Friday, May 31, 2013

A Gallery Walk & Book Signing at Varnish Next Saturday, June 8th


Drawing by Dan Quintana

Join the Yerba Buena Alliance on Saturday, June 8, starting at 2pm in downtown San Francisco for the Yerba Buena Gallery Walk. Explore what the neighborhood has to offer by visiting 13 participating galleries in this exciting FREE art walk.
Varnish Fine Art will have Zero Instruments: a solo exhibition of oil paintings and charcoal drawings by Dan Quintana on exhibit during the walk. The exhibition is on view May 25 to June 29, 2013.

6pm Book Signing Event: 
Following the gallery walk, join us at Varnish Fine Art from 6pm to 8pm for a book release and signing of the new tome of Punk photography by Ruby Ray, "Punk Passage: A Tragiocomic Romp Thru The Hardcore Axis of the SF/LA Punk Scene 1977-1981."

About Varnish Fine Art:  
Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens believe that Art makes the world a better place. Since founding Varnish Fine Art in 2003, the gallery has become known for showing provocative and skillfully executed contemporary artwork. True to its original mission, Varnish Fine Art continues to be a lively and vital part of the Yerba Buena Arts District in downtown San Francisco.

2–3pm: Pre-Event Reception at Crown Point Press
3–6pm: Gallery Walk throughout Yerba Buena
6–8:30pm: After Party at Mirus Gallery/Temple Nightclub
7pm: Prize Drawing

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hi Fructose Captures Images of Dan Quintana's "Zero Instruments" Opening

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Opening Night: Dan Quintana’s “Zero Instruments” at Varnish Fine Art

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on 

Stacey Ransom of Ransom & Mitchell, Dan Quintana and Alex Pardee
Last Saturday, Dan Quintana (featured in our current issue) debuted his solo show “Zero Instruments” at San Francisco’s Varnish Fine Art. For this body of work, Quintana stripped down the baroque style he is known for, presenting a new series of oil paintings and charcoal drawings imbued with a ghostly pallor. Rendered with an icy color palette, the new paintings bring about philosophical themes of the ephemerality of life with figures that billow and dissolve in the wind. Take a look at our exclusive photos from the opening reception below.
Dan Quintana and Junko Mizuno
Ken Harman of Spoke Art and Chuck Sperry

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dan Quintana's Solo Exhibit "Zero Instruments" at Varnish Fine Art Opening This Weekend -- Press Previews

Dan Quintana:
Zero Instruments

Opening this Saturday May 25, 6-9pmWe're very pleased to present this solo of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Dan Quintana who has never before shown at Varnish. This exhibition showcases Quintana's oil paintings and charcoal drawings, featuring bold figures set in allegorical landscapes.

Zero Instruments… these (musical) devices will serve as an allegory… Our hearts and minds are a concerto of one. In this case, zero. The essence has and will always remain. Savage. 
-Dan Quintana

Please call us if you'd like to reserve artwork. We are available to speak with you directly, during our regular hours Tues - Sat, 11am to 6pm PST.

Preview Online

Press Previews
Focused and soft, with hints of the ethereal, Quintana’s newer paintings are a definitive practice in restraint and deduction. Paring away at his luscious canvases until only lines, hues, single figures remain-his new canvases feature mere shadows of a once rich and hedonistic world.
-Hi Fructose Magazine, Jennifer Pappas (April, '13)

Drawing influence from Bosch, Quintana’s compositions are rife with leering gremlins and demons meshing with his Mel Ramos-esque girls into works that deserve a second look.
-Arrested Motion (May 21, '13)

Hi Fructose Magazine article

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Varnish Exhibits and Events Through the End of May

Final Days of DECADE-1DECADE-1 is a group exhibition of fourteen artists to celebrate Varnish Fine Art's first ten years.
Artists: Jennybird Alcantara, Robert Bowen, Victor Castillo, Chris Mars, Christian Rex Van Minnen, Lee Harvey Roswell, Isabel Samaras, Ron Garrigues, Brian Goggin, Jessica Joslin, Lucien Shapiro, Ransom & Mitchell, Rob Reger, Chuck Sperry.
Nice to see the fantastic and fabulous work commemorated. There have been tens years of awesome and sometimes dark work on display. The amazing visions have been iconic in San Francisco with all manner of narratives. Fun to look at some of these stories even if a few are from the darkside. The works are emotional and occasionally a bit personal; you may have been there and understand. Great show and memories.- ArtBusiness Review
View the DECADE-1 Exhibit Online

Dan Quintana
Zero Instruments

Opening Reception: May 25, 6-9pmVarnish Fine Art is pleased to present Zero Instruments, a solo exhibition of new work by Dan Quintana, opening on May 25th, 2013. This exhibition showcases Dan Quintana oil paintings and charcoal drawings, featuring the bold figures set in allegorical landscapes that Quintana is known for.
Zero Instruments… these (musical) devices will serve as an allegory… Our hearts and minds are a concerto of one. In this case, zero. The essence has and will always remain. Savage. –Dan Quintana
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, painter Dan Quintana channels a style reminiscent of the late Hieronymus Bosch, but with a modern twist. The tones, brushwork and overall technique of Quintana yield a result which pays homage to the great 13th century master, but it is his subject matter, and re-imagining of today’s “earthly delights” that puts his work in a class all of its own.
Collectors Preview for Zero Instruments

The H18 Project
Chuck Sperry Print Release

Thursday, May 30, 6-9pmWhere:
Hangar 18 Studio
1428 34th Street
Oakland, CA 94608
"Argentina" by Chuck Sperry(2013)
Edition of 100
21" x 24"
7 colors on archival cream paper
Signed and Numbered
Join us for an evening reception and sale of art prints by Chuck Sperry including his latest (shown left) at the H18 studio. This collaboration between Varnish Fine Art and represented artist Chuck Sperry showcases his artwork in the unique setting of Sperry's screenprinting studio in Oakland. The H18 Project is an ongoing pop up gallery where we present collectors with a unique studio experience, visiting the iconic Bay Area artist Chuck Sperry. The new Chuck Sperry art print will be released live at this H18 event on Thurs May 30th, followed by release online at an undisclosed time on Friday May 31st via Sperry's website. Please contact us for more information.
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16 Jessie Street, #C120, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)433-4400