade, Marlon and Joan.
Memory and Perspective is influenced by the artist’s memories riding the light rail to Del Amo Station.
Lisa D on the E is a timeless and contemporary portrait of Walker’s friend and fellow artist.
Leo focuses on the newfound independence of a local teenager who uses public transportation to connect with friends and explore skate parks along the Metro, from downtown LA to Santa Monica.