Sowing Seeds

Sowing Seeds

June 11, 2022 - July 10, 2022

Please join us for the Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 6 to 9PM.

Sowing Seeds features originals and reproductions of selected works by urban contemporary artist Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell (1969-2016). Created between the years of 2002-2012, these works are among his most colorful and positive, reflecting his growing family, fond memories of his Philadelphia youth and metaphysical aspirations. Despite his passing, his work remains not only relevant but also visionary.

The Norm Maxwell Family Foundation will be releasing two limited edition framed prints on canvas in conjunction with this exhibition, featuring two of Maxwell’s most well-received paintings, Hibernation Of The Meek (2006) and The Candy Shop (2007). Also on exhibit will be works on paper for sale, open edition prints on canvas and not-for-sale originals.

Born in Philadelphia PA in 1969, Norm Maxwell was fully susceptible to and influenced by street life, finding his expression in writing graffiti in the 1980s as “Ice”. Mentors and peers encouraged him to pursue an art degree, and his career began in Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the early 1990s alongside urban art legend Doze Green and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Clarence Williams. Maxwell was a prolific artist whose skills and subject matter spanned the extremes of painting. From acrylic spray to oil brush, street life to ancient myth, and urban strife to family life, Maxwell addressed both the evil and beauty of humanity -- a duality that he personally struggled with during his short and magnificent life. He garnered commissions from patrons in Los Angeles, Paris, Seoul, Berlin and Dubai.

Norm Nomzee Maxwell
Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell was a visual artist whose education came via the streets and the Hussian School Of Art. His combination of urban upbringing and fine art training resulted stylistically in an esoteric combination of color, light, and subject matter. Culturally, Maxwell was a quintessential urban contemporary artist, with a portfolio that included graffiti, street wear design, club flyer and album art, graphic design, set design, and fine art painting. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 47.

Anthony Holdsworth and Beryl Landau

Anthony Holdsworth and Beryl Landau

August 20, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Please join us for the Opening Reception: Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 6 to 9PM.

Anthony Holdsworth
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. 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
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.

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