Antigua’s Muralist: Steve Wintershaw
Steve Wintershaw started his journey as a muralist when he left England some twenty years ago for Gandía de Valencia in Spain, where he first started painting walls. From there, he spent time in Gran Canaria, Argentina, and Costa Rica until he settled amongst the ruins of La Antigua ten years ago. He has continued his career as a muralist here, bringing the walls of many establishments and homes alive with murals diverse in style and theme, changing from wall to wall to reflect the character of the place he is painting, the people he is painting for.
His most recent work is the series of murals he has painted for the new sports bar, La Canoa. The walls depict a variety of world sports, from tennis to car racing. Moving from one sport, one famous moment in sport’s history to the next, the walls of the bar are colored with assorted athletes and the glory moments of the greats. Steve first collected images of athletes and teams. Choosing his favorites, he pieced them together like a puzzle. The pole from a downhill ski track makes a clean divide against which to set formation divers. A muted image of the New Zealand All Blacks is the perfect backdrop for Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
As is his trademark, the diversity of the games reflects the establishment they adorn – a bar focused on making a variety of sports available for viewing. Olympic Games, soccer, car racing, boxing, football, tennis, horse racing, hockey, rugby, golf, you name your game, your team, your player and you’ll be able to watch it. You’ll be able to be a spectator of great moments – moments that will be immortalized in time, just like many captured on these walls. This is the message Steve wishes to convey with his murals in La Canoa.
As the owner of La Canoa said, “He’s done the best work in town that I’ve seen. Give him enough notice, give him a concept, and get the hell out of his way. Let him do his work and he’ll take your idea and always come back with something better than you could have imagined.”
To view Steve Wintershaw’s work, go to worldmural.net or visit La Canoa, Map G4.