Culture Hog details Mayme Kratz's artwork

Mayme Kratz Notices the Unnoticeable with Pattern

August 2017

Artist Mayme Kratz finds inspiration in Arizona’s harsh desert climate, collecting found organic materials and capturing them in a polymer resin. This act of preservation is an ode to the ephemeral–a memento mori–that forces the viewer to acknowledge their transient place in the world. Her Bloom series uses repetition to create undulating patterns that are reminiscent of psychedelic hallucinations, or even microscopic cell images. What results is a sense of rhythm that transfixes the viewer into meditation mode. The viewer’s eye inevitably follows the beat, their eyes gliding back and forth and around the panel. It feels like an infinitely intricate arrangement meant to remind the viewer the makeup of our own being.… read more

"Artist As Subject" preview from Blouin ArtInfo

'Artist as Subject' at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

July 2017

Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, is presenting ‘Artist as Subject’, a special group exhibition to mark the gallery’s 20th anniversary.… read more

Vanessa Marsh in "WILD" at Root Division

WILD

July 2017

Vanessa Marsh will be featured in WILD, an exhibition at Root Division running from July 7 through August 12, 2017.… read more

Terry St. John & Matt Gonzalez: In Conversation

June 2017

Video of Terry St. John & Matt Gonzalez: In Conversation, from the opening reception of Terry St. John's "Figures, Landscapes & Still Lifes: Six Decades of Painting," June 3, 2017.… read more

Vanessa Marsh in 'Night Watch'

Exploring the Night

June 2017

Idaho Mountain Express previews 'Night Watch' at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts… read more

Terry St. John reviewed in Visual Art Source

Features: Terry St. John

June 2017

The huge crowds at SFMOMA’s Matisse and Diebenkorn show prove two things: Bay Area Figuration (BAF) has an enduring appeal; and that, even in our deeply unserious culture, serious artists learn from serious artists, tribal elders whose work speaks across time. Terry St. John has a long history in the BAF tradition, having studied informally in college with his friend James Weeks, himself a Diebenkorn student. After earning an MFA, St. John went on to an illustrious career as painter, curator and educator.… read more

Vanessa Marsh in show at Sun Valley Center for the Arts

'Night Watch' runs from June 30 to August 26, 2017

June 2017

The night has long been a subject for painters, poets and photographers. Evoking danger and excitement as well as mystery and awe, night is a time of renewal and transformation.… read more

Ann Weber profiled in Artillery Magazine

Cardboard Abstractions

May 2017

Most customers at Trader Joe’s have food on their minds. Not Ann Weber. While others grab favorite items off the shelves, the intrepid artist heads for the dumpsters. Perpetually on the lookout for cardboard boxes to transform into sculpture, she has an eye for colorful labels, crisp black letters and remnants of shipping tape, but she isn’t opposed to plain brown.… read more

In Conversation: Vanessa Marsh & Renny Pritikin

April 2017

Conversation between Vanessa Marsh and Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, during the opening of Vanessa Marsh's "Falling" at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, April 8, 2017.… read more

Maria Porges reviews Vanessa Marsh's "Falling" for Squarecylinder

Vanessa Marsh @ Dolby Chadwick

April 2017

In the 21st century, everyone is a photographer, a camera (phone) clutched in hand at all times. On multiple fronts, photographic art is pushing back against this awful ubiquity. One popular thread of contemporary practice that asserts the medium’s continued power and originality is camera-less work, brilliantly represented in Vanessa Marsh’s current exhibition of photograms evoking the star-filled night sky.… read more

John DiPaolo at the Museo Italo Americano

John DiPaolo: Four Decades of Painting

April 2017

John DiPaolo: Four Decades of Painting runs from May 11 through August 13, 2017.… read more

Jennifer Pochinski @ NUMU

Jennifer Pochinski and Terry St. John at NUMU Los Gatos

Abstracts From Life: Bay Area Figurative Past and Present

March 2017

DCG Artists Jennifer Pochinski and Terry St. John are both featured in Abstracts From Life: Bay Area Figurative Past and Present, running through September 10, 2017 at the New Museum Los Gatos.… read more

Bernadette Jiyong Frank profiled in American Airlines Magazine

March 2017

Standing in her San Francisco art studio, Bernadette Jiyong Frank is surrounded by half-finished paintings that are already in demand—sought by collectors eager to own one of her Spaces in Between canvases.… read more

Philip Buller in Art LTD

Critic's Picks: San Francisco

February 2017

Human experience, and the way our images and actions may coalesce in a variety of ways—often falling into familiar grooves, or patterns—informs the work of artist Philip Buller. This March, Dolby Chadwick Gallery will present an assortment of his large-scale works.… read more

Visual Art Source features Tom Lieber

Tom Lieber: Editorial Feature

February 2017

Tom Lieber, who was educated in Illinois and California and now lives in Hawaii, has explored Abstract Expressionism for forty years. Of the ten large paintings here, the largest two being ten feet tall, shows no wavering from that commitment.… read more

Ann Weber's work in Pulped Fictions reviewed by Art & Cake

Pulped Fictions at the Torrance Art Museum

February 2017

Pulped Fictions at the Torrance Art Museum highlights the many ways that cardboard and paper can be ingenuously manipulated. But this show is more than just a laundry list of clever techniques; it features artists who use their materials to create conceptually diverse art that is personal and expressive. Sometimes the materials are chameleon-like, camouflaged to mimic other materials, and at other times they are repurposed for their intrinsic qualities, capitalizing on their generic, expendable attributes.… read more

Michael Kenna serves as juror for photography exhibit

Nocturnes & Noir: A Juried Night Photography Exhibit

February 2017

Michael Kenna served as a juror for Nocturnes & Noir, a night photography exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center.… read more

Charley Brown acquired by Crocker Art Museum

January 2017

Charley Brown's "Untitled, Bearing the Weight #1" was recently acquired by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. Now on view!… read more

Painter's Table reviews Ann Gale at the Fralin Museum

Refiguring the Grid: Ann Gale at the Fralin Museum

January 2017

“Ann Gale: Portraits” - at the Fralin Museum (University of Virginia) through February 12th - portrays, more than individual likenesses, encounters between painter and sitters. Like many contemporary figure painters, Gale revisits turf opened by post-Impressionists and early modernists, before the nude’s role in western painting was further degraded by extreme political adaptations, then repressed by just critiques of its objectifications. Gale’s semi-clad people have names and gaze back with psychological agency, almost resisting their not quite comfortable environments. Yet her enterprise is foremost a formal one: imagery takes shape with constant reference to the matrix of the picture plane. Renewing Mondrian’s evolution from trees to abstract axes, Gale’s naturalistic investigations venture on and off the grid.… read more

As We Wander We Are Closer, 2016

Widewalls previews Ian Kimmerly

Ian Kimmerly Exhibition Announced by Dolby Chadwick Gallery

December 2016

Best known for paintings exploring the notions of memory, personal experience and self in the digital age, Ian Kimmerly aims to reveal the way technology has influenced the world to uncover how people communicate between each other.… read more

Widewalls previews Danae Mattes' November exhibition

Danae Mattes' Landscapes are coming to Dolby Chadwick Gallery

October 2016

Tracing the footsteps of the visionary Turner, through the poetic mist of Thomas Wilmer Dewing and beyond, she creates her own impressions of the world that is as much visible and tangible, as invisible, as that of the soul. Not exactly landscapes per se, not so much of the land, but rather appearing to be made of water in all of its natural states of matter – they are transitory waterscapes infused with the idea of permeability.… read more

Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

October 2016

Four Dolby Chadwick Gallery Artists will be featured in Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined. "A great match for wine country, Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined brings together artworks, rather than food and wine, in order to create surprising but harmonious combinations."… read more

Dolby Chadwick artists in Clinton interview

October 2016

Works by Matt Gonzalez and other Dolby Chadwick artists appear on the set of Mary J. Blige's 'The 411' interview with Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.… read more

Ann Gale: Portraits opens at the Fralin Museum of Art

September 2016

We are pleased to present works by American figurative painter Ann Gale, Chair and Professor of Painting and Drawing, at the University of Washington. Largely composed of oil paintings, with a few preparatory sketches, this exhibition features portraits, painted from models in the studio, that reveal the often unseen interconnectedness between sitter, room, atmosphere and artist.… read more

Julia Couzens reviews Ann Weber at CSU Sacramento

The art of Ann Weber comes out of the box

September 2016

“Beyond Material,” on view at the University Library Art Gallery at California State University, Sacramento, is a handsomely curated survey of Weber’s cardboard constructions made between 2004 and 2015. Her single-minded application of this ordinary and ubiquitous material turns what is made to be thrown away into imposing totemic and evocative entities. The show demonstrates just how far assiduous engrossment can take you.… read more

John Seed addresses 'Discombobulation' in Painting

Interrupted Images: Discombobulation In Painting Is Definitely A Thing

September 2016

When an invitation for a show by Kai Samuels-Davis recently appeared in my inbox, I had an immediate reaction to his work: “This artist is definitely a discombobulator.” Yes, an explanation is in order.… read more

The Light II , 2016 I Oil on panel I 14 x 11 inches

Widewalls previews Kai Samuels-Davis' October exhibition

Kai Samuels-Davis' Art Evokes Wilderness

September 2016

How can we define “wilderness”? Is it a physical or a psychological place? In Kai Samuels Davis art it is both, as the artist delves into the meaning of solitude, representation and existence at large. For his second solo exhibition at San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery, he will present a new series of paintings featuring portraits, landscapes and still lifes, and executed with less traditional tools. Like movie captions, these artworks depict abstract characters frozen in time – their story is paused for a brief moment of reflection, and their past and their future remains unknown. As we stand before them, we witness their slow arrival to this very state and we identify with them to the point where the paintings almost become crystal clear mirrors.… read more

Beyond Material: Sculpture of Ann Weber at the CSU Sacramento Library Gallery

September 2016

Ann Weber has been making sculpture, using cardboard as her primary medium, in the Bay Area for over 25 years. She currently maintains a studio in Los Angeles to create a broader audience for her work and to be inspired by new surroundings.… read more

The Surface of a Song, 2015, charcoal on paper, 52 x 86"

Squarecylinder reviews Gonzalo Fuenmayor's 'Picturesque'

Gonzalo Fuenmayor @ Dolby Chadwick

September 2016

There is something defiant — or, at the very least, ironic — about Picturesque, the title of Colombian expatriate Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s show of ten recent charcoal drawings. Scenery described as picturesque is pretty or quaint: the kind of place one visits (or exploits) but rarely lives. Fuenmayor, now settled in Miami for some years, has investigated themes of colonialization and exoticism in his work since his student days in New York in the late ‘90s, exploring such subjects as bananas (Colombia’s third largest legal agricultural export) and the baroque, fruit-laden headgear worn by Latin American actress and singer Carmen Miranda.… read more

Ian Kimmerly a SF Fall Arts highlight

Fall Arts 2016

August 2016

Once every several years, painter Ian Kimmerly exhibits his work at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, and this is that year — a chance to see the work of an artist who creates canvases that distill distinct elements of abstraction and figuration.… read more

Gonzalo Fuenmayor "not to miss" exhibit

6 art exhibits not to miss in September

August 2016

Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor brings his buzz-worthy work to San Francisco thanks to this new exhibit at Dolby Chadwick. Working in charcoal, Fuenmayor's work has been described as a hybrid mashup and "deft exploration" of culture clash. Through October 1, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post, SF… read more

Indestructible Wonder opens at San Jose Museum of Art

August 2016

The precarious relationship between nature and humanity is the subject of this exhibition, drawn from SJMA’s permanent collection. For over two generations since Rachel Carson’s landmark book Silent Spring (1962) triggered the modern environmentalist movement, contemporary artists have been similarly moved by a primal reverence for nature and thus also prompted to raise questions about our rampant impact on the earth’s fragile ecosystems.… read more

Silently the Birds Fly Through Us, 2016 | Acrylic on canvas | 60 x 48 inches

Art ltd reviews Robert Kingston

Robert Kingston at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

July 2016

Viewers lucky enough to have visited both the new SFMOMA, and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, may have noticed, prominently displayed in both institutions, numerous works by Cy Twombly. Twombly is one of those artists whose work gains power viewed in groups; one sees his scumbly visual language not as constraining but as liberating—a concise, hard-earned idiom that is at once agitated and contemplative, primitive in texture and romantic in aspiration. Fans of Twombly should have no problem appreciating the raw, restrained lyricism of painter Robert Kingston.… read more

Brunelleschi in The Wilderness, 2016

SFGate interview with Robert Kingston

In Robert Kingston's art, delicacy speaks louder than action

June 2016

The gestural violence of Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning left its mark on Southern California artist Robert Kingston. But judging from the ethereal paintings on display at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Kingston ended up going his own way.… read more

Robert Hass' Stanzas for a Sierra Morning in New York Times Magazine

Stanzas for a Sierra Morning

June 2016

Matthew Zapruder, the new poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine, selected Robert Hass' Stanzas for a Sierra Morning for publication on June 17. The poem originally appeared in Lightning Strikes: 18 poets. 18 artists, our December 2015 exhibition.… read more

