Where to find Street Art in Portland Oregon

August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018 Hilary

Where to find Street Art in Portland Oregon

Artist: Yoshi47

The amount of street art going up in cities around the world is simply staggering, so you might think finding it would be easy, but strangely that’s not the case. It’s always a lovely surprise when you come around the corner and are greeted by a larger than life mural, but with limited time in a city wandering aimlessly and hoping to get lucky just won’t do.

Street art Portland Oregon #kevinledo

Artist: Kevin Ledo Portland Oregon

As luck would have it I noticed the reflection of this Kevin Ledo mural in another building.

Street Art Scavenger Hunt

I think of finding street art as a giant scavenger hunt. I use clues from Google searches and Instagram to try and work out where I can find multiple murals or a specific piece within a city. Still, I can’t tell you how many times we have walked right by a piece, or simply can’t find it at all. I will even admit that I’ve walked within feet of amazing art, and never knew it was there until it was too late.

Faith47 Street Art Portland Oregon

Artist: Faith47

I found this Faith47 piece just prior to leaving the city, it was around the corner from my hotel.

Once I do find a piece it’s not always easy to work out the artist’s name, but I will always do my best to share with you not only the artist’s name, but the mural’s exact location.

Street Art Downtown Portland Oregon

Artist: Unknown 125 NW 4th

During our recent visit to Portland we visited art in four different neighborhoods, including, Downtown Portland, The Alberta Arts District, the Central Eastside and SE Division.

Street art Portland oregon

Artist Unknown Invader?

Bad lighting, fencing, trash, dumpsters and parked cars can all get in the way of snapping an unobstructed photo of street art murals.  Still, I was able to “collect” a large amount of art on this trip, and if you can believe it these are just the photos I deemed acceptable for sharing.

Pasteup wall downtown Portland Oregon

Pasteup Wall Portland Oregon

Street Art Walking Tour

To help make my Portland street art scavenger hunt successful I reached out to the Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA) and arranged a walking tour in the Central Eastside Industrial District. Unfortunately it was 95 degrees out the day of our tour, making it difficult to stop and enjoy the art, but we did our best.

CEID Misc-7541

Artist Unknown

During my visit I learned of Forrest For the Trees a nonprofit organization that organizes and facilitates public art in the city of Portland. You’ll find a gallery of murals on their website, however the locations and murals aren’t listed together…

Downtown Portland

Artist: Rone
Location: SW 12th Avenue

#rone Street Art Portland Oregon

Artist: Rone Portland Street Art

Artist: Michael Reeder
Location: NW 12th & SW Stark

#michaelreeder Portland Oregon Street Art

Artist: Michael Reeder

Artist(s): Troy Lovegates & Paige Wright
Location:  NW 12th & SW Stark

Troy Lovegates & Paige Wright Portland Oregon Street Art

Artist: Troy Lovegates & Paige Wright

Artist: Unknown (#handyeyemovement)
Location: Glisan Street

Street Art Downtown Portland Oregon

Artist: Unknown

Artist(s): Caratoes & Smithe
Location: NW 4th & NW Everett

Street Art Caratoes Smithe Downtown Portland Oregon

Artist(s): Caratoes & Smithe

Artist: Ashley Montague
Location: 11th & Hoyt

Portland Downtown Montague

Artist: Ashley Montague

Artist: Kevin Ledo
Location: SW 2nd & SW Stark Street

Street art Portland Oregon #kevinledo

Artist: Kevin Ledo Portland Oregon

Artist: Unknown
Location: Dante’s W Burnside & NW 3rd Street

Keep Portland Weird Mural

Keep Portland Weird

Central Eastside Industrial District
Location: South of I-84 to Powell and the Willamette River to SE 12th.

Though still very much an area of industry the Central Eastside is also dotted with hip eateries, trendy bars, and one-of-a-kind shops. It’s also a hotspot for murals!

