Work in progress

So I’ve been working on some new oil paintings as of late. Best way to get over this flu is to work and breath in noxious fumes created by the mineralspirits xp. This is a piece I’m working on for Modern Eden gallery next month. Enjoy the work in progress.



Pics from last night’s Subzero Festival

Thank you to all of you who came down to last night’s fourth annual Subzero festival. A HUGE thank you to Cherri Lakey and Brian Eder for putting the whole event together, without those two, the city or San Jose would be a much more depressed city.I know a lot of people are/were out of the area and missed out on last night’s festivities , so here are some shots of the just some of the things I came across while walking the Sofa district. Also you’ll Find shots from Lacey Bryant’s amazing show “Tenuous Threads”  which is going on all month at Anno Domini gallery ( Enjoy the pics.



The Button Contest tonight for ROBO SHOP @kaleidgallery

So tonight is Robo Shop The group robot show at the Kaleid Gallery here in San Jose.
So for fun I have made 20 buttons which will never be reprinted just for the event.  To score a button simply come up to me and tell me what my sculpture “X” is a loving nod to. If you guess correctly you score a button (as long as I still have some left).

The Sculpture is featured in this weeks Metro Paper. So if you are in the southbay please
check it out.

Besides the  sculpture I have painted two new pieces this week for the show as well. So I do hope you come down to see the show. I do hope to see you.


New art on Display May 4th at Kaleid Gallery for Southfirst Fridays

Hey Gang,
       So next Friday will be our next First Friday artwalk in San Jose.  I will unveiling some new pieces at the Kaleid gallery for the Robo Shop show. One thing I’m excited about for this show
is this will be the first show ever which I have done some 
sculpture. To celebrate this piece that re-invigorated me I am offering free limited run button. If you can tell me what the sculpture is a reference to you score a button. I’ll be at Kaleid the whole evening so make sure you say hi and take aguess. It’s a pretty geeky reference, but if you get it you will score a VERY limited button. One which I will not be reprinting ever again.


Join us for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk
Friday, May 4th, 7pm–11pm!
an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA District (& beyond)!

A self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances- all venues are FREE & open to the public.

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First Street
Opening reception in galleryTWO for More Force Than Judgement  solo exhibition with POESIA.
A new body of work focused on paintings inspired by, or directly re-appropriated from, old master works from the high renaissance through the baroque period. This visionary series involves a revised version of old masters that are influenced by Poesia’s history as a graffiti artist.
Also on view in galleryONE: The California State Institution  solo exhibition with Dale vN Marshall (UK)
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market Street
Artists’ Reception: For the Table  a juried exhibition of tableware made by members of the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild – 28 place settings in a spectacular banquet table display!   From functional & funky to self-basting chickens and dainty dragons… truly something for every table.
Featured artists: Barbara Brown, Liz Burkhouse, Cristina Chang, Nancy Christie, Dan Dermer, Shawn Felts, Jill Getzan, Philip Hubbard, Megan Jackson, Joyce Knezevich, Anne Lewis, Linda Mau, Mary K McMahon, Jamie Meador, Yukie Nakanishi, Heather Pedersen, Jean Prophet, Daryl Shafran, Sheba Solomon, Ken Takara, Stacy Yem
KALEID Gallery - 88 South Fourth Street (at San Fernando)
sculpture by Michael Foley
Artists’ Reception for RoboShop,a collection of artistic endeavors celebrating all things robot. Featuring: Christine Benjamin, Mark Damrel, Donny Foley, Michael Foley, Emo Gonzales, Kori Thompson, JoAnne Yada
MACLA – 510 South First Street
Samuel Rodriquez, Multi Eye gouache, ink and gesso, 2012

Stop by MACLA for an exciting evening of art. In MACLA’s Gallery: Latino Art Now: MACLA’s 14th Annual Art Auction and Exhibition.
Phantom Galleries – art exhibitions in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
Conventional Wisdom, gouache and acrylic on cotton paper, 14″ x 17″, 2012
95 So. Market Street: The Super Sweet by Jessica Eastburn
The rapidly evolving digital technology that pervades contemporary life provides the locus point which my work both responds to and expands upon, conceptually and technically.  The drawings in Super Sweet illustrate liminal, arbitrary, and incongruous information which takes the form of swatches and snippets of patterns and motifs that overlap and compete against one another.  This arrangement echoes the cacophonous deluge of visual noise that the information stream of internet news, social media, and the personal blog have created.  The work mimics this digital overload by employing a calculated, mechanical visual language that is based on grid systems. The process of creating the drawings is the antithesis of “drag and drop” digital technology, since the drawings are created entirely by hand using antiquated technology such as the ruler and compass.
San Jose Jazz at Pagoda Restaurant & Bamboo Lounge – 170 South Market St.
Fairmont Hotel, First Street side, at the Hotel’s back entrance
8:30pm Free Admission
Photo Credit: John Walder

