An exhibition of 100 Octopus paintings by Bay Area artist Jon Altemus
“Ever since I designed the Octopus Grotto exhibit at the Aquarium of the Bay in 2008, I’ve had an ongoing crush on Octopuses – the most charismatic cephalopod of them all!”
In this exhibition, Altemus’ paintings offer a delightful and deeply satisfying blend of recognizable themes with abstract images, combining rich hues of paint color with painted and captured images from sources ranging from comic books to sheet music.
More information about the exhibition can be found at http://jon-altemus.squarespace.com/about.
This is the third time Altemus has shown his work in this iconic gallery, a historic gem that pre-dates the 1906 earthquake and is one of downtown San Francisco's last links with her colorful, bohemian past. While many of the original buildings in the area did not survive the era of high-and-higher architecture, the historic Canessa Building has -- and continues to glow with the light, life, and magic of artists at work.
“I absolutely love Jon’s work – it is whimsical and beautiful and intriguing all at once,” says Zach Stewart, the gallery director. “Each time I look at one of his paintings, I see something new. Each work is beautifully layered, so images keep emerging as you get to know the work. It is a real joy to have Jon returning to the gallery. His work really fits here”.
Artist: Jon Altemus; email@example.com; 510-812-3108
Wednesdays 12-3 PM
Fridays 6-9 PM for the month of January
By appointment, 415-296-9029 (gallery) or 510-812-3108 (artist)