Street Artists D Young V, Hugh Leeman, and Eddie Colla are well known for their iconic images seen throughout the Bay Area over the past six years. This is the first time all three artists have been under one roof in San Francisco in quite some time, and it’s been fascinating watching them evolve from primarily street based works, to commissioned murals and gallery exhibitions. Every year the artists have pushed themselves to create work that impacts the very world around them.
All three over time have found common ground within the communities from which they participate. Young V and Leeman have focused much of their work around the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, with Leeman having spent time and energy to create art that directly benefits many of the poor in his neighborhood. Colla on the other side of the bay has truly been heavily influential in building an art community in Oakland, and is well known for standing up for human rights issues in the East Bay.
D Young V paints a picture of future residents of a post apocalyptic society, where members have assimilated imagery and made it their own. Young V’s work is unmistakable, in beautiful direct line ink/paint work accented by heavily colored contrast.
Eddie Colla‘s pieces often bring attention to looming cultural issues, while pondering questions for society as a whole. Colla, a lifelong photographer – often makes his journey to places such as Hong Kong to capture his subjects directly. He then choose from those images, and through a multitude of processes, ends up producing work that is often stunning in detail and impactful in design.
Hugh Leeman‘s work has always focused on the world around him. He is well known for capturing members of the Tenderloin community and creating art out of their likenesses. He creates a bond with many of these individuals, often using them in a variety of projects in which they can supplement their income. Although his work has transitioned from the external to the internal world, Leemans’ new black and white scrawled work now tends to focus on the unseen psyche of man. Heavily interpretive, and often mysterious.
– written by Michael Cuffe for Warholian