Work of the Week

Joyce Ho’s ‘Finale’

Joyce Ho’s ‘Finale’

Film and theater inspire many of Joyce Ho’s paintings, and her work reflects her multiple artistic passions. Ho’s work with Riverbed Theatre Productions in Taiwan influences her artistic use of “lighting, perspective and space,” she says. Her father and sister frequently appear as models in her paintings, grounding the dreamlike concepts of her work with […]

Barbara Ernst Prey’s ‘The Collection’

Barbara Ernst Prey’s ‘The Collection’

Barbara Ernst Prey has become an iconic American painter, renowned for her vibrant landscapes and watercolor scenes of Americana. She was appointed by the U.S. president to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the 14-member advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Prey has participated in the Art in Embassies program […]

Bryan Ramey’s ‘Nectar’

Bryan Ramey’s ‘Nectar’

With a fluid combination of charcoal, ink and paints, Bryan Ramey infuses his work with the surreal. Inspiration for his illustrated dream worlds comes from “the darker, more primitive side of man: the superstitious, the imaginative, the unknown part of ourselves,” he says. Ramey attended the postbaccalaureate program at the School for the Museum of […]

Xavier Rodés’s ‘Bay Watch’

Xavier Rodés’s ‘Bay Watch’

Barcelona-native Xavier Rodés has exhibited throughout Spain and internationally, including France, England, Argentina and the U.S. He completed his art studies degree at EINA College. According to the artist’s statement, “The ground-breaking treatment of light, precise drawing and thematic originality create Rodés’ distinguished and unique style. In spite of being a figurative artist, his paintings […]

Natalie Westbrook’s ‘Whisker Kiss’

Natalie Westbrook’s ‘Whisker Kiss’

Artist Natalie Westbrook captures the impressions of plant life as it relates to the human body, evoking the connection and mutability in nature. “In the primordial pool, genes bump into genes, join together and mutate,” she says in her artist’s statement. “My work focuses on the kinships and volatilities of disparate organic life, filtered through […]

Hilary Williams’s ‘Dreaming Palms and Short Fences’

Hilary Williams’s ‘Dreaming Palms and Short Fences’

Mixed media artist Hilary Williams layers photos, drawings, paintings and patterns to create screen print impressions of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Her work captures a marriage between the urban and the natural. “Through layering, collage and juxtaposition, I strive to make layered pieces that deal with the absurdity, poignancy and joy of our […]

Andrzej Michael Karwacki’s ‘Still Water 604′

Andrzej Michael Karwacki’s ‘Still Water 604′

Buddhist philosophy with an “intention for equanimity” has inspired Andrzej Michael Karwacki’s most recent paintings. Karwacki believes that through abstract design, the artist “transcends the limitation of medium, thus creating work that can produce an emotional response. And when that happens, art completes life, bringing to focus what nature cannot bring to finish.” Born in […]

Jeff Leedy’s The Helper

Jeff Leedy’s The Helper

Sure, dog. You’re “helping.” Our Work of the Week this week is Jeff Leedy’s The Helper. Born and educated in the arts in New York and currently residing in Texas, Leedy has sold over 250,000 prints of his work, which tackle subjects including sports, food and wine and—as you can see—pet ownership. Information on purchasing […]

Polly Norman’s Prehistoric Ride Through a Lavender Sky

Polly Norman’s Prehistoric Ride Through a Lavender Sky

Why limit yourself to photography or painting when you can do both? In one piece, even? The signature style of abstract artist Polly Norman, whose Prehistoric Ride Through a Lavender Sky is our Work of the Week, combines both those media to yield a dreamy, kinetic feel. The Minneapolis-born artist shoots high-resolution black and white […]

Work of the Week: Johnny Taylor’s The Age of Flight #3

Work of the Week: Johnny Taylor’s The Age of Flight #3

“For me, there isn’t a car fast enough or a house big enough to justify spending your life doing anything that you don’t love.” For Johnny Taylor, that dream career is art—and it’s one he’s been pursuing since the age of 10, when he got a job producing a comic strip for a local newspaper. […]