“CMYK” – A Color Tease

Our newest show, “​CMYK​”, will be showcasing brand new works by graffiti artists RPES, PEMEX, and AMUSE 126. The demand for colors in today’s art market is substantial, with shades ranging infinitely along the color wheel. CMYK aims to contrast this freedom of colors and experiment with simplified styles and techniques. CMYK colors were selected among many options because it is a universal pallet.

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For inquiries or media related materials, please email ANU@1amsf.com

1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

Sometimes less is more.  Let us know who painted or pasted the wall best with just black and white (mostly).  Get in the live action with the 1AM Mobile App if you’re not already on it!

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

New 1AM Prints of Timeless Graffiti Tool!

We are busy ramping up our Giclee print collection and have some fresh artwork available here.  These ones are super limited, so grab one before they are gone forever.  Be on the look out for more prints coming soon!

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We will also be offering artwork archiving and printing services to artists in the next few weeks.  If you need any artwork archived or printed, click here for more details or stop by the shop to talk to one of our print production specialists.  We are looking forward to assisting more artists with all their print production and archiving needs!

The Intuit design team gets their paint on!

We had a great time with the team of designers from Intuit this week – they jumped right into our hands-on activities as they created their own letter styles, learned about some graffiti history and finished up with a colorful take home mural! Thanks to Ricky, we got this awesome time-lapse video:

To book a workshop for your team, email privateevents@1amsf.com.

“Swell” of Change from 1AM’s Mural Team

After meeting Swell and hearing their creative ideas, 1AM artist Leon Loucheur created a unique mural that captured their essence and transformed their space.  If you have a space that needs a refresh, email murals@1amsf.com or call 888 589 0475 x 4 for more info.Swell2 Swell3 Swell1

“My experience with 1AM and Leon was fantastic. They listened to my input creatively and aesthetically, and gave me several options to choose from. It was a fascinating process to watch it go up as well, and Leon let me take time lapse photos of it, which was super cool. People walk into the space and respond to the mural right away (generally in a very positive fashion). 1AM and Leon worked around my schedule, and delivered on time and cost effectively. I would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to endeavor on such a journey in the creative arts.”

Swell / San Francisco, CA

 

Street Art and Social Change: Painting for Nepal

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The horrific April 25th 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal has reached a death toll of over 7,ooo people, with double that seriously injured. The event has caught the attention and hearts of the world. Aid, charity, assistance and prayers are flooding into the region. One artist, Paparazzi, from Cyprus, sent out his good wishes with this large wall he painted. The image of a Nepalese woman with her child on her back comes with the statement from the artist, “You are not alone.”

The World Food Program warns 1.4 million people require emergency food assistance, and the United Nations estimates 1.3 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The quake opened massive rifts in roads and destroyed historic structures, including the 19th century Dharahara Tower in the capital Kathmandu, centuries old structures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites were demolished, and hundreds of thousands are left homeless. Sad too, within the street art world, was that Nepal was beginning to percolate with murals in recent years. In the capital city of Katmandu, a mural district was emerging with several mural campaigns in recent years like Kolor Kathmandu, and Artlab’s PRASAD project (“gracious gift” in Sanskrit).

A LOT of help is needed for Nepal and its people! Here are some ways you can help:

 

MarketBridge Enlivens Their Office Space With Some City Pride!

When MarketBridge reached out to us about about transforming their office walls, we sent out our mural experts to tackle the task. MarketBridge envisioned a simple and fun design that would embody life in San Francisco. What developed was the creation of a mural that highlights iconic San Francisco architecture through the use of simple shapes and color. A new energy fills the office space now and it leaves people with a sense of city pride.

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For commissioned walls and mural production inquiries, check out our walls page and email us at anu@1AMSF.com.

1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

Buildings are getting a facelift with 1AM Mobile App’s Best of the Week.  As the street art movement grows, so do the size of the murals.  Bigger is better?

Photo by chadsf from London

Photo by chadsf from London

Photo by transfert from Montreal

Photo by transfert from Montreal

Photo by Alpha from Oahu

Photo by Alpha from Oahu

Photo by Yonelvira from Los Angeles

Photo by Yonelvira from Los Angeles

Spring Refresh!

Spring is a time to refresh and rejuvenate before the ever-sunny days of summer. In particular it’s a season that evokes feelings of starting anew with spring-cleaning and a splash of color. At the gallery, we’re showing off our colors with a look-back at some of the talented artists we’ve worked with this year.

"Bookmark" by BASK

“Bookmark” by BASK

"Against the Falls" by Vans the Omega

“Against the Falls” by Vans the Omega

"Orthogonal Exuberance" by Proembrion

“Orthogonal Exuberance” by Proembrion

"Frisco Disco" by CT

“Frisco Disco” by CT

"Insomnia" by Zmogk

“Insomnia” by Zmogk

"Nada Encaja" by Nuria Mura

“Nada Encaja” by Nuria Mura

There’s nothing more refreshing than changing the look and feel of your home to reflect the change in the seasons. Get ahead on your home transformation and contact anu@1amsf.com for inquiries.

Street Art and Social Change: Ron English on American Mass Consumerism

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(photo © Jaime Rojo)

At the legendary Houston Bowery Wall in New York City, prolific street art figure, Ron English, has completed his most recent large-scale mural which holds a mirror up to mass consumer America. English’s child Hulk figure, Temper Tot, is centered in the piece, with the American flag behind him. Though the flag is not its normal tri-color form. Upon closer inspection, your eyes traverse along the red and white stripes to find them made of  dozens of English’s POPaganda imagery – mashups of pop-culture imagery, between the highs and the lows, the goods and the bads. Images used to make up the stripes include Diabetic Coke adverts, Kid Kool’s Nicotine Enriched Candied Cigarettes, American Depress credit cards and other subversive images that jab at America’s unhealthy sociocultural addictions and their disastrous effects. English has mastered the use of this kind of imagery, with his refined painting skills and use of humor to pack a hard-hitting punch to current cultural norms. Also noteworthy of this piece (going back to its location at the Houston Bowery Wall), is that English’s mocking imagery of American capitalism and greed is exactly what has pushed out the original artists that made the legendary wall what it is now. Gentrification has all but wiped out the neighborhood that nurtured the Houston Bowery Wall, which has displayed works by some of the greatest figures in the history of the street art movement: Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Faile, JR, Scharf, HowNosm, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, and Barry MacGee.

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(photo © Jaime Rojo) 

(awareness via street art news. all photos by Jamie Rojo)