Every once in a while, I come upon an artist who is truly unique, and when that happens, I want to let everyone know about them. This is one of those times.
Last year, through a mutual friend, I was introduced to a Dallas graffiti artist who goes by Blind Kolor (although his mother named him Jesse Alarcón), and he has made what started out as rogue street art into something worthy of an upscale art gallery.
I enjoyed his work so much that I commissioned him for two pieces in my home, one inside and one outside.
Blind Kolor posted a “work in progress” series of photos on his Instagram feed, if you want to see how the work went from sketch to final product. His Instagram includes several examples of his final work, as well as video and time-lapse of other projects. His work ranges from the whimsical (such as the tagging toucan at my house) to the somber (as you’ll see on his website or Instagram), but it’s always captivating and thought-provoking.
Blind Kolor is a complete original. His work can be found all over Dallas, in schools, under overpasses, in businesses, and skate parks. Dallas has a surprisingly vibrant local art scene – despite its outdated reputation as a home to cowboys, Cowboys, big hair and bankers – and artists like Blind Kolor are the reason I don’t have to travel far to find exceptional art.