Thursday, February 18, 2016

Szukalski: Limited Wallwork Editions

Limited Wallwork Editions
in Bronze and Paper

Stanislav Szukalski came to the United States from Poland and lived in Chicago when he was in his teens. He became a member of the Chicago renaissance along with luminaries Ben Hecht, Carl Sandburg and Clarence Darrow.

In the 1930's, as a celebrated prodigal son to be given his own museum by the Polish government, Szukalski returned to Poland with all his belongings, but his work was cut short by the Siege of Warsaw in 1939. He managed to escape to America to live in California with his wife, Joan Donovan, but his entire life's work was lost, either bombed or stolen during the War. Now living in total obscurity, he spent the rest of his life obsessively writing and creating art meant to prove a theory that all human culture derived from a single origin on Easter Island after the biblical Deluge of Noah.

In 1971 his work and existence were rediscovered by Glenn Bray, who became his patron and who later issued two other publications, Troughful of Pearls (Bray/Zwalve, 1980) and Inner Portraits (Bray/Zwalve, 1982). Last Gasp in San Francisco later published three further books about the artist. Szukalski died in Burbank, California on May 19th, 1987. A year later his and his wife's ashes were scattered at Rano Raraku, the sculptors' quarry on Easter Island by his close friends, some of them fellow artists, Glenn Bray and Lena Zwalve, Robert and Suzanne Williams, and Rick Griffin and Camille Houston.

A documentary film about the life and work of Szukalski is currently in production.

Private Appointment Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 11am-6pm

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16 Jessie Street, #C120, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)433-4400

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Szukalski's "The Ancestral Helmet" prints coming Valentines Day

Stanislav Szukalski
The Ancestral Helmet

new giclée print edition available Valentine's Day

The Ancestral Helmet
20" x 24"
Edition of 50
Giclée Print on 100% Archival Cotton Rag Paper
Based on the original conté crayon drawing c.1940

"We scream piercingly when born, yet may become dumb mutes from never making an effort to COMMUNICATE. It is the effort that gives us the vertical posture and creative thinking. Crawl on your knees in an effort to walk your own paths and you will become a thinking person who will be able to bring original values, never perceived before, for within each one of us there is a separate universe of yet uncreated Gifts."
- Stanislav Szukalski

Purchase Prints Online Here on Feb 14

16 Jessie Street, #C120, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)433-4400

Monday, February 1, 2016

Artwork Spotlight: Gallows Humor and The Eclipse

Artwork Spotlight:Nicomi Nix Turner
Gallows Humor & The Eclipse
Graphite on Archival Paper
28 x 18 in

The Gallows Humor is a linkage of the predator animal and the predatory hominid.
Bound to the creature, the skull or remains of the human is connected in this forced domestication. Through vegetation, decay and bone, there remains the bond of life & death.

- Nicomi Nix Turner

Nicomi Nix Turner was raised in Southern Oregon. The Pacific Northwest upbringing kindled an affinity for the botanical and entomological. Her hyper-detailed illustrations invoke a surreal understanding of the perfection in nature.

The pieces I create reflect subject matters pertaining to biological deconstructionism,
nature’s legacy, alchemy, fables and counter-religious belief. In an orchestra of hyper-textured saturation, each piece is a cacophony of silent movement and erratic soliloquies.
I work with a pencil in attempts to “paint” with the graphite, and with paper because of the unforgiving quality it possesses.

Upcoming events with Nicomi Nix Turner:
Art Lecture and Live Drawing at the Bone Room in Berkeley CA Feb 20th from 6-9pm
NY Art on Paper Fair - March 3rd-6th

More about the Artwork

16 Jessie Street, #C120, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)433-4400