“All Over Coffee” Artist Paul Madonna Kicks Off the Latest Market Street Poster Series


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Kate Patterson, San Francisco Arts Commission
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Featuring Paul Madonna’s signature style, the poster series celebrates San Francisco’s diverse creative arts culture.

On view June 11 through September 28, 2012 on Market Street between 8th Street and the Embarcadero

High res images available upon request.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 4, 2012 – Starting Monday, June 11, Market Street will play gallery to a new poster series by San Francisco artist Paul Madonna. The series, titled Celebrating Bay Area Arts, will feature six posters showcasing the diversity of artists and the range of accessible art forms in the city. The posters will be on view on Market between 8th and the Embarcadero through September 28, 2012. Smaller, 14″ x 20″ versions of all six posters in the series will be available for purchase at paulmadonna.com. Click here to view a gallery of all of the posters.

“Each of Mr. Madonna’s posters is a love letter to San Francisco’s unique landscape and culture,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “His posters illustrate how the arts are an integral part of everyday life in this city and how diversity contributes to our rich cultural fabric. We’re thrilled that these posters will be on view during the height of tourism season when foot traffic on Market is at its peak.”

Madonna is highly regarded for his ability to capture the essence of San Francisco, a place famous for its light, where encounters with the city’s unique architectural features are an everyday delight. The highly detailed pen and ink drawings for which he is known take viewers from the city’s smallest overlooked corners to its grandest vistas. Through Madonna’s eyes, San Francisco is a wonderland of endless discoveries. This sense of always seeing the city afresh is evident in Madonna’s Art on Market Street Poster Series, Celebrating Bay Area Arts, where he adds a layer of local art history to some of the city’s iconic sites.  The series is also the first collaboration on a city-funded project between Madonna and his wife and business manager Joen Madonna, who researched the figures and wrote the text.

According to Paul Madonna, “We wanted to represent the broad array of arts and artists in San Francisco’s history by pairing stories of notable figures from a range of genres with drawings of art and architecture found in the current San Francisco landscape.”

The poster series highlights literature, music, film, opera, dance, and the visual arts. Each discipline is complemented by a full color pen and ink drawing of a city scene accompanied by a handwritten quote or historical story about a notable art figure to emphasize the varied voices and experiences of San Francisco artists.

For example, a drawing of Grant Street in Chinatown is paired with a quote from best-selling author and local Bay Area resident Amy Tan. Other posters include a sumptuous drawing of the interior of the War Memorial Opera House with historical information about the building and a touching story about soprano Patricia Racette who married her partner and fellow opera singer, Beth Clayton in 2005. A drawing of Pop Art icon Keith Haring’s Untitled (Three Dancing Figures), 1989 sculpture, which has been temporarily removed for restoration, located in Moscone Center features a titillating story about local artist and Dada muse Beatrice Wood. The Golden Gate Concourse poster celebrates the life and work of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and a vibrant painting of the Castro Theater sign aglow at night introduces viewers to David Hegarty, the beloved organist who has charmed movie-goers since 1978. In honor of San Francisco’s storied mural tradition, Madonna created an homage to Rigo 23 with a drawing depicting his famous Birds/Cars mural, located on Bryant Street across from Franklin Square, in its natural urban setting.

When shown the final artwork Rigo 23 said, “I’m honored that Paul Madonna cares and feels such a strong connection to the work. I don’t believe we have ever met in person but our minds/hearts seem to vibrate in the same wave range.”

In October, the Arts Commission will roll out a new poster series by local artist Julie Chang followed by Christina Empedocles in January 2013. At the end of their display period, a limited number of Art on Market Street posters can be purchased for $50 dollars and are available on a first come first served basis. Reproductions of select posters in Paul Madonna’s series can be purchased from his website www.paulmadonna.com with a portion of the proceeds supporting the San Francisco Arts Commission.

About the Artist
Paul Madonna writes and draws ALL OVER COFFEE in the San Francisco Chronicle and on SFGate.com, and SMALL POTATOES on TheRumpus.net. In 2007 the first book collection of ALL OVER COFFEE was published by City Lights Books, and the second collection, Everything Is Its Own Reward, was released in April 2011 and won The Northern California Book Award’s special Recognition Award as one of the best works by a Northern California author published in 2011. Paul regularly travels internationally to draw and he is the comics editor on TheRumpus.net. His work is shown in galleries, restaurants and museums, and is published in various book collections and publications. In 1994 Paul received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and that same year he was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD Magazine, for which he proudly received no money. Paul currently lives with his wife in San Francisco.


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