The Fog of Forgotten Hours, 2016

Widewalls previews Gonzalo Fuenmayor's upcoming exhibition

Surreal pencil drawing by Gonzalo Fuenmayor are beyond picturesque

June 2016

Gonzalo Fuenmayor is a Colombian-born and Miami-based artist who creates stunning, surreal drawings exploring the ethnic pride with the culturally and politically critical approach. Throughout his practice, the artist explores his position as an outsider in the United States and his cultural heritage within the context of his new home. As the art critic DeWitt Cheng wrote, the artist ironically juxtaposes ‘clichéd aspects of [indigenous] tropical culture… with [forcibly imposed European] Rococo and Victorian style elements’. The art critic Alison McCarthy described his work as ‘eye candy with serious heft’. Dolby Chadwick Gallery will present a solo exhibition of Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s new works entitled Picturesque. This new body of work continues to explore the complicated warp of nature and culture between the colonial Europe and the colonized Third World.… read more

Left: The Meeting, 79 x 63. Right: The Doctor, 60 x 60, oil on canvas

Widewalls previews Lou Ros' upcoming exhibition

Haunting and Mysterious scenes by Lou Ros at Dolby Chadwick gallery

June 2016

It’s no secret that many graffiti artists, who grew up tagging abandoned buildings and walls, turn to canvases at some point in their artistic career. Sometimes their style evolves too, becomes more expressive, mysterious, engaging. This is the case with Lou Ros, a French artist who has been painting since the age of 17. While we can still glimpse his roots in street art, his artworks are now more mature, looking to grab the viewer’s attention and tickle their imagination. This summer, his latest body of work consisting of portraits and landscapes will be hosted by San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery, in an exhibition entitled SOMEWHERE.… read more

Don't make me over, 2014 | Oil on canvas | 25 x 22 inches

Sherie' Franssen highlighted on BOOOOOOOM

May 2016

Sherie' Franssen a Spotlight Artist on BOOOOOOOM… read more

Going to San Francisco, 2015 | Acrylic on canvas | 48 x 60 inches

Widewalls previews Robert Kingston

Abstract Expressionism in Lyrical, Reflective Vein by Robert Kingston at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

May 2016

Another great show at San Francisco-based Dolby Chadwick Gallery! This time, the Gallery organizes a Robert Kingston exhibition – an exhibition where the latest work by this great artist will be shown. Kingston has been working with abstraction for years now – work in this style has evolved over the years in a special manner, and is different than other artists. The most important question while looking the artist’s works is: What can be accomplished using the paint? Kingston’s evocative paintings have all characteristics of Abstract Expressionism, while beautiful compositions are so “deep” they create impression of separate spaces on canvas. This is the fourth show with the gallery for Kingston, and be sure not to miss it!… read more

Ed Smallfield's 'Elegy' featured in New York Times Magazine

April 2016

Matthew Zapruder, the new poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine, selected Ed Smallfield's Elegy for publication in the April 10 edition. The poem originally appeared in Lightning Strikes: 18 poets. 18 artists, our December 2015 exhibition.… read more

Untitled, Trio, 2015 | Oil on pasted canvas | 60 x 84 inches

Widewalls previews Charley Brown's May Exhibition

Abstraction as a Technical and Aesthetic Challenge in Charley Brown Exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

April 2016

San Francisco-based Dolby Chadwick Gallery is organizing another amazing show – this time, it is Charley Brown exhibition featuring new works by this American painter from California. We saw great exhibitions recently at Dolby Chadwick Gallery; for example, the show with works by Ann Gale (on view until April 2), and the show with works by Edwige Fouvry titled Ô temps, suspends ton vol! (on view until April 30). Dolby Chadwick Gallery has announced its second exhibition of abstract paintings by the San Francisco artist Charley Brown. Although Brown distances himself far away from any kind of artistic statement, his art could definitely be described as abstract art, where abstraction allows Brown to explore formal ideas always present in the representational work, but in a condensed and direct way.… read more

Shannon in Passage, 2016 | Oil on canvas | 48 x 42 inches

Visual Art Source features Ann Gale

April 2016

Ann Gale continues her decades-long exploration of portraiture and the figure in new paintings and several graphite-on-paper studies. Subjects, which include self-portraits, are on the older side, at times heavy-set, and not portrayed to be glamorous; these are ordinary faces and bodies. Expressions tend toward neutral or contemplative. And the palette is subdued, with moments of perhaps a bright crimson red...… read more

Profil, 2015 | Oil on canvas | 63 x 47 inches

Widewalls previews Edwige Fouvry's April Exhibition

Edwige Fouvry's Synthetic Visions Coming to Dolby Chadwick Gallery

March 2016

At first glance, Edwige Fouvry’s paintings look like portraits and landscapes, done in an expressive manner, with a combination of intense colors influenced by contemporary trends. Visually, they do indeed fall under the category of these genres, but the way these paintings are made has very little to do with facts directly related to the visual. Instead of simply observing and imitating the images around her, the artist allows the external narrative to make an impression on her, and to shape the emotions that eventually generate these paintings.… read more

Shawna in Lines, 2016 | Oil on canvas | 58 x 44 inches

Fine Art Connoisseur previews Ann Gale

New Works from Ann Gale

February 2016

The acclaimed painter Ann Gale will present an eclectic range of her latest works at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco this March. Featuring oil paintings on canvas, linen-wrapped panels, and copper, as well as graphite works, there is sure to be something for every connoisseur to enjoy beginning March 3.… read more

Landscape 28, 2015 | Archival pigment print from photogram negative | 20 x 20, 30 x 30, 40 x 40 inches

Vanessa Marsh's Everywhere All At Once at SFO Museum

February 2016

The photographs in visual artist Vanessa Marsh’s series Everywhere All At Once are mysterious and dream-like, made through a personally developed process involving drawing, painting, and darkroom techniques. Marsh delineates pictorial space by layering multiple two-dimensional planes to create a minimalistic, graphic aesthetic. The work provides a space for the viewer to contemplate their place in the universe and to consider how what is real and what is truth is understood in contemporary experiences.… read more

Drifter #6, 2015 | Oil on canvas | 63 x 70

San Francisco Chronicle profiles John DiPaolo

John DiPaolo's abstract works benefit real kids in need

February 2016

John DiPaolo is the first to admit that, when it comes to painting his large, gestural abstract works, he inspires himself. “I had the realization if I was going to be in it for the long run, I’d have to come up with something from inside,” he explains. “I really needed to focus on my own experience and my experience with color, weight and mass.”… read more

White Heat...Drifter #5 (Detail), 2015 | Oil on canvas | 63 x 70 inches

Widewalls previews John DiPaolo's February exhibition

Abstract Painter John DiPaolo Exhibition Coming To Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco

January 2016

Known for filling the surface of the canvas with an abundance of intertwining colors, John DiPaolo creates a new set of vivid paintings that are to be displayed at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in February. The abstract painter has once again managed to place a portal onto the white screen, captivating the viewers in an array of worlds breathing with different energy and intensity. With a complex physical surface which often hides a completely new story just underneath its exterior, all of the paintings are overflowing with paint evoking emotions and questions of various sorts. Demonstrating his technical skills, DiPaolo manages to control the energy within the piece, while allowing it to uncontrollably run lose and take over the spectator.… read more

Blue Unplumbed #546, 2015 I Oil on panel I 30 x 30 inches

HuffPost Arts & Culture covers 'Lightning Strikes.'

'Lightning Strikes: 18 Poets. 18 Artists.' at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

January 2016

The exhibition Lightning Strikes: 18 poets.18 artists. -- at Dolby Chadwick Gallery through January 30th -- has its roots in the idea of ekphrasis: poetry that describes or responds to a work of art. Conceived and organized by gallery director Lisa Dolby Chadwick, the exhibition isn't about artists creating illustrations of poems or even about collaboration.… read more

Stephen De Staebler, Two Women Walking, 1992

DeStaebler among Squarecylinder's 'Best of 2015'

Best of 2015

January 2016

With their allusions to antiquity and corroding human forms, De Staebler’s iconic sculptures powerfully activated the secluded grounds of the Villa Montalvo Arts Center, an Italianate villa and public park nestled into the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Saratoga...… read more

Dolby Chadwick is one of Widewalls' "Galleries You Loved The Most In December"

Galleries You Loved the Most in December

January 2016

Among contemporary art circles, December is usually perceived as a month when all activities during the year are being summed up. When it comes to galleries, they measure the success of the exhibitions they organized, how many artworks were sold, and finally, and most important – they plan activities for the year to come...… read more

Retract the Word, forthwith, 2014 | Found paper collage | 14 x 11 inches

Squarecylinder reviews 'Lightning Strikes'

Lightning Strikes @ Dolby Chadwick

December 2015

Since Beat poet Bob Kaufman spouted Hart Crane in the bars and coffee galleries of North Beach and Wallace Berman published Semina, San Francisco has nurtured collaborations between poetry and art...… read more

Vanessa Marsh | Landscape 22, 2015 | Archival pigment print from photogram negative | 20 x 20, 30 x 30, 40 x 40 inches

Widewalls previews Lightning Strikes

LIGHTNING STRIKES GROUP EXHIBITION AT DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY : 18 POETS. 18 ARTISTS. TAKE SAN FRANCISCO

November 2015

One of the most beautiful things about art is its ability to elicit so many different emotions and reactions from so many people. An inner landscape of an artist, transmitted to the outside world through the means of an artwork, gets received, transformed, related to, interpreted in deeply personal ways. What does a painter envision when confronted with a touching verse of poetry? How do words resonate with the artist and turn into visual narratives? And, subsequently, what does the viewer feel when confronted with the painting inspired by that poetry? You can find out for yourself at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, where its director Lisa Dolby Chadwick brought her passion for the two world together in an exhibition of 18 artists and 18 poets.… read more

Detail of Still Life with Suprematism figure, 2014 | Acrylic on canvas | 22 x 30 inches

Widewalls reviews Guy Diehl's 'A Dialogue with Tradition II'

Guy Diehl Presents a Stunning Array of Hyperrealistic new paintings in San Francisco

November 2015

Guy Diehl creates still life paintings, and that is something he had been known for during the last couple of decades. However, these are not your everyday still life paintings. Guy Diehl creates artworks that are about art – he connects present and past by painting books… read more

John DiPaolo in his studio

SF Cottages & Gardens visits John DiPaolo's studio

Artist John DiPaolo Plumbs the Possibilities of Materiality and Process

October 2015

A fixture on San Francisco’s Hunters Point since 1983, John DiPaolo remembers when the city’s industrial southeastern shore was still a functioning shipyard. “I grew up here as an artist,” he reflects, sitting in his studio, all soaring ceilings and dazzling waterfront light. The space is conducive to the large-scale, canvases he’s created over a 40-year career, driven by a love of process and an ambition to push the limits of abstraction.… read more

Rosy's House, 2015 | Oil on linen | 66 x 66 inches

DeWitt Cheng reviews Alex Kanevsky's exhibition "Unstable Equilibrium"

October 2015

‘Unstable equilibrium’ is an oxymoron, but one that neatly captures the synthesis of opposites that painting can embody. Artists and art theorists are fond of setting up stylistic dichotomies—drawing vs color, realism vs abstraction, intellectuality vs emotion, style vs content, aestheticism vs social engagement—and then arguing for the absolute rightness of one visual principle while condemning the other. William Blake, for example, a stylistic antiquarian who exalted “the hard & wiry line of Rectitude,” condemned Sir Joshua Reynolds and other stylish “Blotters & Smearers.” As eminent as Blake and Reynolds were, despite their aesthetic opposition, a lot of art then and now manages to occupy the middle ground between modes with no loss of individuality or quality.… read more

Rain, A Hundred Roots Silently Drinking, 2010, clay, paper, and pigment on canvas, 66 x 133 x 9 inches.

Danae Mattes at the Snite Museum of Art

Transitory Waterscapes: Landscape Paintings and Evaporation Pool by Danae Mattes

October 2015

The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, will feature landscape paintings and an evaporation pool by American artist Danae Mattes from August 9 to December 6, 2015.… read more

Conversation, 2015, oil on canvas, 46 x 66

Squarecylinder reviews Alex Kanevsky's 'Unstable Equilibrium."

Alex Kanevsky @ Dolby Chadwick

October 2015

One thing we can say for certain about the Lithuania-born painter Alex Kanevsky is that he is an unabashed romantic. He paints with a bravura technique and uses its seductions to disarm viewers like me who tend to dismiss painting that issues its appeal in purely “retinal” terms. His main subjects are women in dishabille. They appear on beds and on beaches and in empty rooms and pools –languorously posed in places where radiant sunlight, azure waters and crumpled sheets call to mind playgrounds of the superrich. However Kanevsky is not making any kind of social or political statement. He is above all else a sensualist and a formalist. He paints to describe the eternal tug-o-war between the tangible and the ineffable, and, more specifically, to chart how bodies behave at different points on that continuum.… read more

Conversation with Egon Schiele, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27

Fine Art Connoisseur previews Guy Diehl's 'A Dialogue with Tradition II.'

