Dwell on Design veteran Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell contributed to the Living Mural in 2013. (Photo by Mimi Teller Rosicky)

On Saturday, May 30, Los Angeles–based street artist Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell will spend the entire day creating a mural in real time as part of a live-painting demonstration on Dwell on Design’s show floor. When done, the piece will be transported to Freehab, the Teen Project’s Life Transformation Center in Sun Valley, which serves the area’s most vulnerable addicted and homeless youths. Maxwell’s mural will help decorate Freehab’s new trade school, which will teach residents basic technical skills under the auspices of director Lauri Burns.


Using a palette made up of colors from sponsor Dunn-Edwards’ new Then, Now & Forever collection, Maxwell says his piece “will convey a message of harmony and nurturing strength,” and chose “Harmony” (shown above) as a model for his Freehab project.

Of a site visit to Freehab ahead of the project, Maxwell says he was “moved to find that so many of our youth are crossing into adulthood without the basic tools and support needed to become productive, self-sustaining members of society. As a parent of two teens, I understand the tremendous effort required to nurture a young life into maturity. It is important that every child has the opportunity to a smooth transition into adulthood in order to achieve their full potential.”


Maxwell’s early infatuation with the Surrealist movement, particularly its emphasis on liberating the subconscious mind, is realized in some of his current artwork, such as “Duality.”

Dwell on Design attendees are encouraged to check in with Maxwell throughout the day as this inspiring project comes to life.

Originally submitted by Erika Heet & Brandi Andres