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Arts / Performing Arts

Houston Street Artist’s Epic Mural Celebrated in Wild Spray Paint Party

Hanging With Mr. D — With Color Everywhere

BY Nicole Betts // 07.23.19
photography Chris P. Bachman

What: Sebastien “Mr D. 1987” Boileau 5th Anniversary Mural Celebration

Where: 2819 Fannin Street

PC moment:  Following a stormy afternoon, proponents of the arts gathered in Midtown to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Sebastien “Mr D. 1987” Boileau’s epic 10,000 square-feet mural, Préservons la Création. Mr. D, one the leaders of Houston’s thriving street art scene, started as an underground graffiti tagger in 1987 in Paris, and later journeyed to Texas to establish one of the city’s main aerosol practices, Eyeful Art Murals and Designs.

Préservons la Création riffed upon Michelangelo’s iconic Sistine Chapel mural, The Creation of Adam. How appropriate it was for Mr D. to kindly gift guests spray paint bottles to channel their own inner-artists on the wall under his towering creation.

The evening was inaugurated by welcoming remarks by the prolific street talent. Mr. D was joined by VIPs on the podium including 94.5 The Buzz Rod Ryan, director of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office of Cultural Affairs Debbie McNulty, Midtown Management District’s Cynthia Alvarado, Consul General of France Alexis Andres, and PaperCity‘s Catherine D. Anspon.

Attendees boogied on the dance floor to DJ Little Martin’s catchy, electric beats and munched on tasty authentic Mexican cuisine catered by Luna Y Sol. Bartenders handcrafted specialty beverages courtesy Deep Eddy Vodka, Liberation de Paris | BCI Wine & Spirits, Karbach Brewery, and Under the Radar Brewery.

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The accompanying market featured food trucks, small batch vendors, and other locally sourced creations. Reverend Butter wielding a chain saw produced a dramatic sculpture of a lion from a block of ice. Exclusive goodie bags featured aerosol cans of Liquitex (Mr. D’s preferred brand), miniature Deep Eddy Vodka bottles, personalized fans, and a note from Mr. D as a memento of this larger-than-life Midtown mural.

PC Seen: Karine Parker-Lemoyne, executive director of the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts; gallerists Yvonamor Palix, Barbara Davis, and Cindy Lisica; fellow artists Loli Fernández-Andrade Kolber, Lina Dib, Agnes Bourely, Emily Duval, Kelley Devine, and Skeez; patrons Suzette and Darrell Betts; Whitmire Vo; fashion designers Becky Hollands and Debra Linse; filmmaker Neiman Catley; projection talent Taylor Knapps (set to screen in the near future); and international curator Aïda Eltorie.

Stay tuned: Mr. D’s next bit of aerosol action unveils at new upscale Spring Branch restaurant Warehouse 72, which opens to the public Thursday, August 1, with lunch service beginning at 11:30 am.

Additional reporting by Catherine D. Anspon.

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