Amatrice Benefit Auction

Welcome to the Amatrice Benefit Auction.
Join us December 8, 2016 at the Italian Cultural Institute

Federico Arcuri
SF Bart 2, 2014
acrylic on canvas,
15.5 x 31.5 inches
Value price: $1,200
Starting bid: $500
Purchase now: $600

If the journey is a metaphor for life, the station is a moment of reflection. The man is moving, but the nature of the conditions with its manifestations, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, uncontrollable and inevitable… San Francisco as Amatrice seismic site and symbol of insecurity, it is for Federico ARCURI, Italian artist, an occasion to pay tribute this curious twinning.

Federico Arcuri explores worlds in white and black, made of chalk, paper and signs on canvas where the subjects are metropolitan landscapes, underground solitudes or cinematographic scenes taken from Tarkovsky. His painting is a measured body, a struggle that requires silence, as present day painting demands. Arcuri strips flesh out of the bone and removes details though the strong material consistency of colour, glue and thickly laid white, in such a way that the daily aspect of views and landscapes become personal and symbolic. The acrylic black and the light of the expressionist or outlined brushstrokes immediately reproduce, through form, the contents: ghostly cities and day after atmospheres, the desolation typical of sun-drenched suburbia, nocturnal architectures where people walk caught in a daze of vague thoughts. His lyrical expressions, by rhyming sign with colour – the black with those sudden luminescent emissions – indicate a position where linguistic research also contains a moral resistance. Objective reality becomes, in his hands, a body or a landscape that are the outcome of a psychic dream so far away as to be placed in an unknown zone.


Gary Bukovnik
Scattered Flowers: Rhododendron, 2005
watercolor & graphite on paper, 40 x 60 inches
Value price: $14,000
Starting bid: $6,500

Purchase now: $8,000

I made this as a result of my first Roman stay at the American Academy in Rome. I -as is my usual way to wanting everything exactly correct in the studio- sent everything I could possibly need from San Francisco to Rome such as still life materials-watercolors-paper-all drawing implements- and of course vases. The crates were huge-the size you’d send refrigerators in! and very heavy. They were shipped and it took 3 days. Once in Rome it took WEEKS to get them delivered to my studio as a result of them being so big and heavy-despite the fact the depot was 15 minutes away from my studio.  The drivers simply refused to take them from the depot to my studio. I arrived to a totally gorgeous but empty studio with nothing to do. After a few days of touring and walking-I was so depressed at not being able to work that I went to the art supply store and bought minimal materials.  Flowers from the flower market without vases were just scattered around the beautiful white worktable I had and I just drew them that way. Finally my crates arrived and I set aside these new paintings to work on my usual things in the usual way. Upon returning home I was assessing my work when I noticed that the only paintings that exhibited change or growth were the first scattered flowers. What a gift to receive! These paintings opened the door to the future for me in an authentic and genuine way. It was from these paintings and this work that my life changed forever.  Flowers unbound-flowers flying-still life no longer still! – I too was flying and never the same again. My debt to the American Academy in Rome and actually Rome itself is unending and can never be repaid sufficiently.  Italy gave my art and life a rebirth of sorts. My own personal renaissance. This painting is an aspect of the change that began back then and to this day continues. Freedom, light, freshness all derived from my Italian experience.

Solo exhibitions include Caldwell Snyder Gallery in San Francisco and in St. Helena, CA, Campton Gallery in New York City; the Concept Gallery in Pittsburgh, the A.C.T. Gallery in San Francisco, and the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Other recent exhibitions have been organized by the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Neuhoff Gallery, New York; Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis; Irving Galleries, Palm Beach; Galerie Kutter, Luxembourg; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Chin Show Cultural Center, Taipei; Takashimaya, Tokyo; the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; and Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Florida.


Jojo Capace
Delilah Pazza, 2016
oil on canvas,
24 x 30 inches
Value price: $8,500

Starting bid: $1,200
Purchase now: $3,200



Capece, born in New York, studied art at Parsons School of Design, Manhattan, with Giovanni Paganin, the futurist sculptor in Milan, Professor Domenico Annichiarico, Academia di Belle Arti, Carrara, and Maestro Massoni in Rome during the course of her dozen Italian years. In 2005, Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, offered Capece study towards a master’s diploma. Learning sculpture technique from experts, all work is approached in clay with mythological and allegorical figures that demonstrate emotion. Capece contributes this to training at Parsons and Italian life that brought time to observe and create.

Daniel Besseiche Gallery in France, Higgonet Gallery and the Cipriani in Venice have exhibited Capece sculpture.  In London, commissions through the Chelsea Arts Club are a part of Capece’s artistic life; her sculpture and paintings have been exhibited there; two sculptures are in the Club’s permanent collection. While living in London, she was a guest artist for life drawing sessions at the Royal Academy.


Jerome Carlin
Rocks, 2012
oil on canvas,
16 x 20 inches
Value price: $3,200
Starting bid: $1,500
Purchase now: $1,800




Jerry loved to paint out of doors, capturing the lineaments of real landscape while letting broad painterly brushstrokes convey the emotion of the moment. His use of color intensifies the experience of springtime blossoms, for example, or the deep greens and blues of the California coast, and the colors and shapes of city streets with their unusual topography. The late Bay Area critic, Thomas Albright, generously described my landscapes as a “combination of Cezannesque structuralism with Bischoff luminosity.”

For the last 40 years of his life Jerry was a full time painter with work in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Oakland Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in many private collections. His work has been shown in San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago and New York. During these years he continued his commitment to social activism and also helped create Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts that has grown to be a very effective and more encompassing organization now called California Lawyers For The Arts.


Stacey Carter
Italian American Baseball Team, 2010
Ink, pigment & acrylic on paper, 10 x 17 inches
Value price: $1,500
Starting bid: $600
Purchase now: $800

My work is an acknowledgement of what has passed and its importance to the present.  This past can be any time from just a mere moment ago to something taken many years before. Familiar imagery can freeze time, allowing individual histories to be recalled and shared once more.

Stacey Carter was born in Cape May, NJ and received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. In 1991 Carter moved to San Francisco, CA where she currently lives and works. Carter has exhibited her mixed media paintings and works on paper in a solo and group shows at galleries and museums including George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco; the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA; and the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA. She has been the recipient of many awards and honors including a residency at the Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Golden Image Award of Excellence in Serigraphy from the International Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association; a Trustee Award selected by artist Nathan Oliveira for the National Steinbeck Center; and a nomination for the Fleishhacker Foundation’s prestigious “Eureka Fellowship Award.” Major commissions include an ongoing series of paintings for the NFL team Baltimore Ravens.


John Colao
Untitled (Salton Sea: As Above So Below), 1999
archival pigment print,
edition of 10,

35 x 35 inches
Value price: $3,500
Starting bid: $,1750
Purchase now: $2,000




Untitled: (Salton Sea: As Above So Below) is such an image which manifests the illusion, as above, so below.

John Colao received an International Photo Award (IPA) for fine art in 2005 for this photograph. Colao lives and works in Los Angeles arriving from New York in the mid-eighties. Beginning a career shooting advertising and editorial assignments his work expanded to include fine art photography, painting, and documentary film. Primary to Colao’s photographic work is subject-driven images, whether portraits which are spontaneous and originating in the subject, or landscapes that reflect the ephemeral synchronicity between light, shape and color specifics to a particular space…a searching for the abstract that sometimes appear in our worlds. Colao has exhibited in New York, Italy, and California.


Rob Cox
SPQR: Piazza de Popolo, 2008
Charcoal rubbing on paper,
11 x 14 inches

Value price: $275
Starting bid: $150
Purchase now: $175


Rubbings From The Streets of Rome were done in December 2008, while my wife Suzanne and I made a holiday trip to Italy with friends. The schedule was to meet in Rome and travel south to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily to gain warmer weather. As always, I took with me some drawing supplies, never knowing exactly what I will encounter that may inspire my imagination. On the first day in Rome, I was up early on a bitter cold morning near the Spanish Steps. In search of a cappuccino and a pastry to start my day, I strolled watching my long shadow cast along Via del Traforo. I began to notice the sewer, drain, and manhole covers all were emblazed with S.P.Q.R., which I knew meant Senatus Populusque Romanus. And I began to think about the history of Rome and that one of the great Roman contributions to civilization was indeed, plumbing! Here, under the very feet of modern Romans was a reminder of the great Roman Empire and a tribute to the Senate and the People of Rome. I was inspired, now with paper and charcoal I walked the streets taking rubbings drawing a lot of attention. I wish that I had done more. I only had two days in Rome and one pad of paper.

