As Mayfair’s Artist-in-Residence, internationally renowned street artist Kelly “Risk” Graval has curated a multi-million-dollar collection that beautifully reflects L.A.’s vibrant and invigorating contemporary art scene. The extraordinary art collection on display at The Mayfair was curated by legendary artist and illustrator RISK, in collaboration with artists Shepard Fairey, Geoff Melville, Richard Mirando, and more. From his early days as a USC Fine Arts student and pioneering graffiti artist, to his celebrated gallery and museum showcases around the world, RISK has left an indelible mark on the contemporary art world and become a hometown hero of the Los Angeles art scene.
14th Floor + Reception Desk: Patricia Torkan
12th Floor: Jason REVOK
Known for pushing both creative and legislative boundaries, Jason REVOK’s work began in the streets and evolved into the studio – literally inventing new tools for his trade along the way. Having arguably done more to bring spray paint to minimalist art than anyone before him, his work has been exhibited around the world – including MOCA Los Angeles – and is included in a number of important private collections.
11th Floor: Shepard Fairy
As an American contemporary artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator, and founder of OBEY Clothing, Frank Shepard Fairey is one of the world’s best known and most influential street artists. Widely recognized for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster, his work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.
9th Floor + Library: Joey Colombo
It is often difficult to place a price on art, but Joey Colombo’s artistic vision has a particularly unique value. Using currency from diverse locations, cultures, ideologies, and time periods, his art literally and figuratively deconstructs and transforms concepts of power, control, and significance to tell new and unfolding stories.
8th Floor + Eve: Geoff Melville
Coming from a graffiti art and photography background, Geoff Melville studied under Thomas Wojak and worked under the mentorship of the late Richard Duardo producing works for Dale Chihuly, Dface, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Yoko Ono, and countless other contemporary artists. He hand-selected his representative pieces for The Mayfair because of their connection to the drama and soul of Los Angeles.
7th Floor: Billy Morrison
Billy Morrison describes his creative experience as insane, like “unleashing demons and angels at the same time.” His powerful imagery is rooted in many influences, including music, so it is no surprise that he chose a rock star theme for his Mayfair series. Morrison captured a truly Los Angeles-centric experience by painting iconic images of all-time great musicians doing what they do best.
6th Floor: Mario M. Muller
As a painter and sculptor, Mario Muller was mentored by Ed Paschke and attended master classes with Roy Lichtenstein, Audrey Flack, James Brooks, and Wayne Thiebaud. His work has been shown in over 20 solo exhibitions and more than 40 group exhibitions, as well as being featured in numerous publications. Muller has honed an iconography centered on the contemporary urban landscape, and his UrbanMotif collection seeks to reveal the recalcitrant details of an unpredictable metropolis.
5th Floor + Grand Stair Case: Evidence
4th Floor: Jim Evans AKA TAZ
Artist and designer Jim Evans, aka TAZ, has illustrated comics, album covers, rock and film posters, as well as advertising and magazine illustrations. TAZ has turned out numerous posters, album jackets, and ephemera for some of the biggest bands in music including the Foo Fighters, U2, Oasis, Porno For Pyros, Green Day, Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, Ramones, Rage Against The Machine, Wu Tang Clan, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Aerosmith, House of Pain, Neil Young, Bad Religion, the Pixies, and Blink-182.
Grand Stair Case: Stephen Vanasco AKA Van Styles
Eve American Bistro: Cryptik
Cryptik creates from a palette of wonder, where all science, math, and true art spring from equal mystery. His is a clear-eyed art practice of more questions asked than answered. The Southern Californian creative’s intricate, almost trance-inducing works—be they on mammoth walls, slap stickers, or hanging in galleries—find voice in images of spiritual universality. By his hand, Eastern philosophical thought and mantras hypnotically merge with the black letter bombing of cholo writing. The ancient and the sacred marry in a modern quest—through art—for conscious awakening and awareness. - Jamie Maleszka (Mass Appeal)