Jeremy M. Raymer’s murals cover nearly 50 walls around Pittsburgh, and, for the first time, his work will now be on display in a new city.
The Uptown-based artist is painting two murals this weekend in New York City, one in Chinatown and the other in the East Village.
“I’ve been waiting for these for months,” Raymer said. “It feels surreal. That’s been my goal for a while now and to get my work on a wall in Manhattan.”
He’s working with East Village Walls, a collective with 10 or 20 walls in and around the East Village, which rotates new artwork every six to eight months.
“I’m always looking for new talent,” said Ben Lau, curator with East Village Walls, who first stumbled upon Raymer’s work this summer while visiting Pittsburgh to run the marathon. “I think he’s amazing and should have a bigger stage. I’m always inviting people to New York.”
Raymer’s eagle in Braddock first caught Lau’s eye, along with Raymer’s Strip District murals. Not a painter himself, Lau is skilled in the art of organization, and he works to secure walls for artists and help facilitate their work.
Raymer traveled to New York on Friday with a carful of spray paint and ladders — and tarps in case of expected rainy weather. He plans work from 5 a.m. today until well after dark, as long as rain doesn’t get in the way, hoping to finish both murals by Sunday or Monday.
“It’s all about getting the artwork to the level of detail that I want,” Raymer said. “I’m not going to approach it any differently than I would a piece here. I want them to be stunners. I want people to take notice and see the level of detail I can achieve in my pieces.”
Raymer’s Chinatown mural, at 149 Hester St., is in a prime location where it will see (and scare) many. He’ll paint creepy clown the Terrifier.
“I thought I might like to do some sort of Pittsburgh tie-in, but because we have Halloween coming up, I’m going on the creepier end of the spectrum,” said Raymer, a scary movie fan. “I’ll push the look a little bit and do some cross hatching.”
The clown will hold a rose … and a machete.
“I was playing around with the concept that the clown has a rose that shoots out water,” Raymer said. “He’s like, ‘Come and get this rose,’ and he’s got a machete waiting for you.”
The second mural, located at 33 First Ave., will mesh the concepts of man and machine, featuring a character from movie “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” an Apple lightning jack, and a cable.
After these are complete, Raymer will head back to Pittsburgh to complete a few more murals on his schedule. Just this week, he finished a detailed fish skeleton on Fish Nor Fowl restaurant in Garfield.
As for Lau, his work isn’t done yet either.
“I hope to make the connection and possibly have some New York artists to Pittsburgh,” Lau said. “It’s great to share the art.”