Mysterious painter finishes two murals in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Hitnes, known as The Image Hunter, has embarked on a three-month journey channeling the works of John James Audubon (1785-1851).

Accompanied by filmmaker Giacomo Agnetti of the Magic Mind Corporation, Hitnes will travel along Audubon’s 1830s exploratory paths to retrace and rediscover the nation that he traversed in the making of his famous book, The Birds of America.

Louisiana inspired some of Audubon’s most memorable images in this landmark work, so Hitnes decided to create two murals in New Orleans (one on Magazine Street at General Pershing, the other on the Bloomin' Deals thrift store on Freret and Valence).

WGNO anchor Jacki Jing spoke with Hitnes about his work. He did not show his face during the interview because he doesn't want to reveal his identity.

“We are honored that Bloomin’ Deals has been selected as the site for one of Hitnes’ murals,” said Shannon Able, JLNO president. “We are delighted to see the final artwork and the beauty it will bring to the vibrant Freret Street neighborhood.”

The mural at Bloomin’ Deals, located at 4645 Freret Street will face Valence Street. Hitnes is expected to complete the mural on Tuesday, September 22, weather permitting.

Freret Street Mural (WGNO)

A union through time and space, The Image Hunter seeks to answer the fundamental question of what drives a man to dedicate his life to pursue his obsession. Hitnes will produce a series of public bird murals during brief appearances from the wilderness into modern American urban capitals. Learn more about Hitnes at www.hitnes.org.

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