A Dialogue with Tradition

October 2015

For over 30 years, painter Guy Diehl has not only perfected his pictorial illusionism, he has intimately explored the ways in which still life can be employed to make art about art, allowing his viewers to both see and appreciate tradition in new and exciting ways.… read more

Fishing in America, 2015, oil on linen, 44 x 66 inches

John Seed Interviews Alex Kanevsky for the Huffington Post

October 2015

Alex Kanevsky, whose work is on view at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, is a virtuoso paint-pusher whose images seem to shift and morph across time and space. In his current exhibition, "Unstable Equilibrium," figures appear both indoors and outdoors, and are hoisted from the mundane into the mythical by Kanevsky's unexpected yet confident brushwork. A master of the alchemical possibilities of paint, Alex Kanevsky is one of today's most accomplished and dynamic representational painters.… read more

Provoli-Aniexi, 2015, archival pigment print, 56 x 42 in. (framed 62 x 47 ½ in.). Edition of 5.

Huffington Post covers Barbara Vaughn at Art Silicon Valley

Making Waves at Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco

October 2015

Barbara Vaughn combines her love of water and an appetite for abstraction and distills an inventive formula that "springs from an unexpected confluence of nature and the man-made world...." For this artist, inspiration comes from the magic of harnessing water's inherent ability to mirror and transform the appearance of objects in and around it. Vaughn captures the reflective visual chemistry of the sun, sky and wind through a cameras lens at just the right decisive moment, which results in amazing abstract compositions whose original sources are barely recognizable, but memorably beautiful in their simplicity and ingenuity. (Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco: www.dolbychadwickgallery.com)… read more

Stephen DeStaebler, Two Women Walking, 1992

Squarecyclinder reviews Stephen DeStaebler at Montalvo Arts Center

Stephen De Staebler @ Montalvo

September 2015

With their allusions to antiquity and corroding human forms, Stephen De Staebler’s iconic sculptures (1933-2011) powerfully activate the secluded grounds of the Villa Montalvo Arts Center, an Italianate villa and public park nestled into the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Saratoga. Whether stationed on the villa’s lawns, its great veranda, or in the beckoning gardens, the settings for De Staebler’s five life-sized bronze sculptures are perfect.… read more

Deep Striding Woman installed at Montavlo

San Francisco Chronicle reviews Stephen De Staebler's exhibition at Montavlo

September 2015

Victory against all odds appears to be one operating metaphor in “Metaphoric States: Five Bronze Works by Stephen De Staebler” at Montalvo Arts Center through Oct. 1. De Staebler’s 2010 bronze “Winged Figure Ascending” seems like that idea’s most obvious realization — the Greek goddess Nike as a Brutalist angel readying for takeoff in front of Montalvo’s villa.… read more

Symbolon, 2015

Kimberly Chun reviews James Kennedy's exhibition for the San Francisco Chronicle

James Kennedy at Dolby Chadwick Gallery: works of interweaving

August 2015

New York painter James Kennedy’s abstractions, however, seem to earn the word, the title of his first solo show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery up through Aug. 29, with their interwoven, labyrinthine fields of form and line.… read more

Mountains 2, 2014 | Chromogenic photogram | 30 x 60 inches

WIRED Magazine covers Vanessa Marsh's 'Falling' series

These Photos of Starry Nights Aren't Of Starry Nights

July 2015

Vanessa Marsh’s images might look like breathtaking photos of starry night skies in the wilderness, but she never left the darkroom. That’s because Marsh doesn’t photograph the stars; she creates them.… read more

Courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery

The San Francisco Examiner explores Vanessa Marsh's work at CJM exhibition

'Night Begins The Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty' at the CJM

July 2015

“Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty” which just opened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum is the first collaboration of Renny Pritikin and Lily Siegel, the museum’s new senior and junior curators. It is another one of the shows, unique to the CJM, that asks for you to enter with an open heart to encountering the sometimes difficult sublime. In the catalog essay, Pritikin writes that it was his discovery of the Hebrew word yir’oh - an “amalgam of fear, awe, love and beauty” that gave him the original idea for the show. Twenty-five contemporary artists, working in every form of media, have created the most beautiful, poetic and philosophical show currently showing in the Bay Area.… read more

“Blink” (ink on clay board), by Bay Area artist Jenifer Kent, is part of her solo show “Hyperspace,” at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

San Francisco Chronicle's Rachel Howard interviews Jenifer Kent's on her current exhibition

Jenifer Kent’s clay board pieces — stillness and speed

July 2015

“People say I must be crazy to make these,” says Jenifer Kent, whose obsessively precise drawings — some look like starbursts, others resemble quivering organisms — are on display at Dolby Chadwick. “I think if I didn’t make these, I would be crazy!” Kent works in ink on clay board, a surface covered with a thin layer of clay so that the line creates an indentation. “I love the way the lines hover on the surface,” she says.… read more

James Kennedy – JOUST, 2015

Widewalls on James Kennedy's upcoming show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

ENTER THE CONTINUUM: JAMES KENNEDY AT DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY

July 2015

This summer looks like one of the greatest seasons for contemporary abstract painters. Many exhibitions set for July and August seem to focus on abstract painting practices and we had the opportunity to follow the revival of this movement at its finest in the Shapeshifters and Sharpshooters exhibition and also Summer Mixer at Joshua Liner Gallery. But our quest is not over as the series of amazing abstract art is moving to Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, the proud host of James Kennedy’s exhibition titled C O N T I N U U M.… read more

Hyperspace (detail view), 2014, Ink on clayboard, 36 x 96

Widewalls on Jenifer Kent's show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Enter the Hyperspace with Jenifer Kent

July 2015

Ever wondered how fictional dimensions of hyperspace look like? Artist Jenifer Kent will present her vision of the phenomena in Hyperspace, a new solo exhibition at Dolby Chadwick gallery in San Francisco. The inspiration for Hyperspace exhibition is found in wide range of sources including biological structures, scientific drawings and sculptures made by some of the most acclaimed contemporary artists. Artworks that will be displayed at Dolby Chadwick gallery are a reference to the modern hyper-technological, constantly accelerating world but also a personal oasis for the artist. The highly detailed minimalist paintings are the only place where Jenifer Kent is able to stop the rush and slow down the world around her.… read more

Gonzalo Fuenmayor, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts (above)

The Boston Globe on Gonzalo Fuenmayor's exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

June 2015

Bananas are a central motif in “Gonzalo Fuenmayor: Tropical Mythologies,” a small, provocative show of drawings, photography, and video at the Museum of Fine Arts. They’re not as sweet and innocent as you might believe. For Fuenmayor, who grew up in Colombia, they’re freighted with a violent history and the collision of tropical cultures with invasive, entitled Western ones.… read more

The Unexpected Guest, 2014 | Charcoal on paper | 52 x 82 inches

Boston Globe covers Gonzalo Fuenmayor at MFA

Bananas ripe with symbolism for Gonzalo Fuenmayor at MFA

June 2015

Bananas are a central motif in “Gonzalo Fuenmayor: Tropical Mythologies,” a small, provocative show of drawings, photography, and video at the Museum of Fine Arts. They’re not as sweet and innocent as you might believe. For Fuenmayor, who grew up in Colombia, they’re freighted with a violent history and the collision of tropical cultures with invasive, entitled Western ones.… read more

Oakland artist Vanessa Marsh’s mixed media “Mountains 4” is among the works on view in “Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. COURTESY DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY/VANESSA MARSH

The San Francisco Examiner features Vanessa Marsh

June 2015

The intersection of space, time and beauty is the focus of a fascinating exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum — one that urges viewers to reconsider when day actually begins. “Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty” draws on the Jewish tradition of “erev,” or evening. Day begins at sundown, not when the sun rises. There are 35 pieces in the exhibition, which includes photography, paintings, sculptures and installations by established and emerging artists.… read more

Vanessa Marsh, "Mountains 4" from the series Falling, 2014. Chromogenic photogram, edition 3/3 unique prints +1 A/P, 30 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco.

SFAQ features Vanessa Marsh

June 2015

The present exhibition at the Jewish Contemporary Museum heralds a new era in the history of the decade-old institution, being the first major exhibition by Chief Curator Renny Pritikin, who was hired a year ago and is just now putting his stamp on the Museum’s evolving agenda. Co-curated by Associate Curator Lily Siegel, Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty, tackles the big issues, perhaps the largest issues, in contemporary creativity. “What is our relationship to space, time, and beauty in an age dominated by information, uncertainty, irony, and powerful but untrustworthy images? This exhibition is one response to that,” writes Pritikin.… read more

Knot 296, 2015 | resin and wild camomile on panel | 12 x 12 inches

Widewalls on Mayme Kratz's upcoming show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

June 2015

Phoenix-based artist Mayme Kratz is preparing for her first exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery. She will present herself to the San Francisco audience with the show titled Lost Light that is inspired by Rebecca Solint’s book of poetic thoughts A Field Guide to Getting Lost.… read more

The Studio Work interviews Jenifer Kent

May 2015

The work of Jenifer Kent is initially quiet, but once closer, it seems to roar with movement and the flickering potential of something much louder. They touch on references from tiny to vast, beginnings to ends. As she says, "I’m so fascinated by the way that an accumulation of simple marks can coalesce into a larger entity.”… read more

Barbara Vaughn featured in San Francisco Chronicle's 96 Hours

May 2015

Barbara Vaughn's current exhibition "On The Surface" featured in San Francisco Chronicle's 96 Hours… read more

Anemos, 2015 | Archival pigment print, ed. of 5 | 36 x 88 inches

American Art Collector features Barbara Vaughn

May 2015

Barbara Vaughn's exhibition "On the Surface" is featured in American Art Collector magazine… read more

Ampeli, 2015 | Archival pigment print, ed. of 5 | 32 x 58 inches

Widewalls on Barbara Vaughn's upcoming show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Barbara Vaughn at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

April 2015

After the amazing Jaq Chartier exhibition, currently on view, the Dolby Chadwick Gallery will be ready host another show worth visiting – the one of Barbara Vaughn, entitled On the Surface. A series of new works by the photographer capture the surface reflections on different bodies of water found all around the world, in a splendid mix of shapes, colors and distorted visions. By documenting pure reality, Barbara Vaughn evokes abstract ideas, inspired by art movements such as Impressionism and Cubism.… read more

Large Chart (Triptych), 2015 | Acrylic resin, stains, spray paint on wood panel | 65 x 100 inches

Widewalls reviews Jaq Chartier's exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Jaq Chartier at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

March 2015

Throughout the history of art, artists have adopted different forms of abstraction, demonstrating them through ways that would define a few avant-gardes. The notion of narrowing everything down to pure primary color and a web of straight and horizontal lines was the guiding idea of the Dutch movement De Stijl, while a handful of creators at the beginning of the 20th century also developed Geometric abstraction and Suprematism, starting with Malevich and Mondrian. Today, inspired by science and the chromatic interactions, Seattle-based artist Jaq Chartier gives birth to colorful abstract paintings, that are much more than just visually appealing.… read more

After Bernini, Charity, 2013, cardboard, staples, polyurethane, 45 x 32 x 11"

Ann Weber exhibition reviewed on Square Cylinder

Ann Weber @ Dolby Chadwick

March 2015

Ad Reinhardt allegedly once said, "Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting." But what happens when the thing on the wall you’ve backed up to look at turns out to be sculpturetoo? In Ann Weber’s current show, her elegantly organic forms have, for the most part, moved from the floor to the walls of the gallery–asserting their equal right to be the focus of attention in a painting-crazy world.… read more

Studio visit with Ann Weber

Ann Weber Studio Visit

March 2015

Ann Weber's sculptures are often larger than life, and every one I've had the chance to see leaves a lasting impression. "I love the idea of making something from nothing, and how one can create beauty from such a mundane material." In her never-ending quest to push her work forward ("I don’t really think about limitations."), she has chosen to tackle the expanse of Los Angeles, create new work and forge new connections.… read more

Came the abruptness of fiery dawn, 2014

Matt Gonzalez exhibition featured in Juxtapoz

MATT GONZALEZ "DÉRIVE: SITUATIONIST ENCOUNTER IN SAN FRANCISCO"

March 2015

Matt Gonzalez’s work is collage-based, utilizing bits of discarded paper products—from advertisements to cardboard containers—that he finds while walking around the city. Most of his compositions feature a highly layered, rectilinear aesthetic that recalls the gridded city streets he traverses and architectural matrixes he passes through. Recent works tend to focus on a single hue, such as red or blue, allowing Gonzalez to explore the nuances of a given color’s range—which is amplified when a work draws on an extensive array of sources—and attend more closely to a work’s sculptural and formal elements.… read more

Personages, Watch over Me 2013 Found cardboard, staples, polyurethane from 90" to 105" Photo: M. Lee Fatherree

Ann Weber reviewed in art ltd.

Ann Weber

March 2015

With soaring ceilings to accommodate her towering abstract sculptures, artist Ann Weber’s inviting Emeryville studio seems almost taller than it is wide. “I’m from the Midwest, and there we say we can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” quips Weber, whose quick wit accompanies a deeply serious art practice. Indeed this accomplished artist has developed a technique for creating elegant, massive and dramatic sculptures from the most humble of materials: cardboard. Weber didn’t always opt for non-traditional media. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Purdue University, with her parents expecting her to go into teaching or “become a dental hygienist, those were really the only roles open to women then,” she instead followed her heart, in more ways than one. Weber “fell in love with clay… and with the potter sitting at the wheel next to me.” When the marriage dissolved, Weber moved to Manhattan, working full-time as a successful potter, her work sought-after for high-end department stores. Eventually the routine of throwing “a hundred cups, a dozen teapots” grew tired, and she was ready for a change.… read more

Matt Gonzalez’s “Came the Abruptness of Fiery Dawn” is a found paper collage.

