Although best known as a musician, Daniel Johnston (b. Sacramento, California, 1961; d. Waller, Texas, 2019) was also an extraordinarily prolific visual artist. Inspired by comic books, he populated his artwork with a fantastical cast of characters and symbols that he developed throughout his lifetime.
Commissioned as part of the artist's posthumous retrospective, Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams, this mural features images and details taken directly from Johnston's artwork. Alongside good-hearted monsters, winged eyeballs, and ducks, we see some of Johnston's most prominent characters: the Beast, a multi-headed creature referencing the Book of Revelation; Jeremiah the Innocent, a symbol of pure innocence anchoring his landmark “Hi, How Are You," 1993, mural; Vile Corrupt, Jeremiah’s evil, multi-eyeballed nemesis; and Casper, the ghost of Jeremiah and symbol of spiritual redemption.
Special thanks to The Daniel Johnston Trust, Story of an Artist (a project of Electric Lady Studios), Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Topo Chico.