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Richard Wyatt, Jr.

Project Area:  Watts
Project:  Alma Reaves Woods - Watts Branch Library Mural
Project Location:  10205 Compton Avenue
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


Richard Wyatt’s mural is prominently located on the façade of the Alma Reaves Woods - Watts Branch Public Library entrance area. The library is built on a historically significant site where Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is said to have addressed residents in the wake of the 1965 riots. 

According to Wyatt, the mural provides a cross-cultural view of Watts as a city as well as serving as a historically layered visual record of the past and present ethnic backgrounds in Watts, including residents of Italian, Japanese, Jewish, African American, and Latin descent.  The subject matter of the mural includes faces from the past and present as well as notable architectural forms in Los Angeles. The mural’s imagery not only represents Watt’s rich cultural presence that illustrates the community’s history, but also the variety of cultures that have contributed to the development of the Watts community.  This grand mural is approximately eleven feet in height and sixty feet in length.

Richard Wyatt's mural at the Alma Reaves Woods - Watts Branch Library
mural detail

Artist Profile

Born and raised in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, artist Richard Wyatt, Jr. is one of the region’s most noted muralists and has been painting murals for over 20 years. Wyatt exhibits his paintings and drawings regularly in solo and groups shows throughout Southern California. Some of his more notable works include murals at Union Station, the Watts Library, and the “Hollywood Jazz” on the Capitol Records building in Hollywood. The meticulous and detail-oriented artist is known for his realistic figurative works which honor both common and historic figures. He also sits on the board of directors of the Social and Public Art Resource Center and gives to his community by working with children in the Los Angeles public school system.