Painting Drawing News

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Make your way to SooLOCAL this Saturday for a dual exhibit from partners in crime/art Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola. In Somethin’s Rippin, the two present a clever collection of works that are, as they describe, “A snapshot of the comic dysfunctionality of the parts of life that we depend on, work around, or attempt to fix: may we try half-assed or diligently, it is generally to no avail” which is definitely a concept we can understand. While the duo may have a playful, witty streak, their work is far from a joke: both Quinn and Tapola are quite serious when it comes to art.

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

The phrase “wearable art” comes to mind when looking at HighLow Jewelry‘s collection, and that’s because it is actually inspired by art. Designer Sonya Gallardo studied painting & drawing at California College of the Arts San Francisco before launching her line. Now based in Los Angeles, HighLow Jewelry draws influence from both ancient and modern art, infusing the collection with nods to folk art, art history and contemporary art. 

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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

I studied painting at California College of the Arts, where I received my BFA in May 2012. Prior to that I briefly studied photography at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

Woods (b. 1963) earned her arts education at California Polytechnic State University; the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy; and the California College of the Arts in Oakland, where she earned her B.F.A. In addition to exhibiting with George Billis Gallery, Woods has displayed her art at Quidley & Company Fine Art in Boston (2012); Stewart Gallery in Boise, Idaho (2012); the Boise Art Museum (2010); and many other fine art venues.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

“The book project became a daily activity that helped my dad and really helped me,” says Banker, who graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, then moved to San Francisco to study painting at California College of the Arts. “It was important to me to hold to my mom’s original project, which is why I kept the title, even though it’s confusing for people. It was important that this was something we were doing together.”

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

At the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Cooper had an artistic awakening. The feelings found an outlet, a language. "At first I wasn't sure that I wanted to do this, but I enrolled and that first week, looking through the book, I kept reading, art history, art history, art history, and then after that, I just never looked back." She dove head first into drawing and painting, finding the support of professors immediately.

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

On a crystal-clear June evening in summer 2013, the sun is setting in Marfa, Texas, and a dozen CCA students -- together with a dozen more students from two art schools in the Netherlands -- are settling into the evening rhythms of their tent city.

The tents are cozily nestled in the courtyard of a former officer’s club, long abandoned by the US military. Elsewhere in the building complex, an old bar has been converted into an ad hoc Internet lounge. A spookily empty ballroom houses a broken-down old piano. The kitchen has accommodated the making of many a communal dinner.

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Since graduating from the California College of the Arts in 2012, Toyin Odutola’s trajectory has been on a significant uptick. The Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist has been included among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of notable names in art, been featured on Nowness with gal pal Solange Knowles and now has her first major solo exhibition, The Constant Wrestler, at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IndyMoCA). These well-deserved accolades all stem from her visually arresting portraits, which are almost all created using a humble ink pen.

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

The RCAF was born in 1969, the brainchild of Montoya and Esteban Villa, who had met at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland while studying on the GI Bill. In the early ’70s both were teaching at what was then Sacramento State College, Villa in the art department and Montoya in the barrio outreach program.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Carol Ladewig (MFA Painting/Drawing 1991) is a Bay Area artist worth knowing. Aside from her delightful demeanor, her decades-long experience within Oakland’s art scene is formidable: artist, activist, gallerist, curator, teacher, and more.

But to know Ladewig requires us to first revisit some of Oakland's history.

Oakland's Pardee Artists

In 1932, at the southwest corner of 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue, a three-story commercial building, then known as the Wetmore Pardee Building