50. Eduardo Kobra paints ‘The 27 Club’

Near the corner of Rivington & Forsyth Streets on New York’s Lower East Side is a mural by the Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra entitled “The 27 Club.” The mural features the faces of five musicians – Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse – all having died from drug overdoses at age 27. The mural tells a precautionary tale on the dangers of drug abuse. Watch his YouTube video and this article from ST.art.

During my visit to New York in October 2018, I passed by Eduardo and his colleagues as they put the final touches on this massive mural. My mind boggles at how an artist can hold in his or her mind so a large image. From a foot away, you cannot tell that the spray of black lines are Janis Joplin’s hair.


I wanted to clearly distinguish between the texture & colors of the mural and the two main figures. My goal was to focus on the artists in the moment of their creative process and not to re-create the artist’s mural. I intentionally blended much of the background colors using paper stump to flatten the textures. For the figures, I try to create depth by accentuating folds in clothing, as well as the shadows on the artists’ arms and face.


This piece is part of my #ArtForGood project, where all sales are donated to nonprofit organizations. For this piece, proceeds go to the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund at Seattle Children’s Hospital.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Canson Aquarelle Rag, 240gm
  • Dimensions 8″ x 10″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$120, includes shipping costs
  • Status UNSOLD, available March 21, 2020, enquiries please email contact@onehundredpaintings.art

~ by Delfino on 2020/01/18.

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