Artist Spotlight: Vans the Omega

This week we’re excited to introduce Vans the Omega as our featured artist spotlight. Loosely based out of Adelaide, Australia, Vans the Omega has spent time crafting his skills in a variety of letterforms and painting. He has traveled and showcased his art around the globe consistently since 2000. His work typically captures abstract shapes, traditional graffiti aesthetics, and an array of patterns.

Against the Falls by Vans the Omega

Against the Falls by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

As one of the artists in our current show, Inamorata, Vans the Omega diverged from his traditional style to create something more emotional and distorted. We asked him to give us some insight about his piece, “Against the Falls” and where he looked for inspiration.

“The inspiration is drawn from my idea of rising out of water, emotion and cleansing. Instead of painting someone I loved, I decided to let the process of painting this work and what I was personally going through dictate and guide me into a feeling of love through exploration. I just had my mural work destroyed in my home city and was trying to make sense of it by effectively trashing my finer art with a sense of vandalism and aggression, then worked on bringing it into balance by stripping it back unveiling a new raw sense of its beauty and maybe a more honest approach to this final piece.” – Vans the Omega

See “Against the Falls” in person at 1AM Gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.

Announcing: Take Flight

We’re excited to announce “Take Flight”, an exhibit curated by CAMER1, opening Thursday, March 12th, 6:30-9:30pm, and showcasing artists from the new television reality show “Street Art Throwdown”.

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Cameron “CAMER1″ Moberg, a contestant in the show, will be joining us as we celebrate the new steps in the careers of contestants and artists Agana, Annie Preece, Grimnasty, Ivan “Gath” Preciado, Jenna Morello, Leba and Camer1.

There is a lot of anticipation around how these artists will play with the theme. Some artists will be taking a literal approach – with depictions of astronauts and birds – while others are going for a more abstract understanding of the phrase. On a subtle level, the title relates to the feeling an artist gets when they completely align with the creative process – a weightlessness where time is a blur and all that exists is the artist and air. See what form emerges from these artists’ work at the opening of Take Flight!

For more information, visit www.1AMGallery.com. If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please email ANU@1AMSF.com.

Artist Spotlight – Jet Martinez

Oakland-based artist, Jet Martinez is known for creating vibrant works of art that put a contemporary spin on folk art motifs. Originally from the small beach town of Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, Martinez takes inspiration from his native culture’s rich traditions of pottery, weaving and embroidery. We asked Jet to tell us about the pieces he created for our current show, Inamorata.

Pa Mi Chiquis by Jet Martinez

Pa Mi Chiquis by Jet Martinez

Jet explains, “Pieces in this body of work are part of a larger body of work I have been doing based/inspired by Mexican folk arts. These particular pieces are inspired by lacquered, painted plates from the state of Michoacan.

Breathe In, Breathe Out by Jet Martinez

Breathe In, Breathe Out by Jet Martinez

I paint with the simple manipulation of 2 colors on one brush. In the context of this show, flowers often represent feminine qualities and jubilant life. My idea for these pieces was to create bouquets of sorts- gifts of love for my own girls, my wife and my daughter. They are also meant as gifts for the viewer.

Lo Que Tu Prometi by Jet Martinez

Lo Que Tu Prometi by Jet Martinez

Nothing complicated here, just a sincere little warm thought from me.”

Siempre Tu by Jet Martinez

Siempre Tu by Jet Martinez

Don’t miss the chance to see Jet’s work. Come see his incredible paintings and more at the 1AM gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.

Amandalynn and Jet Martinez Turn Muses into Murals for “Inamorata”

If you’ve strolled by 6th and Howard Street this past week you will have seen the incredible murals up for our newest show, Inamorata. Thanks to Amandalynn, Annica Lydenberg, and Jet Martinez, the collaboration for these murals highlight not only the beauty of the theme, but also the strong solidarity of the artists in this show. If you didn’t get a chance to see the artists at work for yourself, now’s your chance. Thanks to Zane Meyer, we were able to capture the creation of these pieces in the film below.


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Inamorata Mural by Jet Martinez

Inamorata Mural by Amandalynn and Annica Lydenberg

For inquiries or to request art catalog, please email ANU@1amsf.com.

