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Seattle’s Top Muralist is in Town and Looking for Walls

A mural on an apartment building by Ryan Henry Ward.

A unicorn mural on a Seattle apartment building by Ryan Henry Ward.

By Vanessa Moore Ardolino
Cult Status Gallery is currently playing host to one of Seattle’s most prolific muralists and he’s up for hire. To learn more about what makes Ryan Henry Ward’s paintings so popular in the northwest, come to the gallery opening of his show, “Henry Loves MPLS,” 7 pm – 1 am, Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cult Status.
Known simply as “Henry” on his pieces, Ward has painted over 120 murals in his hometown and sold nearly 2,000 canvases, according to a Sept. 7, 2011, article in “Seattle Weekly.”
Ward’s portfolio consists of light-hearted, brightly painted, cartoon-like characters with prominent eyes. They are usually cute, sometimes strange, and are meant to lift the spirits of passersby. Sea creatures, witches, frogs, children – almost anything might appear in a “Henry” mural. The most surprising aspect of Ward’s portfolio, however, is that he only began his artistic career in 2008.
While in town, Ward is painting canvases at Cult Status and meeting with people interested in commissioning murals. Cult Status owner, Erin Sayer, said Ward plans to come back to Minneapolis in June to work on any outdoor commissions. To see more examples of his work, visit
Cult Status is located at 2913 Harriet Avenue South. For more information visit or call 612.965.9162.


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