Tracks Of Never Ending Light
Tracks Of Never Ending Light showcases Stokes' recent foray into line and color. Using masks, spray cans, and aerosol tips, he has created a body of work comprised of numerous colorful lines that please the eye on a surface level and invite further investigation into technique.
Tales Of San Francisco
Tales Of San Francisco includes paintings wherein The City is one of the main characters. Both Huxley and Young have always beautifully rendered the local landscape in a way that is uniquely narrative and inspirational. In a time of much architectural and cultural change, these works capture an essence that will hopefully remain constant.
Cut And Paste
Cut And Paste examines contemporary collage from a diversity of artists with unique techniques and subject matter. The resulting works of colorful art cover the gamut of figurative, surreal, and abstract.
Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell was a visual artist whose education came via the streets (Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) 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.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1969, 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 visionary Doze Green and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Clarence Williams.
Like many burgeoning urban artists, Maxwell survived and flourished in San Francisco, then back to LA, by taking on a plethora of art and design jobs, including art directing multiple big-budget music videos under Hype Williams. In 2007, he focused his energy back to fine art and opened Norm Maxwell Studio Gallery, which spanned six years and three locations. Maxwell garnered commissions from patrons in Los Angeles, Paris, Seoul, Berlin, and Dubai.
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 is survived by his wife and two children.
Quintessential features signature paintings by eighteen established and emerging urban contemporary painters.
Panoptic Beauty showcases the ability of the three artists to scale their work from small drawings on paper to gigantic murals, all the while maintaining quality of line and use of color. Similarly, their unique styles present beautifully at any size. Amandalynn, Bunnie Reiss, and Ursula Young all began their art careers in San Francisco and have since exhibited and created murals all over the world.