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New Work by Hugh Leeman

“I’m Not Sure What I Think, but I Know How I Feel”

by Hugh Leeman

“This is an evolution of my previous series Recognition from this past August. I’ve used alkyds with my paint and built up thin layers through numerous glazes. My upcoming work will continue to focus on portraiture, though my subjects will begin interacting with other people as well as their surroundings, much of the work will be inspired by old masters in technique as well as symbolism.” -Hugh Leeman
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Hugh Leeman on Walls and Tees

Hugh Leeman was up to no good on his trip to NYC this month. One morning he returned to the meat packing district, where he had thrown up pieces the night before, to find D*Face installing a mural on the same wall. He also hit up several locations on Wooster Street, pictured below.

Hugh Leeman

(More images of this mural at Arrested Motion)

Hugh Leeman

Hugh Leeman

Hugh Leeman

Hugh Leeman

When he returned to San Francisco, Hugh also implemented a new campaign to distribute tees around the Tenderloin. Bearing the face of his “Yankees hat guy,” the shirts add another dimension to his street art. A few words from Hugh explain the project:

“I’ve been producing t-shirts with my street art portraits and distributing these shirts to the inner city residents of San Francisco in the Tenderloin. I’m selling the shirts for $20 apiece to those on my contact list. This money is then entirely re-invested into buying more shirts which are given away to the residents of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. We are in the process of working with partner restaurants who will wear them as uniforms for about a week and donate 10% of food sales to the charity of their choice.

People are mostly aware of the portrait from my street art. The response has been incredible, The first week people were interested and excited by the second week we had a crowd/line. Even the police showed up and were actually pretty cool. But when he showed up he didn’t want a donut. Donuts are something else we offer with the shirts for reasons just like that.” -Hugh

Hugh Leeman

Hugh Leeman

Hugh Leeman

See more works by Hugh Leeman here.

Walkabout: Hugh Leeman and Michael Holman

Haven’t made it down to the gallery yet? Can’t recall each painting from that busy opening? Take a walk through White Walls and get to know “Recognition” inside and out. Featuring works by Michael Holman and Hugh Leeman, this exhibition will be on display until September 5th, 2009 so don’t miss it.

Red Carpet: Michael Holman & Hugh Leeman

Red Carpet

Everyone enjoyed themselves at the opening reception for Recognition last Saturday, especially when Blue came on the scene. (If you don’t recognize Blue, you might want to watch this video interview with the subjects of Hugh Leeman‘s paintings to put things in context.) We enjoyed Blue’s serenade of harmonica and singing, with his portrait hanging on the wall just feet away.

Watch this video for a piece of Blue’s signature tune, and continue on for snapshots from the opening of Recognition by Hugh Leeman and Michael Holman.

Opening Reception Hugh Leeman Michael Holman

Opening Reception Hugh Leeman Michael Holman

Opening Reception Hugh Leeman Michael Holman

Opening Reception Hugh Leeman Michael Holman

Opening Reception Hugh Leeman Michael Holman

Tenderloin Goodies from Hugh Leeman

We thought Hugh Leeman’s work was done at White Walls, as his show has been hung and ready to go since Thursday. Yet, when we approached the gallery this morning, a new addition to the exhibit was just outside our door.

Feast your eyes on this Tenderloin goodie, and we hope to see you tonight for the opening of Recognition.


Hugh Leeman street art San Francisco

Hugh Leeman street art San Francisco

Hugh Leeman street art San Francisco

Sushi, Tequila, Hecho, Hugh.

Hugh Leeman’s Recognition is already hung and ready to go for tomorrow night’s opening. In celebration, we would like to share these shots of Hugh’s work around the city we know and love best. Pat yourself on the back if you recognize any of these San Francisco locations. If you don’t, we have all you need right here at White Walls Gallery, so stop by tomorrow night from 7-11pm for a strong dose of Leeman.

Hugh Leeman street art 1

Hugh Leeman street art 2

Hugh Leeman street art 3

Hugh Leeman street art 4

Hugh Leeman street art 5

Hugh Leeman street art 6

More street art from Hugh:

Letters from Leeman Part 2

Free Poster from Hugh Leeman

Hugh Leeman in the Hood

Letters from Leeman

Exclusive Video Interview: Recognition of Hugh Leeman

In anticipation of Recognition opening Saturday, August 8th

by White Walls Gallery

Hugh Leeman’s wheat pastes are seen throughout San Francisco; on billboards, street signs, buildings and even on canvas. His subject matter deals with the people on the streets, mostly in the Tenderloin District. Giving food and clothes in exchange for conversation and a few quick candids, make him a popular fellow amongst the tight nit homeless community. His works carry stories of people hoping to be heard and acknowledged. However, painting them also convey imperfections illuminating his subject’s lives as well as his own, reminding us of society’s deficiencies.

With the help of Hugh Leeman, Joe Lumbroso and Jillian Mackintosh, we put together a quick introduction to who and what Hugh Leeman’s art represents. You can see Hugh’s larger than life wheat pastes and painted realistic portraits from Bogota to Bethlehem and New York to London, or if your in San Francisco for the month of August, at White Walls Gallery.

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