Mixed Media Paintings by Tina Garvin

Bandoleros (detail) by Tina Garvin

Artist's statement: This collection of mixed media paintings is inspired by the tension between the nature that surrounds us and our own inherent natures.These paintings are a series of communications. The symbolism, color, and movement in each artwork conveys a truly unique exchange and one that cannot be replicated. … [Read more...]

The Landscape and Abstraction: Paintings by Ricker Winsor

War - Ricker Winsor

I grew up in NYC when abstract painting was at its height, and just at the time when Pop Art was taking over the gallery walls. I was a close friend of Herman Cherry for twenty-five years until his death and I knew Bill DeKooning and many others still alive at that time, Richards Ruben, Reuben Kadish, and others. I was surrounded by abstraction but insisted on my plein air … [Read more...]

Collages by Bill Wolak

Patient Clouds - BIll Wolak

Artist’s Statement: Collage undresses the darkness with a mirror’s secret undertow. It’s a dance done on burning kites while dreaming at the speed of light. Expectant as nakedness, collage is a door that surfaces in the shipwreck of your sleep. It’s a caress with the irresistible softness of a slipknot in a velvet blindfold. At its best, like poetry, collage is a moan just … [Read more...]

Portrait Collages by Nanette Jordan

Nanette Jordan collage art

Nanette Jordan is a multi-media "Renaissance Woman" from a family of San Francisco artists. The Smithsonian's Renwick Museum, as well as many other fine galleries, have featured Nanette's work. She is most known for her unique handcrafted sterling jewelry, her repurposed "Refunct" jewelry collections, torn collage portraits, and her non-fiction essays. … [Read more...]

On Painting On

on painting on

“Why are the paintings going away?”Mommy explains: ”Your dad is having a very important one-man show at a big fancy gallery across from The San Francisco Opera House. We're going to get all dressed up and attend the opening.”I get to go and not wear my pajamas with feet.The grown-ups that belong to my friends will be there, the City Lights poets, the artists we … [Read more...]

In a Corner of the Room: Oil Pastels by Ricker Winsor

Phi Beta Fu (detail) - Ricker Winsor

I started working in the corner of my classroom at the American International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad during the two years I taught there in 2011 and 2012. It seemed to me that the students learned more from the fact of my working than from anything I could tell them. When I was working they were focused on their own projects and quiet. This is not normally the case … [Read more...]

The Rift in Time: Paintings by Rodica Miller

The Rift in Tiime (detail) - Rodica Miller

Introductory note: “The Rift In Time” series of works is a journey that starts from our inner world and continues onward to the stars. With delicate care, I try to render the ghostly energy waves reaching our senses, and the nostalgia of perishable things such as pomegranates, water lilies, and even the potent perfume of love letters, all perishable just like the stars … [Read more...]

Collages by Kareem Rizk

Cowboy Kid - Kareem Rizk

Artist's statement A mesh of vintage consumerism, post-war sophistication and mid-century ephemera, Rizk’s work explores nostalgia and surveys the essential and singular visual niche of collage in this age of mash-ups and remixes. By reinterpreting and rearranging visual history with weathered imagery, highly textured surfaces, design-inspired compositions and occasional droll … [Read more...]

En Plein Air: Landscape Painting

Portage Store, Vashon (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Artist's statement: This is a condensed survey of the plein air landscape I have done over many years in locations from Vashon Island, Washington, Vermont, Spain, and Bangladesh.They are oil paintings about 22 x 28 inches more or less. RW … [Read more...]

Burning Factories: Art by Sander Steins

Burning Factory 1 - Sander Steins

It was the summer of 1980 when I was seven years old that I sat in the back seat of my father’s blue Opel Kadett coupé and saw the first smoking chimneys of the German Ruhrgebiet. Those were the declining years of one of Europe’s biggest and heaviest industrial areas and I will never forget the impression it left imprinted on my retina. As a child I rebuilt entire cities … [Read more...]

Four Landscapes (Through a Window) by Magie Dominic

Landscape 1 - Magie Dominic

Artist's statement: These four collages can be viewed separately. They can also be shown as one 4-part piece as seen through a four pane glass window, with the two blue and white pieces on the top - sky; and the two earth color collages below - earth, with a narrow space between each piece, as in a window frame. … [Read more...]

