san francisco art galleries

My AP photo class took a field trip to San Francisco two weeks ago and one of the art galleries we went to was Pier 26. My favorite exhibit was this room. A man decided to print every single picture uploaded to Flickr in one day and just pile them all into a room all the way to the ceiling. (350,000) It was amazing to just lay down in a sea of photographs and look at one and see into someone else’s life. There were so many weddings and special occasions and even just selfies. It was by the far the most interesting art exhibit I have been to.

SFAC Presents: Tiny Bubbles

“Like bubbles in a glass champagne, the effect of sharing space with these dramatically different worlds will be one of prickly effervescence” –Steven Wolf

Artists: Jerome Caja. Lisa Hanawalt. Porpentine Charity Heartscape. Longmont Potion Castle. Megan Reed. Kate Rhoades. J. Otto Seibold. Boots Riley. V. Vale

This show is a group exhibition created by former gallerist Steven Wolf. Tiny Bubbles features nine artists, known for creating dark an funny narratives set in imaginary worlds.

Exhibitions Date: May 3- August 19, 2017                                                   Location: SFAC Main Gallery 401 Van Ness, Suite. 126

Cat Love.

Primo Pitino.

Valencia St @ Erie Alley in San Francisco, Ca

Mural at @parlorsf - a pop up gallery on the 200 block of Valencia St in the San Francisco Mission District. 

By Primo Pitino a DJ and into painting and drawing cats. He painted another mural several years ago a few blocks away that is no longer up. 

Done for opening of Parlor SF that is selling art and furnishings by local artists like Todd Hanson and Ronald Chase artist and founder/director of Art and Film for high-school students. Todd is on Tumblr.

Back and Forth

Collin van der Sluijs. Super A.

Howard @ 6th St in San Francisco, Ca

These two artists are from the Netherlands and have a show at First Amendment Gallery where they have both individual and collaborative artworks. This is a great show. Go see it. 


‘All Ends with Beginnings’ – for gauntletgallery’s 3rd annual Daft Punk tribute exhibition, opening this weekend in San Francisco.

Believe me when I tell you that this was so much fun to make. If you’re interested, over on instagram I shared several previews of work in progress as it came together.

Prints will be for sale online at some point soon after the show opens (at Gauntlet Gallery’s discretion). This is my first show with Gauntlet so thanks to the guys for reaching out.


Joan Cornellà - A Solo Show at Spoke Art Gallery
Through Saturday, March 26th, 2016.

 Working primarily in comics, this month’s show explores the twisted world that Cornellà has so carefully crafted for us. Through simple, wordless imagery, Cornellà is able to effectively convey all that he sees humorous, no matter how taboo.

Upon first glance, Cornellà’s work seems light-hearted and playful, his figures all share a generic blank smile and bright cheery color palette (akin to 1950’s advertising or Airline safety pamphlets) Upon further inspection however, the overwhelming morbidness and unnerving nature shines through with unparalleled force. Black comedy, at it’s core, is about satirizing subjects that are traditionally prohibited, things that are seen as too sacred or off limits. Cornellà pokes fun at such topics and cuts to their core with gags and minimal visual clues, illustrating scenes of cannibalism, infanticide, deification, murder, suicide and amputation (used most frequently). While some feel affronted by his work, many connect over it, laughing and feeling bad for laughing all at the same time.


On view now through July 31: Collage Gallery’s artist for June and July is Barbara Pollak-Lewis, a Painter, Illustrator, Freelance Art Director and published Children’s Book Author who has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay area since 1989.

Barbara writes about her work, “I was born in a small suburban town into a very traditional post-war ‘Mad Men’ era family. My mother was a housewife and my dad a businessman who travelled extensively. Much of my subject matter addresses a mid-20th century sensibility. From Jell-O molds to disgruntled housewives to screaming babies and husbands with headaches…I seek to capture the familiar bygone cultural ideas and trappings of American culture.”

Join us for an Opening Reception Friday, June 30, 6-8pm and meet the artist. Stop by now to get first selections before they sell!

Drawn to Art: Meet Red Bull Doodle Art Contest Region Winner Shiella Witanto

Place a pen to paper and chances are you’ve experienced the impulse to draw a doodle—be it a stick figure, smiley face, or perhaps someone you saw on the train that morning. For some talented doodlers, that very impulse paid off, giving them the opportunity to share their imagination and talents on an international stage.

Academy of Art University BFA alumna Shiella Witanto was announced as the region winner for the Red Bull Doodle Art competition—a worldwide art competition inviting university students to submit their artwork and showcase their artistic talent. Among 47 winners, Witanto represents the West region of the United States.

With encouragement from Director of Illustration Chuck Pyle, Witanto submitted her doodle to the contest, which garnered 445 entries from regional universities. Her winning image featured a number of Witanto’s inspirations—an astronaut, steam engine train, and dragon.

(The winning doodle by Academy of Art University alumna Shiella Witanto)

“I wanted to cite some of my interests and inspirations—namely, the future and the past, as well as reality and fantasy—while trying to keep things whimsical,” she said. “It was meant to be rather spontaneous, but I was satisfied with the results.”

