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Brighter Days looks forward to a future of hope, love, and peace as the world recovers from a year of intensity with the global pandemic, racial injustice, political unrest, and wildfires throughout California. Ursula Xanthe Young began producing the body of work in the summer, when she typically would be painting murals outdoors at music and art festivals but was sheltered in place. Instead of focusing on negative thoughts and disappointment, she found inspiration in optimism for the future and uplifting music, from which many of the painting titles come.
When All This Is Over
When All This Is Over is a collection of works on paper and panel created since the beginning of the pandemic. Living and working in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, Chris Stokes saw the neighborhood’s storefronts and commercial buildings quickly transform as Covid, political unrest, and urban flight took hold. Being an artist and architect, he contemplated what the landscape might look like in the future, if people and society did not return. He also envisioned a sense of optimism if they did.
In addition to his solo exhibition, Stokes will be unveiling his design for Luna Rienne Gallery’s new parklet, for which crowd funding campaign will soon launch.
Showcasing their recent painting expedition through Italy as well as everyday life in San Francisco, Different Perspectives portrays each artist's individualistic eye and hand during their shared experience. Holdsworth plein air oil paintings attempt to capture the energy of a particular place while Landau's studio acrylics evoke a feeling about that place. The couple met in 1980 during an SFAI alumni show at SOMArts Gallery.
Prophecy Of Nature
Prophecy Of Nature examines and exalts the temporal quality of flora and fauna. From the signature botanicals of oil painter Ivy Jacobsen to Martin Hsu’s recent body of work exploring the precariousness of wildlife, each of the painters is inspired by the quickly-changing natural world around us. Lela Shields strives to reveal the fragility of life by creating organic pieces started with a random pour of ink on the surface. Julia Lucey creates etching collages depicting plants and animals native to Northern California, and Ursula Xanthe Young offers whimsical beauty in her work.
The Wild Kingdoms
The Wild Kingdoms references the numerous nature specials Coffy watched as a kid. His latest body of work combines his love of animals with his interest in design aesthetic and juxtaposition. With each painting, he creates a vignette about life, death, and the searching moments in between.
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.