Classical Adventures Ballet and Operatic Paintings
4 May through 8 June 2018 Opening Reception: 4 May 2018 6:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the fantastical works of Barbara Fracchia. “Classical Adventures - Ballet and Operatic Paintings” will run from 4 May through 8 June 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, 4 May 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fracchia has been showing her work in New York, New York and is a returning artist to the gallery.
“Classical Adventures – Ballet and Operatic Paintings” will showcase several series of her works, primarily focused on her admiration for opera and ballet. The exhibit covers a wide number of opera and ballet performances, many of which can be seen in San Francisco throughout the year. Fracchia’s contemporary interpretations reflect the modern adaptations the performing arts have embarked on. She used the inspiration from the more current format to infuse a unique energy to her paintings. Fracchia describes her work as, “… exploring the unusual in subject matter. My ideas are a bit above the norm, but incorporate the classical elements of painting. My work is a combination of impressionistic plein air style for landscapes and illustrative for figures.”
Most recently Fracchia completed a series of paintings based on Richard Wagner’s opera series “The Ring” which is regarded as one of the most monumental works of art. The story consists of four parts: “Das Rheingold,” “Die Walküre,” “Siegfried,” and “Götterdämmerung” and these are directly portrayed through Fracchia’s works. She also depicts ballet performances -- such as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade “Bright Fast Cool Blue,” Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” and “Unbound” an account of ballet’s history and future.
The show also features scenes at the New York Metropolitan Opera House and the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and Performing Arts Center. A series paying homage to Beaune, a town in Burgundy, France, known not only for its sceneries but also for its annual festival of notable revival of Baroque operas and performances of Mozart in original instruments, is also included.
Fracchia’s paintings are prominently featured at the gift shop of the War Memorial. Notably, one of her recent works -- a depiction of the story of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley (and turned into a ballet by Liam Scarlett) -- is featured as a t-shirt design through the San Francisco Ballet.
Fracchia was born in New Jersey and resides in Kensington, California. She worked as a graphic artist and illustrator focusing on architectural related work. Her passion for drawing led her to try painting and began painting landscapes in plein air. She enrolled at the Academy of Art University and went on to earn an MFA. Fracchia relishes variety and adeptly paints a wide range of subjects. She works in the painterly tradition and has an excellent eye for capturing details as reflected in her composition and colors.
Wrapped Food In Plastics II: The Masters
14 March through 27 April 2018 Opening Reception: 15 March 2018 6:00-8:00 PM
San Francisco, February 14, 2018 – Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent work by artist Victoria Mimiaga. The exhibit Food in Plastics II: The Masters plastic has invaded what is inviolate in the art world -- the paintings of the Masters. The show runs from March 14 through April 27, 2018, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 6-8pm.
Over the past decade, Mimiaga has explored the excessive use of plastic in our modern world. She addresses a consequence of plastic's ubiquity, its use is so commonplace, it has become invisible. In this collection of new works, Mimiaga forces the viewer to see plastic out of context by placing it in the most unexpected scenes, the paintings of many of the most well-known Master painters.
In an attempt to make plastic visible, Mimiaga has meticulously reproduced iconic paintings using the Masters as a vehicle to draw attention to the invasiveness of plastic in our world. There is no doubt in Mimiaga’s mind, that the paintings of Gauguin, Magritte, Manet, Diego Rivera, and others would include plastic.
“There is a risk in painting plastic that people may be turned off, but I’ve painted the aesthetic of plastic – strangely it can be beautiful as it reflects light in its transparency, and how it creates a glow around the item that it surrounds. It’s challenging, beyond a doubt. I see both the beauty and the ugliness in plastic and that compels me.” - Victoria Mimiaga
Following on the success of her first Food in Plastic show at the SFMOMA Museum Café, Mimiaga’s new series, Food in Plastics II: The Masters, continues to portray food in plastic with a twist of humor and playfulness, as she painted wrapped plastic around the bowl of mangos in Gauguin's ‘To Tahitian Women’, a clear plastic zip lock bag around the green apple in Magritte’s ‘Son of Man’ and plastic bags for the tortillas in Diego Rivera's ‘The Grinder’. Every painting in the series is a statement of the irony of plastic and Mimiaga’s uncanny ability to recreate paintings of the Masters.
This body of work is a statement of our times. The owner of the Telegraph Hill Gallery expressed, ‘The familiarity with the paintings of the Masters is what draws you in but it is the anachronism that keeps you engaged. Victoria Mimiaga’s appropriation of Manet, Magritte, Vermeer, among others, and her focus on the pervasiveness of plastics amount to an artful gesture towards a dialogue not only on traditional art’s influence, but on plastics' massive daily impact in modern culture.’
Mimiaga is in equal measures infusing humor, condemnation, and provocation in her paintings. When plastic becomes visual again, we can begin the many conversations about its reflective aesthetic, it's role in our society, and our responsibilities regarding its use.
Mimiaga, was born and raised in Honolulu. She has a B.S degree from the University of Colorado. She studied art at the Honolulu Academy of Art, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. Victoria is a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America. She lives and works in Marin County, CA. Special thanks to Jenny LeCoq for the Press Release.
. Barbara Fracchia Ballet and Opera Series
'Frankenstein' oil on canvas, 20"X16" To view please email or call for an appointment. firstname.lastname@example.org 415.767.9794
Shapes of Abstract Ernest Regua and Joshua Rampage
February 1 through February 28, 2018
Opening Reception February 2, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show featuring the works of Ernest Regua and Joshua Rampage. ‘Shapes of Abstract’ will run from February 1 through February 28, 2018 with an opening reception on February 2 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. This is Rampage’s first showing with the gallery, while Regua is a returning artist.
