Getting to know you: Wesley Mayer

Each week we ask a Seattle artist to answer 11 personal questions. Last week, Julie Alpert. This week, Wesley Mayer!


We first saw Wesley’s giant spray paintings at Bauhaus on Capitol Hill, and we were immediately drawn in by the nostalgia for the American road trip — the rest stop, the roadside motel, the collect call at the phone booth. Fittingly, Wesley just embarked on his own cross country road trip, and you can read about his adventures in a ’77 Chevy Nomad van here. (That’s Wesley in said van, pictured above.)


Where is your studio?  I work out of a Garage in the U District.

Native Seattleite or transplant?  I’m a native of Seattle; I grew up on a boat near Gasworks Park.

What’s on your studio soundtrack?  Flying Lotus, Dam Funk, G-Funk, Devin Tha Dude, Currensy, Boogie/Disco of all sorts! On the flipside, 1960’s and 70’s Psychedelic Rock, the Nugget’s Compilations, The Creation, The Sonics, Wheedles Groove Compilation, Cold Heat Compilation, Death, Jimi Hendrix, Fathers Children!

Who is your art history crush?  Michelangelo, he went above and beyond.

What is your favorite Seattle summer activity?  Road trips.

Where is the best coffee in town?  Free Caffe Vita.

What is the last book you read?  I reread Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins most recently, but the last book I read that was new to me was Jock of the Bushveld by Sir James Percy Fitzpatrick.

What is your most treasured possession?  My 1977 Chevrolet G10 Shorty Van, as yellow as butter.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  Dealing mock casino games at church group functions.

What super power would you like to have?  I would like to be able to expand my consciousness to fit any space, whether it be a room or a wide valley, and be able to assume the roll of good luck or good charm over that area.

What is your favorite piece on Artsyo (that’s not yours)?  I’m very impressed with Karlito Bonevie’s designs. His Stacked Ring Table is pretty sick.

Thanks Wesley!

See more of Wesley Mayer’s work on Artsyo.