Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground is pleased to present a special print show by renowned Japanese artist, Hajime Sorayama, opening April 4th 2015. Sorayama is recognized world-wide for his uniquely imaginative, erotic style of paintings. The sleek chrome aesthetic of robotics in a hyper-sexualized feminine form has been a signature style for Sorayama that has spanned over 4 decades. Sorayama is a Vargas Award winner, the highest achievement in air-brush artistry. His art displayed in permanent collections at the MOMA, Smithsonian Institute and the US Library of Congress.
Considered as one of the most influential pin-up artists of our time, Sorayama will be making available for the time in San Francisco, a selected collection of his new and old prints. This will be a rare chance for his fans and collectors to see Sorayama’s work in person.
Exhibition dates: April 4th – April 26th 2015
Opening: April 4th 7pm
218 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Fifty24SF Gallery and Upper Playground is pleased to present Sam Flores’ next solo show, ” A Light in the Darkness”. The show opening this Saturday, December 6th at 6PM will feature new works by the artist focused on his continuous themes of balance between “good vs evil” light vs the dark.
“Throughout this new body of work, I’m focusing on light that comes from a dark place. People at one time or another experience negative moments in their lives, situations they feel that they can’t outrun, like they are stuck in a shadow. No matter how dark things get, the most important thing, is to be able to hold on to the vision of that light, in order to keep hope and faith alive.
Without darkness you would never be able to notice how bright something can shine. I want to illuminate the human spirit and inspire people to hang on, strive for something better, keep their dreams, passions and love alive by holding onto the light, no matter how dark things seem around them. I have been fortunate enough in my life to have people shine a light on me, help keep me on my path and keep me from getting lost. Having someone there to help us navigate our own darkness, whether it’s our subconscious, a thought, idea or even a creature, we all need to have “A Light in the Darkness.”” – Sam Flores
Published by Upper Playground, USUGROW: WORKS 2007-2013 captures some of Usugrow‘s best selected works from the past 6 years. Here’s a sneak preview of his book due for release next week exclusively at Upper Playground.
An in store book signing and special print release will follow on Sunday, Sept. 28th, 2014. Then the highly anticipated solo show, INK FLOW will open to the public Oct. 4th, 2014 at Fifty24SF Gallery on Fillmore St. San Francisco. Stay tuned for more info and follow us @upperplayground IG or Facebook for the latest news.
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Our long time friend and contributing artist Usugrow, with his masterful calligraphy works, is renown for his hand style and collaborations around the world. After several years of hiatus and reorganizing himself in Tokyo, he is finally making his way to San Francisco for a solo show and book release this month at Fifty24SF Gallery.
Here’s a sneak peek of his Book due for an exclusive release later this month at Upper Playground: