SF///VAN ARNO CATCHES THE “BOOGIE DISEASE” AT THE SHOOTING GALLERY

January 24, 2009  |  art, Lowbrow, News, Openings, San Francisco

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Shooting Gallerist Justin Giarla & Van at the scene of the art crime...

Having mastered the so-called "Lowbrow" aesthetic perfected in the 1980s & '90s by his artistic forebear Robert Williams (who also named the genre), LA-based painter VAN ARNO has expanded upon the traditionally noir West Coast style to modernize the genre with an approach that is both refined and distinct. Like his contemporary brother-in-arms Todd Schorr, Van Arno spent years studying “Lowbrow's” meticulous vernacular, ultimately mastering its "girls, guns, and ghouls" iconography before streamlining it in a style he can call his own. Currently on display at JUSTIN GIARLA's venerable SHOOTING GALLERY in San Francisco is Arno's "The Boogie Disease," featuring a dozen new paintings characterized by the artist's dynamic compositions and dramatic figurative rendering that has become his trademark. Having been demoted by the modern trends of "street art" and more cartoony, illustration-based painting, Arno's genre remains alive in his work, a fact that will doubtlessly secure the artist's position as a legitimate elder statesman of the movement when it’s ultimately rediscovered by a new wave of fresh-faced voyeurs in years to come. HAVE A LOOK:


Van Arno: The Boogie Disease (at The Shooting Gallery in SF) from Joe Lumbroso on Vimeo.

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Van and fan...

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Justin Giarla with better half Shannon...

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Painter Shawn Barber rounds up the ladyfolk...

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Fellow painter Mike Davis pays tribute...

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