By Grace Sammarco
Painter Charlie Forrester uses his signature style to project parts of Memphis on the walls of the new Midtown Kroger.
After a long process of remodeling, the midtown Kroger on Union Avenue finally reopened its doors on November 2, having gotten a makeover suited for any midtown Memphis destination. Along with the store’s many exciting renovations for customers, a mural was commissioned for the location, displaying aspects of Memphis such as the Water Tower Pavilion, the Memphis Zoo, and Overton Park. The mural was painted by Charlie Forrester, who is the artist behind numerous murals across Memphis, including murals for the Frayser community, Central BBQ, and the Tennessee Brewery.
Forrester’s artwork sometimes displays a trademark style, seen when he portrays scenes of people in nature. The figures he paints are often transparent with a blue or green colored outline to indicate their shape while still blending with the background behind them. This technique reveals the sky, trees, and ground behind those Forrester paints and can be seen in the Midtown Kroger mural, along with vibrant colors such as bright yellows, deep blues, pink, and green. Forrester again successfully used a new fixture of the community to capture Midtown’s energy through his design.