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Robert Dafford (born May 14, 1951) is an American muralist.

Robert Dafford
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Robert Dafford
BornMay 14, 1951
Known forMurals

Life and workEdit

Robert Dafford is a current resident of Lafayette, Louisiana. He has painted over 400 works of public art[1] across the United States, Canada, France,[2] Belgium,[3] and England. He has been painting murals, signs, and fine art paintings for 35 years.

In the past fifteen years, Dafford has concentrated on working along the Ohio River, painting over two hundred large historical images of cities on their floodwalls, using trompe l'œil, advanced perspective, and realist technique.[3] Many riverboat tours make stops along the Ohio River specifically to see his murals. Dafford is best known for his murals in Paducah, Kentucky; Portsmouth, Ohio;[4] and Covington, Kentucky.[5] His giant Clarinet in New Orleans,[3] and his depictions of the History of the Acadians are also among his notable works.[6]

The more than sixty consecutive Portsmouth murals are over 20 feet (6.1 m) tall and stretch over 2,000 feet (610 m).[4] Dafford's murals have been commissioned as public art projects that help to boost downtown development and pride in small communities.[7] In 2009 he collaborated with former longtime employee Herb Roe[8] on a poster project for the Zydeco Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway.[9] The year-long project highlights many spots of interest in the three-parish region.[10]


  1. ^ "New book details the work of Louisiana muralist Robert Dafford". The Acadiana Advocate. December 11, 2014. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  2. ^ "Acadian Memorial-Mural by Robert Dafford". Archived from the original on 2001-12-26. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Kristina Feliciano (February 1997). "Making Murals that hit the spot". American Artist.
  4. ^ a b "Scioto County, Ohio-The Mural Project". Archived from Portsmouth Murals the original Check |url= value (help) on 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Murals moving along nicely". Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  6. ^ "Acadian-Cajun Genealogy and History:Exile Destination:Acadian Art Gallery". Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  7. ^ Kathy Witt. " Archives-Floodwall Murals Color Our Cities". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-03-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Phyllis Noah (2006-08-27). "Diverse Display". Portsmouth Daily Times.
  9. ^ "Large Scale Map for Zydeco Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway Unveiled". Archived from the original on 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-03-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ Bastien, Judy (2009-06-02). "Scenic byways map was". The Daily World. Retrieved 2010-03-23.

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