As is the tradition when an influential artist, actor or musician dies, a local artist has created a chalk tribute to Tom Petty at Aretha Frankenstein’s.
Tony Mraz finished his Tom Petty tribute late Monday afternoon. The drawing is based on the album photo on Petty’s 1979 “Damn the Torpedoes” release.
The chalk drawing is at 518 Tremont St. The image can also be viewed on Aretha Frankenstein’s Facebook page.
“It’s always a bittersweet thing to draw a tribute for one of my heroes when they pass away,” Mraz said. “Tom Petty’s music has been a part of the soundtrack of my life since I was a kid. He was one of those songwriters and performers who was gifted with the ability to sing to the heart.”
Petty died Monday after suffering a major heart attack. He was 66.
More of Mraz’s art can be viewed at his website.
This year, he also opened Studio Mraz inside Frequency Arts at 1804 E. Main St. The venue provides artists with a forum for solo shows, weekly music events and more. A full schedule can be found here.
Many locals will know his work from area music venues. His abstract paintings of concerts around town are among his most popular pieces.
2016 was a busy year for Mraz, and this year isn’t much different.
He’s paid chalk tribute to David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy Kilmister, Merle Haggard, actor Kenny Baker (who portrayed R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” franchise) and Carrie Fisher. This year, he’s drawn chalk likenesses of George Romero, Chris Cornell, Chuck Berry and Bill Paxton.