Sergio Lopez - North SF Bay Area Fine Artist

Upcoming Shows and Events

-May: "California Light" - Landscapes. Christopher Queen Gallery, Duncans Mills, CA.
May 21-June 29: Paso Robles Art Festival
•June 18-21: Paint San Clemente, Southern California.
-June 29-July 5th: Telluride Plein Air.
-September 2014: Sergio Lopez/Mia Bergeron - Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC.
-October 2014: "The Traveling Painters," 3-Person Show - Christopher Queen Gallery, Duncans Mills, CA.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Painted Roses: Modern Eden Gallery, SF

I'm very happy to announce that my show at the Modern Eden Gallery is this Saturday, April 30th 2011.  It's been a long time coming, but I'm proud to finally have a proper showing of my work in San Francisco.  The gallery is very young, but has a ton of potential. The space is lovely and the owners are friendly.  Can't thank 'em enough for the opportunity.
For the show, I created a few new pieces.

"Rose Noir" 6x6 in. Oil on Canvas.

"Chromatella" 6x12 in. oil on linen.


"Rugosa Alba" 14x14 in. oil on linen.

"Gemini Molineux" 12x30 in. oil on linen.


I feel like the paintings have progressed noticeably since I started.  The newest ones are painted more crisp and vibrant.  I think I have exhausted the possibility of this run of the series.
The Modern Eden Gallery wrote up a nice entry on their blog as well:

Painted Roses: Opening Reception: April 30th 7-10

Modern Eden is pleased to announce "Painted Roses", an exhibition featuring a new series of paintings by Sergio Lopez. The opening reception for "Painted Roses" will be held at Modern Eden on Saturday, April 30th from 7-10pm. The exhibition will be on display through June 4, 2011 and is free and open to the public.

“Painted Roses” presents the work of Bay Area artist, Sergio Lopez. Sergio artfully merges the figure in and out of the background playing with patterns of the femininity and delicacy of roses, with the dark, urban hint of floral tattoos and piercings all loosely played around the soft delicate translucence of the female figure. "Painted Roses" demonstrates how our real and perfect beauty is usually not visible or exposed; it is often covered by external facade dictated by the culture we live in, some of which is not easily removed or separated from one's true self.


Sergio's strongest influences include The Golden Age illustrators, Bravura painters, contemporary artists, concept designers, graffiti writers, and photographers. Sergio has been featured in Juxtapoz, artistaday.com, and has won multiple awards for his painting throughout California and beyond.


The April 30th Opening Reception will feature Live Music by DJ Edward Aten. In conjunction with "Painted Roses", Modern Eden will host a group show exhibition introducing artists Lance HewisonKristin Kyono, and Albert Ramos.


In addition, a collection of Modern Eden's favorite artists are collaborating on a "Wall of Roses", creating small rose themed works tiled onto one wall. Participating artists include Christine Benjamin, Sarah Vanphravong, Kurtis RykovichDaniel J. ValadezLacey Bryant, Daniela Lencioni, Layil UmbraluxMJ LindoKim LarsonGrant GillilandMichelle Waters, Kieran Collins, Carlos Villez, Emilio Villalva, Leilani Bustamante, Lucia Gonella, Kasia Kra, ELROD, Kevin SechelskiMary Syring, and others.


When: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30, 2011 7-10 PM
Show runs through Saturday, April 30, 2011 – June 4, 2011


Where: Modern Eden Gallery
403 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
www.moderneden.com


Can't wait for the show!  If you're in the area, here's the link to the Facebook page, I'd appreciate it if you'd RSVP to the event:




EDIT:


The show is up on the Modern Eden Gallery's website! Check out their store:




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Monday, April 25, 2011

Hand Painted Frame - Group Show: Christopher Queen Gallery

It's been a busy couple of months!

In addition to the solo show at the Modern Eden Gallery in SF, I have also been working on a major piece for the Christopher Queen Gallery in Duncan Mills for the Hand Crafted Frame show.

"Camelia Roses", 12x24 Oil on Linen Board.


Let's walk through this piece a bit.

It started off as a piece I began painting at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, CA. On the first day I realized exactly how much work was going to be involved.  The second day I had it pretty much blocked out.  I had taken a bunch of different photos of the section of the rose bush I was painting from, trying to do my best to match in my camera what I saw in front of me.  Using Photoshop I was able to get reasonably close enough to be able to do the rest of the painting in studio.  I worked a lot like I was painting it from life at home.  I spent a few days on finishing it, then once it was dry I glazed over the darks behind the main foliage to reinforce the composition I set up.  I also glazed an extra coat of the cool red color over the flowers to intensify that saturated crimson that's almost impossible to achieve through alla prima painting alone.

Ok, now on to the frame!

I started off by taking a used frame from a previous show and basically sanding it down to the wood.  I then gessoed the frame with numerous coats of acrylic gesso mixed with wood filler to make sure it was impervious to whatever I was about to throw down on it.

Inner Frame:

Once I gessoed this part of the frame I layed down a burnt umber undercoat and let that dry.  Next I blocked in all 40 (count em) flowers that I had photographed for reference.  Note: I had to do some plastic surgery on most of these flowers; a lot of the petals were kinda chewed up.  Once I finally finished painting the flowers, I masked off the areas I didn't want to cover over with the green undercoat.  After that dried, I used Brush 'n' Leaf liquid gold leaf to paint in the filigree and border.

Outer Frame:



I painted on top of the initial gesso a dark earthy red made from acrylic and casein color.  This was going to be the base I would lay down the gold leaf on top of.   In between the gold leaf I put a layer of Rub&Buff to see if it would be brilliant enough for my liking.  As I expected, it wasn't, so I brushed on the adhesive for the gold leaf.  If you've never done any gilding before, it can be a pain in the ass.  I tried it once for a small piece and failed miserably at it.  If it folds up it's super-hard to unfold it and lay it down smoothly again.  I just decided to go for a slightly more distressed look since it wasn't going to be perfect.  I'd say the best way to do it would be to cut your squares up into small pieces and go slowly but steadily. Once it touches the adhesive it's not coming off.  Once I covered the entire surface I wanted to, I used a bit of nail polish remover to get rid of excessive adhesive.  Finally I brushed on a couple of coats of sealer and called it a painting....

The show:



When I delivered my piece I saw a few of the other pieces. One of the most clever ones I thought was the one that Paul Kratter did, which is in the flier there.  He extended the painting into the frame itself.  If you get a chance to check it out, it should be an interesting show.


THE HANDCRAFTED FRAME

Showcasing New Work Embellished By
Antique, Hand Painted &
Hand Made Frames That Create the
Perfect Pairing of Art & Frame
May 1st, 2011
1 pm to 3 pm
Champagne & Music
Show Ends July 10th




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Friday, April 15, 2011

Randy Higbee Spring 6 x 6 Squared - Framed!

Hey everyone, check it out!  my 6x6 oil paintings are now in floater frames!  Pretty sweet eh? If you're interested in picking one up, click on the link under the painting:

"Pepper Road Vista," $280
SOLD

"Hagrid's Cabin," $280


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