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Two pedestrians walk past a giant mural by Nils Westergard on the side of a house at the corner of Allen and Main Streets in the Fan District of Richmond, VA Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

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Richmond artist Nils Westergard poses inside his studio in Richmond, VA Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He is known for his murals and has an international reputation.

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Whether they are giant wall murals or complicated stencil pieces like this one, works created by Richmond-based artist Nils Westergard have a signature style: They are realistic, detailed and arresting.

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Westergard works on a print using spray paint and stencils outside his Museum District studio. The VCU graduate recently sold one of his stencil paintings, which often feature young men and women, for $6,000.

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A piece of art created by Richmond artist Nils Westergard inside his studio in Richmond, VA Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He is known for his murals and has an international reputation.

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Richmond artist Nils Westergard shows off one of the stencils he uses to create a print inside his studio in Richmond, VA Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He is known for his murals and has an international reputation.

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Richmond artist Nils Westergard poses inside his studio in Richmond, VA Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He is known for his murals and has an international reputation.

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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