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San Francisco Featured Artist: Tim Harper

We are excited to introduce Tim Harper, a local San Francisco artist.

His latest work can be seen at Red Union Salon and Salon Macias both located at 1757 Union Street between Octavia and Gough

Tim Harper is a contemporary artist and community advocate living in the Cow Hollow District of San Francisco. Most of his work is heavily inspired by America’s foremost collagist, Romare Beardon, and the Los Angeles based modern artist, Mark Bradford. Although Tim’s love for art crosses many genres, his biggest style influences are fauvism and abstract modernism. Utilizing vivid color palettes, Tim’s paintings come alive with energy, interest and emotion. Tim also loves the written word and its ability to capture the essence of a painting, while framing a narrative, figuratively and symbolically.

Tim studied painting at the University of Florida, the University of Hawaii, and at the San Francisco Art Institute. His work is regularly featured with the Bay Area artists exhibits that are sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artists Gallery. His Urban Distractions series, his President’s series and his Music Icons series, have recently captured the attention of major collectors in Los Angeles and New York.

Tim’s latest body of work is called Urban Distraction. This series combines his love for color, energy, happiness and joy and includes the profusion of the everyday experiences we encounter. His materials are paint and everything he can cut up and assemble on canvas.

When he is not painting, Tim serves as the Executive Director of Harper for Kids, a charitable organization that he co-founded with his wife, Peanut Louie Harper, a former professional tennis player ranked in the top twenty in the world. Harper for Kids teaches children about the importance of good character and sportsmanship and how to be at their personal best, each and everyday. Their work is based on UCLA Coach, John Wooden’s, Pyramid of Success. Tim is also a devoted father with two kids, a daughter, Casey, and a son, Jared.

Tim Harper Paintings

Features Artist – Jono Goodman

Red Union Salon Artist - Jono GoodmanSince his time at San Francisco Art Institute, Jono has started a new direction in his work by exploring natural disasters. Being a gulf coast native, he is specifically concentrating on hurricanes. There lies a poetic beauty in the monumental scale of destruction created by earth’s disasters.

Whether its corrosion, decay, or destruction, disasters can create fascinating visual compositions that humans can’t reproduce. It is through this exploration that Jono generates ideas and uses them to reshape his art. Jono’s intent through this research is to discover new aesthetic possibilities while continuing to challenge his current imagery and direction of work.

Jono integrates collaging, photography and printmaking, however Lithography is the medium that provides him with complete confidence and freedom in his artwork. The use of layer arrangement, technique exploration, and constant reformatting allows him to engage in a project while assisting him in creating a finalized image. These essentials along with other conventional elements are the leading vehicle for translating his inner vision and relating it to the viewer.

Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana Jono was turned onto art at an early age. He further pursued his passion for art at Louisiana State University where he was introduced to printmaking and immediately fell in love with the medium. After receiving his BFA in 2005, Jono was granted a one year residency at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, NM where he earned a professional printer certificate in 2007. Jono Goodman is currently working towards his MFA at SFAI and is anticipating a 2010 graduation.

Featured Artist – Maria Nikl

Maria Nikl

Maria Nikl is a clairvoyant painter exhibiting both nationally and internationally. She was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and received her BFA and MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, in California, the latter in 1995.

Maria considers a painting a meditation in itself, and like all creations, an attempt to reunite the Spirit and the Body. The acrylic paintings that are applied on wood panels in numerous layers were named “Abstract Organic” by the artist, the word Abstract corresponding with Spirit, Organic with Body.

Her work in progress entails symmetrical, mirrored images, utilizing a mystic technique, which consists of creating duplications, to erase the fear evoked by this reunion.

Her strongest fascinations are Salsa dancing and everything about DNA.

Work displayed : Charred Heart

To view Maria’s art go to her website at: