Painted LadiesMay 22 - June 28, 2010


Painted Ladies


A group exhibition celebrating San Francisco architecture and femininity, it featured lovely paintings from artists Adam Caldwell, Gianluca Franzese, Nome Edonna, Telopa, and Ursula X Young.

Ursula X Young is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer whose urban fairy tale images have become a trademark of street culture in San Francisco and beyond. She finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of the city and its surroundings, and is also highly influenced by her travels and the variety of beings that she encounters along the way. She holds a degree from Parsons School of Design in Illustration.

Nome Edonna is a self-taught artist born in California and residing in San Francisco since 1999. Known for his smooth-sided biomorphs that combine the animal and the mechanical, his recent forays into the glamour of the female form have been well-regarded.

Telopa studied painting under scholarship at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The son and father of artists, his elegant mannerist style of painting women brings a classic beauty to his simultaneously surreal subject matter.

Adam Caldwell’s work juxtaposes elements of abstract expressionism and classical figuration. While at the California College of Arts and Crafts, he created collage drawings that layered disparate images. He translated this method to oil painting, starting with an abstract background and then adding photorealistic details, allowing the work to dictate its own construction. The resulting palimpsest of figures and abstract shapes represents the conflicted and paradoxical emotions that underlie his work.

Gianluca Franzese studied painting at Pratt Institute before transferring to the Florence Academy of Art to learn the skill and technique of the Old Masters. Now based in San Francisco, he documents San Francisco’s unique architecture before it is forever destroyed.

Painted Ladies was on exhibit from May 21 through June 28, 2010