Tag: painting

La Virgin de la Soledad by Sylvia Ji
    Tuesday, 04 December 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Sylvia Ji has a new print, "La Virgin de la Soledad", just out through 827 Ink, limited edition set of 200 fine art prints (15"W x 22 1/2"L) signed and numbered. $145.

Beautiful new print from Sylvia Ji out now.



Hiro Kurata | Ivory & Black
    Monday, 03 December 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Brooklyn based Hiro Kurata, via Japan, has his London solo show running through Friday, Dec 7th at Ivory and Black. Such wonderful paintings. Here are a few pics from the opening.

Hiro Kurata (left)



Kevin Earl Taylor in Berlin (Studio)
    Thursday, 29 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

San Francisco based painter Kevin Earl Taylor opened a new show of paintings in Hamburg last week at Circle Culture Gallery. He created all the work for the show while staying in Berlin. He emailed over a few pics of his studio while he was creating the show.



Glint @FFDG (Photos)
    Friday, 23 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Ever go through an old email folder and discover something you meant to add to Fecal Face but totally spaced it? Well, here are Dallis Willard's photos from the opening of GLINT featuring works by Henry Gunderson & Eric Shaw back in September @FFDG. Better late than never?



Curiot March in San Francisco
    Tuesday, 20 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

A sampling of newish works from Mexico City based Curiot who opens his solo show at FFDG this March.






Sylvia Ji in Los Angeles
    Thursday, 15 November 2012 /// Written by Van Edwards

If you're in Los Angeles be sure to get to Corey Helford to view the current show La Catrina with Sylvia Ji featuring her Day of the Dead portraits. Looks wonderful.

Sylvia Ji now showing at LA's Corey Helford


Friday @111 Minna
    Wednesday, 14 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

NEW WORKS by JOHN WAGUESPACK @111 Minna Friday <-- Having just been selected as one of nine artists nationwide to be showcased at Art Basel Miami in December 2012, in conjunction with Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, John Waguespack will exhibit his "New Works" at 111 Minna Gallery November 16, 2012 through January 26, 2013. Opening Reception is November 16 from 5 p.m. until late.
~complete details

John Waguespack @111 Minna



John DiPaolo @Dolby Chadwick
    Monday, 12 November 2012 /// Written by Rachel Ralph

At Dolby Chadwick on Thursday night, a crowd gathered for the opening of John DiPaolo's new paintings. The crowd could be heard down the hallway, immediately after exiting the elevator, you were inclined to go to the gallery even if that wasn't your original destination. The crowd opened up to a divided space where DiPaolo's large paintings were given plenty of room to be enjoyed.
~continue reading



Hiro Kurata Friday in London
    Tuesday, 06 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Brooklyn based Hiro Kurata, now showing in the group show @FFDG, opens a solo show on Nov 9th at London's Ivory and Black
~show details



Jason Jagel in Denmark
    Thursday, 01 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Our buddy Henrik Haven in Copenhagen emailed over some photos from San Francisco based Jason Jagel's current show "The Castle" which opened last Friday at Gallery Christoffer Egelund (Denmark). In 2002 Jason Jagel graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University.



Tiffany Bozic in NYC Thurs
    Tuesday, 30 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

UPDATE: Just heard that the opening has been canceled due to the storm - In any event, get to the show while it's up through Dec 1st.

NYC Peoples, get to Tiffany Bozic's opening on Thursday. Beautiful paintings. ~ San Francisco based painter Tiffany Bozic opens the solo show, Transformation, this Thursday, Nov 1st at NYC's Joshua Liner Gallery (6-9pm).

Featuring works in acrylic on maple panel (Bozic's signature surface), Transformation showcases the artist’s meticulous rendering of animal and plant subjects that recasts nature as fable.
~show details

Tiffany Bozic stopped through FFDG last week.

Transformation opens Nov 1st in NYC.



Russell Leng | The Diamond Sea
    Wednesday, 24 October 2012 /// Written by Van Edwards

The group show, The Diamond Sea, runs through Nov 10th in San Francisco at FFDG. We've been profiling the artists in the show and we contiue with one of our favorite painters who happens to reside in Vancouver.

Russell Leng is currently living in Edinburgh, UK, pursuing a MFA from Edinburgh College of Art and has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, and awards include 1st Place Painting Prize from the Surrey Art Gallery, and a BMO Student Invitational nomination. He has been featured in numerous online and print publications including Gestalten, Chronicle, and the Globe and Mail.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

C9, Edinburgh. B.A. from Trinity Western University, and currently pursing a M.F.A. from Edinburgh College of Art.

How would you describe your work to someone?

I'm interested in opposites and finding ways to negotiate between them. Inquiries into natural vs. fabricated environments, chance vs. control, and digital vs. firsthand experiences have all been recent investigations that aim to articulate contemporary in-between states I find myself in. In my paintings I have been focusing specifically on the conglomeration of natural and man-made environments melding together through rigid shapes interacting with loose marks.


The good ones and the bad ones.

Favorite place traveled?

Toss up between Indonesia and Colombia.



"Corporeal Clusters" @111 Minna
    Tuesday, 23 October 2012 /// Written by Rachel Ralph

Work by Xiau Fong Wee
Reportage by Rachel Ralph, Fecal Face's new San Francisco correspondent. You can email her at rachel(at)fecalface.com

111 Minna never disappoints and Friday night was no exception. Even the uber-corporate crowd, with their glowing ID badges couldn't detract from the quality of the work in their newest show, "Corporeal Clusters" with works from Kelly Allen, Melissa Arendt and Xiau-Fong Wee. The place was packed, as I stepped on more than one shined toe from men's dress shoes, and was filled playing top 40 hits, a weird atmosphere for the gallery. However, the quality of the work is what prevails; there are some really beautiful paintings here.

