Tuesday, November 5, 2013

William Lagattuta & Robert Townsend

Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce a two-man exhibition of new work by Robert Townsend and William Lagattuta. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30. The exhibition will continue through November 30, 2013.

Robert Townsend’s work explores the mystique of vintage Americana. Lustrous images of sweet delights, smooth sets of wheels, and commonplace objects and scenes of the 1950’s and 1960’s are the artists’ inspirations. Townsend was raised in LA by parents who had grown up in 1950’s Los Angeles. His fascination with the culture of this period has drawn from artists whose work equates to a very specifically Californian aesthetic: Ed Ruscha, Robert Bechtle, Wayne Thiebaud, and Ralph Goings. Townsend considers his works “pop realism”, allowing viewers to indulge in a sweet nostalgic fantasy of retro American ingenuity.


In imagery meant to evoke the road trips, trail markers and European adventures of youth, William Lagattuta uses arrows to point forward a seemingly directionless path. They are a guide, which exemplify the endless possibilities and directions we have to choose from when following our passions and ambitions in life. Lagatutta himself chose the path of artistry in 2007 after working as a television correspondent and anchorman for over three decades, allowing his artwork to serve as a personal quest into creatively understanding and translating the complexities of life onto tangible mediums of paint, wood, and metal.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by renowned American artist, Lawrence Gipe. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, October 3 from 5:30-7:30. The exhibition will continue through November 2, 2013.

Lawrence Gipe is an American Social Realist painter whose nostalgic images evoke a time of progression and uncertainty. His exploration of the aesthetic ideology of 20th century propaganda is an attempt to re-contextualize imagery that often doesn’t bear witness to the errors of history. Working from archival images from the early to mid 1900’s, his paintings breathe life into the monochromatic subjects. The style is reminiscent of early Impressionism; layered and textured brush strokes give each piece a soft focused reality. Gipe’s atmospheric paintings not only comment on the social context from which they are borrowed, but romanticize the tumultuous times within the socio-political imagery. Gipe’s work demonstrates the complimentary relationship between art and the understanding of history.

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Lawrence Gipe was born in Baltimore in 1962 and currently lives and works in Tucson, AZ, where he teaches painting at the University of Arizona. He has shown extensively throughout the US and abroad. His work has been featured in Art in America, ARTnews, ArtSlant, Harper’s, Artforum, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. His work is in the museum collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Kemper Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Yale University Library, Boise Art Museum, Federal Reserve Board, and Rutgers University. Gipe has shown with Hespe Gallery since 2008.

To view the exhibition online, please follow this link: http://www.hespe.com/dynamic/exhibit_artist.asp?ExhibitID=200

For further information, including pricing, please contact us at 415.776.5918 or info@hespe.com.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kim Cogan, Flotsam, September 5th-28th

Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Kim Cogan. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The exhibition will continue until September 28, 2013.
San Francisco-based artist Kim Cogan drifts into an exploration of coastal landscapes in his new solo show, Flotsam. By observing the environments and structures seen along the coast, Cogan brings together the sensibilities and techniques he applied to create his atmospheric city scenes and kinetic wave paintings and seascapes.

Through his use of light, color and shadow, Cogan chooses to exaggerate a mood or overstate emotional content. “The painting is built up in several layers—some translucent, some opaque—in order to create depth,” says Cogan. “I often add or subtract details to focus the viewer on a specific area of the composition”. Cogan continues to astound with his remarkable handling of his materials and his insight into what makes a composition successful. This new body of work is his most dramatic to date, the glowing subject in stark contrast to the darkened plane of the surround. With this stylistic change, Cogan’s work takes on a haunting, ethereal quality.
Kim Cogan was born in Korea in 1977. He received a BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Arts Quarterly, Artweek, Harper’s, American Art Collector and SF Weekly. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives and works in San Francisco. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hiroshi Sato August 1 - 31st

Hespe Gallery is excited to present new works by Hiroshi Sato. The exhibition runs August 1 - 31, 2013, with an opening reception on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Hiroshi Sato’s new works explore the idea of contentment. The viewer is invited to experience the immediate moment, to allow ones self to be present in a feeling or environment. The seaside, with the ocean’s ability to captivate the viewer, is the perfect metaphor to convey this concept. Gazing out at the infinite sea provides moments of contemplation and lulls us into a state that is as perpetual as the rolling waves. In the presence of such great beauty, we are reminded of our relationship to our surroundings. Sato also examines the premise of a duality underlying our psyches by using a graphic element that is representative of the conscious and subconscious self. These layers both conceal and expose, aiding in the sense of mystery and depth of feeling. At age 25, Sato already possesses an original artistic signature that transcends the boundaries of both academic and contemporary art.

