May 19 – June 25
The Great Highway Gallery is pleased to present Inside Out Upside Down. The exhibition will feature the oil
paintings of Jason Arnold and mixed media works from Jonathan Steinberg.
“This new series of paintings are inspired by Andre Breton: writer, poet, anarchist, anti-fascist and founder of
Surrealism. I work in the skateboard industry which embodies many surrealist ideals and philosophies. I spend most days creating art that resides at street level underneath someones feet. Away from work, my imagination rises to the surface. My thoughts are liberated and begin to freely associate incorporating traditional and pop imagery.”
Jason Arnold is a self taught oil painter from San Jose California and is now a resident of Santa Cruz California. Currently Jason works as an art director for Oj Wheels and Krux trucks.
“My art documents on the personality and narrative that mass produced consumer goods gain with age and use. For the past half decade I have been intrigued with swim fins. They have featured prominently in my two dimensional work, sculptures and installations. Recently, my wife pointed out to me that the color break in the rubber on my favorite fins approximates the color and feel of Mark Rothko’s large abstracts. She, as usual, was spot on. Displayed are close up photos of rubber swim fins from my shed. The works are an homage to Rothko and an effort to pull emotive character and beauty from a functional mass produced surf toy.”
Jonathan Steinberg lives, works, surfs and fishes on the Westside of Santa Cruz.
Jill “Horiyuki” Bonny
May 19 – June 25
Opening reception Saturday, May 21 – 6-9 pm
The Great Highway Gallery is pleased to present El Niño, Tuesday Tattoo Group Show. Tuesday Tattoo, located deep in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, is a tattoo shop, founded by tattoo artist Jesse Tuesday. Jesse Tuesday and his protégés Hannah Wednesday and Candi Kinyobi, as well as tattoo artist Jill “Horiyuki” Bonny and photographer Stephen Amato-Salvatierra will showcase work drawing from their diverse disciplines including photography, sign-making, fine art acrylic painting, mixed media, and watercolor painting. Beer and cider will be provided by Red Branch Cider Company.
With the proximity of the shop to Ocean Beach these artists decided to observe and interpret the El Niño and its effect on their local surroundings. This group show is sure to deliver an eclectic group of images that will reflect the El Niño as more than a seasonal anomaly but as a concept.
Jesse’s early introduction to tattooing began in the 1980s through the rough bikers and wild punkers of the rock n’ roll world of Hollywood’s illustrious Sunset Strip. After working long hours cutting his teeth in a variety of shops with the likes of such greats as Jill Jordan and Pote Seylor he arrived in San Francisco in 1997 to work at Eddie Deutsche’s legendary 222 Tattoo. Here Jesse cultivated his San Francisco style tattooing; drawing inspiration from Japanese and traditional American iconography mixed with dynamic composition and color palettes. In 2008 Jesse opened Tuesday Tattoo in the, then quiet, beachside community of Ocean Beach and has since watched his shop grow and flourish along with the expanding neighborhood. Jesse Tuesday infuses all of his life’s experiences and artistic inspiration into his custom tattoos and water color paintings.
Hannah was born and raised in San Francisco and abandoned city life at age eighteen to study studio art at Humboldt State University. While in college she pursued painting and worked in an art gallery. This opportunity afforded her an appreciation of fine art while she enjoyed the simplicity of mountain living. She applies her knowledge and love of nature, with a specialty in Northern California flora and fauna, to her custom tattoo designs. As Jesse Tuesday’s first apprentice she has been tattooing professionally for seven years and has also shown her acrylic paintings in many galleries and group shows around the Bay Area and beyond.
A Hollywood native, Candi opted to forego an illustrious sign painting career with San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs to pursue her passion as a tattoo artist. After completing an all-inclusive apprenticeship with Jesse Tuesday in 2012 she assumed the name Kinyobi (Japanese for Friday) and began her career at Tuesday Tattoo. Candi has a degree in printmaking from UC Santa Cruz and employs her fine art education coupled with her rigorous sign painting and tattoo training in her tattoo designs. With a refined take on lettering, Candi infuses her Japanese identity and graphic sensibility into the large and small custom pieces she designs.
Jill “Horiyuki” Bonny
Jill “Horiyuki” Bonny has been tattooing since 1996 when she completed an apprenticeship with Spider Webb at his studio in NYC while simultaneously attending The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Art and performing full time in circuses and sideshows as part of a contortion duo. In 2008 she received the working title “Horiyuki” from famed Japanese tattoo master Horiyoshi III of Yokohama. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications from the U.S. to Japan. While a long-time resident of the sunset she is the newest member of Tuesday Tattoo.
Stephen Amato-Salvatierra is a self taught photographer hailing from San Jose, California. Stephen’s interest in photography began at sea. His first subjects were the boats, oceans and deck hands he encountered while sailing the world researching plastic pollution. While back home on dry land, he spends most of his time in the shallows photographing the surfers and marine life he can capture above and below the waves of Ocean Beach. Stephen is also a founding member of the Ocean Beach Yacht Club and manages Tuesday Tattoo in between aquatic adventures.
Opening reception Saturday, March 19 from 6 to 9 pm
The Great Highway gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, Tales from Topographic Oceans, on view from March 18th – April 23rd. The exhibition will feature the paintings of Ned Evans and paintings, prints and a video from Chris Wilder. The exhibition is being curated by B.V.B. Art Productions. Rogue footage of the recently lauded documentary, “Great Highway,” a film, about the history and legends of surfing in San Francisco will be exhibited by Mark Gunson, its creator.
About Chris Wilder
Chris Wilder will not be tamed! Chris is an independent American visual artist who was born in Long Beach, CA in 1957 and raised surfing on the beaches of Huntington Beach, CA. He is also a senior lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He lives and works out of his studio in Santa Monica, CA creating a prolific body of work; paintings, sculptures, installations and print work. His field of inquiry ranges from thickly layered depictions of oceanic and tropical representations and deploys a wide range of media, including ambiguous encounters of an otherworldly kind. Like colleague Mike Kelley, Wilder was involved in the Los Angeles punk music scene in the late 1970s at the same time was making pieces like his UFO Sighting series.
About Ned Evans
Ned Evans is the quintessential Southern California poster child; now evolved into the ultimate surfing art cowboy. Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley in the 50s and 60s; moving to Laguna Beach at the ripe age of 17 and now a resident of Venice, CA for the last 40 years. Ned has steadily, and expertly held his west coast ground producing artwork that is revered and collected around the world. He is represented by Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica and Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
What a privilege and honor it is curating and exhibiting again after 15 years. Ned Evans and Chris Wilder, two legendary West Los Angeles art stars are surfing gentlemen who have exhibited all over the world. Chris Wilder is offering an eclectic mix of painted mental fabrications, paint on a war club stamped into your brain paintings, and a short tag along topographic film loop. Ned Evans is exhibiting a group of off-center gold nugget hyperbolically rich paintings that are a kind of love song to the saddened state of our oceans. His ever-expanding body of work is astounding. The artists have collaborated on a print that will be editioned by the gallery. - Robert Carrillo
About the Gallery
The Great Highway is a fine art gallery located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a long time resident of the city with a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore the intersection of land and water in contemporary work. The Great Highway Gallery’s mission is to seek, analyze, support, and promote the work of a diverse group of artists who seek sincere authenticity, challenge conventional thinking, amuse us, and push the boundaries of today’s creative media. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.thegreathighway.com.