San Francisco Bay Area painter Patricia Araujo steps beyond the scope of her 2008 book "SOMA SEEN" with a new solo show titled The City from SOMA Grand. Tatiana Takaeva, the creator of Arttitud, is also curating bi-monthly exhibitions at SOMA Grand, a luxury highrise condo centrally located in the South of Market. Takaeva invited Araujo to participate in a solo show there scheduled this fall to showcase her new paintings of the city seen from above SOMA Grand.
Araujo has been familiar with SoMa, since she's been painting San Francisco's central city architecture for over a decade, addressing the themes of urban growth and decay. She continues to be enchanted by the rich architectural history of that area and the decayed beauty that remains. Araujo's new works captures fantastic panoramic views of buildings in the South of Market and downtown districts, including notable landmarks like the Federal Building, Transamerica Pyramid, the Marriott Hotel, the InterContinental Hotel, and the tallest residential building in the city - One Rincon Hill. Araujo's paintings highlight the exteriors of complete structures and also depict architectural fragments; playfulness of forms and juxtapozed against painterly skies. Their style is largely abstract, highlighted by bright colors. Each painting is unique in its vision which portray an interpretation of the architecture seen from atop SOMA Grand... a fresh look to San Francisco!
A total of 4 paintings, each 48" x 36", oil on canvas, will be exhibited and to fit at SOMA Grand's lobby.
This exhibition also celebrates Araujo's new book publication, entitled "SOMA RISING". In this monograph are selected paintings by Araujo of her continued interest in the facades of both iconic city landmarks and abandoned downtown buildings. Some of them refurbished and put back into active use, some of them still-handsome abandoned buildings. Featured favorite landmarks by Araujo include the Golden Gate Theatre, the Warfield, the forgotten Fox Theatre, Hibernia Bank, the Old Emporium dome, the Old Mint, the 33 New Montgomery Clock, and the PG&E Power plants of 6th & Jessie Streets. This book finalizes by featuring Araujo's rooftop views from SOMA Grand. Her paintings pay tribute to a marvelous city that continues to rise!
This book will be available for purchase online and limited copies offered for sale during the opening.
"SOMA RISING" is 40 pages, hardcover/dustjacket, 10" x 8" landscape style book, by Blurb Publishing, October 2012.
All text and artwork by Patricia Araujo. Foreword by Jerome Tarshis, Art Critic.
We are pleased to invite you to the opening reception of The City from SOMA Grand, to be held on Friday, October 26th, from 7:00-9:00pm, at SOMA Grand, 1160 Mission Street, in San Francisco. This exhibition is curated by Tatiana Takaeva of Arttitud and in conjunction with SOMA Grand. This exhibition shall last through December, 15th 2012.
You are welcomed to stop by SOMA Grand and view the exhibition at the building's lobby during their office hours: Mon-Fri:12-6pm and Sat-Sun:11-6pm. For more information and sales, please contact Tatiana Takeava/ Arttitud, at (415)252-8888/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Patricia Araujo was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Colombian parents. She grew up in Bogota, Colombia and she began drawing at a very early age, always intrigued by architecture and form. After completing high school in Bogota, Araujo moved to Northern California and studied architecture, painting, and photography. In 2005 she obtained her second B.F.A in Painting, from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has been exhibiting in San Francisco since 1998. In 2008 she published her first book, entitled "SOMA SEEN". Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, 7x7 SF, ARTslant, Beyondchron, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.