Her work will join the others in the Red Bull Global Virtual Reality Gallery hosted at Academy of Art University June 24 – June 25.

After traveling to the Academy at the age of 17 from her home in Indonesia, Witanto initially pursued a career in animation. Three semester later, she made the switch to the School of Illustration.

(Little Red Riding Hood by Academy alumna Shiella Witanto)

“I’ve always loved drawing since my childhood, but for a long time it was never a viable career option,” Witanto said. “I first started [at the Academy] in animation, but soon realized that the picture-making process was what I was in love with.”

(Kitchen Mayhem by Academy alumna Shiella Witanto)

Witanto, who graduated Spring 2017 from the School of Illustration, credits her growth at the Academy for her understanding of what it takes to succeed in a career as an illustrator.

“I had very little idea what an illustrator does or what it means to be an artist. Fast forward five years, I am now a proud alumna and I’ve learned so much,” she said. “I’ve grown not only in terms of technique, but also in my understanding of the field as a business as well as a creative process.”

(Legend of the Lunar Eclipse by Academy alumna Shiella Witanto)

The School of Illustration offers a curriculum that mixes advanced technology with classical training to equip students with the skills needed to meet the industry’s growing demand for traditional and digital media artists. The program provides a contemporary approach to techniques in drawing, composition, and storytelling. In addition, students obtain marketing and business tools that benefit artists as they go on to pursue their careers.

“Many people say that being an illustrator or an artist in general is easy, but they don’t know how much work goes into it,” Witanto said. “It may be a long, hard journey ahead, but at the end of the day, it’s such a privilege to be able to do what you love for a living. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

For more information about the upcoming Red Bull Global VR Gallery hosted at Academy of Art University, please visit our Facebook page. The gallery runs from June 24-25 at 79 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

View more of Witanto’s work by visiting her website at


Chromatic Erratics - Caia Koopman, a solo show
On view: Through March 28th, 2015

“Chromatic Erratics”, a solo show of Santa Cruz-based artist Caia Koopman, is her first solo exhibition at Spoke Art with a brand new body of work.

Originating from the roots of Pop Surrealism, “Chromatic Erractics” is an exploration of Caia’s personal aesthetic and the California culture that so deeply saturates her subject matter. Growing up in Southern California, Caia is considerably drawn to the surf, skate and tattoo culture; these lowbrow influences, combined with her love of nature result in a visually striking style, full of eccentric illustrative touches.

Consisting of a series of small to medium sized portraits and one large-scale mural, “Chromatic Erratics” is a kind of reflection into Caia’s artistic mind. Each piece holds a special place for her, each figure resonates on a different level. The female subjects that grace her paintings are forceful in their feminist gaze yet remain fluid and organic akin to the nature that surrounds them. Surreal and whimsical all at once, Caia’s females are intentionally situated the colorful dreamlike world of their own making.

A staunch devotee to environmentalism, Caia hopes her work will raise awareness about the deteriorating ecological state of our earth. “I am pretty much horrified at what humans are doing to the planet and all its inhabitants. There is an incredible imbalance right now, this planet can not sustain the life humans are sucking out of it daily. I hope that my art speaks to people about the respect for nature and our fellow critters that I feel.” she states.

A highly anticipated exhibition, “Chromatic Erratics” is a swirling display of surrealist painting and illustration.


Tom Bagshaw


“My piece for the next Supersonic Electronic Invitational (SE4) show taking place on 10th January 2015 at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco, California. This is a 12x16” (excl frame) piece on cotton rag stock, embellished with antique gold paint and some added acrylic texture, varnished and framed.

The SEI shows are always amazing but this show in particular looks like its going to be something special, check out this incredible artist lineup: Alessandra Maria • Alex Pardee • Allan Innman • Amy Sol • Bezt • Brett Amory • Cahill Wessel • Cam Floyd • Camilla d’Errico • Casey Weldon • Charlie Immer • Charmaine Olivia • Christian Rex van Minnen • Christine Wu • Conrad Roset • Dan Christofferson • Daniel Danger • David Slone • Edwin Ushiro • Erik Jones • Fumi Mini Nakamura • Glenn Arthur • Hanksy • Hannah Stouffer • Haunted Euth • Henrik Uldalen • Hikari Shimoda • Hsiao-Ron Cheng • Jason Edmiston • Jeff Ramirez • Jen Mann • Joanne Nam • Joao Ruas • Joel Daniel Phillips • Ken Garduno • Ken Taylor • Kikyz1313 • Lauren YS • Lucien Shapiro • Matt Ritchie • Matthew Woodson • Meryl Pataky • Mike Mitchell • ONEQ • Ozabu • Peter Adamyan • Peter Chan • Rebecca Mason Adams • Robert Bowen • Sail • Sam Wolfe Connelly • Sarah Joncas • Seamus Conley • Sean Newport • Sergio Lopez • UYU • Stella Im Hultberg • Steve Kim • Tatiana Suarez • T.S. Claire • Tom Bagshaw • Winnie Truong • Zoltron

A huge thank you to Zach at SE for inviting me to this show- im really looking forward to seeing the other works!! Please get in touch with Spoke art for purchase enquiries.”