Internationally known artist opens Chloride gallery

The Journey: Renowned artist Roy Purcell (second from left) cuts the ribbon to his new art gallery in Chloride with his wife, Bev (left) as Bonnie and John McNeely, owners of Yesterday’s Restaurant, look on during the opening of the art gallery. The artist of “The Journey,” the internationally known paintings on the cliff side of Chloride, has continued his work near Tuscan and is ready to have a more solid presence in the town that started his life’s journey. (GVG Photo/JENNIFER BARTLETT)

The Journey: Renowned artist Roy Purcell (second from left) cuts the ribbon to his new art gallery in Chloride with his wife, Bev (left) as Bonnie and John McNeely, owners of Yesterday’s Restaurant, look on during the opening of the art gallery. The artist of “The Journey,” the internationally known paintings on the cliff side of Chloride, has continued his work near Tuscan and is ready to have a more solid presence in the town that started his life’s journey. (GVG Photo/JENNIFER BARTLETT)

KINGMAN - The legendary murals that grace the mountainside above Chloride were the start of a life's journey for Roy Purcell, the artist who painted them 40 years ago.

Purcell returned to Chloride earlier this summer and opened an art gallery there on Sept. 15.

Purcell returned to Chloride at the urging of residents this summer to repaint the murals, titled "The Journey."

After four decades of bowing to Mother Nature, they had begun to look faded and needed a face life.

In addition to repainting the murals, Purcell added a few more images to signify the continuance of the journey he said he started the moment he put on paper the images that were in his mind.

Purcell traveled for the project with many of his artist friends in Tubac.

The work went quicker this time, he said, due to modern technology and many helping hands.

While in Chloride, Purcell said, they came up with idea of starting not only a new book, but his own gallery.

A gallery in town already carried his etchings, but when it closed, he felt he needed a new presence in the town.

When the owners of Yesterday's Restaurant said they had a space available for the art gallery, Purcell said he just couldn't turn it down.

He said his biggest accomplishment in life was the journey that started 40 years ago in that very town and has continued throughout his life.

"The inner journey is not an easy one," Purcell said.