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Guy Colwell City College of San Francisco August 14-Sept 21 07

From:     press release
Category: Art
Date:     26 July 2007
Time:     05:36 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE	Contact: 	Miné Y. Ternar, Gallery Coordinator
	Visual Arts Department, Box V17
	City College of San Francisco
	50 Phelan Avenue
	San Francisco, California 94112
	Voicemail:  (415) 452-5354
	Art Department:  (415) 239-315	E-mail:
EVENT:		Guy Colwell
		Painter, Muralist, Illustrator, Social Commentator 
DATE:		August 14—September 21, 2007

PLACE:		City Arts Gallery, City College of San Francisco
		Visual Arts Building, V119
		(Wheelchair accessible location)

RECEPTION:		Wednesday, August 29, 4:00-7:00 PM

The City Arts Gallery at City College of San Francisco will host an exhibition of paintings and works in two-
dimensional media by a San Francisco master artist, figurative painter/muralist/illustrator, Guy Colwell.

Guy Colwell, who was part of the Bay Area underground comics wave of the seventies, is known for his ripe, 
stylized human figures in socially conscious pieces. With a fondness for Hieronymus Bosch, his artwork has 
connections to Surrealism, Social Realism, and Comic Illustration and always carries great weight when it 
comes to maintaining a critical eye on the world around us. To a number of collectors, he is considered the 
most daring and outspoken artist to come from the political upheavals of the Vietnam era. Colwell, in his tight, 
linear style of illustrative surrealism, never fails to portray mankind’s brutishness, yet through the critical eye 
he casts on the events in the world, he manages to transform hopelessness into hope. 

Colwell has continuously exhibited his artwork at a range of venues—art galleries and other public spaces, 
since his high school years in the early sixties. His work ranges from paintings, drawings, murals, illustrations, 
and comic books to courtroom sketching. As a professional muralist, his murals can be found in many 
locations in the Bay Area.  His drawings and paintings have been utilized/commissioned by many 
publications since the seventies. His worldwide reputation as a comic book/graphic novel artist/writer has 
been based upon several series of comic books intended for adults, some of which have been translated into 
as many as seven languages. As a quick sketch artist, Guy Colwell has also worked as a stringer for the San 
Francisco Examiner, KRON, KPIK and other outlets covering court appearances at such trials as the White 
Panther Shootout, Patty Hearst, Sara Jane Moore, Manson Family Members, San Quentin Six, Dennis Banks 
and S.L.A. Members. 

His most controversial and powerful recent social realist and surrealist paintings will be the featured work in 
this show.

A reception will be held on Wednesday, August 29, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at City Arts Gallery, in Visual Arts 
Building, V119. The public is invited to attend.

The City Arts Gallery is located at City College of San Francisco, Phelan Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue, Visual 
Arts Building.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 3 PM, and Tuesday and Wednesday 
evening, 6 to 8:30 PM.  For more information, please call (415) 239-3157.

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