Born in 1957 in Stoneham, MA, Rob Cox received his B.F.A. in Painting and Art History from the Massachusetts College of Art. In 1990, he moved to San Francisco and continued his studies at the University of California Extension, Berkeley. Cox’s paintings have been exhibited at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco and in exhibits in Tucson and Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been included in juried exhibits at the Center for Visual Art in Oakland, CA as well as the Makeready Press Gallery in Montclair, NJ.


Daniel Dallabrida
The Eternal Silence of Infinite Spaces / L’eterno silenzio degli spazi infiniti, 2010-2016
Ceramic, pigment as c-print, edition of 10,
12 x 16 inches
Value price: $950
Starting bid: $450
Purchase now: $550

“Ruins offer a doorway into the past. At that portal we ask, “What manner of stones and what buildings?” We imagine what once was, prior to the fall or the push. Taking a breath in that past moment, without the awareness of what comes next, we supply the missing elements. There was a tower. There was a baths. Listen for the roar of the crowd. Catch the spark of that disco ball. Smell the sweat of liberation. And perhaps, standing among the ruins, we can see the nobility that rises from the ashes—a nobility that might not have been realized otherwise.”

With a voice that is classical and prospective Daniel Dallabrida moves freely through the realms of process, ritual, installation and artifact. Using ceramic, video, photography, performance, and social gatherings, he encourages people to find themselves in the nonlinear currents of the tales he tells. Starting with beautiful moments and mysterious surfaces, Dallabrida reaches for that point where one’s interior and exterior worlds commingle—where story, story-teller and viewer become indistinguishable.  Like many of his generation, Dallabrida abandoned his imagined life-path to confront the AIDS epidemic through activism. He struggled to ensure the survival of his community establishing new models for patient/pharmaceutical dialogue. In 2003, approaching fifty he initiated his third act. Dallabrida moved to Italy in pursuit of the art, culture, and language of his heritage. There he apprenticed at a Venetian family foundry. He initiated his academic study of art in Florence at Studio Arts College International. In 2011, Dallabrida received an MFA from California College of the Arts. He has been an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Fondazione Pistoletto, and Kala Art Institute. His art has been presented in Milan, Rome, Florence, Singapore, Kansas City, Aspen, and San Francisco.


Jessica Dunne
Bicycle DE II, 2006
aquatint etching on paper,
6 x 8 inches

Value price: $800
Starting bid: $500
Purchase now: $650



A few years ago, while driving down the highway at night in my hometown, I was overwhelmed with nostalgia for my childhood. I then realized there was a brownout and–with all the streetlights extinguished–the dark road was as I had experienced it as a child, before we replaced stars with sodium-vapor bulbs. Over the years, on visits to my childhood home, I had been incensed by the new three-story beach “mansions,” yet had taken little notice of the street lighting that had altered the nature of night itself. The dark highway was a visual prompt into a memory of my past, something that rarely happens, especially in contrast to the constant reminders of other times through taste, sound and smell. This is how I came upon my current project, an exploration of night as seen through a car’s windshield. In a few years, the highway power cartel will replace the greenish mercury-vapor and pink sodium-vapor streetlights that dominate my work with sun-like halide bulbs, once again altering our nocturnal world (and my palette). My goal is to get my present experience down before it disappears.

Jessica Dunne lives in San Francisco and is an avid student of Italian and German. A recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Kala Art Institute Fellowship, she has had solo shows in museums and universities around the country, including the Fresno Art Museum, The Flaten Art Museum, Saint Olaf College, and the Frye Art Museum. Jessica has been awarded residencies by the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Ucross Foundation, and Kuenstlerhaus Salzburg (a partner of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) and Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi. Her work is collected by the Oakland Museum of California, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and The Library of Congress, and Stanford Special Collections.


Muldoon Elder
Portrait of Consuelo Faust, 1981
etching on paper,
AP 14 x 9.75 inches
Value price: $4,500
Starting bid: $1,000
Purchase now: $1,800








In the early 1970s I attended a dance performance featuring Consuelo Faust, a stunningly beautiful and marvelously graceful dancer, that was based on the novel “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut. The performance haunted me for years and the dancer’s name stuck in my memory to the point that I recognized it in a dance brochure, became a close friend, and eventually created a series of drawings of her that I highly cherished and refused to part with. Enough angry fists were shaken at me for not allowing them to be sold that I created a single etching portrait of Consuelo that was allowed to go on the art market. The present etching in this exhibition is one of the rare few artist’s proofs that I had kept for myself.

