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Alex Lukas Interview
Saturday, 09 February 2008 03:50
This RISD graduate and one time Andrew Schoultz assistant and Cantab Publishing founder has settled in Philly working on his art 12 hours a day @Space 1026.
Geoffrey Todd Smith Interview
Monday, 04 February 2008 05:56
Dubbed one of Chicago's most collectible artists, and being exhibited all over the place, Geoffrey Todd Smith is shaping up to be one of Chicago's most promising artists.
Ian Francis Interview
Thursday, 31 January 2008 13:10
This England based artist had his first U.S. solo show @BLK/MRKT in 2007 and sold it out. We've been meaning to interview him for awhile.
Bjorn Copeland Interview
Thursday, 24 January 2008 04:13
This NYC based artist is part of the 3 piece Black Dice and is showing this spring at Jack Hanley's NYC gallery.
Eric White Interview
Monday, 21 January 2008 09:46
Manuel talks with Eric about his new work, why he hasn't shown in awhile and how he ended up at David and Patricia Arquette's house for dinner plus more.
Mark Mothersbaugh Interview
Thursday, 03 January 2008 09:17
The front man for Devo speaks on art, selling out to Swiffer, working with Wes Anderson, and everything Devo from its beginnings to the possibility of a Devo movie?! Andreas sits down with him in LA for this incredible and meaty interview.
Ala Ebtekar Interview
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 08:53
An in depth fascinating interview with this Berkeley based artist who just had a solo show up @Gallery Paule Anglim. Interview by KQED's Cynthia Houng.
Marci Washington Interview
Monday, 19 November 2007 06:08
Graduate student @CCA Oakland and soon to be featured in New American Paintings, this 27 year old painter is one of our favorites.
Nancy Chan Interview
Sunday, 04 November 2007 12:33
Oakland native, Hot and Cold participant, CCA graduate and employee, she's also satisfied with black and white as her primary palette.
Greg Simkins Interview
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 10:39
This graffiti artist recently turned pop surrealism painter just sold out a huge solo show in LA.
Pat Graham Interview
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 13:18
In the 19 years that Pat has been shooting music photos, he's been with some of the best: Modest Mouse, Tortoise, Fugazi, Elliot Smith, Bikini Kill, The Make-Up, and many more.
Jim Houser Interview
Monday, 01 October 2007 05:03
Advice: give away the first 100 paintings you make, and get a job that you can steal from... Inspiration: sea water, dog fur, and dried blood.
Interview: Richard Colman
Monday, 24 September 2007 06:40
LA & SF based artist who has a show up at White Walls in SF until Oct 6th, '07.
Shepard Fairey Interview
Tuesday, 14 August 2007 07:49
I don't think Shepard needs an intro... If so, you've been living under a log for the last 10 years... Our East Coast correspondent Manual Bello brings us a great interview with this art legend.
Manuel Bello
Sunday, 22 July 2007 11:13
Shawn Kuruneru Interview
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 03:47
Chris Pew interviews this Montreal based artist before his show that opens at Receiver Saturday July 14th and runs till Aug 11th here in SF.
Mel Kadel Interview
Monday, 09 July 2007 06:28
Hailing from a log cabin in the hills of Los Angeles, Mel just designed 6 bottles of wine, did some graphics for Foundation, lives with Travis Millard, used to skip school and designed Beck's Christmas card?
Anthony Lister Interview
Monday, 02 July 2007 03:46
Australian artist living in NYC who's solo show opens @Fifty24SF this Thursday, July 5th here in SF.
Michelle Blade Interview
Thursday, 21 June 2007 06:07
This SF based artist is showing right now at Park Life and is working on a solo show for Motel gallery in Portland. She also has a thing for group hugs.
Kill Pixie Interview
Monday, 18 June 2007 05:06
Say hi to this nocturnal Sydney based street artist. He's got a show coming up at Monster Children that you need to see.
Interview: Nikki McClure
Tuesday, 12 June 2007 08:32
Cynthia Houng interviews this Olympia, Washington based artist who's known for her painstakingly intricate paper cuts and her work with K and Kill Rock Stars.
Chris Pew Interview
Thursday, 07 June 2007 07:56
A video and text interview with this Oakland based artist and Receiver Gallery curator.
Faile Interview
Monday, 04 June 2007 09:50
Manuel Bello sits down with infamous art collective know as Faile just before the drop of their super covert New York City show Thursday, June 7th. Stay tuned for details..
Chris Von Szombathy
Friday, 25 May 2007 03:42
A visual artist/producer/bass player from Vancouver B.C. working on a new book with Drawn and Quarterly.
Erkut Terliksiz Interview
Sunday, 29 April 2007 13:15
How many artists do you know who live in Turkey? Meet this 29 year old painter/ designer.
Interview: Michael Hsiung
Monday, 23 April 2007 07:31
"Mermen are always awkward and heavy drinkers, centaurs have a special male bond, ice skaters are sort of falling all the time, and Hitler is always doing things unrelated to his Reich days."
Cody Hudson Interview
Thursday, 12 April 2007 10:24
When he isn't working on his art & design, this Chicago based artist enjoys ice fishing, sleeping, reading and all things made of wood... Ben Fasman, editor at large for Stop Smiling Magazine, interviews.
Megan Whitmarsh Interview
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 07:20
Jane Kim interviews this LA based artist who just wrapped up a show this fall at New Image Art.
Dalek Interview
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 06:17
"Early one morning while taking a walk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn I begin to get a strange feeling as if I was about to witness a car accident..."
French Interview
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 06:12
Yasha interviews this English death metal listening English illustrator who just wrapped up a show in NYC at KCDC.
Keith Shore Interview
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 05:05
Late 20's is definitely that time in a guy's life where a man boob can sneak up on you out of nowhere - gots to be careful.
Porous Walker Interview
Monday, 12 February 2007 15:09
Years and years of Porous and he's finally properly on the site with a nice interview... with video.
Jay Howell Interview
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 05:54
Jesse interviews this SF based artist who has a thing for dogs and boners.
Vic Blue Interview
Monday, 22 January 2007 11:34
This award winning Bay Area photo journalist talks about his trade and its changes as the web plays more of a roll.
John Copeland Interview
Monday, 15 January 2007 08:58