Central Eastside Industrial District Portland Oregon

Central Eastside Industrial District Portland Oregon

Artist: Fin DAC
Location: SE Division & SE 10th Avenue

Fin DAC Portland Oregon

Artist: Fin DAC

The Taylor Electric Project
Curated by: The Portland Street Art Alliance
Artists: Multiple
Location: Parking Garage 240 SE Clay Street

Our tour started here write about what it is…

#benpatterson Taylor Electric Portland Oregon

Artist: Ben Patterson

Artist: Suhaib Attar & Ernesto Maranje
Location: SE 10th Avenue & SE Washington Street

SAMSUNG CSC

Artist(s): Plastic Birdie & Ape Seven,
Location: SE 10th Avenue & SE Stark Street

SAMSUNG CSC

Artist: Nina Chanel Abney
Location:  SE 11th Avenue – Made Here Home & Art Design Portland (ADX)

Artist: Yoshi 47
Location:  SE 11th Avenue – Made Here Home & Art Design Portland (ADX)

Street Art Portland Oregon #yoshi47

Artist: Yoshi47

Artist: Unknown
Location: SE 11th Avenue – Made Here Home & Art Design Portland (ADX)

CEID ADX Building-

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown
Location: SE 3rd Avenue & Oak Street

Artist: Yoskay Yamamoto & J. Shea
Location: 9th & Sandy Boulevard

Yoskay Yamamoto Portland Oregon

Artist: Yoskay Yamamoto

Artist(s): Aaron Glassman & Celeste Byers
Location: 706 SE MLK Boulevard

Artist(s): Aaron Glasson & Celeste Byers Street Art Portland Oregon

Artist(s): Aaron Glasson & Celeste Byers

Burnside Skatepark
Artists: Multiple
Location: SE 2nd Avenue

Burnside Skateboard Park Portland Oregon

Burnside Skateboard Park Portland Oregon

Alberta Arts District
Location: Alberta Street from MLK Boulevard to 30th Avenue

Artist: Mateu Valasco
Location: 1823 NE Alberta Street

Portland Alberta Arts District Portland Oregon

Artist: Mateu Valasco

Artist: Zach Yarrington, Blaine Fontana & Jun Inoue
Location: 2127 NE Alberta Street

Alberta Arts District Portland Oregon

Artists: Yarrington & Fontana

Artist: Blaine Fontana
Location: 2137 NE Alberta Street

Alberta Arts District Blaine Fontana Mural 22nd and Alberta

Artist: Blaine Fontana

Artist: Tom Cramer
Location: 2203 NE Alberta Street

Portland Alberta Arts District Portland Oregon

Alberta Street & NW 22nd

Artist: Rather Severe
Location: 2827 NE Alberta Street

Portland Alberta Arts NW 29th-7574

Artist: Rather Severe
Location: 2839 NE Alberta Street

Portland Alberta Arts Rather Severe NW 29th-7576

Artist: Lewis Harris
Location: The corner of NE 17th and Alberta

Alberta Arts District Portland Oregon

Malcom X Mural

Artist(s): Unknown
Location NE Alberta Street & NW 26th Alley

Portland Alberta Arts District Portland Oregon

Portland is a slaptaggers heaven @socialfatigue

SE Division Neighborhood

Artist:Unknown
Location: SE 36th Avenue & SE Division (The Drawing Studio)

Street Art Walking Tour In hindsight a walking tour on a 95 degree day probably wasn't the best idea, but having scheduled it in advance we decided to give it a go anyway. The extreme heat really put a damper on our ability to stop and enjoy the art, but we did our best!

Artist: GATS
Location: SE 35th Place & SE Division

Division Portland Oregon

Artist: Jacobson
Location: SE 37th Avenue & SE Division

Division Portland Oregon

Artist: Megzany
Location: 3570 SE Division

#megzany Division Portland Oregon

Artist: Megzany

Have you seen any of these murals? What are your tips and tricks for finding street art in a new city? Let me know in the comments below.


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Hilary

I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and wherever I go, they go! This means they are, at the ages of 9 and 15, world travelers and all around go along guys! There isn’t anywhere I can’t take them! It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things I’ve learned while on our many adventures together!

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  1. Awesome post, Hilary! I have photographed most of those murals myself during my endless trips to the Rose City. I love the information about the artists who painted those. Thanks for sharing! Marcus

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