In 1961, Elder moved to San Francisco where he founded The Vorpal Gallery, a venue he dedicated to exposing very talented but little known artists as well as his own works of art that he continued to create. In 1974, he opened the SoHo, New York branch of The Vorpal Gallery. Within a few years, many of the relatively unknown artists that he represented became household names in the art world, such as two artists who are now recognized as ranking among the great print masters of the Twentieth Century, Yozo Hamaguchi and M.C. Escher. Elder’s own paintings and drawings continued to regain acclaim as in The Best of Show judged by Thomas Albright in The 1968 San Francisco Annual, and the acquisition of a number of his paintings by The Syntex Collection. At the same time he produced extremely innovative award winning documentary films on art. But though continuing to regularly create new paintings and drawings, as of 1969 he entirely withdrew his own art from exhibition exposure. His estate presently contains over two thousand of his drawings and one hundred and seventy canvases of his own creation but these works are rarely offered for public purchase.


Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Inscrutable Model, 2014
acrylic on paper,
14 x 11 inches
Value price: $1,000
Starting bid: $500
Purchase now: $1,000








“My drawing should be called Earthquake Survivor.” —L

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, has been drawing from life since his student days in Paris where he frequented the Academie Julien and where he did his first oil painting. His artwork been shown in solo shows around the world from the Butler Institute of American Art to Il Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Other solo exhibitions include Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. He has been associated with the international Fluxus movement through the Archivio Francesco Conz in Verona. Ferlinghetti’s artwork is represented by Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, and was previously shown for many years at George Krevsky Gallery. Ferlinghetti, a poet and founder of City Lights Books, is the author of numerous other books including, “A Coney Island of the Mind.” He was born, Lawrence Monsanto Ferling, in Yonkers New York. The family name, Ferlinghetti, had been shortened by his father when he emigrated from Italy, but Lawrence took back the lengthier original as an adult.


Fabiola Gironi
Orchidee Oncidium al vento (Oncidium Orchids in the Wind), 2016
oil on board, 6 x 6 inches
Value price: $250
Starting bid: $100
Purchase now: $150





“Flowers are a delicate and sublime expressions of nature, able to show us the cycle of life with their short and beautiful existence. I am honored to donate this painting and to have the opportunity to contribute to the slow rebuilding of Amatrice and to the even slower healing of its people and lives. The wind of a storm is shaking these flowers dangerously. Even today, with all our technology, we still cannot predict or protect ourselves from the power of nature.”

Fabiola Gironi was born in Milano, Italy and travels from Italy to California often. She holds a Master degree in history of arts and management of cultural organizations from Alma Mater University of Bologna, Italy. She currently studies painting at Watts Atelier and draws every week from live models at studio23 in San Francisco. She participates regularly in group shows at Wonderland Gallery in San Francisco and is a member of City Art Gallery in San Francisco.


Bruce Hasson
Amatrice, 2016
Mixed media, archival ink & pastel on paper,
22 x 30 inches
Value price: $2,600
Starting bid: $1,200
Purchase now: $1,900







In August 2016, the earthquake that struck Amatrice, Italy, devastated the town. The drone images and videos after the quake left me feeling a need to do something. I created this work, “Amatrice,” in response to the quakes destruction and the humanitarian efforts that followed. The coming exhibition “Artist in San Francisco for Amatrice” hopefully can contribute something to the humanitarian efforts and reconstruction of the town. Like many towns in Italy, Amatrice has found something it does very well, the Amatriciana sauce and the mayor’s Palio donkey races. It’s important after the reconstruction of Amatrice that it continues to preserve its historical traditions and culture that worships many forms of creativity.

In 1976 I attended the Academy of fine Arts in Florence to be surrounded and influenced by ancient and classic sculpture. I continued traveling throughout Italy visiting the archeological museums in search of ancient Etruscan art and it’s mysterious presence. In 2000, I was invited to Rome by the mayor, Francesco Rutelli, to exhibit my sculpted peace bell “Millennia” made from melted firearms in the Campidoglio. Mikhail Gorbachev and Mayor Rutelli struck “Millennia” at the opening and closing of the Nobel Peace Prize Conference. I created the bell as an interactive piece and a catalyst for art and life eventually finding its way to Rome’s Campidoglio. This event became a poignant experience that later influenced the personal and social nature of my work.


