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“SF. LIT UP” A Collection by Ryan Vicente

Hey everyone, make sure you mark your calendars for Ryan Vicente’s first solo show! It will be taking place at D-Structure shop/gallery in lower Haight this Friday!

As you have seen (from my old post) Ryan is known for his iconic screen prints. This show is in full spirit of famous San Francisco street signs as well as land marks that everyone will recognize! Ryan has been pouring his heart, soul, and countess all nighters to pull this phenomenal series together, so try to make your way down for a fun night of music, art, and a true San Francisco experience!

The show opens April 20th at 8pm, so be sure to stop by enjoy great art and complementary drinks!




“St. Art”

In hopes of finding the perfect piece for my living room renovation in light of the new year, about three weeks ago I attended San Francisco’s yearly Divisadero Art Walk. I specifically wanted to stop by Big Umbrella Art Studios located at 906 Divisadero Street. The small neighborhood studio is a strong supporter of young emerging bay area artists, and is a great place to find amazing pieces at affordable prices. Their shows which are held monthly, also offer free beer, wine, and delicious on the spot cooked ethnic food; always bringing together a fun and interesting crowd!! This year’s art  show featured Becca Vershbow’s art work, titled; “Peeling Back the Layers” which was truly inspiring. However, what really  caught my eye was the work of Ryan Vicente, a resident artist at Big Umbrella.  I found his series “St. Art” particularly moving not only because of the medium used and how well the pieces collaborate, but because each piece is both something we San Franciscans can find comforting and relate to, but at the same time each piece holds our own personal stories. These stories, we can all share and laugh about over a glass of wine, or keep to ourselves as a special or personal moment to remember. Regardless, we have all walked on these streets, and when looking at these pieces our stories and memories bring us together. Having these pieces is perfect for a San Francisco home, and can be quite a welcoming moment for visitors, friends, and family.

Here is an short interview that I had with Ryan the night of the show.

What is the process to create these pieces?

Ryan: As far as process goes, I photograph the pictures and then digitally go and make separations for silkscreen.


Why do you like print making over any other medium?

Ryan: What I like about printmaking is the process, the fact that it is very hands on. I don’t get the opportunity to sit in front of a canvas with a glass of wine all day. I am in and out of the darkroom and constantly washing out screens and mixing tubs of paint. I love paper and experimenting with other mediums, printmaking allows me to incorporate so many different elements like lace, leaves, collage, and embossing. I once thought art was only for people who could draw really well. I try to make up for my lack of talent in that area in creative ways. The more that I learn about fine art print making, I realize that talent is only a small part of what it takes for a successful print. Creativity and discipline go a very long way.


What other kinds of work do you like to do?

Ryan: Iv’e also really liked doing relief prints on linoleum blocks.  It’s probably the most rewarding feeling I’ve ever had; finish cutting and printing a successful relief print. I like the idea of not being able to go back and fix any mistakes, I understand why a lot of artists have referred to it as a “suicide block.”


Here is Ryan Vicente’s “St. Art” series photographed.

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To check out the rest of Ryan Vicente’s art work and look at what else Big Umbrella Art Studios has to offer.

Bonsoir Paris: The Duramen Wood Art Series

I don’t feature art very often on Style Bust, but I thought the wood sculptures series called “Duramen” (heartwood) by Bonsoir Pairs was worth sharing!

The creation of Bonsoir Paris, the “Duramen” series was born of a simple impulse, the one to break with conventional ways of exhibiting, BONSOIR PARIS and its team have imagined a series of frames so strongly mistreated that they have become unrecognizable. Their wish is to break the properties of the compound, a form of compromise as minimal and it is efficient.

image of Bonsoir Paris Duramen

image of Bonsoir Paris Duramen Glossy WengeThe contrast of the dark chocolate-like wood and the white gallery wall is striking. The wood sculpture is hand-carved from Glossy Wenge wood.

image of Bonsoir Paris Duramen oak and sanded fir

The sculpture above is made of polished Oak and sanded Fir wood. The matte and the glossy make this abstract piece even more interesting to me. This piece is probably my favorite from the series.

image of Bonsoir Paris Duramen polished linden on hammered pearThe piece above was sculpted with polished Linden and hammered Pear wood. Unlike the piece above this one, this piece doesn’t give the same look for glossy to matte wood finishes, leaving the look a little dull (in my opinion). I’m not bashing on the piece, I think what Bonsoir Paris has done for wood sculptures is brilliant, this is just my least favorite piece.

You can read more about the Duramen series on Behance. Visit Bonsoir Paris to get a full look at the photos and some behind the scenes “making of” photos as well!

