20th Anniversary Collection
January 26, 2016 - February 8, 2016
This exhibition showcases work from our inventory and reflects our current art program. Having started as an online boutique called fabric8 in 1995, the last 20 years have been a strange and unexpected journey toward becoming a contemporary gallery. We are grateful to all of the talented and creative people we’ve worked with over the years, and to the thousands of customers and patrons that have supported San Francisco art and culture.
Ursula Xanthe Young is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer whose urban fairy tale images have become a trademark of street culture in San Francisco and beyond. She finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of the city and its surroundings, and is also highly influenced by her travels and the variety of beings that she encounters along the way. She holds a degree from Parsons School of Design in Illustration.
Reuben Rude is the child of hippies who met in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. He grew up in the woods of Northern California and came back to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art. He utilizes his expertise in drawing, painting, and illustration in both the creative and commercial realms, having shown in galleries, comic books, and magazines throughout the world. When he is not making art, he is working on his 100-year-old house.
Erik Otto balances his time between painting and design, blending multiple influences into one distinct style that has been presented in distinguished galleries, film/theater sets, street corners, and even a parklet. He creates work that is both expressive and conceptual, capturing the moment where beauty meets chaos. Otto received his BFA from San Jose State University and currently lives, works and rides his bike in San Francisco.
Kelly Ording blends organic and geometric shapes with exact lines, pairing intuitive and mathematical mark-making. She questions the singular object and its amplification through massive repetition, resulting in vivid ethereal landscapes. Her work is as much about their creation process as the resulting imagery. Ording is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.
Sarah Coleman was raised in towns in Texas, Minnesota, and California, and noticed that each landscape possessed a unique effect, mood, and sky. These environments and their cultures shaped Sarah's early life experience and began her interest in the emotional and intellectual impacts of atmosphere, weather, and illusion. She studied art at UC Santa Cruz.
Alec Huxley creates work that is primarily figurative and filled with contrast. Bleak and colorful, his cinematic urban and desert landscapes of the American West Coast serve as stylized historical records of place, time and architecture as well as settings for surreal narratives. A self taught painter, his background includes studies in business, graphic design, photography and a career in printing before committing to fine art full-time in 2009.
Evan Venegas uses imagery that is loosely based on the urban, industrial landscape that surrounds him. His creative process is rooted in the recognizable world but expressed by abstract shapes and vibrant colors. He seeks to create an experience that inspires a change in perception for the viewer. Born and raised in New York, he has a BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Monty Guy is a San Francisco-based painter and illustrator whose earliest memories are drawing in the entryway of his childhood home in Southern California. A true artist, he is passionate and constantly compelled to create, seeing beauty and inspiration in everything around him. His attention to detail conveys his dedication to creation and craftsmanship.
Joshua Mays is a painter, muralist and illustrator who draws inspiration from science fiction, dreamscape exploration, and futuristic visions. Born in Denver CO, he studied illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art before moving to Philadelphia for eight years. Mays spent subsequent years exhibiting and travelingtoplaces such as Washington, D.C., Denver, Portland, London, Johannesburg, Mexico City, and Jakarta. He moved to Oakland in 2012.