Painting Drawing News

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Frieze magazine recently published an insightful profile on CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola titled Unselfconscious is the New Black for Emerging Artists of Colour. Ojih Odutola’s portraits of a fictional aristocratic Nigerian family push toward an expanded definition of the ‘black experience.’ Distinct from her contemporaries, such as Kehinde Wiley, her work focuses on scenes both bourgeois and banal.

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Painting by Monica Kim Garza posted on her popular Instagram

Source: Remezcla

Monica Kim Garza’s (Painting/Drawing 2010) paintings are an ode to carefree brown women of size.

Most of her work depicts full-figured ladies of different shades of mahogany baring breasts, nalgas, and chichos while relaxing in bed, shooting hoops, or lifting weights. Their bodies –- abundantly curvaceous –- are familiar, yet wildly underrepresented. And the level of chill they have achieved is a glimpse into the radical self love many of the artist’s fans desire for themselves.

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Mimi Pond's new book has been published.

Mimi Pond’s (Drawing 1978) previous book, Over Easy, shows her fictionalized autobiographical self, Margaret, coming into her womanhood in the crude but charming Imperial diner. 

Her new book, The Customer is Always Wrong, picks up midstream in the Imperial’s day-to-day life where a now competent Margaret easily slides through the diner’s usual routine: sex, drugs, and coffee-slinging.

Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Chris Bliss

People gather at the Sites Unseen installation, “Local Color” by Leah Rosenberg

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

When artist Leah Rosenberg first walked up Natoma Street from New Montgomery, she saw high alcoves forming the alley wall with a smoker tucked into each to get out of the wind.

She knew she could improve these accommodations, so on Saturday five of those alcoves were painted in long and bold latex stripes, and each was outfitted with a built-in table and stools, ledges at elbow height for standing and leaning, and solar lighting in matching panels overhead.

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Terry St. John, Uncle George, 1956. Oil on cardboard

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is presenting a retrospective of the art of Terry St. John. St. John is among the most celebrated artists working in the style of Bay Area Figuration. This exhibition features paintings created over the course of sixty years, from the mid-1950s to today.

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Jim Norrena

David HuffmanView slideshow 

It’s been a banner year for painter and installation artist David Huffman (Painting/Drawing 1986, MFA 1998), a tenured faculty member of CCA’s Painting/Drawing and MFA in Fine Arts programs.

In fact, it’s been his busiest year ever -- five exhibitions, including two solo shows, one at Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles and another at Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco. Both exhibitions focused on his most recent work: multilayered paintings that explore the politics of race using the basketball and hoop netting as conceptual elements.

Posted on Friday, April 14, 2017 by Rasika Apte

Harry Weisburd (Painting 1965, MFA 1966) stays engaged at CCA by supporting student scholarships and in his position as chair of his Half Century Club reunion class.

Weisburd graduated from Parsons School of Design and worked for some years in fashion illustration in New York. Seeking new challenges and perspectives, he then made his way to the West Coast.

Inspired by California skies and Richard Diebenkorn paintings, Weisburd decided to pursue a BFA and eventually an MFA in Painting at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Laura Braun

In an effort to make the most of his time and set himself up for an art-based career after college, he took on what he calls a "pre-apprenticeship" at the shop, where he focused on drawing tattoo artwork and learning some of the basics of the industry.

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Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

At California College of the Arts, I originally thought I wanted to do fashion design, but I realized there wasn’t enough creative room. I wanted to do more sculptural stuff. The program made sure you could successfully start a fashion line, but I just wanted to make weird things. I took textiles and painting classes, where they were open to costumes, stuffing things, and beading, and I found my place. I didn’t want to rely on painting as my full income, and I didn’t want to compromise or be a starving artist, so I started designing textiles and making bags and clothes, my own line.

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Laura Braun

Later, he took art and graphic design classes in high school, setting his sights on attending what was known then as the California College of Arts and Crafts. He switched his major from interior design to painting, earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in painting in 1971.