Sergio Lopez - North SF Bay Area Fine Artist

Upcoming Shows and Events

•Spoke Art: April 7, 2016. "The 5th Annual Moleskine Show." San Francisco, CA.

•Bakersfield Museum of Art: April 9th, 2016. "Kern County Plein Air." Bakersfield, CA.

•Christopher Queen Gallery: May 1st, 2016. "The Golden Hour." Duncans Mills, CA.

•Abend Gallery: May 13th, 2016. "Contemporary Figuration." Denver, CO.

•Paso Arts Fest: May 26th, 2016. "Signature Exhibition." Paso Robles, CA.

•Los Gatos: June 18th, 2016. "Los Gatos Plein Air." Los Gatos, CA.

Sonoma Plein Air: September 10th, 2016 "Sonoma Plein Air." Sonoma, CA.

•Modern Eden Gallery: September 17th, 2016. Beautiful Bizzare Invitational Show. San Francisco, CA.

•Christopher Queen Gallery: October 2nd, 2016. "A Splendid Journey: 40th Anniversary Show." Duncans Mills, CA.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Landscapes and Patterns

It's going to be a busy weekend for me! My figure painting demo is on Saturday, and I'm in a group show on Sunday.

This show is called "The Arts and Crafts Aesthetic." If you are not familiar, it's an art movement that started in the 1860's mostly led by William Morris and influenced many movements that came after it, especially Art Nouveau. Here in the States and especially California, it became the American Craftsman style, and is still quite popular in architecture, interior design, furniture and other decorative arts.

The show is mostly centered around the art of Jack Cassinetto, whose work is highly influenced by early 20th-century California Arts and Crafts artists. His highly stylized paintings are always well-designed and he designs his own frames. He is a real craftsman in the sense of the word. As part of the show, the Christopher Queen Gallery asked us to produce work with the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.

I did some fun research into the history of the movement and decided on doing some relatively simple landscapes with hand-painted liners filled with patterns based off of William Morris and C.F.A. Voysey textiles. I really liked finding some new patterns to work with, and it gave me some new ideas on future concepts I want to flesh out.

"On The Road To Fallon" 12x16 in. oil on linen board.


"Bloomfield Eucalyptus" 12x16 in. oil on linen board.

"Evening Sonnet" 12x16 in. oil on linen board.

Here are the flyers for the show - good lineup:

Christopher Queen Galleries
Champagne Reception
March 3rd, 2013 1 to 3 pm

Also Showing Dave Sellers, F. Michael Wood, Paul Kratter, Sergio Lopez, Bart Walker, Wanda Westberg, & guest artist Terry Sauve.

Show continues through April.

Christopher Queen Galleries
#4 John Orr's Gardens
Duncans Mills, CA 95430

Figurative Painting Demo


A 2 hour Demonstration in Oil 
Location: Epperson Gallery 
1400 Pomona St, Valona, CA 94525 
(510) 787-2925 

 Cost: $20 - Hours: 1:00-3:00pm 
March 2, 2013  

"Sergio Lopez has been working on the Painted Roses series for over 2 years. In that time he has been developing techniques in order to further refine the sensitivity in his figure paintings. Join us at the Epperson Gallery on Saturday, March 2nd to learn insights into how he has brought together his training in Alla Prima figure painting with his explorations of more refined multi-session paintings. Sergio will paint a model from life to demonstrate and speak about these methods. The demonstration will begin at 1:00 pm and last approximately two hours followed by a question and answer period." 

"For further information, please contact: gerald[@}eppersongallery.com "


RSVP or REGISTER HERE: http://www.pleinairliaison.com/#!demos-lectures--paint-outs/cen1

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scenes of Crockett + Upcoming Figure Painting Demonstration

In addition to the Painted Roses series and other figure paintings I have showing at the Epperson Gallery, I created a mini-series of cityscapes around the town of Crockett.

"Sundown on Loring Ave" 9x12 in. oil on linen board.

"Modern Winter" 20x16 in. oil on linen board. SOLD.

