1:AM Oakland Is Open!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Grand Opening of 1:AM Oakland! We are so grateful for all the support for our second location, and are excited to have a home base within the Oakland art community. Check out some shots from Thursday night!

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Our Oakland shop has the same hours as our San Francisco store, Tuesdays – Saturdays from Noon to 6:30pm. In addition to our art supplies, art prints, branded goods, and experiences, our new location features 1AM Prism which offers art services such as digital imaging, archiving, and canvas/paper printing. 1523 B Webster Street, Oakland x 15th Street.

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Opening tonight: Catch Me if You Can, Ratur & Sckaro

San Francisco!! Join us tonight, 6:30-9:30PM, for the opening of Ratur & Sckaro’s exciting new show, “Catch Me if You Can”. Both artists will be in attendance, and the event is free and open to the public.

Sckaro’s “Yogurt Pot”


Detail of Ratur's "Writers on the Storm"

Detail of Ratur’s “Writers on the Storm”

The French duo have painted side by side their entire lives on the streets and in the studio, battling each other with captivating interpretations of the figure in motion. Inspired by graffiti as well as classical European and Flemish paintings, the brothers continue to push each other towards a more polished style.

Studio Visit

Studio Visit

Each painting of “Catch Me if You Can” is based off a computer-edited photo, usually of the artists themselves. They use the photo as a guide to manipulate depth of field, carefully rendering the foreground while allowing the mid and background to slip away into less contrasted illustrations. As a result, each painting contains in itself a sense of unreality; a dreaminess that seems to push forward out of the painting. The hands of their figures in particular seem to reach out of the canvas. Allying digital work and technical virtuosity, the series questions the painter’s place in our overwhelmingly digital society and challenges the relationship between street art and a more classical, academic current.

Event Information
Catch Me if You Can
Opening Reception – Thursday, November 5th, 6:30-9:30pm
On View Through January 7, 2014
1000 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

For catalog requests or questions email Adriana(at)1amgallery(dot)com.

“Memento Mori” Art Opening with C215 & Logan Hicks

1AM Gallery is pleased to present “Memento Mori” a new collection of works by the profound stencil artists C215 and Logan Hicks. Memento mori, Latin for “remember (that you have) to die” is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.

Join us for the opening of this exhibition Thursday, September 17th, 6:30-9:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Click Here to RSVP. For inquiries or art catalog email Artsales@1amgallery.com

Left: C215 | Right: Logan Hicks

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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!



For purchasing or general inquiries, 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.

1AM Mobile’s “Best of the Week”

From France to Texas to California, our 1AM Mobile community has another set of art in the streets.  Thanks pecas, kolorslab, mattnuss, and workhardplayharderer.  Get hooked on the international street art movement by viewing, or uploading pictures wherever you are.  Learn more and download the free app!

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Street Art and Social Change: Bicyclist Awareness and Civil Disobedience


Street art often takes on many forms, including sculpture and 3 dimensional pieces. Sometimes these objects are large, and sometimes they move. When this is the case, objects can become actions. These actions can be described as “civil disobedience” because they often exist in a legal grey area, where there is a refusal to resist certain imposed laws or regulations and turn some heads while doing so. In an act of splendid civil disobedience, a group of Latvian activists made simple car frames out of bamboo and bicycled them through the cit of Riga. The action was meant to bring attention to sustainable urban mobility, bicycle safety, and question the use of cars to move (usually) only one person. The Latvian activist group, Let’s Bike It, organized the action as a part of the European Mobility Week to raise awareness. (story awareness from My Modern Met and Colossal)




We Are Crossing – Immigration Told with Street Art

This week we are taking a look at some recent works from artists around the world centered on immigration. Following last week’s writing on Borders, Enclosures, Walls, we will continue in the direction of the movement of people – immigration. People have always moved; it is what has given us our unique and beautiful differences in appearances and cultures! In today’s highly globalized world, however, it is now more difficult for people to move from one place to another than ever before. There are many components at work with this issue (employment, housing, education, health care, environmental resources, etc.), so the topic can be very complex and emotionally charged for many. Over the past couple weeks we’ve come across some paintings that address this topic. Have a look and see what these images may bring up in your own thinking!

What Goes Around Comes Around by Sepe – Mural in Lagos, Portugal during ARTURb artistic residence 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around by Polish artist, Sepe, portrays Portugal’s history of colonialism to it’a current citizen emigration issue. Once an empire benefiting from the taking of land, resources and people from around the world, Portugal is now seeing its citizens emigrating to other countries in search of jobs and a decent life. Sepe’s timeline-like work serves as a historical archive, chronicling past to present.

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Behind the scenes: la préparation de RATUR

Getting prepped for tomorrow’s show while RATUR paints a mural on our exterior wall. At tomorrow’s opening night we will be showcasing a collection of his oil paintings on canvas. “Becoming Lucid” truly captures dreaminess and surreality of RATUR’s work. Not to miss! Be there or be square: Thursday, September 4th, 6:30 pm – 9:30pm.Ratur stretching canvas Ratur painting wallFor further art inquiries or to receive a preview catalog, email artsales@1amsf.com.

SNEAK PEEK of “Becoming Lucid”

Next month, 1AM will be hosting “Becoming Lucid,” a solo exhibit showcasing surrealistic oil paintings by French street artist and graphic designer, Arthur Maslard a.k.a. Ratur. His new collection will be unveiled at the opening reception on Thursday, September 4th, 6:30-9:30PM. Get a more in-depth preview of the show on Widewalls and check out some quick teaser photos below! The KidAutoportrait (25x18,3')To request a preview of the exhibit, contact artsales@1amsf.com.