The Changing Cityscape
April 28, 2018 - May 28, 2018
Despite the fact both Anthony Holdsworth and Beryl Landau have exhibited work for decades, The Changing Cityscape will be their very first dual show featuring San Francisco landscapes. Their styles present an interesting contrast in approach to a similar subject matter: the constantly evolving San Francisco skyline and neighborhoods.
While Holdsworth paints plein air, Landau works from photographs that she has taken. Holdsworth uses oil while Landau prefers acrylic. And Holdsworth attempts to capture the vibe of a particular place -- Landau evokes a feeling about it. The couple met in 1980 during an SFAI alumni show at SOMArts Gallery, when both were more evidently influenced by Bay Area Figurative Art. Through time and experience, they have each developed a signature style.
Anthony Holdsworth was born in England and embarked on a painting career while working as Head of Outdoor Restoration for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. He continued his studies at the Bournemouth College of Art in England, and then the San Francisco Art Institute. Originally a landscape artist influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Art movement, Holdsworth began painting plein air cityscapes near his Oakland studio. Eventually he made his way to San Francisco’s Mission District, as well as more detailed renderings. He has shown with major galleries through California and has been a recipient of the WESTAF-NEA fellowship. Holdsworth lives in San Francisco, and works both there and in Oakland.
Beryl Landau is a San Francisco-based artist who describes her work as “symbolic landscape”. Her acrylic paintings depict geographical locations rendered in a manner that evokes feelings about them. Born in New York City, Landau moved to Santa Monica CA at the age of 15, then arrived in San Francisco in the 1960s to attain BFA and MFA degrees at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her teachers included Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and Joan Brown. She lives and works in Bernal Heights.