Victoria Jelinek

Karl Abramovic – WA Mural
December 23, 2006, 11:25 am
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Who’s the Monkey?

California artist Karl Abramovic has arrived in Bellingham to create its newest mural for the soon-to-be opened State Street Depot Bar & Grill, located at 1327 N. State St.

Raised in Oregon by conscientious educators before moving as an adult to California, Abramovic’s artwork incorporates western American themes and eastern European motifs in an expressive, surreal and farcical style. A prolific artist, Abramovic has won much recognition and numerous awards for his murals, oil paintings, pastels and drawings.

The State Street Depot Bar & Grill’s mural is inspired by the fact that the location was home to the town’s Greyhound Bus Depot in the 1930’s. Abramovic’s design evokes the nostalgia created by this era, its transience and its hope, its hardship and its glamour. These poignant tensions are treated in a whimsical fashion by Abramovic.

Ben Gilmer, owner of Bellingham’s newest night spot, plans to use the vintage bus depot theme to create an exciting environment that suggests a small town’s reclusive location in the middle of dense Pacific Northwest forests, yet its worldly contact with numerous travelers passing through it to and from Canada, and up and down the West Coast.

For information about Karl Abramovic and his work, please visit

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