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Meet Rich Jacobs

We are excited to welcome Rich Jacobs into our gallery for the September exhibition, Searching by flashlight, for the bright spots on your brain, and such. Rich will be joining forces with Albert Reyes for this two man show opening on September 12th, 2009.

Our publicist, Jillian Mackintosh, recently did a studio visit with Jacobs. Read below for an excerpt from her blog detailing what we might expect from his upcoming show, how he spends his leisure time, and what’s in his personal art collection.

Rich Jacobs studio visit

Over the years, Rich Jacobs has surveyed the existence of both figurative and abstract art. Through a mix of drawings and paintings, his new exhibit Searching by flashlight, for the bright spots on your brain, and such reveals the expressive part of himself. I was able to spend some time with Rich and get to know him and his art a bit more. His new exhibit at White Walls Gallery opens September 12th and I for one, am eager to see his installation and most recent works.

Rich Jacobs studio visit

Rich Jacobs works free form with no end result in mind. He starts to draw and lets the expression be his result. His art mixes raw, organic form with detailed, tight, pattern based figures. Jacobs abstract pieces are expressive, uncontrolled and free flowing. Repetitive shapes use a visual language of form, line, and color, impulsively capturing the strange and beautiful. Without referencing a naturalistic entity, his work translates it’s own form, creating a composition that exists independently from reality.

Rich Jacobs studio visit

Jacobs’ leisure time is spent studying human nature. Whether watching passionate dialogue, listening to what makes people tick, or simply observing the streets, he finds a way to capture the essence. Contrary to his abstract pieces, his figurative faces are representational and very stylized. Odd shaped heads and obscure features explore elements of rhythm, thought and communication. Each gestural drawing tells a story of experience, capturing familiar emotions and opening a window to the soul of a stranger. Jacobs paints with acrylic, fast drying house paint, pen and ink. He uses earth tones, subtle colors, and blues to make expressive patterns, shapes, layers. He collects found objects, wood, Japanese paints, and organic inks to create an eclectic body of work.

Rich Jacobs studio visit

Twelve years ago Jacobs began his life as a professional artist, curator and traveler. He attended Otis Parson in Los Angeles, but was shattered to discover the controlled curriculum of art school. Today he is an internationally acclaimed artist with an impressive resume of more than ten years working with the most well known urban artists of this generation. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Some shots from Jacobs’ personal collection:

Rich Jacobs studio visit

Rich Jacobs studio visit

Stay tuned for more updates on Rich Jacobs at White Walls Gallery on September 12th, 2009.

Words on Nas Chompas

We’ve had our eye on Nas Chompas, as The Shooting Gallery just covered his current works in Together Gallery’s exhibition, Wood. We are thrilled to welcome this artist into our own gallery for December’s Winter Art Show. Here is a word from Jillian Mackintosh, who recently published a nice overview of Nas Chompas:

Waking RemainsNas Chompas is one of my favorite illustrators. Recently he’s been touring the country with his band Nurses but in between he’s managed to make some pretty epic new pieces. His art is currently in the Wood art show at Together Gallery in Portland, OR.  and will be featured in the Winter Show at White Walls in December. He sent me some of his newer pieces upon request and I’ve included some older ones too. Continue reading

Press Release: Local Love at 666 Gallery

Local Love at 666 Gallery

666 Gallery Presents Local Love

Opening Reception: August 14th 2009 from 7-11 pm.

Closing: Friday, September 4th 2009. Open by appointment

It’s that time of year where people from around the world flock to San Francisco to discover what’s so special about the city we call home. It’s not Union Square or Fisherman’s Warf that make the city so beloved, nor the fashion, the restaurants or the Full House building. What makes us special is that liberal, open-minded sense of reality, knowing every corner holds a new life from the tenderloin to the marina. Local Love is a group art show that pays homage to the local artist in San Francisco. The exhibit includes sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography and installations by a diverse group of artists and friends all living in the Bay Area. Please join us for the opening reception of “Local Love” at 666 Gallery on August 14th 2009 from 7-11 pm. Continue reading

Jillian Catches Inspiration from Adam 5100

Our publicist, Jillian Mackintosh, visited Adam 5100‘s studio this week to snap some pictures and chat about his upcoming appearance in the October’s Stencil Show at White Walls. Check out what she posted on her Juxtapoz blog yesterday:

Decided to get an early start on the postcard design for White Walls Stencil Art Show in September. I knew the best dude to go see would be Adam 5100 for some advice and inspiration. I brought my friendChris Blackstock to take pictures and document the mini adventure. (Thanks buddy)

Adam 5100 is an epic stencil artist and is definitely one of the locals favorites. He’s preparing for a show and let us take some pictures of his new stuff. I’m not sure if he’s been working on the group show for White Walls in October or not, but the premise of his work is really evolving and taking on new depth. Most of the pieces were at least 12 layers of paint. Take a look.




Adam 5100 wasn’t really expecting us but he’s such a good sport and hilarious dude, that when I asked him to pour out his jars of xacto blades he glared at me, raised his brow and informed me it was his life’s collection. I told him I’d put every single one back, and not to worry.


Dude got a little too excited trying to get them out of the jar at one point.


Not to spoil the surprise or anything but here are a few cool shots Chris took for the stencil show’s marketing and such.




Music, Eats, and Live Painting in SOMA

This Sunday, David Choong Lee opened his studio to friends and fellow artists for a barbeque, dj set, and live painting adventure. The White Walls staff was in attendance, as well as artists like Damon Soule, Nome, Brett Amory and Adam Caldwell who collaborated on a number of paintings. David mentioned that these paintings would be kept in his studio for future visiting artists to add their own touch. This is the kind of event that makes the SF art community so special, and we would like to share a piece of the afternoon. Enjoy.

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoNome and Damon Soule live painting

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoNome and Damon Soule

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoBrett Amory and David Choong Lee

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoBrett Amory and David Choong Lee

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoDavid Choong Lee

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoAdam Caldwell and David Choong Lee

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoAdam Caldwell

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoBrett Amory

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoBrett Amory

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoDavid Choong Lee and Adam Caldwell

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoChris Blackstock takes a breather

David Choong Lee live painting San FranciscoDavid and Jillian having too much fun

Photos courtesy of Chris Blackstock.

For more coverage, see Jillian Mackintosh’s blog.