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"San Francisco Cityscapes"
2006-11-03 until 2006-12-23
Newmark Gallery
San Francisco, CA, USA United States of America

Newmark Gallery San Francisco presents San Francisco Cityscapes our third annual group exhibit of contemporary paintings by Bay Area artists. Featuring Anna Conti, Anthony Holdsworth, Beryl Landau and Toru Sugita the show opens November 2nd and runs through December 23rd, 2006. There will be a public reception for the artists November 2nd, 2006 from 6 pm to 9 pm. San Francisco Cityscapes delves beneath glossy tourist images of San Francisco, continuing to be a show by and for the people who live in and love the city. Everyday images of the city are brought to life, inspiring residents and visitors to see San Francisco anew. The show encompasses several styles of painting with the common thread being the insiders view of the city.

Anna Contis paintings are deeply influenced by her connection to her San Francisco neighborhood and her interest in myth and symbolism. Her works are realistic and familiar reflections of the light, landscape, architecture and people of San Francisco. She often works in series, spending a year or more focusing on a particular concept.

Anthony Holdsworths seemingly still cityscapes are animated by an organic sense of internal combustion. There is a living, perhaps even fleshy, elasticity to Holdsworth‚s skyscrapers and streets, with their adjacent clusters of trees and other landscaping. He captures accurately the hammering intensity of afternoon sunlight - whose illusionism is so convincing, it almost makes you feel like checking the floor to see if any light spills over the bottom edge of the canvas. Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, June 12, 1987.

Beryl Landau, a New York native who has been a San Francisco painter for almost forty years, calls her work symbolic landscape. The acrylic paintings depict geographical places but evoke inner feelings. Each landscape draws the viewer into a particular space and mood. Landaus clear colors range from high contrasts to subtle gradations.

Toru Sugitas work has captured the fleeting drama of afternoon light pouring over the City by the Bay since the late 1990‚s. His skill and sensitivity acquired from printmaking, most notably the graphic arrangement of black and white, lends itself well to the lines and shapes of architectural elements in precise etchings, aquatints and oils on canvas.

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