Opening Reception on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 to 9PM.
Affordable Art Series 5
December 10, 2016 - January 9, 2017
The Affordable Art Series is a thorough exploration of the flourishing local art community, offering avid collectors and interested newbies a peek at the current mindset in urban painting. Luna Rienne will regularly release new collections of this series.
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.
Ferris Plock is a San Francisco-based artist whose work portrays both dedicated focus and wild originality. Through a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, India ink, gold or silver leaf, and collage, he creates highly-detailed works, often character-based paintings that combine contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks. He lives, works, and is raising two sons with his wife, artist Kelly Tunstall.
Ivy Jacobsen, a California native, settled into the San Francisco Bay Area while studying art at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Art Institute. She began her career as a full-time artist in 2005 and quickly emerged as a prolific fine artist with a unique process of incorporating magical realism into her whimsical landscapes. She currently resides in Santa Cruz, California with her husband and two children, and works out of her studio in San Francisco.
Kelly Ording creates artwork that blends organic and geometric shapes with exact lines, pairing intuitive and mathematical mark-making. In doing so, she attempts to create and find beauty in simple things. Her pieces are as much about their creation process as the resulting imagery.
Ording is a graduate of San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to fine art, she creates large-scale public works and murals for locations such as Clarion Alley, Pelaga Park Recreation Center, Genentech, Facebook, and Kala Art Institute. This summer, she will complete a large-scale paving project at Unity Plaza, in conjunction with the San Francisco Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Kelly Tunstall's portraits are stylized female figures in adapted environments: nests built of painted boards held together by drawn nails or far off planets. The physical form and its accompanying exterior become a mirror for internal thought processes and turmoil. Working in acrylic, collage, spray paint, pencil, pen and ink, gold leaf and some secret sauce, her experimental yet classically grounded works live comfortably in a space between graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. The patina of age and calligraphic drawing methods lend further depth to her story-filled worlds. She received her BA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2002.
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.
Leon Loucheur is a self-taught artist who focuses on the relationship between the natural and man-made worlds through the exploration of his own psychological biases. He lives and works in San Francisco.
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.
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.
St. Monci meanders through the purely gestural and technical applications of abstraction, utilizing his training in street and studio art. He explores the most fundamental elements of art and design, in color and form, and how these elements relate to each other and the viewer. Dynamic matrices of architectural and graphic elements create a visceral reaction to otherwise static elements of flat shapes. St.Monci was born in the United States and raised in Puerto Rico. He returned to earn his BFA and MA at New York State University Oswego and is now based in Rochester NY.
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.