Inamorata – Behind The Scenes

We’re putting up fresh paint and new artwork today at the gallery in preparation for the “Inamorata” show opening tomorrow. Curated by Amandalynn, “Inamorata” showcases the feminine spirit and the fire ignited in an artist by his or her muse. In preparation for the show, we’re giving you a little glance into the finishing touches going on in the gallery today. Meet the artists and get a first look at the new art tomorrow, February 5th 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Please email ANU@1AMSF.com to request art catalog.

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Sneak Peak – “Inamorata”

The feminine spirit of “Inamorata” is skillfully captured by 11 incredible artists: Amandalynn, Hueman, Lady Mags, Helice Wen, Joshua Lawyer, Melanie Alves, Houston Berry, Monty Guy, Jet Martinez, Vans the Omega, and Annica Lydenberg. Combining alluring illustrative figures and abstract emotional images, these works express the fluctuation of intense feelings that enrapture a person’s mind when they’re entangled in the power of love. Don’t miss the chance to meet some of the artists and to become enchanted by your own inamorata at the Opening on Thursday February 5th, 6:30 – 9:30pm.

"Oh how the birds chirp" by Joshua Lawyer

“Oh how the birds chirp” by Joshua Lawyer

Untitled by Jet Martinez

Untitled by Jet Martinez

"Inamorata" by Amanda Lynn

“Inamorata” by Amanda Lynn

Please email ANU@1amsf.com to request art catalog.

Inamorata x Teaser x First Amendment

Throughout time, artists of all kinds have been inspired by their lovers. Many times these inspiring entities are female characters that entice, excite, or even disrupt an artist’s spirit. The term ‘Inamorata’ by definition means: a woman with whom one is in love, and is many times used in reference to a woman who inspires her lover’s creativity. The exhibiting artists in “Inamorata” illustrate the freedom of love in a variety of contexts.

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Prepare to be captivated by the muses of these amazing art pieces. We’re looking forward to displaying work by 11 incredible artists and capturing the power of the feminine spirit. Email ANU@1AMSF.com for a catalog

Unraveling: Latest 1AM Production!

French street artist and graphic designer, Ratur, is continuing to showcase his dreamlike illustrations in San Francisco with his most recent work hitting a new billboard installation on the corner of Jack London Alley and Bryant St. Best known for his murals and design work throughout France, Ratur continues to entrance his audience with his paintings that play on the relationship between the digital world and street art.

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Ratur’s billboard on Jack London, SF

Combined with his classic contrasting illustrative style and perceptual manipulation, Ratur’s new pieces utilizes an edgy contrast between reality and lines to connect with this unique space in the city. We’re excited to see how the neighborhood responds to this new aesthetic in the environment.

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Ratur continues with the theme on the second billboard on the same wall

Experience some of Ratur’s work at 1AM’s current show 1AM Revolution and don’t miss the opportunity to check out the billboards at 2 Jack London Alley, San Francisco, CA

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Night shot of the third billboard in the series

Check out our website for more on murals. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries about 1AM murals.

1AM Revolution – Behind The Scenes!

The new year is here and it’s time for resolutions and revolutions. We’re only a day away from the new gallery opening and we’re excited to be joined by over 25 amazing artists. The work and variety put into each piece is in itself revolutionary, but don’t just take our word for it―see it for yourself. Come meet the artists and celebrate 1AM’s 6th anniversary at the 1AM Revolution opening January 8th, 6:30 – 9:30pm. Please email ANU@1AMSF.com to request art catalog.

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Sneak Peek “1AM Revolution” Opening January 8th!

1AM Revolution marks the gallery’s six year anniversary as well as our kickoff to the new year. Our mission of freedom of speech and revolution often go hand in hand and our lineup of local and international artists are no stranger to either.  As the world climate and social issues have taken hold of our future, there has never been a time more important than now to exercise our freedom of speech through the arts.  All of our exhibiting artists have voiced their art in the streets and we want to pay homage to them by showcasing their works. Don’t miss the opening on Thursday, Jan. 8th at 6:30pm!

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Nada Encaja by Nuria Mora

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Untitled by J.S. Weis

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Thirteen Twenty by MadC

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Pink Pollinator by Robert Bowen

For media related inquiries or to request art catalog, please email ANU@1amsf.com