MISANTHROPE BY RICHARD COLMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

richard colman, painting, paintings, misanthrope, san francisco, denmark, upper playground

In San Francisco based Richard Colman’s (previously featured here) vividly colorful canvases, he vacillates freely between figuration and abstraction, at times focusing on pattern to such a degree that it overwhelms any recognizable components in his painting; other times he privileges figures and narratives. Also producing sculpture and installation works, Colman incorporates a variety of media, including pencils, paper, wood, porcelain, plaster, glue, nails, and tape—typically using vibrant colors.

richard colman, painting, paintings, misanthrope, san francisco, denmark, upper playground

His new solo exhibition Misanthrope will be open April 1 – May 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The title of the exhibition is a reference to Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s infamous painting The Misanthrope from 1568.

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THE WORK OF AKIRA BEARD

by Ariadna Zierold

akira beard, san francisco, painting, faces, abstraction, upper playground

Akira Beard is an artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. When not creating in the studio, his professional time is spent between exhibiting artwork and teaching painting/drawing. He is a faculty member at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has taught Fine Art Anatomy and Fashion Illustration. Akira has shown at a variety of venues, mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, including pop-up shows at the Academy of Science, live painting at the West Inn’s New Year Gala and other similar forms of contemporary exhibition.

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SANDRA YAGI EXPLORES THE HUMAN PSYCHE

by Ariadna Zierold

sandra yagi, painting, oil, skeleton, skull, psyche, human, anatomy, anatomic, classical, macabre, nature, biology, san francisco, upper playground

San Francisco based Sandra Yagi, whose art examines the human psyche,  is influenced by nature and science, all done with classical aesthetics.

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Contemporary culture, human folly and an obsessive curiosity for the macabre provide the fuel for Yagi’s subject matter. Her work is inspired by the natural sciences as well as by the classical drawing techniques of the old masters, including anatomical studies by artists such as Andreas Vesalius and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. Yagi’s recent paintings incorporate anatomical imagery to explore the human psychological condition, such as cutaway skulls portraying our basic human drives and the thin veneer of humanity overlaying our animal nature.

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KINDERCORE BY MICHELLE GUINTU

by Ariadna Zierold

michelle guintu, painting, bold, vibrant, colorful, pop culture, celebrities, 90s, kindercore, portraiture, portrait, san francisco, neon, hip hop, upper playground

San Francisco based artist, Michelle Guintu plays with a little of everything. From sewing cigarettes together to McDonalds-inspired paper mache dolls, to her most recent tempera paintings of hip hop artists and other nostalgic characters from her youth, Guintu’s work is all tied together by its reference to her teenage years. Guintu’s work was once described as “kindercore”: part kindergarten part hardcore. Her work embraces the past with light-hearted reverence.

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Calling on our past with characters in The Wonder Years, Roseanne and TLC, Michelle plays to our hearts and then paints them in bold strokes of neon pink. Her minimalist line work exposing the familiar contours of pop culture celebrities is definitely something to applaud, alongside her brilliantly saturated palette.

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WIGGLY FORMS BY NIV BAVARSKY

by Ariadna Zierold

niv bavarsky, illustration, drawing, san francisco, energetic, colorful, wiggly, clustered, characters, comics, drawing, upper playground

San Francisco based artist Niv Bavarsky‘s marks and lines are full of energy. His personal work is where wiggly clustered forms can take over entire compositions, while his illustrations stay more visually focused on the primary subject. His creative output includes editorial illustration, album covers, posters, comics, clothing graphics & patterns, collaborative drawing & painting, and music.

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UNTITLED, 94 OLIVE STREET BY OZMO

by Ariadna Zierold

ozmo, san francisco, mural, le dejeuner sur l'herbe, eduoard manet, mitchell brothers' o'farrell theater, olive street, fifty24, upper playground

The celebrated Italian artist Ozmo has transferred Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Eduoard Manet’s 1863 painting The Luncheon on the Grass) and its three lunching figures onto the giant backside of the Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theater, where he’s added a large-scaled nude Barbie doll and classical nude statues. Ozmo has also put a bull’s head a la Picasso’s Guernica over the face of the lunching middle man. And he’s added a humongous panther ring from the high-end French jeweler Cartier.

ozmo, san francisco, mural, le dejeuner sur l'herbe, eduoard manet, mitchell brothers' o'farrell theater, olive street, fifty24, upper playground

Ozmo, a street name chosen for the elegance of its graphic form and wide open to thousands of meanings, is a fine performer capable of astonishing outdoor works, big murals and installations all of which have a sophisticated style and deep contents including powerful iconography, strong tributes to the history of figurative art, alchemy and sacred art, as well as every kind of symbol so far used by humankind. He is known for reworking historical art sources, and the Olive Street painting coincides with a new exhibit of his at San Francisco’s Fifty24SF Gallery, which opened July 1. With its then-unusual mix of flesh and flora, Manet’s original 1863 canvas caused controversy in staid French art circles. Its choice as a starting point for Ozmo’s newest work, on the outside of a theater where nude women tease and gyrate for mostly male patrons is entirely appropriate.

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BRIGHTLY COLORED FOLK-ART BY KRISTEN LIU-WONG

by Ariadna Zierold

kristen liu wong, illustration, painting, colorful, bizarre, narrative, folk, pattern, bright, san francisco, brooklyn, upper playground

Kristen Liu-Wong is an artist, living in Brooklyn. Her body of work is significant and spans a series of mediums – oil & resined paintings, illustrations, silkscreens, self-published zines, embroidery, glassware and videos. Her themes often reflect a blend of brightly colored folk art, bizarre narratives, sex and violence.

kristen liu wong, illustration, painting, colorful, bizarre, narrative, folk, pattern, bright, san francisco, brooklyn, upper playground

Her work blends everyday occurrences from her life in Brooklyn with abstracted nightmares and crude humor. Trained as an illustrator, she tries to tell a story with every piece she makes, developing a personal and slightly sinister narrative within each painting. Using candy colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, the work draws inspiration from American folk art, the cartoons she watched as a kid, and her appreciation for architecture. She is always striving to make work that is  highly personal but altered enough to allow individual interpretations to be applied to every story she paints.

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