Anthony Holdsworth
View of Naples from Castel Sant’Elmo, 2012
oil on canvas,
16 x 22 inches
Value price: $1,400
Starting bid: $500
Purchase now: $800


I began painting in Italy in 1967 while working as Head of Outdoor Restoration for the Uffizi Gallery after the disastrous flood of Nov 4, 1966. I return every few years to paint on location throughout the peninsula and also to teach outdoor painting workshops. My wife Beryl Landau and I discovered this view from Castel San Elmo on our second visit to Naples in 2012. I did an oil painting and she did a watercolor from this site. This painting is reproduced in a book titled “Questa era bella / This was Beautiful,” which features all my paintings from the trip accompanied by a bilingual version of my diary. Apart from travel anecdotes, the diary reflects on the changes I have witnessed in Italy over nearly half a century. A copy of the book will be available to whomever purchases the painting.

Anthony Holdsworth was born in England in 1945. He was introduced to oil painting in high school by the New England painter, Loring Coleman. Holdsworth embarked on a painting career while working as Head of Outdoor Restoration for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy after the flood of 1966. He continued his studies at the Bournemouth College of Art in England where he studied with master draftsman Samuel Rabin and color theorist Jon Fish and at the San Francisco Art Institute where he studied with Julius Hatofsky, Bruce McGaw and Fred Martin. He has shown with major galleries in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles. He has participated in two exhibitions at the Oakland Museum.


Archana Horsting
Brie, after Cartier-Bresson, 2015
paint stick on Fabriano paper,
27 x 39 inches

Value price: $5,600
Starting bid: $1,500
Purchase now: $2,800

This work is part of a current series I call Homage to Photography. Inspired in each case by a classic black and white photograph, I translate the images into my own language of oil paint stick and paper. I enlarge the format, simplify the forms and create an image that allows me to enter into it and see the subject of the photograph as if for the first time.

Archana Horsting, Executive Director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute, received a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied art history at the University of Padova, Italy, and art practice at Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia in Venice, Italy. She pursued independent post-graduate study with Krishna Reddy and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris, and with Akira Kurasaki. She has been a Visiting Artist at U.C. Santa Cruz and Mills College, has served as a Site Visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a panelist for the California Arts Council and the San Francisco Art Commission. In 2012 she was recognized with an Alameda County Arts Leadership award. In 2014, she was given a Bay Area Visionaries award from Southern Graphics International Conference. Her artwork has been exhibited and collected throughout the U.S. and internationally.


Naomie Kremer
Gust, 2010
oil on canvas,
15.5 x 15.5 inches
Value price: $2,400
Starting bid: $1,200
Purchase now: $1,500






Painted in the autumn of 2010 in Paris in a studio surrounded by wintery foliage and the visual input of windy conditions, with winter approaching. Vivid with motion and color, Naomie Kremer’s imagery is based in the real world, incorporating nature, architecture, language, letterforms, and the human figure. Her work draws from a wide range of sources and inspirations, including art history, music, poetry and literature, translating her experience through the language of abstraction. You can see her work at

A painter, video artist, and stage designer, Naomie Kremer has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Her work is in many private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the US Embassy, Beijing, China. Born in Israel, Kremer is based in Oakland, California, with studios in Paris and New York. She received her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1993. She is represented in the Bay Area by Modernism, Inc. In addition to painting and drawing, she also creates hybrid paintings – oil paintings on which she projects video. Her video based set designs include Alcina, by Handel, performed in Acre, Israel September, 2016, the world premiere production of The Secret Garden commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, Light Moves, a collaboration with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók, commissioned by the Berkeley Opera.


Beryl Landau
View from Piazza Montevecchio, Roma, 2007
watercolor on paper,
9 x 12 inches
Value price: $375
Starting bid: $175
Purchase now: $225










My husband, Anthony Holdsworth, and I have traveled extensively in Italy over the years. I am always amazed by the window views from the apartments we have rented, particularly in Rome. The architecture reflects so much history.  The watercolor, “View from 18 Piazza Montevecchio, Roma” in the Trastevere, is one of the many I painted from windows during my visits to Rome.

Beryl Landau calls her work “symbolic landscape”. The paintings depict geographical locations but evoke inner feelings. Each landscape draws the viewer into a particular space and mood. Landau’s clear colors range from high contrasts to subtle gradations. The subjects vary from familiar California scenes and cityscapes to more exotic settings from her travels. Some of the images are close-ups while others show more farsighted views. Landau lives in San Francisco and teaches art at Holy Names University in Oakland. She received BFA and MFA degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her teachers included Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown.


