Brett Amory and Chat Hasegawa at Project One Walls
Project One Walls, which launched in February 2013, is an ongoing series of rotating murals curated by Project One gallery director Brooke Waterhouse and Justin Giarla, founder of San Francisco’s White Walls Gallery. In addition to new pieces by Brett Amory and Chad Hasegawa, Project One Walls features murals by Ben Eine, Ricardo Richey (otherwise known as Apex), Jet Martinez, and Rene Garcia Jr.
Brett Amory and Chad Hasegawa are both San Francisco-based and internationally renowned artists who have two very distinct styles; each will create a mural that will be on display for three months with an opening on May 23, 2013.
Chad Hasegawa describes his style as “excessive” and “patient.” Hasegawa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, studied advertising at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, and worked for some of the top agencies in the business before turning away from the advertising industry in order to focus on painting. His murals depict abstracted interpretations of grizzly bears, which he appreciates for their powerful size and shape, beautiful coloring, and for their symbolic resonance as protectors. He employs a vividly pungent color palate to shape his subject so that it is clearly visible from a distance, and when viewed up close, the work resembles an elaborate mosaic.
Brett Amory, also an Academy of Art graduate, uses photographs of seemingly banal street scenes as a basis for his moody and evocative oil paintings. Drawn to the lost, the lonely, and the socially awkward, Amory’s work portrays individuals who appear detached from their surroundings, shifting the context from the mundane daily commute to something fraught with implied meaning. These images serve as a visual representation of the transient temporality that so often distracts and disconnects us from fully experiencing the present moment. Amory uses a stark and minimalist color palate of primarily black, white, and gray, with simplified compositional elements and a heavy emphasis on negative space.