Dave Watkins’ new 6-story abstract mural adds a pop of color to the Milwaukee skyline

Milwaukee, WI, November 13th, 2023 – Local artist Dave Watkins has added a pop of color to Milwaukee’s skyline with the completion of a striking six-story abstract mural at River Place Lofts. Commissioned by developer Peter Moede, the mural is on the West Side of the “Finishing House” and faces the newly completed 4th phase building of the former tannery complex called the “Power House”.

Drawing inspiration from flowing blue reflections of the nearby Menomonee River, combined with the prominent use of oranges, and cream tones representing the the distinctive Cream City Brick of the surrounding architecture. Vibrant color fields add a dynamic and contemporary touch to the urban landscape, breathing life into an otherwise bland concrete block stair tower. The mural’s vertical lines pay homage to the neighboring structures and symbolize the growth of Milwaukee’s ever changing skyline. At a little over 2,200 sq ft and three sided, it promises to catch the attention of both residents and river travelers alike.

The mural was completed in a total of nine days over a span of three weeks, using exterior latex and spray paints.

Dave Watkins is an abstract painter from Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. Known for his use of bold color fields and detailed linework. Dave’s work is influenced by the urban city around him—a passing boxcar covered in tags, the many layers of paint on a city wall. Dave’s style creates movement and energy through the use of gestural marks, brushstrokes and color. When he isn’t painting in his art studio, Dave enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, kids and countless enchiladas.

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