Exhibition opening October 22nd, 2022, 6-9pm
246 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
From October 22nd through November 15th, CK Contemporary will present Juan Escauriaza: Setting the Scene, the gallery’s third solo exhibition for the contemporary Spanish painter. Escauriaza’s work was the subject of the gallery’s very first exhibition in 2013, nearly ten years ago, and he has been an important pillar of CK Contemporary’s roster ever since.
Setting the Scene showcases new large scale works of acrylic on linen, through which Escauriaza explores the American experience and San Francisco’s urban landscape. His subjects, rendered with a delicate balance of sharp precision and lively brushwork, highlight his “outsider” perspective as he examines the sides of the city that are frequently overlooked.
To look at Juan Escauriaza’s paintings is to be reminded of the work of Edward Hopper, whose depictions of the modern landscape revealed ordinary moments brimming with life. With a similar reliance on the nuances and drama of light and shadow, Escauriaza seeks to unfold the experience of memory and emotion with his intimate views of the commonplace and familiar. His work offers us a chance to see the beauty hidden in what we may easily pass by, and reminds us to seek awareness and appreciation for the simpler moments in our life and our surroundings.
After the global lockdowns of the last two years, Escauriaza’s paintings call attention to everything we no longer take for granted - a cloudless blue sky, an encounter on the street corner, or the character of our local neighborhood.