José Basso: Horizons (Video)

November 11, 2013 | Categories:

 

View Basso's artwork here.

 

 

Upcoming Exhibition: Juan Escauriaza: San Francisco and the American Landscape

August 21, 2013 | Categories:

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In the mind and in the gifted hands of Spanish painter, Juan Escauriaza, there is no beauty without honesty.  With his deftly composed canvases of America’s urban landscape, he captures the purity of the everyday and the exquisite in the banal.  As an outsider looking in, he does not romanticize the American experience nor is he compassionless in his interpretations.  In fact, these are the paintings of a man in the midst of a love affair with the overlooked moments routinely shaping the city streets in which we live.  

San Francisco and The American Landscape marks Escauriaza’s first body of work concentrating on the “City by the Bay.”  With the eye of a documentary photographer, he instinctively hones in on what makes San Francisco so beguiling.  Though he often renounces the picturesque in favor of the evocative, Escauriaza does not aim to merely duplicate the nuances of the city, but instead to give us pause, and to allow us the opportunity to uncover the mystery of the human experience.  His facades, though worn with the passage of time, resonate with emotional intimacies and untold tales.  Is there beauty in the abandoned and weathered signage of the Mission District’s historic Tower Theater or in the shadows of the electrical wires that traverse the stucco of the Pacific Heights Motor Inn?  For Escauriaza, the answer is always, “Yes.”  He sees honesty in the simplicity of those moments, as he shares the quiet stories of each shadow cast, of every sidewalk crack and in the lives of his anonymous people.  It is this unique sensitivity and vision paired with his dazzling skill as a painter, that allows a forgotten storefront to become a sacred offering.  

In the hands of a lesser artist, the optimism and energy that one feels in front of Escauriaza’s paintings would surely be lost.  Though his buildings are sometimes down-at-the-heel, they are almost always set against radiant and cloudless skies of ocean blue.  His vivd shadows create a delicate geometry that infuse life into the inanimate and it is the combination of his signature precision with unexpected instances of fresh painterly brushwork that introduce a palpable vitality into his canvases.

Edward Hopper, the distinguished American painter and one of Escauriaza’s greatest influences said, “There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper part of a house.”  For Escauriaza, that same elation can be felt in the intimate, honest and beautiful works that comprise this exciting new show.  Charged with the history and character of the old, along with the promise and exuberance of the new, these paintings are sure to seduce not only the eye and mind, but also the heart.

 

 

José Basso is honored by Chile's Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

September 07, 2012 | Categories:

José Basso is honored by Chile's Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes with a major retrospective of his work.

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Announcing Stephanie Rew and Michael Kidd

July 27, 2012 | Categories:
CK Contemporary is excited to announce the addition of Stephanie Rew and Michael Kidd to its roster of noteworthy living artists.
 

Stephanie Rew

Preparation - Red Kimono
Preparation - Red Kimono
 

 

Michael Kidd

Time Passing By
Michael Kidd
Time Passing By

San Francisco Fine Art Fair

April 10, 2012 | Categories:

We are proud to be an exhibitor in the upcoming San Francisco Fine Art Fair at Fort Mason, May 17th - 20th.

Please drop by and explore our artwork.
Get a free one-day pass here.

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Thursday, May 17, 11am - 7pm

Friday, May 18, 11am - 7pm

Saturday, May 19, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, May 20, 11am - 6pm

Look here for Directions and Hotels.

Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center (website)
At the intersection of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street
San Francsco, CA 94123

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