Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive preview now available

Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive
Presented by Varnish Fine Art
at the Midway in SF

Preview Available Now
October 5 – November 2, 2015

Gallery Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 11am-3pm or by appointment
Artist Reception: Thursday October 29, 2015 7-11pm
Closing Party: Monday November 27-11pm

Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive is a major exhibition of original art by one of the world’s most well-known cultural icons. Co-curated by Hardy’s assistant Trevor Ewald and presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway in San Francisco, this month-long art show includes Ed Hardy’s self-described “Automatic”, “Crazy Animal”, “Eyecon” and “Rose of No Man’s Land” paintings alongside the debut of his porcelain “Paños” inspired by jailhouse handkerchief art. With a half-century of fierce dedication as an artist, art historian and writer, Hardy seamlessly fuses disparate artistic elements to his own personal history, telling the story of his life in art.

During the counterculture revolution of 1960’s San Francisco, Ed Hardy began subverting notions of what art is, and elevated tattoo from a marginalized craft to the vital contemporary art form as it is known today. He continues to look beyond cultural boundaries to inspire his personal art and inform the public, promoting art world underdogs to Sailor Jerry infamy. Artists from Ed Hardy’s hometown of San Francisco and tattoo artists from around the world participating in the Bay Area Tattoo Convention will join him for special events from 7pm to 11pm on Thursday October 29 and Monday November 2 in the gallery at the Midway located at 900 Marin Street in San Francisco.

About Ed Hardy:
A Southern California native born in 1945, Hardy began tattooing in 1966 while completing a B.F.A. degree in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. He went on to develop the fine art potential of the medium with emphasis on its Asian heritage, frequently studying and working in Japan. In 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from SFAI. Although still maintaining his San Francisco tattoo studio Tattoo City, Hardy no longer tattoos. His focus now is on painting, printmaking, and works in other media that have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. In addition to curating several shows, he has written and published more than thirty books on alternative art under the Hardy Marks imprint. Hardy’s various works form the basis of the global fashion line Ed Hardy, that became an international phenomenon. His life and works are documented in a variety of books and films.

About Trevor Ewald:
As Ed Hardy’s assistant, Trevor Ewald divides his time between Tattoo City and travelling internationally for Hardy’s art events. Trevor is also a sculptor, and collaborated with Ed Hardy to create the porcelain “Paño” sculptures in this exhibition.

About Varnish Fine Art:
Since founding Varnish Fine Art in 2003, Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens have become respected art dealers curating provocative and skillfully executed contemporary exhibitions. Both Jen and Kerri are co-curators of Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive, and they are members of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association. The Varnish Fine Art office located in downtown San Francisco is open to collectors by appointment only. Varnish is also an art industry source for giclée print services.

Pop-up Exhibition Venue Address:
The Midway SF
900 Marin Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
Cross Street: Illinois Street
Best Muni Transportation: Take the KT-Ingleside/Third Street Muni to Marin Street
Meet us at the Midway during the exhibition Mondays - Fridays from 11am to 3pm (or by appointment).

Art Inquiries Contact:
Jen Rogers
Varnish Fine Art

Preview Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive

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Friday, September 25, 2015

New Szukalski Giclée Print - A Submerged Town

Stanislav Szukalski
A Submerged Town
New Limited Edition Giclée Print Available Now
We are pleased to present a third giclée print offering in our series of collaborations with the Stanislav Szukalski estate. This beautiful new print is a personal favorite of ours, and it wonderfully mirrors the original conté crayon drawing. As with our other special editions, each print comes with an official Certificate of Authenticity stamped by Archives Szukalski.

A Submerged Town
Giclée Print on 100% Archival Cotton Rag Paper
Based on the original Szukalski conté crayon drawing c.1954
24" x 28"
Edition of 50
Available via the Varnish Fine Art online Shop

"Thirst brought him to this waterhole in the parched desert. While drinking the water he suddenly beheld a town on the bottom of this scoopful of water, burying his face in it to see more, almost forgetting to breathe, and hating to return to this world...this scorched, lifeless, friendless, empty desert." - Stanislav Szukalski

Meet us at our office by appointment:
Varnish Fine Art
16 Jessie Street, #C120
San Francisco, CA 94105

Link to purchase A Submerged Town print

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall Gallery Season

Kerri and I have wonderful art events in store for you this Fall, and we look forward to seeing you soon! Please mark your calendars for our upcoming pop-up gallery shows, print releases, and panel discussion:

Friday September 25: Print Release
Submerged Town by Stanislav Szukalski

from original Conte Crayon Drawing (1954)
Limited Edition of 50, 24 x 28" (shown at left)

Sunday September 27: Book Release and Panel
See Below

October 5 - November 2:
Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive

Presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway

Exclusive new Giclee Prints coming this Fall by artists:
Chris Mars
Henry Lewis
and Lango Oliveira

Contact Us for More Info

Launching Your Art Career:
A Practical Guide for Artists

Book Release Party, Signing & Panel Discussion

With author Alix Sloan and contributors
Ken Harman (Spoke Art and Hashimoto),
Jen Rogers (Varnish Fine Art)
and Mark Wolfe (Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art).
Moderated by The Midway Creative Program Director Kelsey Marie Issel.
The Midway, 900 Marin Street, San Francisco, CA
Sunday, September 27th4-7pm
Please join us for an afternoon of conversation and inspiration celebrating the release of “Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists.” With over twenty years in the arts as a Curator, Consultant and Gallerist, Alix Sloan was frustrated by the lack of practical career information available to young artists. Watching artists make the same mistakes, and ask the same questions, again and again, she knew there was a need and wanted to help. Sloan set out to write an encouraging, easy-to-read handbook she could use in Professional Practices classes but also make available and affordable to artists everywhere. With enthusiasm and contributions from a wide range of colleagues, the project grew and in July 2015 she released Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists. Topics covered include finding & creating exhibition opportunities, selling & pricing your art, writing bios & artist statements, creating an effective website, working with galleries, managing your studio, setting goals, networking, and more. Also included are an online resource guide and additional advice from over forty working artists and art dealers. Proving the need for a resource of its kind, Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists hit the #1 spot on Amazon Kindle books in it’s category and broke the top 10 for all books in it’s category. It has also received rave reviews from The Huffington Post, Juxtapoz and, most importantly, the artists it was written to serve.

Admission is free. Drinks and books will be available for purchase. For more information about the event, contact For more information about the book, visit

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