A central focal point in the new park at King Commons is a large painted mural entitled Wildabout on a wall adjacent to the Atlantic Ale House. Artist Ian Brownlee has spent much of the summer working on the bold, energetic mural which is now a wonderful addition to the city’s growing public art collection. Selected from more than 30 applicants, Brownlee’s design reflects themes explored throughout the park: sustainability, water mitigation and pollination. His mural includes a dizzying array of native flora and fauna. He also imbued the design with a unique sense of place by incorporating significant architectural landmarks from our region.
Ian Brownlee is an Asheville based artist who has been honing his craft for nearly 20 years. Brownlee earned his BA from the Atlanta College of Art, with a focus on painting. He completed advanced studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. He has painted dozens of murals in Georgia, Oregon, California, and North Carolina and has served as an artist-in-residence for Asheville’s Mission Hospital system where he completed a series of interior murals in hospital areas for children undergoing medical treatment. In 2009, he was selected as one of WNC magazine’s artists “On The Verge,” and in 2013 he was featured in an exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum.
For more information, visit his website: http://ianbrownlee.com/