For exhibition 44 we are pleased to be showing in the front room a selection of recent paintings by Bay Area artist and San Francisco Art Institute instructor Pegan Brooke, her first with the gallery. In these works Brooke uses mica pigments with their characteristic shift in chroma depending on the angle of view, these mixed in oil and painted in rhythmic strokes up against an internal graphite line. The result is a diastole between containment and release, and another chapter added to the rich tome of painting's historical dialogue with drawing. Brooke's paintings have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, SFMOMA, Oakland Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, DesMoines Museum and Art Center, Sao Paulo Biennial and the Monterey Museum of Art. She is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, two Marin Arts Council Grants, an alternate award for the Prix de Rome, along with residencies at Millay Colony for the Arts in New York and the Pont Avon School. She lives and works in Bolinas, California.


For exhibition 44 we are pleased to have Seattle-based artist Alma Chaney inaugurate a program in the middle room, one we plan to carry on throughout 2015 with the working title, 4 Paintings. Having noticed throughout the preceding year that the square format of the middle gallery lends itself to focused cross-reference when hung with one piece per wall, we decided to formalize the installation with a series of mini solos, hanging four paintings each month by a chosen artist in conjunction with our offering in the front gallery. Alma Chaney continues in these new works to deepen her focus on the juxtaposition of fluid painting technique with traditional silver and gold point drawing. The pairing with Pegan Brooke is particularly apt as Brooke was Chaney's instructor at SFAI. Both artists explore the intersection of drawing and painting, along with an approach to color impacted by the interference patterns of metallic sheen. In addition to her MFA from the SF Art Institute, Chaney holds a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting from the Pont-Avon School of Contemporary Art, a Certificate of Scientific Illustration from the University of Washington, and a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. This is her third solo with the gallery.