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The Cognoscente: Inside the Abstract Life of Painter Stevan Shapona

Stevan Shapona, 59, is one of the last remaining artists from San Francisco's fabled golden age. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Shapona worked alongside his father as a sign painter for decades—touching up the awnings of the St. Francis hotel among other local icons—before pursuing art full time.

Painting Stripes on Your Walls That Are Perfectly Imperfect

Having painted every room in pretty much every apartment I've lived in, I fancy myself quite handy with a paintbrush. Yet ask me to paint stripes on a wall and watch all the blood drain out of my face. All of that measuring, taping, prepping, painting, drying, and painting again is enough to make this girl throw in the roller. It's like taking all of the mundane aspects of the job and multiplying them by two (or more, depending on the number of colors in your stripes). Read more. . .

Luc Tuymans: The Artist Questions Art

Luc Tuymans may not be a household name but don’t mistake that as reason to bypass this very important exhibit. The Belgian artist’s first US retrospective is the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, featuring nearly 75 key paintings from 1978 to the present. Considered by many as one of the most significant painters today, Tuymans’ has already made a lasting impression on today’s generation of artists.

A note of warning: steer clear if you’re looking for art that is fun and frivolous. The work on view here is richly layered, dauntingly dark and will pulse through you long after leaving the museum.

Shawn Barber Tattoos the Shooting Gallery

A versatile artist, San Francisco's Shawn Barber paints, draws, illustrates, lectures, teaches, and even works as a tattoo artist. His work graces the pages of books and magazines and the walls of galleries around the world. Barber mixes modern subjects with classic oil and acrylic painting, captured in his "Tattooed Portraits" series, a collection of paintings whose subjects encapsulate the beauty and artistry of the culture of ink. His latest SF show, "Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots," opens this weekend at The Shooting Gallery.

The opening reception, Saturday, August 15 from 7-11p, is open to the public. The show runs through September 7.

Legally Experiment With Spray Painting at the Urban Youth Arts Festival

Bring the family out to Precita Park this Sunday, July 25 from 1-6pm for an afternoon of music, dance, refreshments, and hands-on community art at the Urban Youth Arts Festival. Kids will have the opportunity to (legally!) experiment with spray painting on mural-ready panels set up in the park. The festival will also have plenty of artsy activities for kids who aren't quite old enough to wield the rattle can, including traditional painting.

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