Street muralist pays tribute to Anthony Bourdain with a painting next to restaurant
Jonas Never, an artist who specializes in creating street murals, paid tribute to Anthony Bourdain with a graffiti piece of the famous chef.
Bourdain, one of the most recognizable faces on television when it came to food shows, passed away at the age of 61 on June 8, 2018, after committing suicide by hanging.
Never was asked by Gramercy, a new restaurant and bar in West Los Angeles, to come up with a way to honor Bourdain's work and life, and the final product was shared on Twitter.
Those driving down Wilshire will now be able to witness Never's creation on the wall. The artist adopted a realistic style to bring Bourdain's portrait to life, giving it a glowing blue aura to accentuate the late chef's figure.
Anthony Bourdain Mural Unveiled at Santa Monica Bar https://t.co/gOa3kTjABG— TMZ (@TMZ) June 16, 2018
According to TMZ, Gramercy aims for a New York Lower East Side vibe, so it was decided that the restaurant was the perfect place for the art piece.
Although Never was hired by the restaurant to paint its signage lettering, the muralist didn't charge for the painting. Now, much like his other pieces spread from Venice to Burbank, Bourdain's portrait will be able to be admired by everyone walking by it.
Bourdain's death came as a shock, especially for those who knew him. He was considered to be a very charismatic character and one who wasn't afraid of speaking his mind.
"His brilliant, Fearless Spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated."
Asia Argento, Twitter, June 8, 2018
At the time of his death, Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, shooting an episode of Parts Unknown alongside Eric Ripert, a longtime friend and chef, who found Bourdain's body in his hotel room.
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