Dana Leong for San Jose Jazz 
Hip-Hop beats, trombone licks and a playful cello melody are an eclectic musical combination. Composer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong pulls this distinct sound off; fusing Jazz, Classical and Pop to create a signature boundless musical experience. Often referred to as a “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma,” Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera and Christian McBride, and has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono, and many more. Through all of this, Leong still finds time to visit his home state of CA.

The Dana Leong Trio, featuring Dana (cello/trombone), John Shannon (guitar) and DJ Icewater (turntables), is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting blend of instrumental techniques and musical styles. The trio was a featured act in the 2011 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City and the Sleepless Night Miami Beach festival in November 2011.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First Street
The 4th Annual May Day Market will be held May 4-6 at the Museum. This Market is a sale of all kinds of donated goods to benefit the Museum: fabric, ethnic textiles, notions, stylish vintage clothing, and amazing quilts.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market Street
The end of the school year is close and the SLG Art Boutiki, ever the communitty oriented group of profiteers, will be turning its wall space over to downtown San Jos’es only all-girl’s school as Notre Dame High School presents the best of photography, painting, ceramics and drawings by their top students.
Live music will be provided in the form of the grand return of Quasimodal in its original inception, so this is a night for all people who love art and jazz.
Works San José – 365 South Market Street
The World Through My Eyes by Theresa Because
positive identity through the milestones of change
Outlast explores a woman’s self esteem and body image as affected by pregnancy, parenthood, and aging. Inherent in these transitions is the rivalry of biology against serenity and the ensuing pitfalls of insecurity and guilt. To outlast is to overcome, and to offer a heritage beyond the confines of self. Artists: Theresa Because, Patty Botello, Becca Cuellar, Sarah Joy Cabana, Genevieve Hastings. Curated by Sarah Joy Cabana.
Caffé Frascati – 315 South First Street
Join us for a Beatles Night on Friday May 4th! Walt Gil will perform on the piano with guest musicians playing their favorite Beatles tunes. Show starts at 8pm and it’s sure to be fab!
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First Street

Made in Nature by Nadia Nasiri

Join us after Candlelight Yoga (5:30-6:45pm) as we open our doors to welcome the Art Walk patrons and the downtown community.  Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to present featured artist Nadia Nasiri, a promising young self-taught photographer and avid yoga practitioner. Although this began as a personal hobby for her, Nadia’s intention with sharing her art is to inspire others to cultivate an appreciation for the natural world around us. Her special exhibit, Made in Nature,  will feature nature photography and handmade crafts made with items found in nature exhibited in the gallery studio, and outdoor yoga self portraits taken with a tripod and timer or hand held remote in the studio hallway.

Stop by for live entertainment with taichi and acro demos, raffles, and light refreshments. As an avid environmental supporter, proceeds from South First Friday will be donated to the Save Kimber Park foundation  to promote their fight against open space development in the mission hills.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First Street
Phantom Galleries presents I Can’t Go On; I’ll Go On  a new body of work by Jehoiakim Santos at Good Karma Vegan Cafe.
The paintings are influenced by venting of my thoughts and emotions. The human face is interesting enough that every bit of of it’s facial movement tells a story in our life, whether its a wishful thinking or a doomed forgotten and yet unforgotten event that’s worth keeping. Everyone has a beauty and I’d like to catch that through combining emotions and silhouettes; with these together, that beauty is their life stories.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First Street
untitled works by Thoughtlesshero
a showing of recent street photography using film and digital mediums
Pho69 – 321 South First Street