Paulette Long
(Otranto) vele, 2015
acrylic on paper,
18 x 15 inches
Value price: $1,500
Starting bid: $600
Purchase now: $750








Painted in my studio in Castello Aragonese in Otranto, Puglia, this painting reflects the crystal blue waters of the Ionian Sea at the foot of the fortifications below!  My water paintings also derive inspiration from the Alaskan glaciers to the San Francisco Bay.

Paulette Long was born in the Midwest. As a child, she studied painting at the Cleveland Museum school of art, and she later painted her way through college, earning a master’s degree in art history. More recently, she has studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and with Ennio Tirabassi in Rome, Italy.


John Mattos
Olympic Games Turin, Italy, 2006
giclee print, 12 x 16 inches
Value price: $375
Starting bid: $150
Purchase now: $200

A downhill skier hits the slalom course, cutting into a turn at full speed, in the design of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games commemorative. The Olympic rings appear in the upper right corner of the horizontal stamp. The text along the bottom border reads: “2006 Olympic Winter Games.” The blue and white stamp, created by illustrator John Mattos of San Francisco and designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, D.C., honors “the spirit of athleticism and international unity,” the U.S. Postal Service said before the Jan. 11 dedication in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Over 100 awards for graphic excellence from various graphic magazines and design organizations including a Gold Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators, Gold from the New York Art Director’s Club and Silver from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators. Corporate clients include Apple, Adobe ,Microsoft, Oracle, H.P., G.E., Citibank and hundreds more.


Richard Moquin
Untitled (From Verona)
watercolor & oil pastels on paper, 23 x 17.5 inches
Value price: $1,500
Starting bid: $700
Purchase now: $800










As a practicing artist, my paintings are a representation of an ongoing inquiry into visual phenomena that has taken place over a lengthy period of time throughout my career. A geometric space is a basic theme to my work, whether it’s a painting or a sculpture, so there is a direct relationship between the two processes. The content, often revealing, at the same time concealing, is left to the viewer’s interpretation.

Richard Moquin was born in San Francisco, California. He studied art at State University of San Francisco where he received his masters degree in fine art/sculpture 1964. He started teaching sculpture and ceramics at City College of San Francisco in 1970. The early part of his career as an artist was spent making ceramic sculpture. During these years he was represented in San Francisco by the Quay Gallery, Gallery Paule Anglim, Dorothy Wise, Michael Dunev, and Dick Ebert galleries. His sculpture is represented in the permanent collection at the Oakland Museum, CA. In 1986 he went to Pietrasanta, Italy where he worked on making marble sculptures. At this time he was also doing some works-on-paper which ultimately evolved into significant paintings, which he has continued to pursue exclusively. He has shown his sculptures and paintings on both the east coast and west coast, and in Europe in Milan, Faenza and Lucca, Italy.


Gianmaria Mussio
Watching Your Steps, 2016
pen & ink on paper,
6 x 4 inches
Value price: $100
Starting bid: $50
Purchase now: $60










Gianmaria fuses literary elements with lines. Visually he often employs and commingles printed scribbles, notes, figurative black and white drawings, a dab of color pointillism and photography.

Gianmaria Mussio emerged as an illustrator and was published widely during the cold war period while also pursuing diverging careers in art and language teaching, linguistics, law research, office administration and real estate investing. In cooperation with Istituto Italiano di Cultura he developed the didactic bilingual project “Parola del giorno / Word of the Day.”  His work was shown in the U.S.A., Italy and France.


Janine Opal
Crystals, 2016
watercolor & charcoal on paper, 16 x 12 inches
Value price: $1,200
Starting bid: $500
Purchase now: $600



The Winter Whisper Collection was born out of a moment of tragedy when limits are reached and the cracks of the soul can be heard faintly within. “Crystals” is part of 29 paintings that take you through an intimate journey of growth within, whilst breathing in the landscape surrounding us in those very precise moments.

Born in Munich into a family of architects and artists, Janine Opal first decided to become a ballerina before moving through dance-film & photography into architecture. Today she is a highly conceptual thinker who roams freely within and between all these realms, capturing the poetry of life an those moments that touch us, change us or invite us grow. Her light and sound sculptures as well as her paintings are currently shown world wide in galleries and private events. Janine Opal has won awards in architecture and film and continues to create visual pulses through various media of arts, inviting us to feel their vibrations and let them sync in.