SF Chronicle previews Matt Gonzalez's exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Matt Gonzalez’s 'Derivé: Situationist Encounter in San Francisco’

March 2015

The collage-based work of Matt Gonzalez includes discarded paper products, ads, distressed packaging and other sources of inspiration that he finds floating about as he walks around San Francisco. These works are at the heart of a new exhibition of pieces at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, titled “Derivé: Situationist Encounter in San Francisco.”… read more

After Bernini, Charity, 2013, cardboard, staples, polyurethane, 45 x 32 x 11"

Ann Weber reviewed on Widewalls

ANN WEBER AT DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY

March 2015

Amazing sculptures by American artist Ann Weber will be on view in March, at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. Weber has drawn praise for her ability to commute the everyday into the extraordinary, utilizing found cardboard to create moving, sensuous, and often anthropomorphic forms. She gives special attention to the human bonds and belonging, which is particularly evident in some works that will be shown at the exhibition. Weber’s abstract sculptures should be understood as metaphors for life experiences, such as harmonizing practices that define our lives. At the Dolby Chadwick Gallery exhibition, the latest works by Weber will be shown.… read more

Vanessa Marsh’s “Mountain 4″ from her series “Falling”

ZYZZYVA interviews Vanessa Marsh

Reimagining Landscape: Q&A with Photographer Vanessa Marsh

February 2015

Bay Area artist and photographer Vanessa Marsh’s photographs, currently on display at San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery till February 28, are dream-like in their blending of reality and fiction. The enigmatic quality of Marsh’s work is due in large part to her unique processes. Experimenting with several mediums, she is able to transcend realism through subtle manipulations of proportion, lighting, and perspective, without resorting to abstraction. In some photographs (several of which were featured in ZYZZYVA Issue No. 98), she uses models to create miniature scenes. In Man Chopping Wood (2011), for example, a stiff little figure on a lumpy hillside raises an axe above his head pre-chop. The figure’s slightly erroneous proportions and the ghostly backlighting undermine and warp the simplicity of such a quotidian scene.… read more

"Portrait with Orange Scarf," 2014, oil on linen-wrapped Masonite, 14 x 11 in. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

Fine Art Connoisseur reviews new Ann Gale paintings

Fractured Figures

February 2015

By intently observing the contours and colors that compose her figures, Ann Gale creates paintings that meditate on the very act of looking. Figurative painter Ann Gale (b. 1966) is exhibiting a selection of artworks that manifests her powerful sense of vision and remarkable ability to manipulate paint. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York is currently hosting a solo show of 10 recent artworks by Gale, who is receiving her first exhibition at the gallery. "Ann Gale: Paintings and Drawings" features six paintings and four drawings, to be precise. The artworks on view are mostly of a modest scale, though the show does feature one larger piece, "Peter with Striped Kimono." The exhibition opened in early January and is now entering its final weekend; it will close on February 15.… read more

Landscape #7, 2013. Archival pigment print from photogram negative

Vanessa Marsh show reviewed in SF Chronicle

The cosmos stars in Vanessa Marsh’s haunting artworks

February 2015

Artist Vanessa Marsh considers herself a bit of a physics-documentary junkie. “I am fascinated by the workings of the cosmos and the history of the planet,” she says. Marsh’s new show at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, titled “Everywhere All at Once,” offers a series of drawings that evoke the haunting, moody and often personal associations we have with cosmic phenomena. The drawings, which include photogramic techniques, summon themes of memory, isolation and the incredible vastness of nature.… read more

Ann Gale featured on Hyperallergic

An Extraordinary Studio Artist in a Post-Studio Era

February 2015

As I have written previously, there is a lot of very good painting going on these days. It is just that you are not likely to see much of it at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at least in recent memory. These institutions are too busy proving the “death of painting” to recognize that narrative as just one among many, while the hidden or lesser known ones are where the real vitality lies, even in what might be considered the most conservative approach: the studio artist painting from the model. But if you are hung up on such labels, then you are more content with what is offered at brand name retail outlets than you are with actual looking. After all, it is easier to have someone else make up your mind for you.… read more

Poems on the floor, 2014. 45 x 41 in. Oil on canvas.

Matt Gonzalez reviews Sherie' Franssen's show for SFAQ

SHERIE’ FRANSSEN: THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS

January 2015

Sherie’ Franssen’s show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, The Gorgeous Nothings, follows her critically acclaimed show from 2012. Seven sizable canvases, the largest measuring 77 x 83 inches, comprise the majority of work on display, and all the paintings date from 2013–14. Franssen’s abstractions begin with an under-painting of figurative elements that she adroitly obliterates, leaving non-objective finished works. What appears uncontrolled and disorderly slowly reveals the grounding effect these figures lend to the paintings, allowing for a formal looseness. A rapport with Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell’s paintings is evident, particularly the untitled paintings de Kooning did from 1975–77. Yet Franssen makes abstraction her own, and the discernible chaos that manifests is at all times hinged by the substrata of landscape and figures. In contrast to de Kooning, Franssen isn’t modest in her application of brush strokes.… read more

Mountains 10, 2014

Becky Chung reviews Vanessa Marsh's "Falling" series for The Creators Project

These Stellar Galaxies and Nebulas Were Created in the Darkroom

January 2015

The photographs we have of galaxies and nebulas aren't exactly as they appear. When we see invisible gas clouds in fantastic hues, they're actually the results of calculated data interpretations and heavy post-processing color work. Artist Vanessa Marsh wanted to explore the artificiality of these images by inventing her own deep space bodies—master paintings birthed in the darkroom—so she created Falling, a series of large format chromogenic contact prints transferred from handpainted negatives.… read more

Pink Wave, 2014

SF Examiner's Anita Katz reviews Sherie' Franssen's "Gorgeous Nothings"

Sherie' Franssen abstracts evokes emotion

January 2015

Sherie' Franssen paints abstract canvases in which the human figure, even when broken up beyond recognition, makes a substantial and dramatic impression. Bits, pieces and pinks have the spotlight in “Gorgeous Nothings,” her fifth solo show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in The City.… read more

Poems on the floor, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle's Kenneth Baker reviews Sherie' Franssen's "Gorgeous Nothings"

December 2014

The work of Southern California painter Sherie’ Franssen has long satisfied what seem to me the requirements of solid contemporary painting. It is improvisational, history conscious, unstinting and frequently surprising.… read more

Mountain 4, 2014

Vanessa Marsh's "Milky Way" from "Falling" featured as Photo of the Day on Photo District News

Manufacturing the Milky Way

December 2014

Oakland-based artist Vanessa Marsh created galaxies and nightscapes by combining painting, drawing and darkroom techniques. These large-format C-prints envelop the viewer, transporting them into the universe. Because the prints are so large, it’s possible (and was the artist’s intention) to see Marsh’s hand-crafted work.… read more

Edwige Fouvry & Stephen DeStaebler at Art Miami's 25th Anniversary Fair

Dolby Chadwick Gallery at Art Miami

December 2014

Installation images from our 2014 Art Miami booth featuring work by Stephen DeStaebler, John DiPaolo, Edwige Fouvry, Ann Gale, Alex Kanefsky, and Ada Sadler.… read more

Fly, 2013 l Ink on clayboard l 36 x 36 inches

New American Paintings features Jenifer Kent

December 2014

Region: Pacific Coast Time and process are important to me, particularly in a world where everything moves so quickly. As a result, my drawings are iterative, meditative, and labored even when depicting speed and motion. I am interested in how things shift and grow, but also in interior movements experienced during moments of insight or inspiration. Each piece is drawn by hand—line by line—and takes multiple sittings to complete. I work in pen, making obsessively detailed marks that hover on a smooth white surface. These works resemble moments and flashes in time, with lines often growing from a central vanishing point to their logical conclusions, which may or may not be disrupted. They are grand flashes, explosions, or the most microscopic cells.… read more

Visible, 2014

DeWitt Cheng recommends Udo Nöger's exhibition for Visual Art Source (art LTD. & ArtScene)

November 2014

One of the arguments made against traditional painting in our ADHD society is its fixity, which can suggest a certain inflexibility of mind, ... yes, paintings in general do not move or change. Udo Nöger’s paintings, which appear at first glance to be gestural Abstract Expressionism transmuted to a subtle, luminous palette of pale silvery grays, whites and off-whites, change as the viewer moves in and out or changes the angle of view, as well as the level and quality of light falling on and reflected back from the works.… read more

From Sinking, 2014

Fine Arts Connoisseur's Jeffrey Carlson interviews Samuels-Davis in "From Private to Universal: Paintings by Kai Samuels-Davis"

September 2014

For experimental figure painter Kai Samuels-Davis, the process of painting is so intimate that not even models intrude on his personal battle with the work.… read more

In the Make features Kai Samuels-Davis

September 2014

If you’ve been reading IN THE MAKE with any regularity you know by now that most artists do not work out of envy-inducing massive, airy, light filled spaces… no, often the artists we visit are making their work in cramped, shared studios with limited light and breathing room. But still they manage to show up in these less-than-perfect spaces and make work that they believe in and are committed to. This reality can be at once daunting and inspiring, and after visiting so many different studios I can’t help but think that the space art is made in somehow, however quietly and modestly, shows through in the work.… read more

Terry St. John's "Thai Woman With Cup" (2012)

Kenneth Baker states "Intensity the key in Terry St. John paintings" in San Francisco Chronicle

August 2014

St. John divined: In the past couple of years, as he approaches 80, Terry St. John has wrung from his painting a gravity and intensity long implicit in it, but long tempered, perhaps, by the sense that plenty of time to go for broke creatively might yet remain.… read more

Terry St. John, Woman / Landscape, 2013

Terry St. John’s new abstracts reveal painter’s figuartive roots in the San Francisco Examiner

August 2014

A survivor of the mid-20th-century figurative-art sphere, Bay Area painter Terry St. John demonstrates his roots in that significant circle, and also explores fresh, abstract terrain, in an exhibition of recent work. Titled, with a fitting lack of frill, “Terry St. John,” the show continues at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery through Aug. 30.… read more

Terry St. John, “Berkeley Marina,” 2011

Matt Gonzalez Reviews Terry St. John, “New Work” at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco in SFAQ

August 2014

Terry St. John has been painting for over 50 years. Now an elder statesman of both landscape and figurative painting it can be said unequivocally that he is part of the canon of West Coast painting. But it hasn’t always been this way. As a young man St. John thought he was suited for a life of business administration. Later he ventured into sociology, earning a BA in the subject from UC Berkeley. But it was an encounter during his last semester in college in 1958 with high school friend Henry Brandon, who was studying with Richard Diebenkorn at the California College of Arts and Crafts, that compelled him to pursue painting seriously.… read more

Relaxed Woman, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle features St. John's Exhibition

July 2014

Bay Area artist Terry St. John, who is 79 and paints out of his Oakland studio, has a new solo show at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco that brings together his decades of work and influences, from the Bay Area Figurative painters to his plein air studies, his female nudes and his move toward abstraction.… read more

Bernadette Jiyong Frank, Spaces in Between (Deep Purple), 2014

Bernadette Jiyong Frank reviewed in SF Weekly

Interludes: Mathematical Formulas Meld with Abstract Paintings in Three New Shows

June 2014

Beams of light converge on perfectly geometrical planes in Bernadette Jiyong Frank's new paintings, producing the kind of atmospheric vision that makes people want to believe in a higher power. But Frank's paintings — on display at San Francisco's Dolby Chadwick Gallery — aren't religious. They're grounded in mathematical precepts and the Japanese concept of ma, which is the interlude or space that happens between words, sounds, objects — anything.… read more

Nasturtium with Gold, 2014 l Oil on mylar l 46 x 40 inches

Katina Huston reviewed in San Francisco Chronicle

Katina Huston nails death in all its optical vividness

May 2014

Bay Area artist Katina Huston has long used the immemorial technique of casting shadows to generate images. We might expect her to have exhausted this practice, or the fascination it can produce, quite quickly. But her recent work at Dolby Chadwick shows her pushing her aesthetic to new levels of intensity and suggestiveness. The figural anchor of most of the pieces here is a human skeleton whose shadowed details - ribs, skull, limbs - we recognize with a shudder. The fluid entanglements in an ink on Mylar piece such as "Nasturtium With Gold" (2014) postpone that recognition, inviting us to contemplate the work at first as an abstraction or a scrambled botanical.… read more

ARTnews reviews "Two Geologies"

May 2014

Titled "Two Geologies," this exhibition paired the materially and geologically driven works of American sculptor Stephen De Staebler (1933-2011) with recent paintings by his widow, Danae Mattes.… read more

Water: Moon Glow #513, 2014 l Oil on panel l 46 x 46 inches

Drought Effect: Louise LeBourgeois: Towards Horizon, Towards Abstraction

April 2014

Louise LeBourgeois' current exhibition, Towards Horizon, reviewed in Droste Effect, Italian-English contemporary art magazine based in Bologna, Italy.… read more

"Winter Beach #515," 2013

Fine Art Connoisseur: Louise LeBourgeois's Visions of Water and Sky

April 2014

Meditative images of water and sky, the paintings of Louise LeBourgeois offer a "place of respite" for the distracted and the weary. San Francisco's Dolby Chadwick Gallery presents a solo exhibition for notable painter Louise LeBourgeois. "Towards Horizon" opens April 3, with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This exhibition marks LeBourgeois's third solo show with Dolby Chadwick Gallery.… read more

Huffington Post reviews Edwige Fouvry at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

March 2014

Edwige Fouvry, a Brussels-based painter who is having her second solo exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, is interested in finding order and structure in chaos. Her painterly thickets, clearings and woodlands -- which sometimes include nude figures seemingly born from the painted landscape itself -- are charged by a sense of exploration and discovery. I recently interviewed Fouvry and asked her about her background, her approach and her influences.… read more

"Maison et Branchages"

SF Chronicle reviews Edwige Fouvry's exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Painting people in places

March 2014

Edwige Fouvry's highly textured landscapes and portraits of nudes contain cryptic qualities that beckon the viewer to move closer and study each informative detail. Based in both reality and the ethereal, they possess figurative and abstract elements. With her current solo exhibition, "Sous le Ciel," which translates from French as "Under the Sky" and shares the name of a novel written by friend Rene Bizac, Fouvry utilizes these subjects to examine the relationship between people and their interaction with the natural world.… read more

SFAQ: “Two Geologies” featuring Stephen De Staebler & Danae Mattes at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco.

