Electric Works presents "Treasures of the Sierra Madre—Birds of West Mexico" paintings by David Tomb, featuring work inspired by Tomb’s birding trips to Mexico and research from the California Academy of Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, and the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
In the gallery Tomb, best known for his portraits of people, is presenting his first non-portrait show in over twenty years. With this exciting departure Tomb is recreating the sights and sounds of this Sierra Madre region of west Mexico.
Below: Details from Mobster (above left)
Above: Mobster, detail
Large-scale drawings (11' x 8') of birds in trees will be installed with actual trees and native vegetation supplied by Flora Grubb Gardens. Mounted bird specimens on loan from the California Academy of Science and recorded bird calls from Western Mexico will fill the gallery to add to the atmosphere of this installation. In addition there will be a sound installation by Martyn Stewart of naturesound.org engineered by johnnyrandom.
Above: David working on Mobster in his studio
Above: One of David's 2006 shows of his figurative work
Below are some of his fabulous figurative works:
Above: Tomb's Navigating Environments (5' x 10')
Above: Albany, 66" x 66"
Above left: Portrait of Ethan Wallison
Above right: The artist's portrait of yours truly.
See the artist's site here.
SF Electric Works Gallery site.
Gallery Hours are:
Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 5:30 pm
I have written about David Tomb's work before and even shown you a sneak peek of his upcoming show, Birds of The Sierra Madre at SF Electric Works gallery opening February 22,2oo8.
Over half of those bird paintings have sold already- and the show hasn't even opened!
However, now you have an opportunity to own some of these Birds of The Sierra Madre paintings as prints, with the proceeds going directly to the birds, so to speak. (All proceeds go to El Triunfo).
Below is the first print in this series, David's Horned Guan:
above: The Horned Guan; below: detail of The Horned Guan
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But here's something you won't see at the show, the interesting and beautiful process of David Tomb's paintings, which, even in their partially finished form are art.
A peek at the process behind David Tomb's Bird paintings:
Project Room current project Fall 2007
Don't miss the show!
Birds of the Sierra Madre
February 22 - March 22, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 6-8pm
Birds of the Sierra Madre
This work is inspired on birding trips to Mexico: Chihuahua, San Blas, Jalisco, El Triunfo (Chiapas) and research from the California Academy of Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, Occidental College, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
David Tomb's site.
Artist Contact Info:
1240 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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