Wall to Wall: Richmond


November 9, 2011

Ed Trask Does Richmond

Legendary artist and old school punk Ed Trask revealed the Star Chevron in Richmond through a beautiful portrait.


The Artist

Ed Trask:

After growing up in Loudoun County, VA, Ed left his rural existence and moved to Richmond, VA. He enrolled into the Virginia Commonwealth University’s painting program. While in school he spent every waking hour playing music in the mid 80’s Richmond punk scene and painting. By his third year in school, after many attempts to get gallery attention, he decided to make the many dilapidated buildings surrounding his school his gallery. Paintings were painted directly on buildings, or done on boards and screwed onto the buildings illegally until the city was covered. In 1992 Ed graduated with a painting degree and moved to Washington D.C. where he started touring with Dischord records band the Holy Rollers, and continued to paint illegal murals all over the world while on tour.

Three years later he moved back to Richmond to join the band Kepone and continue painting murals while touring. While the demand for his paintings started to grow, he figured he should start a gallery and make a go at mural and sign work. Since then the work has never stopped flowing in, and Ed’s paintings and murals have been collected into many permanent collections. Ed now plays in the bands AVAIL, Heks Orkest, and Corntooth. He continues to paint murals and canvasses, creates collaborative projects and works as a corporate creative consultant. Ed has gallery shows nationwide and has his studio in Richmond, where he lives with his beautiful wife and two children….

Photo Gallery


Where It’s At

The area of Main St and Robinson St in Richmond, VA has always been a creative hub for Virginia Commonwealth University students, artists, musicians, and all sorts of creative types.

The Starlight lounge (across the street) has a rich history of shows and being a musicians hangout. The mural is blocks away from the cities best vinyl record store and independent book store. Also across the street exist nightly packed lounges and restaurants including Helens, and Three Monkeys. Foot traffic is a constant and at night is packed with all sorts enjoying the Richmond nightlife.

Richmond, VA

Comments (10)
  • “Feather & Bone” | Young Blood Gallery [...] A recent documented project of Ed’s in Richmond: [...] Mon Feb 27, 2012
  • Wall to Wall: Richmond | Converse Blog [...] de Converse, esta vez la muralla elegida se encuentra en Richmond (Virginia) – USA y donde el artista Ed Trask plasma todo su arte. [...] Mon Dec 26, 2011
  • Scott Gravitt Looking to get started on a project with Ed now. He has an incredible love for creativity and expression and it shows on many different levels. Show Ed a void and you can see the wheels turning to fill it to capacity with his passion! Fri Nov 18, 2011
  • Paige Hedgecoth This was a wonderful process to watch and I especially loved the music. Who was that???? Thu Nov 17, 2011
  • Converse Wall to Wall: Richmond with Ed Trask « Mickael Broth [...] to document the process and the resulting video is now up on the Converse site. Check it out on the Wall to Wall [...] Wed Nov 16, 2011
  • Anna Why don't you do any in Loudoun County? I live in Loudoun County, Va, and think it would be awesomeeeee to have some BEAST artwork on buildings in Loudoun Co. (: Tue Nov 15, 2011
  • congats ed and aest!! Tue Nov 15, 2011
  • congats ed love how you added the elkamino peice on the train!!! Tue Nov 15, 2011
  • Behind the new Trask mural on Robinson Street ‹ Fan of the Fan [...] look at the new Ed Trask mural at Robinson and Main. [...] Tue Nov 15, 2011
  • Scott Dickens Ed's a huge artistic visionary in Richmond's local cultural scene of artists and musicians. We're stoked to have his work grace our building at Rocket Pop Media, and love this piece you put together. Congrats! Well-shot, and really captures the essence of his work. Scott Dickens, (http://www.rocketpopmedia.com) Mon Nov 14, 2011
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