February 2014

Stephen De Staebler died in 2011 at age 78, but not before he was privy to arrangements being made for his retrospective at the De Young the following year, “Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler.” A student of Theology schooled at Princeton University (BA 1954), he attended summer classes at legendary Black Mountain College, and later studied ceramics with Peter Voulkos at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to the production of his own art, he was a professor at The San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University, inspiring a new generation of clay artists.… read more

Traveling Fellow Gonzalo Fuenmayor (MFA '04) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

February 2014

SMFA‘s Traveling Fellowship program was created shortly after the School’s founding in 1876 to encourage post-graduate travel and independent work for select SMFA artists. Ten artists were awarded Traveling Fellowships in 2013. In October, Gonzalo Fuenmayor (Master of Fine Arts, 2004) was selected from this group by the Fellowship review committee for a solo presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) in the spring of 2015. We caught up with the Miami-based artist to ask a few questions.… read School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston article

Guy Diehl's "Still Life with Monet" now in permanent collection of the de Young Museum

February 2014

"Still Life with Monet" 1989 by Guy Diehl.… read Fine Arts Museum of San Franisco article

Two photographs by Bernadette Frank have been acquired by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

January 2014

We are pleased to announce that two photographs by Bernadette Frank have been acquired by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento for their permanent collection.… read more

"A Greek Market," oil on canvas, 55 x 55 inches

Jennifer Pochinski at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

November 2013

Jennifer Pochinski is a Sacramento based painter who paints in a big, generous style. Although she is a representational artist, Jennifer works like an Abstract Expressionist, often covering an entire canvas in a single day with broad wet-on-wet brushstrokes.… read Huffington Post article

Hide, 2011

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine features Joshua Meyer's exhibition "Rustle, Sparkle, Flutter, Float"

Joshua Meyer: Exploring with Paint

October 2013

Talented and thoughtful artist Joshua Meyer offers his unique perspective on painting, what it should do, and how to give it life. How does one describe Joshua Meyer's painterly creations? They are visionary, impressionistic,… read more

Elephant Ear Coral Landscape, 2013

New American Paintings: "Disappearing Act: Jaq Chartier's Climate-Changing Paintings"

September 2013

Jaq Chartier’s (NAP #13, #31, #61) paintings like to pose as objects other than paintings. The Seattle artist and cofounder of Aqua Art Miami is best known for Testing, an ongoing that physically experiments with her materials and processes. Chartier integrates paint with saturated inks, stains and dyes she designs to evolve over time, creating large, hyper-saturated canvases that pulse with patterns and forms that reference the imagery of contemporary science—DNA strands, glass slides, microbodies— and ultimately behave as visual experiments themselves. - Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor… read more

Palindrome, 2013

SF Weekly lists Joshua Meyer's upcoming exhibition a "Challenging and Accessible" fall show

Visual Arts: Finding the Challenging and the Accessible in Eight Fall Shows

September 2013

Using a knife instead of a brush, Joshua Meyer paints canvases that seem like they were scraped into existence. The scrapes and shifts of paint create beautifully abstract works. Except that within Meyer's art are figures — people put together with other scrapes of paint. His work always intrigues.… read more

Vanessa Marsh's photography is featured in the fall issue (Vol.29) of Zyzzvya

September 2013

Vanessa Marsh is featured in the fall issue (Vol.29) of Zyzzvya, the famed visual and literary arts magazine founded by Howard Junker in 1985. Twelve photographs spanning from 2008 to early 2013 are highlighted in the issue including pieces from her most recent body of work, Everywhere All at Once.… read more

Still Life with Orange Sphere, 2013

Huffington Post's John Seed interviews Guy Diehl about his upcoming exhibition

Guy Diehl: A Dialogue With Tradition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

September 2013

Guy Diehl's second solo show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, "A Dialogue with Tradition," consists of a suite of still life paintings that feature bottles, blocks, spheres and boxes. The painting's objects make references to… read more

Apocalypse VIII, 2012

art ltd.'s Dewitt Cheng reviews Gonzalo Fuenmayor's recent exhibition

Gonzalo Fuenmayor: “They Say I Came Back Americanized” at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

September 2013

Casual viewers, perusing Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s charcoal drawings of precariously top-heavy hairdos in the style of the 1940s camp diva, Carmen Miranda, will admire their exquisite draftsmanship and cheerful Pop humor. What’s kitschier than headscarf-mounted towers of bananas, flamingos, toucans, orchids, palm trees and mirrored disco balls? There is a serious side to the fun, however. The Brazilian Bombshell, assailed at home for her exploitation of the “Latina bimbo” stereotype in Hollywood, defended herself in the song Disseram que Voltei Americanizada (They Say I Came Back Americanized); likewise, this Colombian artist, educated in the United States, embeds covert criticisms of imperialism in this show, which borrows Miranda’s title.… read more

Still Life with Robert Delaunay #2, 2013

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine features Guy Diehl's exhibition "A Dialogue with Tradition"

A Contemporary Take on a Zurbaran Still Life

August 2013

With his smart still life painting, Guy Diehl pays homage to Corot, Picasso, and a host of other important artists in a thoughtful way. Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco debuts an intriguing solo exhibition of works by established… read more

Still Life with Giorgio Morandi #4, 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 24 x 24 inches

The Real Deal

Reflections on Teaching, Reading, and Writing...and Art

August 2013

Guy Diehl is an artist in San Francisco who has an interesting take on still life painting. While he has a terrific sense of color and balance, his control over the paint is such that it doesn't really look like paint at all. His meticulous technique draws attention not to the making or to the gesture but to the beauty of the colors and the forms themselves.… read more

Refraction (Green-Magenta), 2012

Bernadette Jiyong Frank's work at FSU Museum of Fine Arts Exhibition

28th Tallahassee International Juried Exhibition

August 2013

The 28th Annual Tallahassee International FSU Museum of Fine Arts Aug 26 - Oct 6, 2013 Opening Reception this Friday, Aug 30, 5-8pm… read more

Ann Weber @ 425 Market

Ann Weber's exhibition at 425 Market is reviewed by SquareCylinder

August 2013

There is something pleasantly subversive about encountering Ann Weber’s recycled-cardboard sculpture in the twin corporate lobbies on either side of the glass skyscraper office building at 425 Market Street, near the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco. (One lobby faces a courtyard off Market; the other faces Fremont Street.) Weber’s elegant abstractions seem to have made themselves at home, visually commandeering the spaces through a combination of scale (some are really quite large) and a quiet assertiveness.… read more

Gonzalo Fuenmayor is interviewed about cultural hybridity and his artistic process

Gonzalo Fuenmayor, urban and tropical fusion

August 2013

Gonzalo Fuenmayor, born in Barranquilla, Columbia in 1977 is an artist currently living in Miami, Florida. As a Latin American who earlier moved to New York to study art, he started to absorb a different kind of culture. In this way, he merges the urban with the tropical like a personal sense of displacement. Clear forms of bananas turned into human heads, palm trees with mirror balls or exotic animals mixed with XVIII century rocaille sculptures, are some of the visual shapes we can observe in Gonzalo's works… read more

Apocalypse II, 2009

Gonzalo Fuenmayor's "Charcoal Fantasies" at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

7x7.com reviews Fuenmayor's current exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

August 2013

Separating himself from the drugs and violence so often associated with his country, Colombian artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor took on a subject that reflected a different cultural identity. That subject was bananas. And while Fuenmayor's aim was to position himself as Colombian in a lighthearted way, the controversies surrounding the Chiquita brand's international scandals (remember when the banana giant paid millions to Colombia's paramilitary groups in 2007, just six years after the US placed the groups on its list of foreign terrorist organizations?) added another layer of complexity to his work.… read more

Gonzalo Fuenmayor

7x7 SF lists Gonzalo Fuenmayor as a Don't-Miss Event

Don't-Miss Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

July 2013

San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery is hosting a new solo exhibition by artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor. They Say I Came Back Americanized features an array of stunning charcoal drawings by the Colombian-born artist.… read more

Water Logic, 2012

Jonathan Curiel interviews Ian Kimmerly for SF Weekly

Artist's Statement: Ian Kimmerly on Why Painting Is His 'Crazy Obsession'

June 2013

It was Renoir who said that a work of art "must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, and carry you away." Interviews with artists should have a similar effect. With "Artist's Statement," our weekly interview series with prominent and upcoming visual artists in San Francisco, SF Weekly speaks to the people behind the art you see in the galleries, in the museums, and in the streets.… read more

The Living Layer, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle interviews Ian Kimmerly about his current exhibition "Continuous Wave" at Dolby Chadwick

'Ian Kimmerly: Continuous Wave': Learning to engage the world intimately despite a flood of social media

June 2013

Distortions - whether caused by digitized blips, the bubbles of a hot spring or the fails of memory - have been a productive source of inquiry for S.F. artist Ian Kimmerly, whose solo show, "Continuous Wave," opens Thursday. His approach, a gestural hybrid of thickly layered abstraction and blurred-out photorealism, emerged from the most mundane of catch-up chores: transferring home videos from VHS and, gasp, Beta to DVD. "There were all these blips in them, and I started making paintings of them and thinking of them as source material," he recalls. "That's how I got into thinking about technology and memory and how those videos altered my experience of how I remember my childhood. I realized I told my family and friends about things that happened only because I saw it on the tapes - I couldn't tell you what happened before and after."… read more

Accrued Accompaniment, 2013

Hunt Rettig's exhibition "Cracked and Absorbed" opens at Nevada Museum of Art, June 1, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Hunt Rettig: Cracked and Absorbed

June 2013

Hunt Rettig has a solo Museum exhibition, “Cracked and Absorbed” at Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.… read more

Patience Will Keep You Alive, 2013

Ian Kimmerly's upcoming exhibit "Continuous Wave" is featured in Fine Art Connoisseur

Ian Kimmerly and “Continuous Wave”

May 2013

Ian Kimmerly is an artist who carefully navigates the realms of the physical and the conceptual, the representational and the abstract. His technique is bold and gestural; the marks of discrete, single brushstrokes remain visible throughout his busy canvases. An orchestrated color theme develops in each work, but splashes of bright and unexpected color disrupt any sense of monotony...… read more

Dolby Chadwick Gallery participates in the third annual artMRKT fair at Fort Mason Center

May 2013

artMRKT San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier contemporary and modern art fair, will feature 70 galleries from around the globe, bringing some of the world’s most intriguing artists and galleries to San Francisco. In showcasing historically important work alongside relevant contemporary pieces and projects, artMRKT will create an ideal context for the discovery, exploration and acquisition of art.… read article

Kaliva, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle Interviews Barbara Vaughn about her current exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Photographer Barbara Vaughn inspired by water

May 2013

San Francisco photographer Barbara Vaughn had spent decades doing black-and-white portraiture and figurative work. But in 2007, vacationing with her husband on the Greek island of Paros, Vaughn became transfixed by colorful and abstract reflections on water.… read more

Peter Selz reviews Ann Weber's Exhibition at Dolby Chadwick for Sculpture Magazine

San Francisco - Ann Weber: Dolby Chadwick Gallery

May 2013

Ann Weber’s large organic sculptures exist in the borderland between abstraction and figuration. Many of her swelling bodies evoke the female form, while others are products of her ingenious imagination. We are also reminded of chess pieces, doughnuts, balloons, and bobbins. Some appear like bowling pins, and one looks a little like a bugle horn. Her materials are as simple as can be: salvaged cardboard, which is cut into strips, held together by staples, and then shellacked for protection. The polyurethane coating lends a rich gloss to the finished works. Depending on the cardboard, the work is likely to be off-white, beige, or brown. Some of the pieces are enlivened by color, depending on the labels or advertisements. Weber’s work, using stuff that is readily available, recalls Arte Povera sculptures by Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, who worked with simple, everyday materials. ...see the entire review in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.… read Sculpture Magazine article

Alex Kanevsky’s painting on the cover of Harper’s Magazine.

