Vela on Camelback resident artist creates mural

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 8/12/20

Local artist, Jody Barrilleaux has been commissioned to create an expansive mural for the Vela on Camelback Apartments, 4949 N. 7th St., in uptown Phoenix, where he resides.

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Vela on Camelback resident artist creates mural


Local artist, Jody Barrilleaux has been commissioned to create an expansive mural for the Vela on Camelback Apartments, 4949 N. 7th St., in uptown Phoenix, where he resides.

Residents of the luxury apartment community will soon enjoy a one-of-a-kind mural created by their talented neighbor, according to a press release, noting that more people will  see the work of art as they stay home more than usual during this time.

The artwork at the Vela on Camelback complex will consist of a nearly 24-foot-long mural entitled, “Wind,” the release said, describing the acrylic on canvas mounted to metal panels for the mural that Mr. Barrilleaux illustrates “a calming, windy day – the leaves blowing in the wind.”

“You can almost hear the sounds quietly rustling. There’s so much intense emotion in this piece,” said Mr. Barrilleaux in a prepared statement, describing the art as peaceful and comforting.

“I’m extremely honored to be part of this beautification project for Vela on Camelback. I hope that my artwork can help to enhance the experience of living at what is already such a beautiful property,” Mr. Barrilleaux said of the mural created in his signature-style using flowing brush strokes with thick textures, earthy colors and line fluency.

“The owners of Vela on Camelback are very happy to have supported a local artist who is also a resident at Vela on Camelback and to display a commissioned piece in our beautiful complex,” said Ron Recht, Principal with Pacific Development Partners, which an affiliate owns Vela on Camelback.

“Jody is quite literally an artist in residence,” said Tom Shelton, principal with Shelton Residential, the management firm for Vela on Camelback, in a prepared statement.

“We are thrilled to work with one of our own residents to create some joy through art for our residents and visitors at a time when everyone can use a little boost.”

Mr. Barrilleaux has worked for many high-profile clients including creating some blacklight art for basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and paintings for restauranteur and celebrity chef Guy Fieri. He has also been contracted by the U.S. Air Force for murals at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

He began his career as a T-shirt airbrush artist, the release said, noting that he has built an extensive collection of airbrush and acrylic paintings and murals.

His work has been featured in interesting places like on motorcycles, boats, entertainment facilities, in private homes and even at the bottom of swimming pools.