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On The Road: Deep Ellum Artist Frank Campagna

By Mike Kinney, CBS 11 News
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Deep Ellum artist Frank Campagna works on a mural in the Design District in Dallas. (credit: Mike Kinney/CBSDFW.COM)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – He has been an artist his whole life, but you won’t find his art hanging in a gallery.

To see Frank Campagna’s art all you have to do is drive around downtown Dallas.  So I went On the Road to catch him working on his latest piece on the side of a building at the corner of Howell and Dragon Street.

With spray paint cans lining his ladder, he works little squirts of paint onto the concrete wall of Antek’s furniture store.

“I love spray paint because it’s like sketching, just little bits here and there” Campagna says.

He follows his outline of a cowboy on the back of a bucking bronco. Western scenes are not his normal repertoire.

Since the early 1980s he has done nearly 1,000 murals on the walls in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, but today he is here in the Design District painting broncos and jackalopes.

“There have been plenty enough Russell’s and Remington’s and Gorman’s and all those guys, but I think they all missed the boat when it comes to the jackalope,” says Campagna. “It’s just something you don’t see everyday. If you’re going to do a jackalope you might as well do a big one.”

He is definitely doing a big one: His jackalope stands about seven feet tall.

The owners of Antek’s wanted to put something on the wall that would draw a little attention and they hope the mural stay on the wall for years to come.

Campagna’s goal is to make Dallas the mural capital of Texas. I would much rather see a nice mural than graffiti all over the place so I hope he keeps on covering the walls of the city.

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Deep Ellum artist Frank Campagna works on a mural in the Design District in Dallas. (credit: Mike Kinney/CBSDFW.COM)

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