Roberto Santo
Springload Series B460.04B, 2010
print, 14.75 x 10.75 inches
Value price: $1000
Starting bid: $500
Purchase now: $600








For Roberto Santo, art became a way of life when, at age16, he embarked upon an apprenticeship with Robert Peak, the celebrated illustrator… and his father (Santo was his mother’s maiden name). Any illusions he may have had about not following in his sire’s footsteps were dispelled as he embraced his innate talent. He went on to hone it in his native city, at New York’s Art Students League and The New School of Art. Santo subsequently attended the University of Oregon, earning a prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He then continued his studies at Los Angeles’ Art Center College of Design. By the early 90s, Santo began to realize his current “modern Renaissance man” reputation, as his attention shifted to painting and sculpture. His time-transcending work has been internationally recognized and heralded. In the nearly 40 years since beginning his creative journey, Santo has been awarded more than 50 internationally recognized citations for his impressive work in film, photography, graphic design, painter and sculptor.


Joseph Slusky
Amatrice Man
steel & acrylic lacquered sculpture,
23 x 8 x 5.5 inches
Value price: $3,400
Starting bid: $1,200
Purchase now: $1,800


My sculptures are like fossils- the imagination fossilized. The fascination and intrigue with the metal medium lies in its hardness and intransigence as contrasted with the more ephemeral human qualities of flesh and fluid. I do not work from models or sketches. I do not have or desire to have any preconceived idea about what the finished work will look like. Each work is a new exploration or journey. The inherent aspects of sculpture explored in each work have to do with the objects multidimensional persona, the relationship between form and color, gesture, and tactility. Color is an essential aspect of the sculpture. Its evolution and integration with the sculptural form echoes the additive-subtractive process that occurs in the three-dimensional resolution of the work. Drawing is more immediate and direct in its nature. It can rapidly generate a multitude of ideas that in part reflect the sculptural forms or shapes that are being fabricated or manipulated at a particular time. In this way the drawing tends to keep the mind limber and agile in its confrontation with the harder, more obdurate metal medium.”

Joseph Slusky is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture College of Environmental Design University of California, Berkeley. Born: 1942, Philadelphia, PA. 1966 Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley. 1969 Master of Art, University of California, Berkeley


Chip Sullivan
August in the Marche, 1995
pencil & watercolor
on paper,
6 x 14.5 inches
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When I won the Rome Prize Fellowship it was one of the most important life changing times in my life. I stayed in Rome for a year and a half, reluctantly returning to America. It took 10 years before I could afford to return to Italy. My return to was supported by a summer teaching position with the International Laboratory for Architecture & Urban Design in San Marino in 1995. This Plein-Air watercolor was painted south of San Marino, looking North West towards the hillside town of San leo which can be seen in the distance on the left side of the painting.

Chip Sullivan, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley, received his BLA and MURP from the University of Florida. He also studied landscape painting and drawing at the Arts Students League in New York City. In the spring of 2009 Sullivan was awarded a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, the renowned arts community in Peterborough, New Hampshire. In 2007 he was recognized for excellence in teaching from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. In 1999 Chip received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to the Bellagio Study Center in Lake Como, Italy, and a fellowship at the Ligurian Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. He was the 1985 Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Sullivan was the subject of a documentary titled “The Professor” for a series of films on creativity by Emmy award winning director Allan Holzman. Chip is 2016 recipient of the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal one of the highest awards the American Society of Landscape Architects presents each year.


Umberto Squarcia, Jr.
Crossroads #14, 2016
oil on reclaimed wood,
10 x 16 inches
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“Crossroads #14” is dedicated to the city of Amatrice, whose urban texture has been obliterated by earthquakes, and whose survivors now have to travel on difficult roads, full of questions and doubts, obstacles and tears, memories and crossings! Crossroads is a series of paintings featuring monochromatic paint layers on reclaimed wood (boards deriving from stone slabs saw-cutting industrial process). These irregular time-lapsed inter-woven cuts (whose texture is a clear reference to the grids of urban centers, extensive agricultural landscapes, textiles, infrastructures) generate different matrix-like patterns: geometrical and random at the same time, they represent the intricate system of pathways and crossings that mankind faces every day.

Umberto Squarcia Jr. lives and works in New York since 1998, after completing his classical studies in Parma and the University of Architecture of Rome, Italy. His works are the result of an interactive research among the fields of architecture, design and art and a constant combination between European cultural background and New York’s vibrant avant-garde.