May 2013

Alex Kanevsky’s painting, Interior with Meat, is featured on the May cover of Harper’s Magazine.… read Harper's Magazine article

Sacramento Press reports on Guy Diehl's "Billy Holiday" mural in Davis, CA

April 2013

Transmedia Art Walk a Great Addition to Davis Sacramento Press reports on Guy Diehl's "Billy Holiday" mural in Davis, CA becoming an instant hit with the locals… read more

Dolby Chadwick Gallery hosts the second not artNET

April 2013

Dolby Chadwick Gallery hosts the second not artNET networking event for young professionals in the arts… read more

Hanging Out, 2012

Huffington Post interviews Suhas Bhujbal about his current exhibition "Dialogues" at Dolby Chadwick

Suhas Bhujbal: Peace and Quiet

April 2013

Huffington Post writer John Seed interviews Suhas Bhujbal about his current exhibition, Dialogues at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.… read more

Backpack Sprayer, 2012

Kirsten Stolle is interviewed in Au Courant magazine

Kirsten Stolle - Artist Genetically Commodified Art

April 2013

Kirsten Stolle is on a mission. Through her art, she is communicating how our now genetically modified food supply is harming our bodies and other life in our world. Not a lot of people really think about GMOs and their presence in our food supply. I, myself, was not that concerned until I looked into it more. I thought, how could that be harmful? It’s still a tomato. But I found out that I was wrong and people like Kirsten are trying to educate us on the implications of GMOs to our health and the environment. Through how work titled Genetically Commodified, Kirsten transforms what you would commonly view under a microscope into works of art.… read more

Monet in His Garden, 2012

Huffington Post Arts & Culture interviews Alex Kanevsky regarding his recent show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Alex Kanevsky Is 'On Our Radar': Philadelphia Painter Reveals Why An Art Career Kills All The Fun

March 2013

Alex Kanevsky's paintings don't depict a moment in time, but the mysterious space before, after and during an event. The Russian-born painter attempts to capture the evasive nature of memory and the poetry of failure. His figurative works provide more questions than answers, from his portrayals of anonymous twins submerged in adjacent tubs or Claude Monet gardening in a psychedelic wash of paint. To find out more, we reached out to Kanevsky.… read more

Lisa Dolby Chadwick opens her home for Private Collections Tour benefiting Enterprise High School March 20, 2013

March 2013

Lisa Dolby Chadwick opens her home for Private Collections Tour benefiting Enterprise High School March 20, 2013… read more

Jim Phalen | Artichoke, Tomatillos, Rhubarb, 2009

Dolby Chadwick Gallery hosts Eleventh Annual Scholarship Benefit for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary’s College of California

March 2013

The Eleventh Annual Scholarship Benefit for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary’s College of California presents "The Language of Food: A Conversation with Samin Nosrat & Cindy Pawlcyn, moderated by Alev Croutier" on March 16, 2013, at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco.… read article

Rachel with Blue, 2012

DeWitt Cheng reviews Ann Gale's exhibition for Visual Art Source

Ann Gale

January 2013

The densely worked, emotionally charged paintings of Ann Gale manifestly rebut any resistance to painterly realism. The sixteen oil paintings here venture into various substrates (canvas, masonite, copper, panel, linen on panel), a pair of graphite drawings, and four works that lie between drawing and painting in oil and graphite on vellum. Friends and acquaintances of the artist pose for these traditional-format portraits — a term that the artist, surprisingly, has only recently accepted.… read more

Robert With Grey Shirt, 2012

Kenneth Baker reviews Ann Gale's exhibit at Dolby Chadwick, San Francisco Chronicle

Ann Gale extracts delight amid bleakness

January 2013

To liken the work of Seattle painter Ann Gale to that of the late Lucian Freud would feel like overpraising it. Yet they apparently shared a belief in depictive painting as an irreplaceable mode of scrutinizing humanity. Like Freud, Gale concentrates on portraiture. She also dislikes the term "portrait" because it encourages viewers to ascribe a clairvoyance to the painter, while what painters actually know better than anyone is their sitters' - and everyone else's - opacity.… read more

Knot 271, 2012 Resin, Arizona map and grass on panel 12" x 12"

art ltd.: Desert Supplement

Palm Springs & the High Desert: It's a Dry Heat

January 2013

When Mayme Kratz works, that could mean a number of things. The mixed-media artist, who has resided in Arizona since 1986, likes to walk the trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Superstition Mountains, which are visible from her studio just south of downtown. But on any hike, her eyes always wander to weeds, seeds, feathers, insect wings and other remnants that others might consider detritus. She scoops them into her sun hat or another container and, back in her studio, will examine her collection under a microscope to study colors, textures, forms and patterns. Quickly she envisions the reshaping of the materials into cast-resin wall pieces or columns. In a days-long process, she manipulates these revered objects from nature into precise patterns. Then she suits up with protective clothing and eyewear to apply at least a few coats of resin. Detail work with saws and sanders follows, until the pieces radiate an unexpected, ethereal beauty. Even the tiniest of objects reemerge as part of spirals, circles, crescents, ripples and more. As far as Kratz is concerned, desert flora and fauna hold limitless possibilities for reinterpretation in her works. The desert climate is key, as the dryness helps preserve objects, while the wide-open spaces offer more possibilities. Some of the more unusual items that have made their way into her studio include a bobcat's spine, wasp's gall, the mold of a brown pelican skull, rattlesnake ribs, and cactus blooms. It's possible to stare at her work and not grasp the materials she's used, as in a wall plaque bearing unrecognizable Mexican bird of paradise seeds, carefully compacted into a brown wreath, or when long shafts of wild grass turn into a thick mandala.… read more

Installation: Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Fecal Face reviews John DiPaolo's opening reception and current exhibition

November 2012

Fecal Face reviews John DiPaolo's opening reception… read more

John DiPaolo: A Forty-Year Retrospective

John DiPaolo’s Forty-Year retrospective monograph

November 2012

Dolby Chadwick Gallery produces first major monograph in celebration of John DiPaolo’s Forty-Year retrospective.… read more

Glassware, Everyday, 2010

Katina Huston's exhibition, "Goldberg Variations" is reviewed inThe Boston Globe

Shadows and light

October 2012

Katina Huston has a fascination with shadows. For her show at Chase Young Gallery, the artist placed drinking glasses on translucent mylar, according to the musical notation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. She shined lights and used ink to capture the glass’s shadows. The Goldberg Variations comprise an aria and 30 variations upon it. Huston’s process has a parallel: The form was a given; she shined lights across it according to her own pleasure.… read more

Slippy, 2012

Kenneth Baker reviews Sherie' Franssen's "Flesh & Blood" San Francisco Chronicle

October 2012

Franssen's fourth: Southern California painter Sherie' Franssen turns in a fourth solo show at Dolby Chadwick. Any visitor who knows her work will recognize it instantly, but may be surprised to find her moving - well, "backward" is too tendentious a word - but to a place she has already visited.… read more

Thorax Figure, 2008

American Craft Magazine awards Stephen De Staebler the highest honor of a Gold Metal for the 2012 Craft Council

Masters: Stephen De Staebler

September 2012

It’s a familiar phrase, but rarely does it seem as apt as when it describes Stephen De Staebler’s move to the Bay Area in 1958. With a bachelor’s in religion from Princeton and two years of Army service under his belt, the artistic 25-year-old enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, planning to earn a secondary-school teaching degree. He did, but three other things happened, too. He took a figure modeling class, prompting him to get his master’s in fine art. Meanwhile the area’s topography was reawakening a childhood fascination with landscape and terrain. And in 1959, Peter Voulkos showed up.… read more

Le Voeu Secret, 2011

Peter Selz reviews Edwige Fouvry's exhibit at Dolby Chadwick "Ars Memoriae" for Art ltd.

Edwige Fouvry: "Ars Memoriae" at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

July 2012

This show, titled "Ars Memoriae," marks Edwige Fouvry's first solo show in the US. Fouvry is a French artist living in Belgium, where her work has been exhibited since 1995. Antecedents for her highly original painting, which render the human figure with discomforting intimacy, can be seen in paintings by Oskar Kokoschka, Lucien Freud and Marlene Dumas. Observation, memory and imagination interact in Fouvry's painterly response to figures and faces, and, now also to landscape. These are intimate paintings, not large in scale, and done with a fluid, elegant brush, creating a smooth texture for canvases of modulated luminous color. A blood red surrounding the eyes in the woman's head inPortrait de Nuit (2011), evokes a feeling of sorrow, if not pain. This painting, like other renditions of the human face, in Le Voeu Secret (The Secret Wish) (2011) and the tragic Seul (Alone) (2011), are mysterious images of vulnerability and endurance. They call to mind philosopher Martin Buber's famous essay "I and Thou," in which he postulated the concept of "Dialogical Encounter." In these paintings by Fouvry, we are dealing with a painter whose committed encounters with her subjects evokes in turn the viewer's resonant response.… read more

Arigato Sugimoto-San, Calais, France, 1998

Pro Cameraman interviews Michael Kenna

July 2012

Born 1953 in Lancashire, England. He studied photography at London College of Printing in London, England. Even though he started off his career as a commercial photographer, he followed his passion for his personal work and then moved to United States in the late seventies. He has had shows in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. He also has photographs included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washinton, D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and many others. He has photographed for 40 years, and has had over fifty published books and monographs.… read more

Tip I, 2011

Kenneth Baker reviews Tom Lieber's exhibition "Wired" for San Francisco Chronicle

Painter Tom Lieber works his way out of tight spot

May 2012

Can a painter now practice without irony a style supposed to have burned itself out 50-odd years ago? This question licks like flames at the recent work of Tom Lieber at Dolby Chadwick. Lieber has long plied his own variant of Abstract Expressionism: improvising compositions with a briskness that purports to outrun conscious intention. The reminiscences stirred by a picture such as "Shift Red" (2012) - of Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), say, or Georges Mathieu - intensify the search for glimmers of parody or double-edged paraphrase in Lieber's paintings.… read more

Winged Woman Ascending, 2011

Squarecylinder highlights Stephen De Stabler at artMRKT May 2012

SF’s Triple-Play Art Fair Weekend

May 2012

Squarecylinder highlights Stephen De Stabler at Dolby Chadwick's booth for Art MRKT May 20-13, 2012.… read more

Shift Red, 2012

DeWitt Cheng reviews Tom Lieber's exhibition "Wired" for art ltd.

Critic's Picks: SF Bay Area

May 2012

The new show of abstract paintings by Tom Lieber, his second at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, is titled "Wired," referring not to the twittering electronic group mind, but to the faster pace of life in Los Angeles vis-a-vis Kaua'i, the artist's longtime home. Lieber said in an interview, about island life, "The lines in my paintings are reflections of my walks, and the way things grow here." Accordingly, his sojourn in Southern California has changed his work, too, charging it with new graphic energy. Judging from the preliminary images, the trademark scumbled, brushy mists that used to hover close to the picture plane, parallel to it, have receded into the luminous atmospheric haze, with tangled skeins of brown, burnt sienna, black and gray inhabiting the middle ground, occasionally coalescing into a shape that might be read as a roof or boat's hull--or not. Other works still contain dark soft-edged patches, but they, too, hint at mist and light and enigmatic tumbledown structures, reminiscent of Nathan Oliveira's Site monotypes which were inspired by Turner and that other Venice, stately and serene. "Wired" runs from May 3 to June 2 at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.… read more

Family, 2012

Vanessa Marsh’s "Family" acquired for the Richard L. Nelson Gallery, UC Davis permanent collection

May 2012

Richard L. Nelson Gallery, UC Davis Acquires Vanessa Marsh’s Family for the permanent collection.… read more

Portrait de Nuit, 2011

Kenneth Baker reviews Edwige Fouvry's exhibition "Ars Memoriae" for the San Francisco Chronicle

Edwige Fouvry: Re-embodied

April 2012

The space surrounding the figure is rich in optical cues - deep here, shallow there, pointedly ambiguous as to scale - but refuses to locate it legibly. Both the looseness of Fouvry's brushwork and the head's disconnection from the space around it lead us to see it not merely as isolated or afloat, but as severed. The grayness of the face's complexion reinforces the repellent hint of a post-mortem view. The mind retreats to the fact that severed heads make many appearances in the history of art, frequently with biblical sources. But an echo of physical recoil persists.… read more

Figure with One Arm Open, 2011

Artpractical reviews Stephen De Staebler's retrospective at the de Young

Matter and Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler

March 2012

I once walked into a small gallery under the roof of the Musée Maillol in Paris and found myself surrounded by a dozen of the French artist’s nude women in bronze. The iconic broad-shouldered figures startled me, arrested my movement. It is common in American museums to see one or two Maillols in a room—to be intrigued by their beauty, the power and grace of their form, the intensity of their gaze—but it is rare to be cornered by a posse of them.… read more

Dolby Chadwick Gallery hosts Tenth Annual Scholarship Benefit for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary’s College of California

March 2012

The Tenth Annual Scholarship Benefit for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary’s College of California presents “The Language of Film: A conversation with Robert Hass and David Thomson on March 10, 2012, at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.… read more

