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Epilogue: an art installation in Los Angeles

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By Hugh Leeman in Video on Friday 7 September 2012

Epilogue is an immersive installation based art show. It’s processes and concept have been inspired by America’s gun loving culture, corporate behemoths considered “to big to fail”, and a financial meltdown. It has pushed the three of us as artists away from what we have come to identify as our own individual styles along with the tools and mediums we have become used to incorporating into our artistic careers.

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Epilogue: a fully immersive installation in Los Angeles

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By Hugh Leeman in New Events on Thursday 23 August 2012

San Francisco’s three most prolific vandals create a fully immersive installation inspired by America’s gun loving culture, its corporate behemoths, and a financial meltdown. Reclaimed billboards, fire stencils, carbon soot emissions, and hand-painted assault rifles take the place of canvas and oil paint at this timely Los Angeles exhibit. Epilogue opens Saturday, September 8 at Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, two blocks south of the Geffen Contemporary MOCA.

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Hugh Leeman vandalizes corporate ads for art’s sake

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By Hugh Leeman in New Art on Saturday 5 May 2012

Sometimes at night when I pray, I wonder if there is a God. And then amidst the dark silence, I know that there is, for it is the voice in my head saying ‘Hugh, cover up corporate advertising with your vandalism. Do it not just for fun but also for the father and my son’. […]

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Large scale mural by Hugh Leeman for Art Basel Miami

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By Hugh Leeman in New Art on Wednesday 30 November 2011

This is my new 8′ x 20′ hand painted mural in Miami, Florida, for Art Basel week. The mural is of Tracy and Raymond. Both are friends of mine from San Francisco. Raymond stopped by my studio to chat the other day as I was finishing up his portrait, on the right. He had cut […]

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Brett Amory

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By Hugh Leeman in New Art on Friday 18 November 2011

Brett Amory’s work seems to define the times we live in, especially to those inhabiting the urban environment. Amory’s paintings give us the feeling of waiting to catch the next bus or waiting for the next text. Regardless of what we’re waiting on, we’re all waiting to be taken somewhere else.

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Augustine Kofie

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By Hugh Leeman in New Art on Thursday 17 November 2011

Augustine Kofie’s pieces are at first fascinatingly bold in their simplicity. Only as they grow upon you do they begin to carry a complexity all their own, one which longs to be understood through a process of deconstructing and reconstructing the elemental forms living on his canvas.

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Beautiful portraits by Charmaine Olivia

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By Hugh Leeman in New Art on Wednesday 16 November 2011

Charmaine Olivia’s paintings speak to us in a voice that is tinged with the rhythms of an Oedipus Complex. The voice often comes from a young female subject whose intent is uncertain in nature, creating a desire in the viewer which follows us long after we’ve left earshot of the subject’s enticing voice and undeniable gaze.

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Paintings by Serge Gay Jr.

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By Hugh Leeman in New Art on Wednesday 16 November 2011

Serge Gay Jr.’s paintings are steeped in a feeling that seems to have found its way to the canvas from George Clinton’s saxophone. On their journey to the canvas, these sounds seem to have intermixed with those of social constructs and cultural misgivings, forming a complex if cacophonous narrative. This pleasant if unlikely synthesis makes […]

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San Francisco is teaming with inspiring artists

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By Hugh Leeman in Video on Wednesday 16 November 2011

My most recent video featuring footage on the streets and in the studio creating portraits with rust and chemicals. The video includes interviews with White Walls Gallery owner, Justin Giarla, as well as my friend and subject, the homeless street musician Blue.

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