Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground is pleased to present a special print show by renowned Japanese artist, Hajime Sorayama, opening April 4th 2015. Sorayama is recognized world-wide for his uniquely imaginative, erotic style of paintings. The sleek chrome aesthetic of robotics in a hyper-sexualized feminine form has been a signature style for Sorayama that has spanned over 4 decades. Sorayama is a Vargas Award winner, the highest achievement in air-brush artistry. His art displayed in permanent collections at the MOMA, Smithsonian Institute and the US Library of Congress.
Considered as one of the most influential pin-up artists of our time, Sorayama will be making available for the time in San Francisco, a selected collection of his new and old prints. This will be a rare chance for his fans and collectors to see Sorayama’s work in person.
Fifty24SF Gallery and Upper Playground is pleased to present Sam Flores’ next solo show, ” A Light in the Darkness”. The show opening this Saturday, December 6th at 6PM will feature new works by the artist focused on his continuous themes of balance between “good vs evil” light vs the dark. Sam
“Throughout this new body of work, I’m focusing on light that comes from a dark place. People at one time or another experience negative moments in their lives, situations they feel that they can’t outrun, like they are stuck in a shadow. No matter how dark things get, the most important thing, is to be able to hold on to the vision of that light, in order to keep hope and faith alive.
Without darkness you would never be able to notice how bright something can shine. I want to illuminate the human spirit and inspire people to hang on, strive for something better, keep their dreams, passions and love alive by holding onto the light, no matter how dark things seem around them. I have been fortunate enough in my life to have people shine a light on me, help keep me on my path and keep me from getting lost. Having someone there to help us navigate our own darkness, whether it’s our subconscious, a thought, idea or even a creature, we all need to have “A Light in the Darkness.”” – Sam Flores
Published by Upper Playground, USUGROW: WORKS 2007-2013 captures some of Usugrow‘s best selected works from the past 6 years. Here’s a sneak preview of his book due for release next week exclusively at Upper Playground.
An in store book signing and special print release will follow on Sunday, Sept. 28th, 2014. Then the highly anticipated solo show, INK FLOW will open to the public Oct. 4th, 2014 at Fifty24SF Gallery on Fillmore St. San Francisco. Stay tuned for more info and follow us @upperplayground IG or Facebook for the latest news.
Our long time friend and contributing artist Usugrow, with his masterful calligraphy works, is renown for his hand style and collaborations around the world. After several years of hiatus and reorganizing himself in Tokyo, he is finally making his way to San Francisco for a solo show and book release this month at Fifty24SF Gallery.
Here’s a sneak peek of his Book due for an exclusive release later this month at Upper Playground:
Upper Playground artist Dennis McNett who made his way to San Francisco this month will be opening a show at Fifty24SF Gallery in conjunction to his installation at Outside Lands this weekend. His solo show titled, ‘WOLFBAT’ will feature prints and small original works hard to access on the west coast. Opening is Saturday, August 16th, 6PM.
Here’s a preview of the show along with his completed installation for Outside Lands.
As Upper Playground celebrates its 15th anniversary, our radical neighbors DLX Skate Shop celebrates 20 years here in San Francisco. These two stores deserve a pat on the back for continuing to serve radness to its loyal customers, fans, and neighbors all these years. To help celebrate our anniversaries, both brands combined forces to create the Upper Playground x DLX “Walrus Cruiser” skateboard. Designed with love by a long time friend of both shops, artist Jeremy Fish. What could be more fun than shredding a little walrus around town while celebrating two legendary local retail establishments?
MADE IN AMERICA, limited edition of 75
Custom Jeremy Fish 7.75″ cruiser deck
DLX custom Jeremy Fish 56mm wheels
Spitfire Cheapshot bearings
Tonight marks the opening night of the first North American solo show of famed Mexican muralist, Jesús Benítez aka Dhear. Showcasing new works in the terrain of his previous themes and narratives, his paintings and a new mural currently installed at Fifty24SF gallery display his talented inspirations much influenced by sci-fiction and technology.
Mexican muralist and artist Jesús Benítez, known previously as ‘Dhear’ made his way to San Francisco this month and has been focused on the preparations for his solo show, ‘Thesis’ at Fifty24SF Gallery. Set to open this Friday, July 11th, 7pm, the show marks his first North American solo show after several duos with Smithe One. Despite recurring health difficulties and challenges, Jesús has been steadily working his beat and maintaining his presence in the world of street art and muralists. His latest mural, gargantuan in size covered a giant facade of a public Hospital in Mexico and took him about a month to complete. The ambitious project won him over many more admirers of his work and put a stamp on his talent as one of the up and coming visionary muralists of his generation.
He’s currently working on a distinct mural inside the Fifty24SF Gallery for the show and we are covering his progress as he works:
Upper Playground x Superfishal releases ‘Happily Ever After: The Artwork of Jeremy Fish’ this Saturday, April 26, 2014 3-6PM at Upper Playground, SF. The hardcover book with 200+ pages of full color artworks cover some of the best works of Jeremy Fish as he put it:
“Happily Ever After is my 6th book project, and the follow up to my last book ”Once Upon A Time”. The books documents my paintings, drawings, installations, murals, and screen prints from 2008 to 2014. It has been the best 5 years of my life, both personally and professionally, so i thought the book title should reflect this. I hope folks enjoy this book, as i spent a ton of sleepless nights filling its pages from the archives of my imagination.” – JF
Be sure to get there early and pick up a copy of your book in store at 220 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.
Today and all day Sunday WWW.UPPERPLAYGROUND.COM goes on sale— 50% off for 48 hours. It’s our 15 year anniversary, and we’re giving back to the fans for all the support since 1999. Use sale code UP15YEARS at checkout!