Good Stuff
"Moss Ball" by Jay Howell
Written by Van Edwards   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 12:36

FFDG is happy to offer the peice "Moss Ball" by Jay Howell in advance of his solo show "Enthusiastic Person" opening on Friday, Feb 1st. Available as of Jan 17th.

Howell's last show with FFDG sold out in preview.

"Moss Ball"
by Jay Howell
ink and gouache on paper, framed
29" x 24" (artwork: 24" x 19")

"Moss Ball" (detail)
by Jay Howell

"Moss Ball" (detail)
by Jay Howell

Gardenerism by Adam Batchelor
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 12:00

Gardenerism, pencil and coloured pencil on circular paper, by England based Adam Batchelor (b.1988). Read a mini interview we did with Adam back in 2010.

Detail of Gardenerism

Jason Woodside
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:27

Recent wall action by NYC based Jason Woodside.



David De La Mano of Uruguay
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 11 January 2013 16:02

Our buddy Flavio Samelo from Sao Paulo, Brazil emailed photos from some wall action by David De La Mano of Uruguay. We love the subtleness/ understated vibe of his works.

Speaking of Flavio, check this huge mural he completed last May in Rio de Janeiro... Oh, and since the post is about David, check how he took street art and made it beach art.

Jay Howell Opening Feb 1st
Written by Van Edwards   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 18:53

Enthusiastic Person
Jay Howell, solo show
Opening: Friday, Feb 1st (6-9pm)
Preview & press inquires: info(at)ffdg.net
RSVP on Facebook

FFDG is pleased to present Los Angeles based artist Jay Howell in his third highly anticipated solo show with the gallery entitled “Enthusiastic Person” featuring over 25 new mixed media cartoon-styled works on paper. Currently in production on the first season of the animated children’s show “Sanjay and Craig”, which Howell is Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director, Howell will exhibit recent colorfully bright and whimsical drawings featuring the cast of characters, patterns and geometric shapes so recognizable as Jay Howell works. The 2013 Noise Pop music festival will feature Jay Howell's artwork on all their promotional materials.

Jay Howell is an all around kind dude that lives in Los Angeles with photographer girlfriend Ruth Swanson and a dog named Street Dog. When he's not illustrating for Vans or drawing skateboards he can be seen on the streets fuckin' around and sayin' classic shit. Jay designed the main characters for Fox's hit show, "Bob's Burgers". He is currently working as an Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director on "Sanjay and Craig" an animated children's show for Nickelodeon.

Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 14:47

This is our last work we did in Mentana, Italy iside an ancient Church built in 1590 by Michele Peretti grandson of Pope Sisto V. Later it became a convent for franciscans and heremits. The place is the Convent of Mentana. The wall we painted on is new, is not part of the church that was in part detroyed by an earthquake in the earl of the previous century. The woman we portraied is anonymous. We spent about one month to do it, not just because is big but because there are two layer stencil, we had to do twice the process that we usually do just once. -Sten & Lex

Paintings by Dylan Roberts
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 07 January 2013 11:22

23 year old and Houston, TX based Dylan Roberts recently got his BFA in painting from the University of Houston.

Wonderful paintings, Dylan. Thanks for emailing them over to us and letting us share them on this Monday morning.

Nosego Philly Mural
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 04 January 2013 15:11

Nosego emailed over a new installation he just wrapped up in his native Philly. He did this one on 20th here in the Mission a few weeks back, and is currently showing the piece below "Folklore" at FFDG as part of our Winter Group Show through Jan 12th.

by Yis "Nosego" Goodwin
12" x 16"
acrylic on panel
@FFDG through Jan 12th

NoseGo is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. He mixes fine art with a contemporary style to deliver highly energetic work. His designs feature an assemblage of patterns, vibrant colors and characters derived from his imagination and his surrounding environment.

Belated New Years, Mr. Lluch
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 17:13

We got all kinds of emails from artists wishing us and their mailing list a happy new year. Many nice illustrations and works included, but this one from Mr. Kern stood out entitled "ALAIN LLUCH"... Who and why Alain Lluch? All we could find online is that Mr. Kern paints him often.

Wonderful, Mr. Lluch. Thanks for the kind wishes, and the best new year to you too.

Popsicle Press
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:36

Anthony Bradford, aka "Popsicle Press" and recent graduate from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, mailed us this great print awhile back along with some zines we wanted to share with ya.

Normally he sells his prints, zines, etc on his Etsy store, but at the moment it looks pretty empty. Thanks for the goodness, kind sir and fill up your store so people can purchase. Love the print below.

Paintings by Michelle Hinebrook
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:37

Paintings by Michelle Hinebrook

Crystallized, Acrylic on Canvas, 36"x36"

Encrusted, Oil on Panel, 40"x40"

Edwood Burn Stamps
Written by Van Edwards   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:28

Edwood Burn, aged 23 out of London studing illustration & animation at Kingston University, emailed a few recent stamp collages.

Ghandi Eating Sausages

Queen Eating Chips

Thai- Hand Games

Huey Crowley - Recent Paintings
Written by Van Edwards   
Friday, 21 December 2012 11:30

NYC based painter Huey Crowley, who was in our group show 11.11.11 last year, emailed over some new paintings based on reinterpreted children's fairy tales his grandmother read to him as a child.

