Painting Drawing News

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

"My Country Has No Name"

The work of 28-year-old Nigerian-born artist Toyin Odutola (MFA 2012) may literally be black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink, but speaking figuratively, her work speaks volumes. Addressing issues of identity, race, and nationhood, her art resonates strongly with her audiences.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

The first thing you might notice about Aretha Sack — apart from her tattoos and prodigiously blond, wavy, and long hair — are her fingernails, which on any given occasion are painted some shade of lime green, coral, or other eye-catching hues. The 25-year-old Oakland resident dresses up her digits daily, and has done so everywhere from BART stations to the Legion of Honor. Although she moved to the Bay Area from Austin in 2007 to study painting and drawing at the California College of the Arts, she soon found that she preferred her own lacquer and nails to acrylic and canvas.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Allison Byers

When we asked the 2013 Tribeca filmmakers what schools they went to, we were not expecting such a diverse crop of responses. While a fair number did not attend film school, NYU was heartily represented. Boston University, Tel Avivi University and the program at University of Florida (now at Wake Forest) all were fairly well represented. Compare this list to the Sundance filmmakers from earlier this year.

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Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

Attending the MFA show at one of the Bay Area's large art schools is like getting bludgeoned by art. After about a half-dozen presentations I am full, my critical faculties have been short-circuited and I have been forced into submission. Think about it, at any given group show, you might see one or two pieces from (at the most) twenty artists. Or on any Art Murmur or First Thursday outing, you might visit five or ten solo shows.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Rachel Walther

Alumna Mary Meyer (Painting 2001) was born and raised in California, but her affinity for the East Coast eventually drew her to New York, and she's never looked back.

Today she owns and operates Mary Meyer Clothing, a storefront shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and a wholesale business. She produces and sells clothing of her own design, and also represents several other independent designers.

Her work is a mixture of organic and angular -- natural fabrics with sharp angles and bold shapes.

Meyer credits the success of her company to the enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation fostered during her years at CCA.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

On Saturday, April 13, 2013, ten artists representing a range of painterly approaches and hailing from Los Angeles, New York, and the Bay Area gathered in San Francisco to take the pulse of a practice that is denigrated as often as it is celebrated.

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Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 by Allison Byers

Artists and moderators gather for CCA's Painting Expanded Symposium

April 13, 2013, was an especially beautiful Saturday in San Francisco, but more than 100 CCA students, faculty, and members of the public shunned the sunshine to pack CCA’s Timken Lecture Hall for the Painting Expanded symposium, an engaging and inspiring series of discussions about contemporary painting.

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Linda Geary
(Painting/Drawing chair)

My studio is in West Oakland (a few doors down from Zarouhie Abdalian’s). I keep a designated area for my works on paper, collages, and color archive, and the rest of the space is for using oil paint.

The view faces east toward larger loft spaces across the street, along with a few residential rooftops and the Oakland hills beyond. Late in the day, the windows across the street function like a giant mirror or clock that reflects the light, weather, and the sunset.

Photography by Andria Lo

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Bryson Gill
(Painting/Drawing 2005)

My studio is a large private space in the Mission District of San Francisco. It is broken up into two rooms. The smaller one is for sculpture and prop making. The walls are covered with pine shelving for props and other objects, and, disregarding the mess, it looks more like a store than a studio.

The second and main room I use primarily as a painting studio. It has a large wall of south-facing windows that keep it evenly lit throughout the day. It's an incredible gift to have such great natural working light.

There are so many special things about the space: wood floors, tall ceilings, white walls, windows, roof access, a shop, and proximity to a handful of other artists who share the same floor of the building. There is no place I'd rather be.

Photography by Andria Lo

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Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Rachel Walther

It's been more than 50 years since Rima West (Painting 1960) studied painting in the studios of CCA's Oakland campus. And not a day has gone by since that she hasn't relied on her craft for solace and community. She settled in Carmel after leaving CCA and developed a strong support base in the area, which continues today. She maintains a regular studio practice of painting and drawing, and she teaches dance at the Carmel Foundation.

West was born in the Bronx during the Great Depression, and during her childhood her father had a commercial art studio on Broadway in Manhattan. "Art was always in the house," she remembers. An opportunity to do medical illustration for the National Institute of Health took the family from New York to the Washington DC area, and eventually to California. West's father worked up and down the West Coast, designing exhibits for the state's visitor centers. When West was old enough, she started utilizing her painting and drawing skills to assist on these projects, including designs for a visitor center at Yosemite National Park.

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