Blue-Green Torso, 1977 | Photo by DeWitt Cheng

DeWitt Cheng reviews Stephen DeStaebler's exhibition at the De Young Museum on Huffington Post

Stephen De Staebler: Matter + Spirit

March 2012

I'm not attracted to formal religion, but I am drawn to the questions that religion tries to deal with: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Those questions will never be answered in any final way. While you're alive here on earth, you can ignore them or you can try to deal with them.… read more

Winged Woman Walking I, 1987 Staglin Family Collection, Napa. © Estate of Stephen De Staebler

SF Weekly reviews Stephen DeStaebler's retrospective at the de Young Museum

"Matter + Spirit": Stephen DeStaebler's Angels Don't Fly

February 2012

From the dark and mangled Stephen DeStaebler sculpture that stands at attention near 251 Third St., just 20 seconds of walking will bring you to the Keith Haring dancers on the opposite corner of Howard Street. Haring's work lifts people. On a recent evening, I witnessed a couple saunter toward Haring's giant figures and then stop directly in front, where they kissed and sweet-nothinged each other for minutes. In front of DeStaebler's Man with Flame, meanwhile, no one kissed, laughed, or demonstrated anything resembling joy.… read more

Blue Face with White Stripe, 1971 | Photo: Philip Ringler

Kenneth Baker reviews Stephen De Staebler’s retrospective at the de Young Museum and discuses the bronzes at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle

Sculptor Stephen De Staebler grew as works decayed

January 2012

The title "Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen DeStaebler" sounds like conventional museum curator's lingo. But it fits very well the two-room exhibition at the de Young Museum that it names.… read more

An elevator crew unloads Stephen De Staebler's bronze sculpture "Winged Figure Ascending" (2011) from beneath the cabin of the passenger elevator used to lift the 410-lb. object to the second floor Dolby Chadwick Gallery for De Staebler's first posthumous

San Francisco Chronicle's Kenneth Baker describes moving DeStaebler sculptures into Dolby Chadwick Gallery

How crews get the hang of moving big sculpture

January 2012

Visitors who enter an exhibition like that of Stephen DeStaebler's bronzes at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery get the impression that it all came together effortlessly. But logistical headaches often lie behind the seamless look of such a show.… read more

Figure with One Arm Open, 2011 | Photo: Scott McCue

Stephen DeStaebler’s sculptures are a “Bay Area art pick” not to be missed according to Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area arts picks, Jan. 5

January 2012

Stephen DeStaebler: In mid-January, the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum will open "Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen DeStaebler," a posthumous survey of the Bay Area sculptor's work. Meanwhile, a gallery show featuring some of the last sculptures he made offers a foretaste of his techniques and creative thinking at their apex.… read more

Vanessa Marsh interviewed for "In the Make" blog

Vanessa Marsh

December 2011

Vanessa’s workspace is in her Oakland apartment in a neighborhood with tree-lined streets, where a pleasant, almost bucolic hush persists. Despite being a bit under the weather, she greeted us with warm enthusiasm and made sure to have some donuts on hand in case we had a mid-morning onset of hunger. I was excited to visit her and have the opportunity to further understand her process because conceptually it hadn’t completely come together for me— I needed to be walked through it and have her explain exactly how she goes about making the work she does. Essentially, Vanessa uses the silhouettes of small-scale models along with layered drawings on transparent acetate sheets to create photographic images. At her desk she was working on a new landscape drawing, and demonstrated her technique for drawing trees— her hand worked quickly, repeatedly moving the pen in short, precise ticks to create the branches.… read more

Looking Out, 2010

Peter Selz reviews Terry St. John’s exhibition at Dolby Chadwick for Art in America

October 2011

Terry St. John’s nudes are bodies of substance and weight, the result of his spontaneous response to a live model and his profound understanding of physical structure. St. John studied with James Weeks at the California College of Arts and Crafts in the 1960s, and he carries on the tradition of Bay Area Figuration. Like Diebenkorn before him, he casts the figure as the empathetic protagonist of a relationship of color and space.… read more

Untitled 1, 1982

John DiPaolo's work acquired for Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums, of San Francisco

October 2011

John DiPaolo's work acquired for Permanent Collection of Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums, of San Francisco, CA Untitled 1, 1982, Graphite wash on paper, 52.5 x 70 Inches… read more

Stephen De Staebler in his Berkeley, Calif., studio in 2009.

New York Times publishes obituary for Stephen DeStaebler

Stephen De Staebler, Sculptor of Bronze and Clay, Dies at 78

May 2011

Stephen De Staebler, a sculptor whose fractured, dislocated human figures gave a modern voice and a sense of mystery to traditional realist forms, died on May 13 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 78.… read more

Art Sake: Studio Views - Joshua Meyer

May 2011

Through persistence and hard work, Joshua Meyer (Painting Fellow ’10) has found that ultra sweet spot where paintings hover between order and chaos. One of the delights of his work is the transformation of the physical material of paint into a seemingly living breathing figure inhabiting an interior life. Let’s take a look at his studio and paintings.… read more

Bay Area sculptor Stephen DeStaebler (1933-2011)

San Francisco Chronicle publishes obituary for Stephen DeStaebler

Bay Area sculptor Stephen DeStaebler dies at 78

May 2011

Stephen DeStaebler, a Bay Area sculptor of international renown, died at his Berkeley home Friday from complications of cancer. He was 78. Mr. De Staebler, like his mentor Peter Voulkos (1924-2002), helped to reposition ceramic materials and techniques from the critical abjection of "mere craft" to media of major ambition in contemporary sculpture. Mr. De Staebler later extended his formal innovations into the more durable medium of cast bronze, which suited his many public commissions.… read more

"For Miguel de Unamuno II" (1985) oil, magna, charcoal, pastel and collage on paper by Jim Morphesis

Kenneth Baker reviews "Heads" exhibition curated by Peter Selz at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

"Heads" minus tales

April 2011

Art historian and museum director emeritus Peter Selz, now in his 90s, has a longer view than most of what has persisted and what has expired in the art of several generations past. So his choice of "Heads" as the theme of the show he assembled for Dolby Chadwick warrants serious reflection. Significantly, Selz sidelines the notion of portraiture, although several things on view announce themselves as portraits or self-portraits. "Heads" encompasses both living and dead, portrait and mask, individual and symbol.… read more

New York Observer on Jaq Chartier

On Display: Jaq Chartier at Morgan Lehman

March 2011

To make Large Spectrum Chart, which is both the highlight of “Slow Color” at Morgan Lehman and an important reference for its other pieces, Jaq Chartier began with a 40-inch-by-50-inch gessoed white panel. Using an eyedropper, she laid out 19 long rows of small vertical lines in a variety of stains. She covered the stains with spray-painted, horizontal bars in several shades of white. And then she laid over this deceptive whiteness a varnish whose interaction with the paint caused the stains to come blooming through.… read more

French Horn Dynamo Silver, 2011

Kenneth Baker reviewed Katina Huston's exhibition Big Noise in the San Francisco Chronicle

Katina Huston turns shadows into allusive images

February 2011

The tracing of cast shadows probably goes back to the forgotten origins of pictorial representation. That possibility lends the device, in Katina Huston's hands, a ready-made gravity. See her recent work at Dolby Chadwick.… read more

The Museum Meermanno-Wetreenianum, Den Haag, in The Netherlands acquires work by Seiko Tachibana

February 2011

The Museum Meermanno-Wetreenianum, Den Haag, in The Netherlands acquires work by Seiko Tachibana… read more

Mayme Kratz’s “The Blue of Distance 2”

Las Vegas Sun News reviews Mayme Kratz's 'Chromacity' exhibition

Chromaticity brings the warmth of the southwest to heart of the Springs Preserve

January 2011

Spiraling up through the center of the Big Springs Gallery at the Springs Preserve, Stephen Hendee's "Thermal" defines the heart of Desert Chromaticity. The crystalline column of light extends dramatically from the floor right up to the arc of light fixtures hanging from the ceiling above. Golden yellows emanate from the base of the monolith, softening warmly as they skim the rich hardwood floors. Moving up the column, yellow shifts to orange. Just as the light turns a deep magenta, the form intersects the dark shimmering metal of a suspended architectural plane. Cool tones ricochet across the metallic surface, creating a purpley-pink haze along the ceiling of the gallery. Contained within "Thermal" is the full spectrum of a desert sunset.… read more

Mayme Kratz, who uses found objects in her art, embedded shells in a square-foot piece of resin for 2010's "Shell Study 1."

Arizona Republic reviews Mayme Kratz exhibition at the Springs Preserve

Artist Kratz turns tiny objects into cosmic images

January 2011

In physics, there is the awe of the very large and the matching wonder of the infinitesimal: galaxies and quarks. And there is a rough mirror symmetry. In one there are electrons orbiting a nucleus, in the other, there are planets orbiting a star. Sometimes, the imagery can conflate. In either case, the scale of beauty simply takes no note of human existence, yet because of that, defines human existence.… read more

Wild Blue Yonder

Joshua Meyer interviewed by The Jewish Daily Forward’s art blog

Paintings That Hang in the Balance

January 2011

As you stand in the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, you can’t be sure if the figures in Joshua Meyer’s multi-layered oil paintings are emerging toward you or receding away into a complex sea of colors. That lack of certainty suits the artist just fine, as he considers his paintings to reside in “a netherworld, an in-between place of frictions, edges and reactions between different things.”… read more

Dislocated, 2010

SF Chronicle: 'Everything in Between': Joshua Meyer paintings

December 2010

Massachusetts painter Joshua Meyer, who uses a palette knife to create works he has referred to as collapsed time, says his works are explorations of the nature of experience filtered through the medium of painting - of how events that occur over days, weeks and months become individual layers on a canvas. The very concept of time, as it is represented in Meyer's oeuvre, is chaotic, unwieldy and not necessarily linear.… read more

Lovesick, 2010

Kenneth Baker reviews Sherie’ Franssen’s "Flesh Was The Reason" San Francisco Chronicle

Sherié Franssen amplify bold ideas

November 2010

For range and spark of invention, I can hardly recall a San Francisco gallery debut to compare with that of Oaklander Randy Colosky at Ampersand. Colosky identifies himself as a conceptual artist, but a vivid, exacting physicality distinguishes every piece in his show. Guest curator Tracy Wheeler must get some credit for the selection, which makes it look as if Colosky never repeats himself.… read more

Irish Cow, 2010

Kenneth Baker reviews Alex Kanevsky’s exhibition "Heroes and Animals" San Francisco Chronicle

Kanevsky at Dolby

October 2010

In Christopher Brown's "A Gardner's Notebook" at Berggruen and Alex Kanevsky's "Heroes and Animals" at Dolby Chadwick we see two painters seeking resistance within their art form.… read more

Valley, 2010

Kenneth Baker at the SF Chronicle reviewed Descend Ascend,Tom Lieber’s first solo show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Tom Lieber - abstractionist's art looks alive

September 2010

Stroke for stroke, Tom Lieber paints as well as any abstractionist out there. But he still struggles to pull paintings together, as his recent work at Dolby Chadwick demonstrates. Or perhaps his paintings show us an artist honestly at odds with his own facility or taste, and aware of mannerism as a pitfall that, even after 40 years' experience, he cannot always avoid.… read more

Thorax Figure (2008)

Peter Selz reviews Stephen deStaebler's exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Stephen deStaebler: The Endurance of Vulnerability

May 2010

For almost fifty years Stephen de Staebler has been engaged in building fractured human figures made of clay, which, he points out, is the crust of the earth (Latin for terra-cotta). He was introduced to clay at Berkeley in 1958 and studied with Pete Voulkos, the master of clay, and, like Pete, he built his own kiln and was on his way. He was mesmerized by the resistance of the material during the process of shaping it and by the unpredictability of the result when the work was fired. Like the Abstract Expressionist painters, de Staebler welcomed the element of chance.… read more

A Role for the Gods, 1987

The Crocker Art Museum acquires John DiPaolo for Permanent Collection

May 2010

The Crocker Art Museum acquires John DiPaolo for Permanent Collection: A Role for the Gods, 1987, oil on canvas, 96 x 72 Inches… read more

Orbis Erythromite, 2009

San Jose Museum of Art acquires Kirsten Stolle for their Permanent Collection

April 2010

San Jose Museum of Art acquires Kirsten Stolle for their Permanent Collection… read more

Big Abstract, 2002

John DiPaolo is featured in Juicy Paint a group show of select pieces from the San Jose Museum of Art's permanent collection

December 2009

John DiPaolo is featured in Juicy Paint a group show of select pieces from the San Jose Museum of Art's permanent collection… read more

A Quiet Town #60, 2009

Dewitt Cheng reviews the Suhas Bhujbal exhibit at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in art ltd.

