Friday, July 24, 2015

Looking for art in San Francisco, check Heather Marx Art Advisory Presents Monthly Curated Collection

Heather Marx Art Advisory Presents Monthly Curated Collection

This week, the HMxAA online shop is featuring San Francisco-based artists, Mary Button Durell and John Warren Travis. 
Mary Button Durell
Orange Back Pattern
Paper and Acrylic
30 x 22 x 2 inches

John Warren Travis
Fog Slams Flowering Plum Buena Vista
Watercolor on Stonehenge Paper
22 x 30 inches
Heather Marx presents her seventh online collection with artists Mary Button Durell and John Warren Travis. Each spent most of their working lives in high profile, creative mediums before devoting themselves, full-time, to the visual arts. They have been in their Mission studios producing ethereal and gutsy works for close to two decades, creating sophisticated bodies of work that have, until recently, gone unrecognized.
For his latest series of watercolors on stonehenge paper, Travis paints onsite at Buena Vista Park, a former cemetery in what is now San Francisco’s Haight/Ashbury neighborhood. Travis pares down each landscape into halos of color, fog, light and line work that captures the drama and mystery of this unique scenery. There is an element of intimacy and meditation in these watercolors that emanates Buena Vista Park’s storied history--lines allude to the the shifting perspectives of tree limbs, branches, leaves and the views beyond. [To view more John Warren Travis work, visit the website]

Image at left:
Planta Genista Buena Vista
Watercolor on Stonehenge Paper
22 x 30 inches 
Mary Durell's textural and diaphanous pieces mimic biomorphic forms, suggesting the infinite organic fabrics that make up the natural world, from the ethereal and cosmic to the microcosmic. Each natural, free-form piece transmits light and illuminates shadow depths, creating undulating patterns throughout the day. Basic principles--line, light and color--play essential roles as each work seems to reconfigure the complexity of the universe into simple materials. It’s important to note that this will be the first time Durell’s bas-relief line pieces will be debuted on the HMxAA Shop. [To view more Mary Button Durell work, visit the website]

Image at left:
Ink Line Blue
Paper and Ink
8 x 9 x 2 inches
John Warren Travis received his MFA from Stanford in 1967. He is a retired Professor Emeritus from the Department of Drama, University of California at Berkeley where he taught Costume Design and Costume History and instituted The Costume Study Collection and Undergraduate Minor in Costume.  He studied studio art at California College of Arts & Crafts, Art Students League and The San Francisco Art Institute. He has been painting for over 15 years and has had recent solo exhibitions at: Claremont Foundation in Claremont, CA; Curated State in San Francisco, CA; and a forthcoming show at Ligne Roset in San Francisco, CA.
Mary Button Durell studied at California College of Art and Crafts in Oakland, CA and The San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited widely in San Francisco including: Southern Exposure, Limn Gallery and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She recently completed residencies at Creative Growth in San Francisco, CA and Chalk Hill in Sonoma, CA. Durell created a large site-specific installation for Shift, an exhibition curated by HMxAA at The NWBLK in Fall 2014 in San Francisco, CA.
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