Affordable Art Series
December 6, 2014 - January 20, 2015
The Affordable Art Series is a thorough introduction to the flourishing local art community, offering avid collectors and interested newbies a peek at the current mindset in urban painting. After this initial launch, Luna Rienne will regularly release new collections of small pieces through the gallery.
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.
Erik Otto has been working professionally in the arts for over 10 years. With a passion for creative exploration, he 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. Often improvising with a growing list of mediums and reclaimed materials, 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.
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.
Jet Martinez's paintings reinterpret the Mexican folk art of Amate paintings, which depict birds and other animals within bright botanical scenery. Though stylized in a flat, graphic manner, the use and application of color create vibrance - static imagery celebrating life at its most ecstatic. Martinez begins with a traditional rendering, then integrates his own visual language.
Martinez is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He was the first artist-in-residence at Facebook Headquarters and serves as art director for the Clarion Alley Mural Project.
Kelly Ording's works on paper blend 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. The pieces are as much about their creation process as the resulting imagery.
Ording is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. She was recently awarded a commission to create a large-scale mosaic mural at the Pelaga Recreation Center in San Francisco.
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.
NoMe Edonna is a self-taught artist born in California and residing in San Francisco since 1999. Known for his smooth-sided biomorphs that combine the organic and the mechanical, his work is an obscure interpretation of contemporary urban life. In recent years, it has become increasingly focused on social, political, and environmental concerns as well as inquiries of science, technology, and study of ancient civilizations. Skilled in both abstract and realist forms of painting, Nome did not study art in school but currently teaches it.
Alec Huxley is a painter, photographer and graphic designer living in San Francisco, California. Filled with contrast, his work is primarily figurative. Bleak and colorful, it focuses on urban and desert landscapes of the American West Coast. Cinematic-like scenes 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.
Monty Guy is a San Francisco-based painter and illustrator whose earliest memories are drawing in the entryway of his parents’ home in Southern California. A true artist, he is passionate and constantly compelled to create, seeing beauty and inspiration in everything around him. His acute attention to detail conveys his dedication to creation and craftsmanship.
Joshua Lawyer is a self-taught artist with a background in painting on walls that didn’t belong to him. He now depicts beautiful women juxtaposed against the gray industrial backgrounds that inspired him. He was born and raised, and still lives and works in the Bay Area.
As a New York-based artist, 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.
Venegas began painting with oils at a young age, and started developing his technique, of realistic rendering of imaginary objects, in his early teens. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he began his art education at Parsons School of Design, then moved to San Francisco to complete a BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He returned to New York in 2000.
Norm Maxwell is a Los Angeles-based artist whose education came via the streets of Philadelphia and the Hussian School of Art. This combination of urban upbringing and fine art training result in an esoteric use of color, light, and subject matter.