Creating a wall of art: D.C. artist starts his masterpiece with hope of deterring graffiti

  • Aniekan Udofia laughs with his apprentices during a break from priming the wall for his mural on Florida Avenue Northwest that is part of a graffiti-prevention program. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)Aniekan Udofia laughs with his apprentices during a break from priming the wall for his mural on Florida Avenue Northwest that is part of a graffiti-prevention program. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • With the help of an apprentice, Aniekan Udofia, a popular, D.C.-based artist widely acclaimed for his vibrant style, applies the primer for his latest project — a mural that will cover the entire wall at 312 Florida Ave. NW in the Shaw neighborhood. "I want people to feel good, come to check it out and share it," he says. (Photographs by Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Paint rollers hang on a bucket of primer for Mr. Udofia's latest project.Paint rollers hang on a bucket of primer for Mr. Udofia's latest project.
  • Mr. Udofia, 37, who was born in Nigeria but now calls Adams Morgan home, is known in Washington for his vibrant style, but before the colorful art can emerge on old bricks, a lot of paint and a lot of rollers are required.Mr. Udofia, 37, who was born in Nigeria but now calls Adams Morgan home, is known in Washington for his vibrant style, but before the colorful art can emerge on old bricks, a lot of paint and a lot of rollers are required.

“I wanted to learn,” she said. “I wanted to get some knowledge. I like the idea of how a mural can be used for social justice.”

The building the brick wall belongs to houses a printing center and a shop that showcases local artwork and crafts.

Karen Massalley, a partner with Kuumba Kollectibles, said the buildings’s owners are looking forward to showcasing the art.

“They have always wanted a mural on the wall and they’ve been in the area for 30 years,” she said. “We’re really happy about that.”

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