The show opens with Kelly Allen's photorealistic paintings of animals combined with geometric and biomorphic shapes, setting the tone with a geometric and animalistic thread that runs throughout the entire gallery. Next on inside are Melissa Arendt's paintings on wood panels using geometric shapes and human figures, while letting the grain of the wood compose the background. I was especially attracted to the grouping Clusterfuck Series #s 11, 6, 7, 9, 5. Is that Bowie a la Labrynth I see in the center? Why yes it is, and it made my day. Her next grouping had several works which incorporated glitter, and most of these had been sold by the time I had gotten there at 8:00.

While there is no question of the beauty in both Allen's and Arendt's works, the standout for me were the acrylic paintings on canvas by Xiau-Fong Wee. My god are they beautiful. All I could say (literally) was "wow." The works have amorphous animal/human figures, most of which have the female form, indicating a connection with mother nature. The delicate treatment of the surface of the paintings and the natural aesthetic qualities reminded me of the surreal beauty of Tiffany Bozic's work, but taken to a whole new, dream-like level.

Ultimately, the crowd won the battle of wits, and I just had to get out of there. I will definitely be back before the show closes on November 10th, when I can actually see the paintings, without the soul-crushing music and the creepy businessmen. Really, this show is a must-see, and I guarantee you that you don't want to miss it. -more photos

Xiau-Fong Wee, Slow Motion, 2012



Nicolas Le Borgne | The Diamond Sea
    Thursday, 11 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

As the group show The Diamond Sea approaches the opening this Saturday, Oct 13th (6-9pm) @FFDG in San Francisco, we wanted to introduce, or in most cases "reintroduce" you to the artists who will be participating.

France based artist working on pop-surreal illustrations. Nicolas Le Borgne aka Odo usually works with watercolor, pen & ink or acrylic.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Bayonne in France, I'm 28, I am autodidacted in art, and a license on visual communication school five years ago. www.odora.blogspot.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

An idea global, a lot of details, a lot of characters inside the character, simple media like watercolor, ballpoint pen... and a surreal result of that.


Everything, life, movie, contemporary art, music, lowbrow scene, street art, friends...

Favorite place traveled?

In my brain.



Tonight at Gallery 16
    Friday, 05 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Detroit native Martin McMurray opens a show of new paintings at Gallery 16 on October 5th. Love the works.


Ferris Plock Sat @The Shooting Gallery
    Thursday, 04 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Carry On
Ferris Plock solo show
@The Shooting Gallery
Opening: Sat, Oct 6th (7-11pm)
Photographer Shaun Roberts headed over to Ferris Plock's San Francisco home to get a peek at the work he's about to show this Saturday at The Shooting Gallery... The work is looking fantastic and check out that hefty boombox.



Ryan De La Hoz Thurs in SF
    Wednesday, 03 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan De La Hoz, who made this lovely Hamburger shirt, is set to open a solo show Welcome To Your Doom, consisting of 24 pieces including drawings, cut paper, textiles, and sculpture works, at Four Barrel coffee this Thursday, Oct 4th (6-9pm). 375 Valencia St @15th

Ryan was in the group show 11.11.11 which opened almost a year ago. So happy to be in our permanent space now but kinda miss those great dotted walls.

Brain Fold, 11 x 14, Ink on Cut Paper on Archival Print

Untitled, 11 x 14, Cut Paper on archival print



Brett Amory Thurs in SF
    Tuesday, 02 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Shaun Roberts emailed over some images of Brett Amory as he prepares to open the solo show Twenty-Four In San Francisco at Sandra Lee Gallery. Amory continues his "Waiting Series". Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4th 5:30-7:30pm.

Twenty-Four In San Francisco, is an ambitious project capturing both the permanent and ephemeral intricacies of 24 chosen locations around the city of San Francisco in California. These locations include such historically significant destinations as the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre, one of the country's oldest and most notorious adult entertainment venues, Portsmouth Square, a Yerba Buena park established in the early 1800s, and the Mission San Francisco de Asis, one of San Francisco's oldest surviving structures, among 21 other unique locals, each assigned one hour of the day and documented during that time by the artist.



Tiffany Bozic Paintings
    Monday, 01 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

A few examples of Tiffany Bozic's paintings as seen in her new book "Drawn by Instinct" published through Gingko Press.

A book signing will be held in SF at FFDG this Saturday, Oct 6th (5-7pm). ~details


Tiffany Bozic Book Signing
Sat, Oct 6th (5-7pm)
@FFDG, San Francisco
2277 Mission St @19th
RSVP on Facebook



Mike Shine @111 Minna
    Friday, 28 September 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Dr. Flotsam and the Carney Bastards
Mike Shine solo show
@111 Minna, SF
through Oct 13th
Last week we checked out Mike Shine's current show running @111 Minna through Oct 13th here in San Francisco. Nordic, Teutonic philosophy, Kubrick, PT Barnum, Absinthe, and other influences taint his paintings. The Carny Bastards. Spanning centuries and geographies, the ragtag collection of souls are a mix of gods and mortals, beauty and beasts. The work will be a follow up to Shine's show at the SF Outside Lands in August, offering an in-depth look at the world of Dr. Flotsam.

Artists Mike Shine & Henry Lewis



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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details



The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.


Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading


"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.


Work by Meryl Pataky


In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59


Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link


1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.


Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details



NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON


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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.










Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...

Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.

Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.

Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?

Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.

Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.

Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.

FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners

Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.

Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.

NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.

Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding

"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle

Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.

Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.

Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.

The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.

The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.

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