Our NYC correspondent interviews this Brooklyn based painter.
David Choe Interview
Thursday, 04 January 2007 11:17
A preview of this Bay Area painter's show at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC. We spoke with him before the show opened.
Andrew Schoultz Interview
Monday, 27 November 2006 05:13
SF based muralist and painter has been producing amazing work for years.
Matt Furie Interview
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 04:01
"The Neverending Story was a big deal to me growing up"
Jason Lee Interview
Monday, 13 November 2006 03:16
He's a skate/tv star but also one hell of a great photographer. Isaac brings us this exclusive interview.
Josh Keyes Interview
Monday, 06 November 2006 06:38
This Yale graduate is new to the Bay Area and is producing amazing work!
Monica Canilao
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 05:12
Interview with this great Oakland based artist who has a guinea pig named "The Karate Kid".
Monday, 09 October 2006 08:21
Matt Irving interviews Niall McClelland & Lukas Geronimas who together form this wicked Canadian duo.
Tiffany Bozic Interview
Monday, 02 October 2006 08:59
We've known Tiffany for years and it's a pleasure to introduce you to this Oakland based painter.
Weston Teruya
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 05:10
Interview with a great Bay Area artist and CCA MFA graduate.
Jonathan Weiner
Wednesday, 06 September 2006 13:55
Ryan Morris interviews this great Brooklyn based illustrator.
Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh
Wednesday, 30 August 2006 06:47
Fecal Face's Jesse Pollock and Dave Potes travel down to LA to interview this talented duo!
Saturday, 26 August 2006 06:11
One of our favorite SF artists shows us some of his newest works.
Mark Borthwick
Tuesday, 22 August 2006 08:24
Kate Sennert interviews this New York based experimental filmmaker, photographer and musician.
Casey Jex Smith
Thursday, 06 July 2006 09:56
Chris Pew interviews this Oakland based artist who used to be a Mormon missionary in Brazil.
Rich Jacobs
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 14:42
Yasha interviews this NYC based artist and curator.
Gregory Euclide
Wednesday, 31 May 2006 08:00
Teacher/ Painter/ Minneapolis liver
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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details



The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.


Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading


"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.


Work by Meryl Pataky


In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59


Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link


1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.


Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details



NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON


Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:39

Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.








Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...

Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.

Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.

Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?

Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.

Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.

Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.

FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners

Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.

Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.

NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.

Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding

"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle

Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.

Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.

Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.

The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.

The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.

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