Sneak Peek at “Tourist,” Opening Tomorrow!

With the opening of Ratur and Sckaro’s “Tourist” tomorrow night, we’ve been busy here at 1AMSF. But even with all of the set-up going on, we wanted to make sure you all got a sneak peek at what’s in store for you all! Here are a behind-the-scenes photos to hold you over until you can get your fill at the opening on the 20th, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Ratur and Sckaro dedicated the theme of this awesome show to the city of San Francisco, and each piece is a unique view of the city’s key characteristics, which to us have become so familiar that we cannot appreciate them, through the fresh perspective of the tourist. Enjoy!

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“Everyone Deserves a Home,” Finished!

Last Wednesday, crowds gathered at Boeddeker Park to see the finished six-story mural that had been in the works for so long. This colorful, vibrant addition to the Windsor Hotel is the product of many months of designing, revising, and careful execution by the 1AM Mural Team, and the community has received it with overwhelming praise. “Everyone Deserves a Home” is a testament to the community of the Tenderloin and a promise of hope and security. This mural, overlooking the recently revamped park, bring new life and vibrancy to the Tenderloin community. A big thanks and congrats to DISH, Friends of Boeddeker Park, and the Community Challenge Grant Program for allowing 1AM to help achieve this awesome goal! Read more about the project’s impact on the neighborhood from Hoodline, here.

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Street Art and Social Change: Steven Grounds Reclaims a Native American Boarding School


Artist, Steven Grounds, has been working hard the last couple years, filling the interior and exterior walls of an abandoned Native American boarding school in Concho, Oklahoma. The boarding school, during its years of operation from 1909-1983, had members from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes among other Native American students. Grounds is Navajo and Euchee himself, and he obtained permission to paint the buildings from the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe two years ago. He has been painting portraits of  his heroes and even of students who once walked the same halls ever since.

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Native American boarding schools have a dreadful history in the United States. They were built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to provide education and to give opportunity for children with no formal schools in their vicinity. In reality, Native American boarding schools were seen as the means for the government to achieve assimilation of Native Americans. Children were usually immersed in European-American culture through appearance changes with haircuts, were forbidden to speak their native languages, and traditional names were replaced by new European-American names. The experience of the schools was often harsh, especially for the younger children who were separated from their families. In numerous ways, they were encouraged or forced to abandon their Native American identities and cultures.


Abandoned Native American boarding school in Concho, Oklahoma


Photograph from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency’s Catholic School (1920-33) (via Bureau of Indian Affairs. Concho Agency/National Archives and Records Administration)

Grounds’ work is connecting history, culture, and time to place. The abandoned school was left for ruin but he has done what street artists are good at – activating spaces. “When you walk in here you can feel that energy, that there is a history here,” says Grounds. And about his portraits he adds, “I take them as a way to show reverence. So what I paint in here comes from a place of respect.”


Behind the scenes: ‘I Am What I Am’ Opening tomorrow


Sneak peek… Mark Bode’s busy at work finishing our interior & exterior murals for his Cheech Wizard Tribute, “I Am What I Am” at 1AM. Don’t miss the opening tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 4th from 6:30-9:30PM. There is an original Vaughn Bode comic only available for viewing at the opening!

Other highlights of the show feature:
– Never before seen work by Vaughn Bode
– A variety of new limited edition prints from Mark Bode
– Custom working Pinball Machine: the “Molly Snatch Machine”
– 2 original drawings from Vaughn Bode
– Licensing Sheet used by Puma and other product companies

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See you there!

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Last Chance to Check Out “Catch Me If You Can!”

Heads up–Ratur and Sckaro’s “Catch Me If You Can” show closes December 19th, their insane surrealist oil paintings are not to be missed. This is your last chance to stop by the gallery, we’re open this Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6:30 PM. This duo’s high-octane work will blow you away!

Ratur's "First Amendment", oil on canvas, 30x44"

Ratur’s “First Amendment,” oil on canvas, 30×44″

Following the close of “Catch Me If You Can,” we have big things planned here at 1AM. Over the holidays we’ll be completely revamping our space, planning for a new and improved gallery in 2016… announcements and updates for the new year to come soon! Stay tuned.

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“Catch Me If You Can” Opening Night Recap

Last night’s opening of “Catch Me If You Can” showcased a body of captivatingly distorted and surrealist work from the French brothers, Ratur and Sckaro. The two brothers share a lifelong partnership of painting in the streets and in the studio–this collection brilliantly reveals their roots in classical oil painting and graffiti. The dynamic and colorful show produced positive energy from existing and new fans of the artists alike.


A big thank you to everyone that came out to support Ratur and Sckaro. “Catch Me If You Can” is on display until January 7th, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 12PM-6:30PM. For catalog requests/art inquiries please contact Adriana(at)1amgallery(dot)com.

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Our Friend Mark Bode Is Getting Served!

Yesterday our friend Mark Bode stopped by the 1AM Prism print shop to finalize some limited sizes for a new run of “Lizard Of Oz” prints we are serving up for him.  Check out our 1AM Prism Services or stop by the shop at 1000 Howard Street in San Francisco to chat with our Prism production department about getting your our limited edition prints produced.  You can also email for more information.

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What’s your reason to riot?

Dave Kinsey is a Los Angeles based artist who created this piece called “Riot and Reason”. His work involves multi-layered, textured environments that signify the complexities of our human existence and we are honored to display some limited edition prints of his work in the 1AM Prism Boutique. This work was originally created with mixed media and the reproduction detail showcases his brilliant talent. Come check out our limited edition collection in San Francisco or email for more information._MG_4956 _MG_4955


Announcing: A Major Minority 2015

A Major Minority rocked the gallery last year with OVER 100 artists from 18 different countries. We’re excited to announce that we are bringing it back so get ready for  A Major Minority 2015. You’ll see some of the same talented names from last year as well as brand new artists from across the world. Prepare yourself for a new spin on Othercontemporary Urban Art, you won’t want to miss the show. We’ll see you at the opening on Thursday, April 2nd 6:30-9:30pm!



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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.

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