 "Rithet Park At Dusk" 16x20 in. oil on linen board. SOLD.

"Golden Strait" 16x20 in. oil on linen board.

"Sugar Town" 16x20 in. oil on linen board.

"830 Loring" 16x20 in. oil on linen board.


"Visible Communication" 10x8 in. oil on linen board.


Come check these out and the rest of the show at the Epperson Gallery. Official hours are from 11 to 5 on weekends, but call Jerry at 510 787-2809 if you're in the area during the week and check it out when you can.

Figurative Painting Demo


A 2 hour Demonstration in Oil 
Location: Epperson Gallery 
1400 Pomona St, Valona, CA 94525 
(510) 787-2925 

 Cost: $20 - Hours: 1:00-3:00pm 
March 2, 2013  

"Sergio Lopez has been working on the Painted Roses series for over 2 years. In that time he has been developing techniques in order to further refine the sensitivity in his figure paintings. Join us at the Epperson Gallery on Saturday, March 2nd to learn insights into how he has brought together his training in Alla Prima figure painting with his explorations of more refined multi-session paintings. Sergio will paint a model from life to demonstrate and speak about these methods. The demonstration will begin at 1:00 pm and last approximately two hours followed by a question and answer period." 

"For further information, please contact: gerald[@}eppersongallery.com "

RSVP or REGISTER HERE: http://www.pleinairliaison.com/#!demos-lectures--paint-outs/cen1

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Monday, February 04, 2013

Painted Roses: New Paintings, New Venue

Hey everyone! I have recently finished a few more pieces in preparation for my solo show at the Epperson Gallery in Crockett, California. The Epperson Gallery is mostly known for showing local landscape painters, specifically the group of colourists known as "The Outsiders." However, Gerald Epperson, the gallery owner, has decided to the move the gallery toward a more contemporary direction. In the past I wouldn't have thought the gallery would be interested in exhibiting my figure work, but Gerald has been a fan of this series for so long that he wants to show it there.

"Green Ice" 8x20 in. oil on linen mounted on panel.

As with "Aorangi" and "Heliotrope", these new paintings are moving toward a better sensitivity of the form of the model as well as the handling of the pattern. The more I do of these, the more I learn of shortcuts and streamlining of the process.

"Albertine" 10x24 in. oil on linen mounted on panel.

For the figures, rather than trying to paint the skin too thickly in the beginning, I will scrape down a lot of the transition areas between light and dark tones. The reason I do this is because I know I am going to paint a cleaner tone that will need to link the light and dark shapes together in a convincing way. In order to do this, I will need it to dry, and if the paint is too thick, the wet-on-dry paint won't blend nearly as well.

"Chanelle" 20x16 in. oil on linen mounted on panel.

Invest in a good-quality sable if you're going to do a lot of precision detail work. Rosemary and Co. is famous for making those mongoose-hair brushes but they also make high-quality sables as well. For the thicker areas of the patterns I use a #3 flat mongoose brush, and for the thinner areas I use a #1 sable half-rigger brush.

"Belami" 20x16 in. oil on linen mounted on panel.
Prints of all of these are now available on inprnt.com:
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Here is a map of where the Epperson Gallery can be found. It's not the easiest place to get to without a car, but it you have the means, it's about a half hour away from most north Bay Area locations.

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I'm trying something new out. I sometimes run into people who, despite all of my best efforts to promote my own shows, still miss out on the show openings even when they had every intention of going. Emails end up in spam folders, tweets get missed, Facebook posts get lost in feeds, etc. Well, I have found a way to use an app called Gather to send text messages about upcoming events of mine. If you want to be notified of upcoming shows, I will send out a text a couple of days before the show to anyone who is signed up for it. Please enter your phone number and I will send a text message alert before my art shows so you can show up and have fun! I HATE text spam, so I will never send you spam/bad jokes/cat pictures, just show information. Just click on the picture below and enter your email and phone number you want the text sent to. See you at the show!

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