Suhas Bhujbal: "Reincarnation" at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

November 2009

The neurologist Oliver Sacks recounted in “An Anthropologist on Mars,” the story of Franco Magnani, a San Francisco cook who, in 1965, began having vivid dreams of Pontito, the Tuscan village of his 1940s youth, and was thereby compelled, though untrained, to paint them, from memory, in astonishing detail; his visions became so powerful that, while painting, he re-experienced past sounds and smells and could even observe different vistas by simply looking around. Suhas Bhujbal’s masterful semi-abstract paintings of his childhood village, near Pune, India, may use photos rather than visions as sources, paradoxically eschewing photographic specificity, but they derive from the same urge to re-experience and preserve the past. Nostalgia is universal, and the San Francisco artist and teacher, who meditates, creates each painting as a “peaceful place” for us ungainly, hesitant adults, exiled from childhood’s magic circle of pure emotion and intense perception.… read more

Richard Whittaker Interviews Stephen DeStaebler for Works & Conversations

Interview: Stephen De Staebler

June 2009

John Toki encouraged me (Richard Whittaker) to interview his old friend and mentor, sculptor Stephen DeStaebler. The following conversation is distilled from three meetings with the artist at his home and studio.… read more

Rive Gauche, 2008

Franssen's exhibition "Driving Into the Ocean" featured in the Art Ltd. review "Under The Radar"

sherie' franssen

May 2009

Sherie’ Franssen’s massive, vigorous paintings revel in the depth and saturation that are hallmarks of oil paint. In reproduction, their extravagant thick surfaces are flattened and the organization of their vast spaces becomes less easily legible; compressed, her paintings look like firecrackers or chrysanthemums. In person, however, figures can be seen emerging from the depths of paint. Franssen is often inspired by art historical images, from Mantegna to Philip Guston. When one comes face-to-face with her paintings, much of the energy of the elaborately deconstructed and recontextualized canonical compositions carries through, bearing with it the resonance of centuries of connoisseurship and study.… read more

Group in Sea, 2008

Kenneth Baker lists Sherie’ Franssen in Top 5 Art Picks for 2008 in San Francisco Chronicle

Kenneth Baker's top 5 art picks for 2008

January 2009

Best new work of art, period All right, not even I believe this apples-over-oranges category makes sense. But I have a candidate, and it remains on view (through Jan. 31): Sherié Franssen's painting "Group in Sea" (2008), which appears in her exhibition at Dolby Chadwick in San Francisco.… read more

Primordial, 2009

Kirsten Stolle was awarded the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant (SFAC) for 2009/2010

January 2009

The grant will be used to support the development of her project "Anatomy of a Future Forest", a visual arts and educational project that explores future ecological scenarios within the context of global warming and other environmental impacts. The project will culminate in an exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in 2010.… read more

Group in Sea, 2008

Kenneth Baker reviews Sherie’ Franssen’s exhibition “Driving Into the Ocean” San Francisco Chronicle

Abstractions from paintbrush and camera

December 2008

When Southern California painter Sherié Franssen first showed her work in San Francisco two years ago, I thought that, already in midcareer, she must have hit her stride. But her new work at Dolby Chadwick marks an even higher pitch of daring and fulfillment. Her paintings may strike unprepared eyes as visual gibberish, but that's the first proof of her fearlessness as an artist.… read more

"Chart w/ 11 Whites," 2008, acrylic, stains, and spray paint on wood panel, 28" x 36" Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Jay Chartier Artist Profile for Art ltd.

Jaq Chartier

August 2008

The question “Is it science or art?” is both redundant and moot for Seattle-based painter Jaq Chartier. In her work, science and art merge in a kind of mutual commentary, grounded in the artist’s exacting trials and tests. Her compositions offer smears and stains atop off-white planes, viral-looking shapes weeping and bubbling up in extravagant DayGlo colors: fuchsias upon acid greens upon turquoise, blood-orange into canary yellow, flowing into each other with fuzzy, Rothko-esque transitions. Rarely have de-facto science experiments exuded such panache.… read more

"Circle Dream 9," by Mayme Kratz, 2006, mixed media (resin and yucca pods on board).

Tucson Weekly reviews Mayme Kratz exhibition

Complex Ambiguities The varied works of three artists at Etherton all demonstrate elliptical narratives

May 2008

Mayme Kratz has made a 21st-century "Starry Night" in resin and root. Vincent Van Gogh might have used oils and canvas for his midnight-blue masterpiece, but Kratz used earthy materials for her "Light of Blue 1." Her translucent resin on board is colored a stellar blue, and little bits of the plant radiate through this celestial plane like so many twinkling stars.… read more

Light and Crystals, 2008

Kenneth Baker reviews Katina Huston’s exhibition “Field of Vision” San Francisco Chronicle

Huston, wheels up

March 2008

Huston, wheels up: Bay Area artist Katina Huston has gotten a lot of artistic mileage out of drawings based on shadows cast by bicycle wheels, an image with surprisingly rich associations. Her recent work at Dolby Chadwick, in an exhibition that ends today, shows her at the end of that road, beginning to turn in a new direction.… read more

Artworks Magazine profiles Michael Kenna

Alone With Michael Kenna

June 2007

In a corner of Michael Kenna’s studio, a few dozen medals hang from a hook – inexpensive medallions attached to brightly colored ribbons and imprinted with words like Boston and New York. They are marathon medals. He’s completed 44 so far, and will race again in San Diego in June. “I like long distance running,” he says. “It’s like photography in some ways. I think any- time you’re in solitude for three or four hours and physi- cally pressed, your mind tends to be liberated some- what. I just find that I wander off into my own world.” Kenna likes to be alone –with his thoughts and with his camera.… read more

Blood Muscle Meat, 2006

Kenneth Baker reviews Sherie’ Franssen’s exhibition "Satisfaction is Nothing" San Francisco Chronicle

Visceral art that pushes out of the comfort zone

November 2006

Portland painter Sherie' Franssen borrowed a line from Philip Guston (1913-1980) to title her first San Francisco show at Dolby Chadwick: "Satisfaction is nothing." "Frustration is one of the great things in art," Guston said, "satisfaction is nothing." He was admonishing fellow painters more than viewers, but for years viewers of his late work found it frustratingly hard to decipher, especially considering that he had reverted from abstraction to imagery.… read more

Within and Out, 1988

The San Jose Museum of Art acquired two major paintings by John DiPaolo for their permanent collection.

July 2006

The San Jose Museum of Art acquired two major paintings, "Within and Out" and "Big Abstract" by John DiPaolo for their permanent collection.… read more

Fresno Art Museum: Inherent Processes

September 2004

Danae Mattes: Inherent Processes at the Fresno Art Museum. The Fresno Art Museum has presented many mid-career artists over the last fifty years and has an outstanding record of support for the work of California women artists. Few have possessed such a spirit of radiance and the informed sensitivity of sculptor Dane Mattes. It is with great pride that we introduce the exhibition "Danae Mattes: Inherent Process" to our patrons and supporting friends. Danae Mattes' ceramic sculptural abstractions are both organic and iconic. Informed by the natural world of process, Mattes hands have worked clay into vertical conceptual images presented as the "Sibyl Series". She has used both clay and water creating circular forms known as "Evaporation Pools". As a means of contemplation, these works take on a presence of timelessness offering a means of passage for the human spirit. The figures, though deliberately formed of clay, bear both mythological and poetic symbolisms that are ultimately released tot he transformative power of chance. Through the process of evaporation, randomly textural surfaces emerge giving voice to the mystery of permeability. Having chosen clay and water as medium, the condition of permeability becomes a metaphor for the essence of transformation. Educated at Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania, followed by earning an MFA at Long Beach State University, Mattes has an extensive record of solo exhibitions both in California and in Germany as well as numerous group exhibitions in the United States and in Europe. She has been an artists in residence most recently at Cite Internationale de Arts, Paris, France preceded by grants and residencies at the European Cermaic Work Center, s'Hertogenbosch, Holland; Taller Huara-Huara, Santiago, Chile; Kultusministerin des Landes Scheleswig-Holstein, Germany; Elbstrasse 41, City of Lauenburg/Elbe, Germany; and a One Year Grant, Kunstlerhaus, Lauenburg, Kultusministerin des Landes Schlesswih-Holstein, Germany. Danae Mattes has executed five public sculpture commissions and her work is represented in both private and public art collections.… read more

Kenneth Baker reviews Jaq Chartier for SF Chronicle

Art grapples with science and politics

March 2004

Seattle painter Jaq Chartier elegantly handles a problem inherited from the modernist mainstream: how to give abstraction meaning without reference. The problem lingers from the days when an ideological divide separated abstractionists and image-makers. Depiction disguised a painting's nature as a fabricated thing, practitioners of abstraction thought then. Imagery also ignored the etherealizing effect and spiritual implications that abstract work might evoke.… read more

Danae Mattes' Sibyls & Pools

September 2003

Danae Mattes was born in the eastern part of the US in 1958 and sent her childhood and college years in Pennsylvania, a region distinctly different from California. Mattes savored the tempo of the eastern seasons and developed a sensitivity to the impulse of nature. These early observations asserted a lasting influence on the artists, who cites the subtleties of nature as a profound influence in her work. Mattes' sculptural concerns are a part of a larger confluence of ideas. Nature, along with poetry and creative exchange are equal operatives in her artistic development. Her ideas are realized primarily in ceramic sculpture; mottled clay stalks, glacial-like pools and mythic steles define a scope of work she has been making for nearly 10 years. Engaging the sensibilities of nature is part of what defines Mattes' sculptural output. She tempers clay with water and finds opportunity in its many physical states: dry powder, liquid slip and its malleable form. The exchange of clay and water determines the ultimate result with atmospheric conditions as a less obvious third factor. For the artists these efforts go beyond a parallel of natural action to create a piece. Her practice includes contemplation of natural phenomena so that a subtle occurrence, like the reflection of a bird in flight over water, is more influential that its physical reality. In his book, Postmodern Ceramics, Mark Del Vecchio applies the term "organic abstraction" to the work of many artists whose styles portray in form and substance, realities found in nature. Whether volcanic, biomorphic, undulating or fluid, artists use clay to create work that is not far removed from the force of nature. As such temporal elements are often suggested in their work, "Dark Pool", 1996, illustrates this transitory aspect in the sculpture of Danae Mattes. The work itself made from stiff coloured clay, appears hewn with glacial scratches and fissures across the surface. Mattes echoes natural forces at play in the piece forming a geologically-inspired shallow arc. It then receives clay slip to create a pool or sluice. For her, the process of evaporation from the saturated form creates a situation of tension, often resulting in random cracking in the pool and the development of sunken surfaces. These sculptures are not static three-dimneionsal objects but rather aesthetic documents continuing an on-going investigation with symbolic implications. Mattes' stalk-like ensembles, titled Sibyl Series, are kindred figurations. She arranges vertical postured forms that address the contemplative aspect of her work. The series is comprised of several extensions that reach skyward. They are dusted with glaze stains and placed rhythmically on a wall slightly elevated off the floor. As a mythological figure a sibyl prophesied influential events. For Mattes they signify a prophetic voice unbound by time or culture. The iconic pieces are long trough-like forms of varying width. Approximately 2 m (6 ft) in height, they are like intermediaries reduced to a central spine and elongated orifice. Drawing parallels between the movement of water through the landscape and the movement of water through the body, the artist strives toward a heightened state of interconnectedness that goes beyond physicality. She explains: "Though their forms feel 'of the earth', a sibyl is not limited to the physicality of nature alone but exists in a state of ideological or spiritual receptivity and conveyance." As a sculptural presentation, the Sibyl Series is complex. The tempo of their arrangement and their poetic juxtapositions provide an interpretive opportunity. Her preference for coloured clays, coated with engobe or stain, define a surface that is crusty and tactile or cracked and smooth. The negative space between the forms also create a visual ebb and flow. When asked why she chose to work with clay in a series, her response that, "any one idea cannot be contained in one place," reflects her approach. While not all of Mattes' pieces contain the transitory component of water evaporation and residue, her sculpture consistently addresses implications of environmental traces. Whether through ceramic sculpture, site-specific installation or her folio-sized wall objects made of transparent paper and ink, her concerns go beyond the immediate objectification of the work to a transitory implication. Many sculptors desire the fingerprint or hand as a visible touchstone in their work but Danae Mattes implies geological forces to further suggest a secondary impression. To achieve this result is as much an internal as external process and one that is inspired more by a scope of thought than by the work of other artists. As clay is the most chameleon of all substances in its liquid, soft or malleable form, it allows for subtle manipulations realized in her sculpture. -Nancy M. Servis Director of The Pence Gallery in Davis, CA.… read more

Interview with Michael Kenna

January 2003

Michael Kenna's quiet approach to the environment provides a glimpse into the provocative and subtle serenity of landscape photography. Michael creates dream-like scenes by combining innovative and traditional photographic techniques. The results are soft, stark, enigmatic views of gardens, industrial sites, land, and seascapes from around the world. Water may become a sea of mist or the geometry of human intervention contrasted with a wispy cloud-filled sky. His photographs suggest contemplation and a poetic vision.… read more

American Artist interviews Guy Diehl

Methods & Materials: The Details on Details

August 2002

One of the most famous details in art must be the large pearl earring in Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring. Cover this one object and the impact of the entire painting is minimized. Perhaps it is the opportunity to create such a tremendous effect that overwhelms artists when they are deciding what small marks will leave a big impression. Guy Diehl claims he tried to avoid details for years, but one look at his current work shows his diligence in every aspect of his luminous paintings, including the details. For this Mill Valley, California, acrylic painter, detail is not just, for example, embroidery on a dress, but "any key element that goes into a painting," he remarks. "This can be the surface texture of objects, the exact play of light and shadow, or the number of parts in any area."… read more