Exhibition on figure painting on display at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
The art exhibition currently on display at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is all about figure painting.
From cave paintings to the Renaissance and from Vermeer to Henry Moore, artists have used the human figure to tell stories. Di Rosa’s current exhibition, “Figure Telling: Contemporary Bay Area Figuration,” provides a fresh look at figure painting today.
Works by Sydney Cain, Craig Calderwood, John Goodman, Afsoon Razavi, Josephine Taylor and Heather Wilcoxon tell deeply personal stories about life in 2023. These range from ancestry to the persecution of women in Iran and from the horrors of adolescence to growing up transgender in a small town.
The multigenerational artists in Figure Telling have very different backgrounds, interests and artistic practices. Each of them, however, uses visual storytelling to convey unique identities, concerns and compassions. In a world that is so often complex, they use human bodies to tell stories — sometimes ugly and sometimes beautiful, always honest.
“Figure painting is all the rage in New York, Los Angeles and London,” said Chief Curator Kate Eilertsen in a news release. “Northern California is producing its own unique brand of contemporary figuration, rooted in the deeply personal.”
A panel discussion with the artists and Eilertsen will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 2 p.m. in the exhibition space. Tickets are available online at dirosaart.org. The exhibition will continue until Sept. 17, 2023.
Di Rosa is open to the public Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment Tuesday through Thursday.