Artist: Fred Kaems | Milwaukee, WI
This amazing astronaut was painted by Fred Kaems in 2017 for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Deli. The astronaut reaches for a glass of weightless milk in space. This mural proved to be so popular that it was one of the factors that inspired the Artscape Committee in West Allis to pursue the West Allis Living Streets Project in 2020.
Fred Kaems is a multi-disciplinary artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works as a painter, muralist, designer, and maker. His work as a designer focuses on sleek modern objects that are often made for a specific function. This part of his practice relies heavily on cutting edge software and technology, balanced with his practice as a painter and muralist which are largely self taught. His work as a painter stems from his background as a graffiti artist in his youth. This influence shows with bold colors, hand cut stencils, and the forgotten spaces of man that nature has begun to retake.