Photo source: Bonsoir Paris


Melissa Hutton – A Contemporary Artist To Get Excited About

image of Contemporary Artist Melissa Hutton
Melissa Hutton is a contemporary artist living in San Francisco. Her work draws from her personal experience and emotional reaction to the environment while confronting themes of isolation, abandonment, destruction and resilience. Melissa’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States. She is currently represented by the Hespe Gallery in San Francisco.
Some of her most well-known pieces are pop-inspired stormy panoramas littered with abandoned barns, looming gas stations and country highways slicing through fields (find examples below). Melissa explores the complexity of the American landscape by mixing mediums including spray enamel, resin and photography.
image of Melissa Hutton Major Organ
image of Melissa Hutton Maybe We Should Stop
image of Melissa Hutton How Much Further
Melissa recently began creating belt buckles using her art as her inspiration. Each belt buckle is crafted by hand using a variety of materials including found objects, paint and resin. The leather belt straps are made from fine quality cowhide and are custom paired to each buckle. These belts are one-of-a-kind masterpieces that will certainly accessorize an outfit. I’m imaging the belts completing the simple white v-neck tee, skinny jeans and boot look. Here are a couple of examples of the belts she’s created.
image of Melissa Hutton Resin Belt Buckels
To inquire about Melissa Hutton’s artwork and to see a complete list of available belts please contact Melissa directly.




Happy Sunday!

I know it’s Mother’s Day and I should be showing the readers some Mother’s Day-esque artwork, but I was really intrigued by this collage, and the message. Hope you enjoy!

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Originally posted on Igor and Andre as Collages, Daydreams, and Doodles.

Walls are Canvases: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

We people in Kansas City may be far away from IKEAs, but we do have the awesome-dee-dawsome Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I went last Sunday, along with my philistine Asian scientist dad (who periodically made amusing comments of disapproval during the trip), to check out the collections of Western art. Previously, I had only seen the second floor of their impressive Asian collections, but this time–as a newly-awakened design enthusiast–I wanted to carefully soak in the different eras of European and American work that provided the artistic context of furniture design. As I browsed, looking at all the aesthetics with large, enamored eyes, I realized that there were tons of inspirations that people could take back to their living spaces. Art is always an inspiration for living spaces, and museums are like huge catalogs for your home. What stood out to me, however, was the amazing use of color in the exhibitions.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The building on the left is the Bloch Building and appropriately houses the modern and contemporary art. (Photo Credit: Flickr-Rock Chalk Jayhawk Cartographer/John Roever)

If you’re thinking about putting up art on your barren walls and painting them for a dramatic flair, and you’re not sure how to pair artwork with paint colors to evoke the proper mood, there is no better place to look for inspiration than an art museum. Exhibition designers at the Nelson-Atkins expertly set dramatic Baroques to darker, moody reds while putting pastoral, peaceful works to a darker teals. See how the bold lighting, shadows, and colors are accentuated by the wall color and dark gold frame. In your own home, this makes for great combination for a romantic bedroom or dining room.

Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Caravaggio (Photo Credit: Flickr ocad123)

Or if you prefer something calmer, pick a more pastoral piece with a cool, dark backdrop and frame.

Still Life by Pieter Claesz (Photo Credit: Flickr-ocad123)

This blue below is great for adding a royal flair to more traditional, colonial rooms. Paintings here have lighter, more playful tones, which work well with the lighter frames and lighter paint. Just look at how the blue walls, golden frames, and polished, wooden high boy with the gold handles all harmonize splendidly together. Delish!

18th-19th Century American Exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins

Art and wall color. Peanut butter and jelly. Come visit Kansas City and our art museums!-Beryl

‘Melting Men’ a project by artist Nele Azevedo

image of nele azevedo's 'melting men'

This story isn’t new, but I was thrilled to come across it and thought it was worth sharing here.

Last year, Brazilian artist and environmentalist Nele Azevedo created an art project called ‘Melting Men’. This project was meant to draw to the World Wildlife Fund’s warning, that melting ice caps could cause sea-levels to rise more than 3.3 ft by the year 2100. Azevedo’s ‘Melting Men’ consisted of 1,000 man figurines carved out of ice that were then intricately placed on the steps to the Concert Hall in Berlin’s Gendarmen Market Square. Since it’s summer in Berlin, with temperatures well into 70-83 degrees, the ice carved man figurines began to melt within 30 minutes.

image of nele azevedo's '1000 melting men'
image of nele azevedo's 'melting men' closeup

Image sources: Reuters and Nele Azevedo.

Watch this video about the project to learn more. And please, spread the word about this project, Nele Azevedo deserves the credit.

Visual Displays at Septieme Etage and Au Dela du Septieme Etage in Geneva, Switzerland

While searching the web for some interesting visual store displays for a side project, I stumbled upon Paperstorm, which was produced by Cut Paper artists Mia Pearlman, for two Swiss stores in Geneva called Septieme Etage and Au Dela du Septieme Etage. Pearlman has been known for whipping up some pretty nifty looking paper art installations for various venues across around the globe (she has a pretty impressive portfolio, and a wonderful website). Her work seems to be themed around weather, and particularly dark and stormy weather. These installations for the Swiss stores were up in 2008, so this in not current, breaking news, but I thought the visuals were so beautiful that they were worth sharing with you.

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