Near Keele and Flamborough there’s an artistic endeavor underway . A giant mural featuring several celebrities from the world of media, sports and local politics is being painted inside the Monte Carlo Laundromat.
Rob De Luca has owned the laundromat for ten years and has spent the last year unleashing nostalgia and neon on his walls. “… you have to distribute the paint so it’s not all clamped into one corner,” he remarked of the colour scheme.
With regards to his business being an unconventional location for such a massive project De Luca said “I own it, might as well just do it.”
The mural is heavily influenced by television Canadiana over the last fifty years. Most of the caricatures and logos represent how De Luca “sees the six” in an iconographic way.
Humber’s own Radio alumni George Stromboulopolous is in company with the likes of fellow ex-MUCH personality Ed the Sock, Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Spider Jones, Fashion Television host Jeanne Beker, Drake, Kiefer Sutherland, the late Rob Ford and the capybara who escaped High Park Zoo to name just a few.
Del Luca received a cartooning certificate from George Brown College. His style, he said, was influenced by two main figures. In his youth De Luca said his influences were Jim Davis and Sergio Aragones of Mad Magazine fame. Aragones “ was the creator of Groo the Wanderer. His style was amazing. I got a lot of it from him. Plus, I threw in my own style,” said De Luca.
To the surprise of some, De Luca’s teacher didn’t like his drawings,”She’s like “it’s too cartoony,”De Luca said. He’s spent over five hundred hours on the mural. The inspiration for him to start was the need of a creative outlet. He’s described the process as an escape from day to day stress.
On March 10th a grand unveiling party will occur. De Luca wants to complete the mural in just under a month. So far the artist has been surprised by the reception over social media. De Luca has less than a month to complete the mural in time.
He said, “we got some celebrities like Michael Williams from Much Music he’s the DJ, Spider Jones, George Chuvalo, and we got a lot of radio personalities dropping by. It’s a big event. We’ve got a huge tent in the back, security, catering… it’s going to be crazy.”
Tickets cost $25 in order to attend the grand unveiling. This is his first mural and he’s interested in doing more. For further updates on the mural follow the artist on Instagram: @the6mural.