Artist Spotlight: Hellbent

What lies at the core of Hellbent’s art with its brightly color strips and contrasting patterns? You might be surprised to hear that the answer is music. Not only did he base his street name off of the punk musician, Richard Hell, but he names his works after songs that he listens to while creating them. His intense love for music spans a variety of genres that include punk, country, and indie rock.

Hellbent's Denim Supply Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Hellbent’s Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Besides his floral patterns and incredible stencil work, Hellbent’s work is sometimes distinguished by a jaw bone. He explained that the jaw bone idea came to him after reading a story about Freud’s battle with jaw cancer. The story goes that Freud was saved from a sudden hemorrhage by his hospital roommate – who happened to be a dwarf! Hellbent explains that the jaw also suggests the importance of basic human functions such as speaking and eating.

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For “A Major Minority 2015“, Hellbent created three pieces inspired by Joy Division songs. A closer look at each piece reveals subtle intricacies and beautiful patterns that are unique to Hellbent’s style.

"Candidate (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Candidate (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"Interzone (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Interzone (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"She's Lost Control (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“She’s Lost Control (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

Stop by the gallery to see this Brooklyn-based artist’s work until the end of the April.

For prices and more information about Hellbent’s art, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Artist Spotlight: Okuda San Miguel

Okuda San Miguel is a Spanish artist known for his unmistakable style of multicolored geometric prints. Critics point to pop surrealism as a signifying essence that emerges from Okuda’s work. The art that he creates is constantly emphasizing the conflict between nature and our roots. Themes that tie into his work generally revolve around contradictions between existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the false freedom of capitalism. For Okuda, inspiration comes from normal everyday things such as travel, film, music, and the environment. For “A Major Minority 2015”, Okuda skillfully molded anthropomorphic forms and symbols into three captivating pieces.

"Bear Hunted" by Okuda San Miguel

“Bear Hunted” by Okuda San Miguel

"Deep Chiuaua" by Okuda San Miguel

“Deep Chiuaua” by Okuda San Miguel

Deep Chihuahua” and “Bear Hunted” portray his classic use of bright geometric renderings. The grey-human shapes represent Okuda’s worries about humanity’s false sense of freedom.

"Bear Queen" by Okuda San Miguel

“Bear Queen” by Okuda San Miguel

Bear Queen” is exceptionally unique because it is a canvas tapestry crafted of yarn. By simply looking into the eyes of the queen, it is easy to see the power that Okuda evokes through his themes.

Art for "A Major Minority 2015" by Okuda San Miguel

Art for “A Major Minority 2015″ by Okuda San Miguel

Outside of “A Major Minority 2015”, Okuda recently participated in Urban Art Biennale 2015 in Germany. This was a significant show for the artist because Urban Art Biennale is an exhibit of over 75 international artists who’re helping to demonstrates how classic street art can easily merge with traditional art forms while maintaining the roots of the urban art world.

Okuda San Miguel's work at Art Biennale 2015

Okuda San Miguel’s work at Art Biennale 2015

Come experience the vibrancy of Okuda’s art for yourself at the 1AM Gallery from now until April 22nd. For prices and art inquiries, please contact anu@1amsf.com

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1AM Mobile is at it again.  The streets are our playground so get in on the action now with the 1AM Mobile App! 

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Photo by YonElvira in Los Angeles

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Artist Spotlight: Jenna Morello

Jenna, 29, grew up in a very close, creative family and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. As a kid she always loved to paint and draw. Her expertise lies in spray paint, house and acrylic paint. Not only is she ambidextrous, but her left hand can mirror her right hand with both hands drawing simultaneously. For the 1AM show, “Take Flight“, Jenna used torn linen to create a dark and edgy backdrop that allows her pieces to evoke a feeling of awe. She approached the theme from a more literal context and pushed the contrast on the colors to emphasize this feeling within her art.

"Exuviate" by Jenna Morello

“Exuviate” by Jenna Morello

"Icarus" by Jenna Morello

“Icarus” by Jenna Morello

"The Vultures" by Jenna Morello

“The Vultures” by Jenna Morello

Come see Jenna’s captivating work and more at the 1AM gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.

CAMER1: “Taking Flight” Mural

Fresh off the runway, CAMER1’sTake Flight” mural hit the 1AM gallery walls this week for the exhibit’s opening reception. The mural emphasizes the aesthetic of flying forms and it highlights the idea that the weightlessness of flight is similar to the connection an artist has with his or her art. With an awesome mashup of talents in this show, it’s no question that CAMER1 and the other artists brought their work to new heights. We’re excited to see CAMER1’s art taking off and we encourage you to check out the mural for yourself.

"Take Flight" Mural by CAMER1

“Take Flight” Mural by CAMER1

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

Behind the Scenes – “Take Flight” with CAMER1

Flying into the gallery and throwing up fresh paint, the “Take Flight” artists, Agana, Annie Preece, CAMER1, and Ivan “Gath” Preciado, took their art off the canvas and onto 1AM’s gallery walls. The gallery has transformed with each artist’s addition and now the space is ready to take off. Each wall reflects these artist’s unique talents and extends the depth of their work. Watch CAMER1 talk about his inspiration for the idea behind “Take Flight” in the video above. Come meet the artists, enjoy incredible art, and see the gallery transformed! We’re ready to take flight and we’re excited to see you on March 12th for the opening reception at 6:30 – 9:30pm.

CAMER1 preparing for "Take Flight"

CAMER1 preparing for “Take Flight”

Annie Preece painting the walls at 1AM

Annie Preece painting the walls at 1AM

Ivan Preciado leaves his mark on the walls of 1AM.

Ivan Preciado leaves his mark on the walls of 1AM.

For purchasing or general inquiries, 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.

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.

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 Gallery invites you to “Inamorata” this February!

We have gotten asked a few times – “where are all the women? Why don’t you show the queens of the streets?” We think it is high-time to bring some female (and male) artists into the gallery for a group show inspired by the femme fatale, so we invited Amandalynn to serve as curator for our February exhibition “Inamorata” opening on Thursday, February 5th, 6:30-9:30pm. “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. We hope you’ll join us to see what this muse will inspire in our upcoming line-up of artists: Amandalynn, Vans the Omega, Hueman, Lady Mags, Jet Martinez, Melanie Alves, Helice Wen, Monty Guy, Joshua Lawyer, Annica Lydenberg and Houston Berry.

"Taste of Life" by Amandalynn

“Taste of Life” by Amandalynn

For an advanced catalog or more information on the show, please email artsales@1AMSF.com.