Past Exhibitions


Robert Ginder

Not Knowing

Images | Biography

Kent Twitchell

Studies for LA Murals


July 23 -September 3, 2022

Reception: Saturday July 23 2022 5-7 pm



For his first exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery, Robert Ginder describes his work as a “recontextualization of a common experience by employing art history to create a venerable artifact.” Forging his own brand of Photorealism, Ginder interprets the houses and palms of his childhood neighborhood of South LA, in the context of an Early Renaissance style, creating “contemporary secular icons.”

On a wood panel with a gold-leafed sky, a humble California bungalow might be sanctified as a holy site, or it may be that this simple home was always sacred and its perception as such has only been aided by the artist’s framing. The circular shape of the Santa Monica Pier’s ferris wheel becomes a perfect device for an engraved halo, highlighting its purity of form and its stature as a Southern California cultural icon. These are not religious paintings, but they are reminders that awareness, or perhaps enlightenment, is influenced by one’s level of perception and the ability to see beyond the objective reality.


Studies for Mural Projects, provides an insight into the creative process behind the completed and future projects of legendary LA muralist, Kent Twitchell. While studying at Cal State LA in 1971, Twitchell painted his first mural on the side of a friend’s home– a portrait of Steve McQueen. Over the course of the next 50 years, Twitchell would go on to paint many murals around Southern California. His iconic murals include the Bride and Groom on Broadway, the downtown Ed Ruscha Monument and the opposing portraits of Lita Albuquerque and Jim Morphesis at the 7th street freeway underpass downtown.

Perhaps Twitchell’s most unforgettable mural, the Freeway Lady (1974-1986), depicts an elderly woman with piercing blue eyes and a colorful afghan that trails into space behind her. Often referred to as “LA’s Grandmother,” this mural served as an anchoring and collective memory for many Angelenos. In 1986, the mural was illegally painted over with an advertisement to sell future advertisements, but was resurrected at LA Valley College nearly 30 years later.

All murals are inherently site specific, their context and legacy are entwined. Due to the rise of street art, graffiti and commercial disregard, many murals across the city have been covered up and lost over time. The elimination of the Freeway Lady inspired the founding of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, which was established to protect, preserve, and restore LA’s murals.

Twitchell’s painted “giants” live outside the traditional gallery space, on our commutes, in our neighborhoods, and serve as part of our daily lives. The drawings in this exhibition include cartoons and meticulous working diagrams of his completed works, as well as ideas for future projects, which he described as “planting seeds for future giants.”