The Wabi-Sabi Drawing of Ricker Winsor

under the big trees (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Artist's statement: I continue my exploration of the dynamic and expressive qualities of ink. Mark making, pattern making, risk taking are all part of the process. It is very difficult to correct in ink but there are ways of leading the eye. And the mistakes, the awkward places, are valuable in the "wabi way". … [Read more...]

A Moment Just About to Happen: Collages by Lita Kenyon

Ask again when you're alone - Lita Kenyon

Artist's statement: I am drawn to subjects about socially transmitted beliefs, widely repeated cultural themes and mores. My work focuses on the narratives evolving naturally from the subconscious as images unfold; dialogues on events taking place around me or a moment just about to happen. Inspired by pictures from women’s wrestling and commodity culture, and themes of … [Read more...]

Drawing and Wabi Sabi

Plaza de Santa Anna (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Everyone can draw. It is in the genome. Drawing is one of the earliest things we know about human beings. We admire work they did on cave walls twenty five thousand years ago. Some of it is graceful and refined. Some of it is crude, raw, and expressive. I began drawing at age thirty. Before that, I didn’t think I could draw and I never got the permission or encouragement to … [Read more...]

Void: Photography of Displacement

Bride - Rehan Miskci

Artist's statement: As a member of the Armenian minority in Turkey, the notions of displacement and invisibility become key elements in my work. In my thesis project “Void”, I am exploring my struggle with this issue by visualizing notions of the displacement, the loss of identity and the absence or disappearance of the culture through images that emphasize these notions … [Read more...]

New Art by Carlyle Baker

atmosphere 01 (detail) - Carlyle Baker

Artist's statment: these are most innocent perceptions, returned from another location of space/time, somewhere lost in recognition of way-out dreaming, a close examination of one day and the next, the accident of theoretical research, where language whispers in colour. … [Read more...]

A Gallery of Collages by Nicholas Lockyer

deathpunch - Nicholas Lockyer

Artist's statement:Visual artist Nicholas Lockyer’s collage work explores the relationship between the saturation point of digitalization in today’s society, Trash Cinema and lowbrow ephemera culture that exists outside the digital world and the themes of primitivism, ritualism, mutation and attitudes towards death.As undefined forms become cut up, glued and juxtaposed new … [Read more...]

Some Kind of Dharma: Photographs

Some Kind of Dharma 1 (detail) - Steve Paul

“to just start at the beginning and let the truth seep out”Grant Street, San Francisco, 2009You can quite intentionally make a Beat pilgrimage in San Francisco, soaking in the aura, the coffee, the Bohemian spirit in North Beach nooks, bars and alleys. I did not do that. I chanced upon this sidewalk marker on Grant Street, Chinatown’s main drag, and it held me for a … [Read more...]

Drawing in Ink at The Peoples’ Beach, Sanur, Bali

Prayers for the Unbeliever (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Drawing in ink with reed pens and brushes was how I started forty years ago. It seemed miraculous to me right from the beginning and I have never wavered in my enthusiasm for it. I happily return to it now as a compliment to the painting I do in the studio. To be out in the landscape responding to nature, to life, in the most direct way, using ink which is not basically … [Read more...]

The South as a Home as an Animal

Marshall Blevins

Artist's statement: Southern artist and photographer, making it up as I go along. Struggled through art school but survived, not sure which direction to go in, but certain and rooted in bayou country. The paintings I make deal with personal mythology, religion, and the importance of place. I draw on my own memories growing up in the land of the pines, the memories of authors … [Read more...]

Too Dee: Drawings by Nathan Pietrykowski

Folly and Fortune (detail) - Nathan Pietrykowski

Artist's statement: Humankind seeks out meaning to overcome the fear of the unknown. When meaning is unable to be found we fabricate our own. Through the invention of my creation myth I examine how humankind searches and contrives truth. In my drawings I chronicle the history of a paracosm, an imaginary universe know as Too Dee. In this place colorful mask wearing explorers … [Read more...]

An interview with Michael Guerin of the Diartspora Gallery

photo credit: Lori Waselchuk

Michael Guerin is the owner of the Diartspora Gallery, a private art collection focusing upon African-American art, and the art of the African diaspora. Collected over a period of over 20 years, the collection includes many pieces by self-taught and outsider artists, as well as some by those who are well-known.I had the opportunity to talk with Michael about the collection, … [Read more...]