passion for frida sanchez

The Passion for Frida exhibition opened last Saturday to a super packed house in the beautiful and bright new space – known as Sanchez Contemporary. We love and obsess over all things Frida Kahlo and the amount of dynamic, passionate and inspired imagery honoring Frida in this show are terrific. We’ve selected a few of our favorite artworks here – this is definitely a must see exhibition!


Featured Artist: Rebecca Szeto

Recycling old paintbrushes into iconic portraiture, Rebecca Szeto has found a wonderful niche for her artworks. After all, don’t we all hate throwing away our well loved paintbrushes? And they all end up with their own character and personality, just like people. I love the crude and sometimes crusty buildup on the garments where the paint has dried up, time after time.

dan hillier - eclectix

Featured Artist: Dan Hillier

Dan works in mixed media using collage, Photoshop and his own pen and ink drawings – producing screen prints of the final image. He takes much of his inspiration from old Gothic Victorian etchings. The ink paintings are done “using lots of water, lots of Daler-Rowney Calli ink and lots of delicate scratching with a dip nib pen.”

Deborah Oropallo - Eclectix

Northern California artist Deborah Oropallo deconstructs just about every riveting image she constructs, leaving us with a fresh, powerful and unfinished feeling. Her works strike with life’s immediacy – fragmented and torn with upheaval and finished with graphic layered grace.

storm tharp - eclectix

Featured Artist: Storm Tharp

Oregonian Storm Tharp’s portraits are strange and emotive character studies, often distorted and obscured to the verge of being expressionist. Starting out as representational, they evolve into muddled, smeared and abstracted versions of the beginning image – giving them alternate identities. He even supplies his subjects with names, histories and narratives. His inspirations include 1970s American cinema and Japanese portrait prints.