Seiko Tachibana
A la carte-5, 2013
intaglio print on paper,
11.5 x 11.5 inches
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A circle represents infinity, harmony, and unity. When a droplet of water falls on a flat surface, it creates a circle. In previous works, I have used circular elements as a metaphor for cells. In “Locus of Water,” I have used circles in a way such that they seem to be drawn together into clusters by some unifying force exerted by a condition of belonging.  The clusters represent the location of the essence of life, and the way in which all living things are themselves an organization of smaller elements. The arrangement of the circles implies movement of water toward its locus.

SEIKO TACHIBANA was born in Japan and completed her Masters of Art Education at Kobe University, Japan. She received an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and has since received many awards including Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award. She has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her distinctive work balances Asian tradition with minimalist modernity. Tachibana’s work has shown internationally also can be found in the Los Angeles County Museum, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco the Legion of the Honor, Portland Art Museum as well as a number of other museums, institutions and individual collections throughout USA, Europe and Japan.


Beth Van Hoesen
Il Vasello, Rome (Via Aurelia, Rome), 1963-66
aquatint, drypoint, and etching on paper
Value price: $825
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Throughout her career, Beth Van Hoesen distinguished herself as a draftsman and printmaker. She was honored with numerous awards for her fine art printmaking and had solo exhibitions of her works on paper at museums that included the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Boise Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; The Oakland Museum; and other institutions. A traveling exhibition organized by The Art Museum Association toured for three years to museums throughout the U.S. in the early 1980s.

Van Hoesen earned a BA from Stanford University in 1948. After graduation, she continued her studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Fontainbleau, the Académie Julian, and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1951, she enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts, where she studied under David Park and Clyfford Still. In 1953, she married fellow artist Mark Adams. Among the public collections holding works by Beth Van Hoesen: The Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio), the Cincinnati Art Museum, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, Minnesota), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri), the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City, UT), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).

“Il Vasello, Rome (Via Aurelia, Rome)” 1963-66, was provided courtesy of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust. Photo Credit: M Lee Fatherree


Jan Wurm
Saturday Night, Trastevere, 2012
mixed media on paper,
18 x 22 inches
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In late Spring of 2012 I was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Stepping out of my studio into the evening of the lengthening day, I walked through the streets as people began to meet up in restaurants lining the way. As the sun set, the tables filled. So did the streets, teeming with cars, scooters, and pedestrians moving in the circulating excitement of Saturday night. Early the next morning, walking out into the same streets, there were empty bottles in every doorway, piles of the discarded packaging being swept and hosed by street cleaners. Sunday morning held fresh, clean calm outside the church magically showing no sign of the litter just hours before. And then it was mid-day with friends, and now families, gathering for a meal. Now the young children and babies, the grandparents and old friends sat around the tables for another ritual of sharing. As Sunday drew to a close, in the studio I began drawing the ebb and flow of Trastevere: a flashing hot spot on Saturday night, an empty calm on Sunday morning opening into a familiar family routine to anchor the week. This was a glimpse of the expectations of three young women on a Saturday Night in Trastevere.

Jan Wurm keeps one hand in painting and the other in drawing. Wurm examines daily life and close encounters to reveal aspects of contemporary culture which inform our relationships. Infused with warmth, humor, and an energetic line, these paintings on canvas and mixed media works on paper invite the viewer to join the moment. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the Archiv Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen in Berlin, and the  Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Through teaching, lecturing, and curating Wurm is actively engaged in expanding the community forum for contemporary art dialogue.


Jack Zajac
Pieta IV, 1959
etching on paper,
11 x 14 inches
Value price: $750
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Jack Zajac is a Californian West Coast artist who has been concerned with the “Romantic Surrealist tradition” “To have a message or an emotional stimulation soaked up by an uncertainty of the Artist’s tool — color — shape — form — which are the punctuation of his message, is a discouraging thing. This is the kind of anemia I’m trying to eliminate.”

Jack Zajac is an American artist who was born December 13, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1946, his family moved to southern California. After he graduated from high school, he got a job at Kaiser Steel Mill. This employment helped finance his study of art at Scripps College in Claremont, California from 1949 to 1953. Though Zajac studied art with Millard Sheets at Scripps College, and was a member of the art community that developed in Claremont, California during the mid-20th century, he was admitted as a special, non-degree seeking student. The reason that he was not admitted as a regular student was because Scripps College was then, and remains today, a women’s college.