Enter the ‘Lion’s Den’ with Lee Quinones on Delancey
An iconic handball mural from one of the local greats is again on display.
Strolling down Delancey Street this past week, you may have noticed the fifteen-foot replica of Lee Quinones‘ “Lion’s Den” mural. It’s fastened to the facade of the James Fuentes Gallery as part of his one-man show there.
The “Lion’s Den” dates back to 1980 at the Corlears Junior High School 56 on Madison Street. Quinones, who was a former student, had already painted one side of the slab with “Howard the Duck” two years earlier, and was reportedly invited back by the school principal due to the “positive outpouring of kudos in the community,” he later told the New York Times.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised on the Lower East Side, Lee Quinones eventually rose to become one of the most influential and well-regarded players in the late-70s subway art movement. He is estimated to have hit roughly 125 cars, many of which were untouched by other writers.
The mural itself has been making the rounds these last few years. Street fashion brand Supreme put the imagery on select jackets in March 2018.