Quantcast

Meet Bryana Fleming, Muralist Of The Richmond

Photo: Stian Rasmussen
By Camden Avery - Published on October 05, 2016.

Those who frequent the La Playa Safeway in the Outer Richmond may have already noticed the building's new murals, painted high up in the circles on the wall. If they look like they bear a familiar touch, there's a reason: they were recently completed by Bryana Fleming, the artist who's also behind the mural on the Grocery Outlet at Geary and 28th Ave. and the installation above Green Apple Books (506 Clement St.)

Fleming got her start in 2005 as the store artist at the Emeryville Trader Joe's, when a customer noticed her work and "pitched a dreamy mural gig in a wedding hotel in Puerto Vallarta." In 2007, she joined the Mural, Music And Arts Program, which works to inspire young artists, and has since had muralist gigs around the city.

A portion of the new La Playa Safeway mural. | Photo by hilary knight

Being a muralist isn't always easy. "I've worked in extreme heat on a wall against a toxic paint factory," she said. "I've worked in wind so strong I've been knocked off of ladders. I've had to sandblast oil primer off a cement deck."

The Safeway project "may have been [her] easiest, most luxurious mural to date," as "the actual circles were just six feet" across. The only real challenge, besides some rain, was the circles' height; she rented a Scissorlift to accommodate.

Fleming said her inspiration for the murals—which depict scenes from the departed Playland-at-the-Beach—came from the neighborhood's history. "Ocean Beach has a fascinating history of architectural feats and unique attractions," she said. "Many of the La Playa Safeway shoppers played at Playland as children. Some of them even went to the Sutro Baths."

Fleming's mural above the entrance of Green Apple Books. | PHOTO: VIA BRYANA FLEMING

Her favorite gig to date has been at Green Apple Books, she said. "It was an installation, so I worked on it in my Mill Valley studio. It was fun coming up with the concept. I paint a lot of historical murals, so it was nice taking a break from that and doing a more creative piece with a twist of fantasy."

About 16 hours ago
San Francisco Castro

LA-based deli Heroic Italian opens pop-up in Castro with delicious sandwiches and salads

Los Angeles-based sandwich outfit Heroic Italian recently got its feet wet in the Bay Area, launching a pop-up in mid-December inside wine and spirits shop Swirl on Castro (572 Castro Street). With online ordering available, it's a quick and delicious lunch or dinner option — and if you pick it up yourself rather than opting for DoorDash delivery, you can snag a bottle of wine too. Read More

Jan 14, 2021
San Francisco Financial District Union Square

Marshalls store in the Financial District to close on January 30

SF’s only Marshalls location has its days numbered, as the discount apparel retailer will close its Market Street store. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point Polk

Two new homeless Navigation Centers announced for Bayview and Polk Gulch

Supportive housing for more 115 people is coming to a Bayview parking lot, while 43 beds will be available at Post and Hyde Streets.] Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Excelsior Visitacion Valley

Revamp of Jerry Garcia Amphitheater aims to improve access to McLaren Park venue

Renovations to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park are underway to make the site more accessible and improve facilities for concert performers and attendees alike. Read More