The Covid-19 pandemic caused a dramatic shift in the real estate market. Eager home buyers from areas like New York City and Los Angeles relocated to the Phoenix area in search of safer, more secluded living. With the influx of new home ownership, Phoenix based artist Wyatt Zane Bell, more commonly known as Wij, was called upon for a unique project: to create two murals for a private residence located in Cave Creek.
Vacay Az, a real estate investment brokerage that also offers rental concierge services, highly recommended the artist for the job. So in this sense, Wij became a creative asset for a recent property investment.
"That particular area is the epitome of desert living. These amazing homes are completely in the wilderness. It's such an undisturbed location, that you can see bobcats comfortably walking right in front of someones house. It's great to see new life come to the area and people who appreciate the arts moving in." - Wij...
For projects this size, it's common for artists to have an assistant for the sake of organization. However, during this project, Wij came into it as a solo act, sharpening the skillset he's been developing for years. With free rein over creative control, and a desert inspired theme, the artist dove into the largest work he's created to date.
Circling back to 2017 (when Wyatt was only 20 years old) HuffPost did a full interview with the young creative, mentioning him as "the next major artist." Since that spark, Wij has never taken a single moment for granted. And with a never ending supply of passion, it's no surprise that he's able to create such vivid pieces of surrealistic magic. Like a magician with his wand, he's exchanged it with a paintbrush.