Hooker & Moore: The Matts Behind the Murals
PHOTOGRAPHS BY LOGAN CYRUS
SEVERAL OF OUR city's newest and most memorable pieces of public art come from the hands of two young, self-taught artists named Matt: Matt Hooker and Matt Moore. Photographer Logan Cyrus captures the pair at work as they transform the way Charlotte looks and feels.
Lineberger Denistry hired Hooker and Moore last year to paint a mural on their building in Elizabeth. The pair asked artist Nick Napoletano to join them on the project. The business wanted one obvious reference to Queen Charlotte, but other than that, the artists were free to create what they wanted. “It was the first time we’ve worked on something so large-scale without any guidance,” Hooker says, “so it was historic for us.”
Matt Hooker (top photo) and Matt Moore (bottom photo).
Murals at the Local on 5th and The Company Store often appear in Instagram pictures taken by locals and visitors. The pair’s murals at The Company Store in NoDa contain a portrait of Paul Sires, who helped usher in the popularity of the arts district in the 1980s. Hooker and Moore picked Sires as an ode to the neighborhood’s history.
A mural of the late drag queen Brandy Alexander appears in Plaza Midwood. The artists made a political statement about social awareness and equality by painting then-Governor Pat McCrory on Alexander’s earrings.