‘Shapes of Abstract’ will feature Regua’s paintings exploring the interplay of natural and manmade forms and Rampage’s works probing on hidden texts in secretive works. Both of these artists use stunning array of colors, layers, and shapes to dictate their artworks.
Regua was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor of Arts in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute, and Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University. He is currently a resident artist at Cubberley Artist Studios Program in Palo Alto, CA. Regua exhibits work regularly in California and in New York.
‘My interest encompasses juxtaposing elements of color, lines and shapes manifested in an optical play that references architecture and biomorphic forms.’ - Ernest Regua
His paintings draw inspiration from our everyday surroundings. The symbiotic relationship of manmade structures and natural occurrences fill the canvases he paints. This bringing together of different elements is evident throughout his works - the solid shapes harmonize with the spiraling lines; the circles and curvatures surround the geometry creating balance. The interplay of imagined space reveal both tension and humorous intersections.
Rampage was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He studied at the University of Indiana and received a degree in Graphic Design. It was during his time at U.I. that he developed a passion for typography. This has gone onto inspire the series of paintings, developed over the last eight years, being shown here at Telegraph Hill Gallery. Rampage has also completed an artist residency program in Australia and shows his work in the San Francisco area regularly.
‘These abstracts are derived from literal secrets. Secrets reflect us and frame how we interact with each other.’ - Joshua Rampage
The process of removing a letter from itself, breaking it into a raw shape delicately crafted with color, is a driving force behind his work. In doing so, he instills a brief moment where you may think you have discovered the secret hidden beneath the layers of bright paints, only to find that it is but a fragment of the whole. He describes his works as, ‘giving secrets form and allowing others to observe them in a new incarnation.’
California Sceneries Greg Gandy . Aron Meynell . Brandon Smith . Jason Toney
Extended through 12 January 2018 JANUARY 3 - 5 and 9 - 12 Hours 12:00-6:00 PM
, Greg Gandy . Aron Meynell . Brandon Smith . Jason Toney
California Sceneries November 29 through December 29, 2017
Opening Reception December 1, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring the works of four San Francisco Bay Area artists, Greg Gandy, Aron Meynell, Brandon Smith, and Jason Toney. The show titled ‘Greg Gandy, Aron Meynell, Brandon Smith, Jason Toney - California Sceneries’ will run from 29 November through 29 December 2017 with an opening reception on 1 December 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition will highlight a wide series of landscape paintings, plein air studies and studio works. Greg Gandy is a meticulous painter who strives to capture each and every last detail imaginable. Gandy is also a master colorist, using a diverse palette inspired by the time of day or the weather on location. This cumulates into a stunning photorealistic landscape in each of his works. He uses both plein air studies and photography to serve as references for his paintings
Aron Meynell’s paintings are often walking the line of fantasy versus realism and are strongly affected by the soft, muted color palette combined with an intense amount of detail and technical application. His depictions of landscape have a unique atmospheric quality to them, resonating as a dream-like scene. Meynell carefully crafts a particular moment to evoke emotion and an uncertainty in the viewer.
Brandon Smith’s paintings rely upon a relationship between traditional oil painting methods and expressive brushstrokes, creating a beautiful blend of precise marks and bravura brushworks on each canvas. This method of painting, in conjunction with keen awareness for composition, envelops the natural beauty of landscapes in Smith’s plein air and studio works.
Jason Toney’s work covers the full spectrum of realism -- still life, landscapes, and figurative. His impeccable use of color and understanding of composition create stunning landscapes filled with depth and serenity. These properties of his work also blend well with his more expressive brushstrokes, which build upon layers of paint.
Gandy, Meynell, and Smith are faculty members of the Academy of the Art University’s Fine Art Department. All are alumni of the university, with Gandy, Meynell, and Smith earning their MFA and Toney his BFA. The four artists have garnered much praise and recognition for their work, including numerous awards and honorable mentions at shows and exhibitions across the country.
Perspective October 30 through November 24
Martine Jardel, Julie Blankenship, and Janet Jones
Paintings and Mixed-media
Art Has No Rules September 6 through October 13 2017
Chris Blum Assemblage boxes and sculptures Decoding societal values with pop culture and politics using found objects
City Hues August 1 through August 30, 2017
Marcia Clay, Alice Gibbons, Eddie Lee, Leslie Lowinger, Sarah Newton, and Toru Sugita
Retrofit 2.0 June 24 through July 22, 2017
Curators: Mel Day and Marianne Lettieri Artists: Amy DiPlacido, Andy Muonio, Ann McMillan, Catherine diNapoli, Conrad Johnson, Ernest Regua, Ken Edwards, Paloma Lucas, Rachelle Doorley, Sahba Shere, the collaborative artist duo t.w.five
Retrofit 1.0 May 20 through Jun 17, 2017
Curators: Mel Day and Marianne Lettieri
Artists: Barbara Boissevain, Barbara Gunther, Charles Coates, Inge Infante, Lessa Bouchard, Linda Gass, Marianne Lettieri, Mel Day, Melissa Wyman, Pantea Karimi, and Servane Briand
San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill Gallery Reopens after Construction with Works from Palo Alto’s Cubberley Artists
Barbara Fracchia American Art Collector, April 2017
Barbara Fracchia Art of the West, March 2017
Barbara Fracchia American Art Collector, February 2017
Lori S Robinson American Art Collector, February 2017
REFLECTIONS Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco August 20, 2016 - January 22, 2017