Sato was recently named one of 21 artists under 30 to watch by Southwest Art Magazine. He is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he recently completed his BFA. This will be Sato’s second solo exhibition at Hespe Gallery. The exhibition will take place in Suite 210 of 251 Post Street.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eric Zener's new works in resin opens Thursday!

Zener’s work explores the essence of a baptismal surround; the figures suspended in cerulean abstraction, effervescent bubbles cutting through the viridian abyss. For the viewer, these works express the true sensation of immersion as both a physical, mental, and spiritual experience. The water’s ability to caress and uplift the human body has fascinated him; the psychological effects that buoyancy offers have provided Zener with great inspiration and clarity. 

The works are created starting with gold or silver leaf on panel, with the image then built up using resin and photo transfer. He then alternates between resin and ink. This layering process adds to the richness of his underwater scenes, giving the artistic plane incredible depth of color and composition. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mimi Jensen at Hespe Gallery

Hespe Gallery presents new still life paintings by Mimi Jensen beginning May 2 through June 1, 2013.  A reception will be held on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Mimi Jensen is a hyperrealist still life artist. She paints scenes that she has carefully constructed as analogs to actors on a stage. Much like actors, the objects communicate meaning through their individual presence and through their relationship to other objects in the scene. Her compositional style places the objects on the same plane without depicting one as superior to another. Reflection plays an incredibly important role in Jensen’s works, revealing portions of each scene that would typically have been concealed, a technique often utilized in Dutch still life. Through reflection, the objects transcend their basic nature and become communicative vessels for Jensen’s personal world. Just as she draws from still life technique, Jensen overtly pays homage to artists with significant personal influence on her, often including a postcard of their work or a stack of art books. Before and among such influential works, the objects which Jensen takes the most pleasure in painting are some of her favorite things: a martini, a tiffany box, a classic novel. The symbolic reward of these objects reminds us that all things in life are worthy of appreciation, and even the seemingly mundane objects in our world are worth celebrating. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Last chance to see our 20th Anniversary Exhibition!

Our 20th Anniversary Exhibition is coming to a close on April 27th. There are only a few days left, so don't miss your chance to see this amazing work in person! Located at 251 Post Street in Suite 420 and 210, in the heart of Union Square. 

Kevin Moore, "Collective Culture"

Wolfgang Bloch, "no.980-2013"
Robert Townsend, "Look Inside!"

Friday, March 8, 2013

Our new group exhibition features works by Richard Ambrose, John Evans, Patricia Chidlaw and Pablo D'Antoni.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Don't Miss the Nudes at Hespe Gallery!

Our Nudes Exhibition is coming to a close this Saturday, March 2nd. Don't miss your chance to see these gorgeous works! Located at 251 Post Street in Suite 210.

Steven Assael, "Reclining Female Nude", 10x14"

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nudes Exhibition opens February 5th, Opening Reception February 7th at 5:30!

Nudes: A Group Exhibition is opening February 5th in our beautiful new gallery space at 251 Post Street in Suite 210. The show will run through March 2nd and features some amazing works by Jamie Adams, Steven Assael, Kim McCarty, Alyssa Monks, Hiroshi Sato, Stephen Wright and Eric Zener. Please join us for the opening reception Thursday, February 7th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Jamie Adams, "Jeanniejig", 34 x 24 in, 2011

Kim McCarty, "Fabricated Nude", 40 x 26 in, 2009

Alyssa Monks, "Stroke", 11 x 16 in, 2010

Stephen Wright, "Asleep", 66 x 33 in

Eric Zener, "Lotus", 48 x 38 in, 2012

New Group Exhibition on display now through March 2nd!

Our new group exhibition is up and running! Located at 251 Post Street in Suite 420, this wonderful new show features works by Elaine Coombs, Alicia Dubnyckyj, John Evans, and Mark Goings. Come by our gallery in the heart of Union Square to view these vibrant new works in person!

Elaine Coombs, "When You Know I", 40 x 30 in, 2012

Alicia Dubnyckyj, "3rd St, SF", 36 x 48 in

John Evans, "Very Quiet", 60 x 48 in, 2012

Mark Goings, "Vallejo Pink", 48 x 60 in, 2010