Phantom Galleries presents A World of Colors and Whim by Florence de Bretagne at Pho69.
In this exhibit de Bretagne invites you to a world full of bright colors and whim where you can escape from your busy lives and anxieties for endless hours. She presents her imaginary landscapes (The ForestThe Blue Lake, and others) as well as her abstract paintings (A Symphony of ColorsI Left To Go For a Walk in Heaven).
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second Street
Christine Benjamin
Psycho Donuts in downtown San Jose is a quirky donut shop and art gallery. The gallery displays top local artists and has an ongoing exhibit featuring the work of John Renzel, Lacey Bryant, Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters, John Hageman and Robert McColley!
South First Billiards Club & Lounge – 420 South First Street
Diversity in Art  is a show of art works from different artists around the bay. Painters from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose will show genres in various states of visual perception. Featuring Reyes, CK1, Cyrus, Acrylic Chick, Salcedo XV and D. Doherty
TechShopSJ – 300 South Second Street
Members will be bringing in projects that they have made at TechShop.  Come check out what projects you can make at TechShop!
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth Street

Steve Davis, Timepiece, bronze

The People-Powered Art Exhibition is bringing bikes, walkers, skaters, and other human-fueled transportation to Art Ark Gallery Friday, May 4th from 6-9pm. Join host Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and musical guest The Joy Drops as we celebrate the beauty of an active world.

For full listing of events and information: please visit or call 408-271-5155
Media Sponsor:  Metro Newspapers
Enjoy FREE PEDICAB RIDES between art venues courtesy of South FIRST FRIDAYS and Eco City Cycles!

The South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk is produced by Two Fish Design 

in partnership with the participating art organizations and independent businesses.
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Menagerie Show

My latest painting “The Ferret King” (18×24″ acrylic on wood) is on display in San Francisco at the Modern Eden gallery for the Menagerie Show.


“Menagerie” an art exhibition and benefit for the San Francisco SPCA. This will be Modern Eden’s 2nd annual partnership with the local animal advocacy organization. The opening reception will be held at Modern Eden on Saturday, February 11th from 6-10 pm and representatives from the San Francisco SPCA will be in attendance.

There will be live music by DJ Ed Aten, complimentary
wine tasting by Quail Oak, and Napa’s acclaimed Fumé Bistro will be providing light appetizers. The exhibition will be on display through March 3, 2012 and is free and open to the public.

“Menagerie” aims to bring awareness to the SF SPCA’s mission of “saving and protecting animals, providing care and treatment, advocating for their welfare and enhancing the human-animal bond”.

The Bay Area’s (and beyond) premiere artists were asked to create inspired pieces incorporating the SPCA’s mission and their own unique styles. Exhibiting artists include Robert Bowen, Leilani Bustamante, Akira Beard, Bradley Platz, Lacey Bryant, Chelsea Brown, Steve Javiel, Cory Benhatzel, Lee Harvey Roswell, Aunia Kahn, Tino Rodriguez, Virgo Paraiso, Daniel J. Valadez, Ryan Gannon, Helen Wilson,
Kim Larson, Alphonzo Solorzano, Miguel Felipe, Archer Dougherty, Mary Syring, David Camisa, Max Kauffman, ELROD, Helice Wen, Michelle Waters, Christine Benjamin, Steven Suiter, Michael Foley, Renee Castro, Michael McConnell, Catherine Moore, Helen Bayly, Emily M. Eng, Peter Adamyan, Jeff Leake, Lindsey Kustusch, Jaclyn Alderete, Kim Gordon, Grant Gilliland, Sheri DeBow, Marisa Ware,
Kim Larson and Cody Vrosh. For the entire exhibit, Modern Eden and their exhibiting artists are donating a minimum of 20% of all art sales to the SF SPCA.
Located in San Francisco’s historic North Beach, Modern Eden was opened in June 2010. Local artists Bradley Platz and Kim Larson are Co-Owners and Gallery Directors. Modern Eden Gallery has quickly become one of San Francisco’s most exciting and attractive destinations for art. Modern Eden showcases talent-driven art by San Francisco’s top emerging and established artists. Modern Eden
focuses on figurative and illustrative paintings in genres ranging from realism to surrealism.

You can visit the gallery at 403 Francisco Street Wednesday through Sunday 11 am-7 pm or anytime on-line at

 Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11, 2012 6-10 PM,

Exhibiting artists will be in attendance.
Where: Modern Eden Gallery
403 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA 94133





2012 changes to the site

So a few posts back I stated I am working on the newest version of the site. It’s still coming but it has been kicking my butt. It is getting close to going live, once it does I plan to celebrate the new version (and new year) with some give away prizes.
I have a few new paintings in progress for some shows in California and Detroit in the next three months. Plus, I am teaching a “urban” art workshop this saturday for the Triton Museum, this will be my first major workshop, so I’m pretty excited.