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Cory Calandra Devereaux

Art Explosion Studios
2425 17th St, SF, CA
Studio number: 4b
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Artist Statement:

I moved to San Francisco after graduate school. My second job was on Fisherman’s Wharf, selling “art”. Then the wharf was an amazing place with constant motion, and non-stop activity, especially during summer. It was a three-ring circus, and the Street Performers were stars. I photographed several of my favorite entertainers for a series of large paintings (4 in total, each painting measures 40” by 50”). Coloring books, paint-by-numbers, and photorealism influenced my work before, and during this period. Since then, I added to the coloring book aspect by outlining in complementary colors. This method adds depth to flat shapes and makes specifically highlighted areas “pop”. Oh, and color, then and now, I love bold, bright color. Why two of each character? Are they yin and yang, two sides of the same coin, opposites attracting? I really do not know, other than 2 figures make the design stronger. Plus, I like them this way.