If you’ve admired a mural or painting in the area, there’s a decent chance you were enjoying the work of Dallas-Fort Worth artist Kyle Wadsworth.
Wadsworth, 49, who was born in Dallas and grew up in Midlothian, has painted all over the Metroplex, from Granbury to Grand Prairie, Fort Worth to Dallas and all points in between. He’s painted the stars of the classic film “Apocalypse Now,” including screen greats Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall, along with NBA star Dwyane Wade, even Spider-Man and musical legend Isaac Hayes.
In Fort Worth, his work can be seen at places such as Wild Acre Brewing Company and Martin House Brewing Company.
“My mother and grandmother were very creative in both painting and theater,” said Wadsworth, who has created murals for 17 years. “When I was trying to solve the riddle of making a living through my art, a Bambi mural in my room, painted by my mother, inspired me to start this career path.”
That path has taken him all over Texas and bordering states. He’s even done some creations in Colorado. Along the way he’s met and honored many famous people with his work.
“I painted several of my favorite murals for Aqib Talib’s (former NFL player) family, a “Scarface” mural in the media room and a War video game mural for their son’s room, as well as several others,” he said.
“The mural for Dr. Delphinium flower shop in Dallas off I-35 is one of my favorites. I also created murals for a pediatric hospital, and the theme for each room was a different board game, Monopoly, Battleship, Hungry Hippo, etc.”
Now he can add to his favorites a gift to Midlothian. His family moved onto 4 acres there in the 1970s and that’s where he attended elementary school.