THREE MURALS FOR THE SFJAZZ CENTER, 2013.

Three large-scale murals for the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, the first stand-alone theatre for jazz in the United States. The murals were commissioned by SFJAZZ as a collaborative project with artist Elyse Pignolet. They were fabricated in Elyse's studio in San Pedro, California, and installed in late 2012 in time for the Center's Grand Opening in January 2013.

The two murals in the Center's second-floor lobby, "Jazz and the Nation" and "Jazz and the City", combine to form one long skyline featuring famous jazz venues, clubs, theaters, ballrooms, and scenes from the history of Jazz in the United States and in San Francisco.

The third mural, "Jazz and the Afterlife", fills the entire wall of the Green Room, where musicians gather before going onstage. It is an riff on the traditional "judgement day" frescoes, in which patrons are admitted to the afterlife past a stern bouncer to discover their fate off the clipboard of policemen, who direct them up to a boring heaven or down to the raging club of hell.

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 "Jazz and the Nation", 2013.   with Elyse Pignolet. Hand-made, hand-painted ceramic tiles, 9' x 32'. 
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 "Jazz and the City" (Detail), 2013.   with Elyse Pignolet. Hand-made, hand-painted ceramic tiles, 9' x 21'. 
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 "Jazz and the City" (Detail)   with Elyse Pignolet. Hand-made, hand-painted ceramic tiles, 9' x 21'. 
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 Proposal Painting for "Jazz and the Afterlife", 2012.   Acrylic on Board with pencil, 25" x 38". 
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 "Jazz and the Afterlife", 2013.   with Elyse Pignolet. Hand-made, hand-painted ceramic tiles, 12' x 19'. 
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 Elyse Pignolet installing tile murals at SFJAZZ Center.