CHANHASSEN, Minn. - A New Zealand artist is finishing a large portrait mural of Prince in Chanhassen.
Graham Hoete, who's known as "Mr. G," flew to Minnesota from Sydney, Australia for the self-funded art project. He said he grew up a huge Prince fan and was saddened by the singer's death.
Hoete painted a Prince portrait in Sydney and posted a photo on Facebook. After the post went viral, Chanhassen residents started asking him to come to Minnesota to paint a portrait.
"I was brought up on his music. My older brothers and sisters always used to play his records," Hoete said. "For me, this is my way of paying tribute to his life's work. It's really an honor for me to do this in his hometown."
People stopping to watch Hoete work were captivated by the accuracy of the portrait, especially the late singer's eyes.
The mural has two themes, combining "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry." Hoete used just one color in the work...purple.
"The main thing is that it looks like Prince," Hoete laughed. "That's the main goal."
Hoete expects to finish the work Tuesday. The mural is located on the side of the Chanhassen Cinema on Market Street.
The City of Chanhassen will hold a grand opening for the mural at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Prince fans are invited to attend. Chanhassen Cinema will be showing "Purple Rain" as well.