Scott Fertig’s Chevy mural

I’ve always loved this mural. I remember being struck by it when I first moved to Pittsburgh ten years ago.
But murals can be so anonymous, in a really bad way. I hate to admit this, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned the artist’s name, through a mutual friend, Amy Kerlin.

Scott Fertig is living in Washington DC now; too bad for Pittsburgh. This mural belies the notion of bland public art but remains accessible. Yes, it’s representational. But it doesn’t slip into ironic iconoclasm, instead providing a nicely phrased portrait that is highly individualized. The mural works wonderfully well in its setting.

To Scott Fertig, I would like to send a heartfelt thanks for providing me with a question and a focal point every time that I pass the site of this mural.

More about the mural is available on Scott Fertig’s site.


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4 Responses to “Scott Fertig’s Chevy mural”

  1. Thanks Sus! My family was a Chevy family for years. My first car was the hand me down ’77 Impala, “Blessed Mother Blue,” we called the color.

    See you Friday at the swanky swankfest, and thanks again for thinking of me with that! : )

    PS. I’m still in line for your “A Venial Journey.” I plan to make the purchase in 2 months or so. If I don’t find you someone to buy it before then.

  2. If you didn’t sell ‘A Venial Journey’ already, that is!

  3. Nope, the painting is still available.

    I ca’t tell one car from another, yanno? The curse of the perpetual pedestrian.

    Looking forward to Friday, Amy.

  4. Susan,

    A friend pointed me in the direction of your blog. Thank you so much for your kind words!