Huey writes I chose to reinterpret these stories through my own narrative, and I chose excerpts from my own life to explore them. For example, in the painting "Toad I miss U" I am painting what I think it would be like if someone never listened to these stories or had a role model in their life... what their life would be like if they never had an adult around to read to them, or to care for them. The painting depicts an empty subway, with a homeless person's makeshift home inside. Surrounding the home are messages calling out to find Frog and Toad. The absence of role models can leave one’s life empty.



Jesse Balmer
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:02

San Francisco artist Jesse Balmer emailed over this drawing recently and, by gosh, we'd like to share it with you.

Speaking of Jesse Balmer, we loaned supervisor Jane Kim artwork for her office, which included some work from Jesse Balmer, and we almost forgot about it. Damn, that was two years ago. Wonder if the works are still hanging. Might be time to investigate.

Balmer-Bavarsky-Olivo Babushka // pen + screentone


Max Rippon Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:13

As we approach the Holidays (are we there now?), we thought we'd check in with some of the artists currently showing in our Winter Group Show at FFDG on display through Jan 12th.

We've been posting up Barcelona based Max Rippon's (RIPO) work for years now (since 2009?). He does a lot of it outdoors and some of it indoors like he did with his recent show at White Walls (pics).

For some press release terminology: Heavily influenced by sign painting, Ripo creates text-based work with an urban aesthetic, exploring single words and short turns of phrase with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. Elaborately-drawn fonts, formed with watercolor, ink, graphite, sign painters enamel and oil pastels on delicate handcut paper, allow us to appreciate the aesthetics of the words regardless of their associations.... Here is a short interview with the prolific fella covering all the bases.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Barcelona, Spain. Coming around the bend of thirty years. Educated. www.ripovisuals.com

"Untitled" currently showing @FFDG

How would you describe your work to someone?

Alphabetic. Calligraphic. Sarcastic. Serious. Destructive. Constructive.


My friends, my brother, the Internet, and letters, signs, and sights I come across in the streets. Coming across unintentionally hysterical signage is the best.

Favorite place traveled?

Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

It can range from midday to midnight. An "average" day (I actually don't have these too often) I wake up mid-morning and do a bit of work in the studio or on the computer before running errands. If I get out of the house too late I won't be able to do anything since most places close in Spain during lunchtime. It's one of the most inconvenient things about living here. Then later in the afternoon I'll get down to business in the studio until someone distracts me and drags me out at night.

Panhandle Skateboards
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:12

Update: the boards have been given away. See below.


Thanks to Ferris Plock who gave us some boards from Panhandle Skateboards which he has a hand in. Artist boards with all the proceeds going directly to the artist. Below are boards with graphics by David Cook (left) and Bwana Spoons (right).

We're keeping these boards (nice shapes), but we do have 3 boards here at FFDG which we're giving away FREE to the first 3 people who come in and ask for them (limit 1). Stop in sometime 1-6pm, check out our current Winter Group Show and grab a board.

Jenny and Ansen grabed boards today at FFDG... Thanks to Panhandle Skateboards & Almost Skateboards for the boards.

Prague's "Stuck on the City"
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:59

Czech Republic's Pasta Oner emailed last week his wall for Prague's street art/ museum show Stuck on the City which runs through the new year. Artsts: Akay, Bates, Bior, Brad Downey, Delta, Epos 257, Escif, Honet, Horfe, HOW & NOSM, M-City, Masker, OBIC, Pasta Oner, Poet73, Point, Rebel Ink, Smash 137, Spino, Swoon, Tron, XDog, Zedz.

Besides the beautiful museum show at Prague's City Gallery, Prague's streets and city walls were adjourned as well. Lots of pleasant eye candy indeed. Thanks for emailing the pics, Pasta Oner.

Mike Shine ~ Recent Work
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:11

Mike Shine emailed over a lil' bit of recent work around San Francisco. He's currently in the Winter Group Show at FFDG through Jan 12 and is preparing for another large scale show at 941 Geary in March.

Some of the photos below were shot by Colin Day.

Mike Shine's installation up at FFDG.

ROA Update
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:45

Our buddy in Copenhagen Henrik Haven emailed over a massive update from Belgium street artist ROA. All kinds of goodies from around the world.

South Africa- Jobannesburg - Thanks to I ART JHB, Ricky, Monica and the team!

Sleeping Fox - Painted in July in rainy Bristol.

Driving from the east to the west of America (thanks Marcy and Alex) to stop at Tucson. By invitation of Eric Firestone of the Boneyard Project I got to paint this US Navy discarded plane that been used during the Korean war. Painting such a 'loaded' surface, gives some 'weight' during painting it.

Czech Republic's Pasta Oner
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:02

Got an email from Czech Republic street artist Pasta Oner who recently completed the mural in his native Czech Republic as part of "Stuck on the City" in Prague featuring artists like Bates, Delta, Horfe, How & Nosm, M-city, Swoon and many others (25 artists all around the world).

Jud at Art Basel
Written by Jud Bergeron   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:33

Our buddy, San Francisco based sculptor Jud Bergeron, checked out Art Basel this past weekend in Miami and brings back this blog featuring some works that caught his eye.

Bullet art

Jani Leinonen

Erick Swenson at James Cohan Gallery

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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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