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TAUNTON – It’s been eight years since local artist John Barradas died at the age of 99.

The Taunton-bred sign shop owner is remembered, in part, for having designed the Taunton Green Christmas display a total of five times from the late 1940s to the late 1980s.

But it was a Weir Village wall mural he painted in 1999 – when Barradas was still a sprightly 82 – on the side of a commercial building at 13 West Water St. that to many Tauntonians became his signature piece.

The “Weir History Comes Alive” mural was intended to depict, in a fanciful and animated fashion, the look of the neighborhood’s commercial and industrial district at the turn of the 20th century.

But time, the elements and a graffiti incident in 2010 involving red spray paint all took its toll on the 30-foot-long public art display.

Phill Bourque has returned to Taunton from his home in Hollywood, CA to re-paint a vintage mural on the side of Pistol Pete's Barber Shop at the Weir Village in Taunton.

Phill Bourque has returned to Taunton from his home in Hollywood, CA to re-paint a vintage mural on the side of Pistol Pete’s Barber Shop at the Weir Village in Taunton.

Enter Phill Bourque. The Los Angeles-based, full-time working artist, who grew up in Taunton, for the past two-plus weeks has been painting a new mural based on Barradas’s original mural sketch.

“It’s pretty ambitious, but I feel pretty good about it now,” Bourque, 32, said.

Bourque says he makes a living working mainly in what’s come to be known as the “horror” genre of art – a contemporary and flamboyant style that incorporates garish, comic book imagery that’s often morbid, surreal or unsettling depending on one’s taste.

“Eighty percent of my work is in the horror community. It’s blowing up (and) it’s keeping money in my pockets,” he said.

Bourque says he travels across the country painting an average of two horror-art jobs per

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