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Featured Artist – Chelsea Croy

Artist Chelsea Croy at Red Union Hair Salon - San FranciscoThe figure has always captivated me. It compels us and we identify with it. We see arms, legs, and head and imagine blood, bones, heart, emotions and intellect. The human body is a symbol of contrasts. It is our nature to be strong, yet delicate, fallible yet sublime, solid yet susceptible. These are qualities I keep in mind whenever beginning a new work.

My images are bold, passionate and often monumental in scale. They are a celebration of our individual uniqueness, resilience and power.

Chelsea Croy has always lived in the bay area and is currently living and working in Sausalito. Her mother was an artist and started her off early in that direction. Chelsea began her education in art at the College of Marin, then continuing at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. In 2003 and 2004 she was chosen to show at the prestigious Sausalito Art Festival. Chelsea Croy has been selected to show at the Artisan Gallery, and at the gallery at the College of Marin, Her work is collected throughout the country.

Contact the Artist:
589 Bridgeway #4
Sausalito, CA 94965

Featured Artist – Albert Chi Hwang

Albert Chi HwangAlbert Chi Hwang was born in 1979 in Oakland, California, the son of immigrants from Taiwan. An only child, he began drawing extensively from a very early age. Drawing has always allowed Hwang an escape from the boredom of solitude and has enabled him to convey his thought patterns more directly than any other medium. He considers drawing the “underlying thread” of all the visual arts.
Another activity that has played a profound role in Hwang’s work is playing the piano, which he began when he was nine. The benefits of music appreciation aside, playing the piano has given him a stronger grasp of the formal elements in his art through many years of studying music theory. Playing music has given his painting technique a stronger sense of rhythm and tempo. By making a mental note of the cadence between “strokes” (especially on larger abstract works), he is better able to gauge the parts of a picture in relation to the whole without having to continually stand back, which often slows momentum. Furthermore, through the discipline of practicing an instrument every day, he is keenly aware of the virtues of refining technique through repetition. In painting, this has yielded a certain craftsmanship to his work.

Growing up bilingual (Mandarin and English) has led to a certain duality that pervades his work. As a minority in America, he finds that his own race and ethnicity is something that is impossible to ignore and thus plays a significant role in forming his sense of self. Much of his work reflects his personal struggle of creating a balance between two very different cultures.

Hwang views his parents as playing different but defining roles in his work. His mother is a devout Christian who spends much of her time in the study of her religion, and her strong faith has made a lasting impression on his own concepts of creation and all that is metaphysical. Though Hwang considers himself an agnostic, he feels that there is a certain existential element that imposes itself upon his work through his own feelings of hope and despair. Hwang’s father is a mathematician who is more logical-minded with an inclination toward scientific principles. In an attempt to reconcile his own differences between intuition and intellect, two extremes which both parents in some way exemplify, Hwang often chooses themes based on the relationship between opposites (Circle and Square, Male and Female).

Hwang currently lives and paints in San Francisco, California where he enjoys running, reading, movies, and playing with his dog.

To view Albert’s art go to his website at: