The beautiful city of Chicago attracts tourists from all around the world looking to explore its restaurants, streets, and culture. However, the city is known for more than just its eclectic food and temperamental weather. Hidden gem street art can be found around the city, decorating the sides of buildings and outside walls. In December of 2014, SoHo House in Chicago's West Loop launched its monthly art series: House Graffiti on Green. The series adds character to the city and highlights local artists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their original art outside the property’s public facing restaurants, Chicken Shop and Pizza East. Check out some of the featured artists over at Soho House!
JC Rivera is a local Chicago artist, known all over the city for his signature “Bear Champ” figure. The yellow bear wearing red boxing gloves and a tired, solemn expression, appears in a majority of his work. Rivera is also known for his outdoor and indoor murals, paintings, designer toys, and digital work.
Caesar Perez is a Pilsen native, whose work is influenced by his Cuban-Mexican upbringing. He now travels around the world, painting large-scale murals in many different countries. Perez is the co-founder and creative force behind Ava Grey, a Chicago-based creative agency and production house.
Joseph “Sentrock” Perez hails from Phoenix, AZ. He moved to Chicago to get a change of pace and to pursue his art career, obtaining a Bachelors of Art & Design at Columbia College. Prior to his education at Columbia College, Perez was purely self taught, simply tagging, creating graffiti and exploring the streets. He is known for for using bright colors, intense lettering, and characters that grab the attention of viewer.
The Lie (Jay Turner)
Jay Turner, known to his fans and other artists as “The Lie,” is another unique Chicago based artist. Shortly after graduating from Illinois Institute of the Art, Lie opened Paper Crown Gallery in Arlington Heights, IL (2011). He fell in love with the Chicago Street Art Scene, immersing himself in his art using spray paint and Chicago as a canvas. His unique style is a mixture of his traditional art background and creative street art, spray paint technique.
Head over to the West Loop to check out these Chicago artist's unique graffiti!