Seattle mural painter turns album covers into art


by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 16 at 12:17 AM

SEATTLE -- In our fast-paced, high-tech, instant everything environment, there's one little corner of Seattle where everything slows down.

At Easy Street Records on Queen Anne Hill, the music is vinyl. The art is not. The latest album covers don't come from a printer but from a painter.

For the past eight years Glenn Case has been painting and repainting Easy Street's walls.

"I really like getting a little color up there, Seattle can be a little gloomy,” Case said.

Case is more than an artist. He's an activist.

"Every time I see a big vinyl plastered on a building it kind of makes me sad."

Today, there are far fewer in his field.

"This used to be a real career for people until the 80's.”

There is a common thread. You don't see too many record stores anymore. And you won't find too many guys hand painting murals to sell records. And that's the point.

"'Cause it would be way easier to just print something up, you know. Why put Glenn through having to get up there and paint away? It's just more real that way," Easy Street's Troy Nelson said.

And with art on such a large scale, the smallest details matter.

"If it were vinyl, yeah, it'd be good enough. But I'm actually really trying to create an art piece here," Case said. And with that, he reveals the big picture. "I want to make sure I'm creating something people remember here."

Case's custom, large-scale murals cost $1,000 - $2,000.

See more of his work here.