ThankYouGoodbye, a show of new work by San Francisco based artist Michael Page (recently featured in HF Vol.12) opens this evening, August 7th at Varnish Fine Art.
San Francisco painter Michael Page returns to Varnish with bolder brushstrokes and global themes in this new series of oil on wood, infused with both serious issues and humor in the execution. ThankYouGoodbye is also the FINAL SCHEDULED ART EXHIBITION at the current location of Varnish Fine Art.
ThankYouGoodbye is a cheery, blameless epitaph for our planet and ecosystem as we know it. Michael Page depicts global transformations rich in evolving life, migrating with a purpose into a possible new planetary age. Each painting in the series addresses ecological upheaval without political bent, revealing new earthly possibilities on massive scale, transformed far beyond the cause. Large numbers of evolved, crawling undersea plants, intermixing of tropical and arctic seas, ocean floors thrust skyward, and rays from a new horizon are part of our possible future from the vast imagination of an artist happy to have been here first.
Michael Page is one of the 200+ artists whom Varnish Fine Art has been proud to exhibit since opening in April 2003. In May of 2003, co-owners Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens first learned about a neighborhood-devastating project in an SF Business Times article titled, The Wrecking Ball is Swinging. A San Francisco agency, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), is eliminating 33 small, local businesses, including Varnish Fine Art, and numerous residences in order to demolish all properties and later resell the land. The TJPA is forcing Varnish, among the first tenants and years before the end of the lease, to vacate for demolition of its nearly 100 year old building. This gallery and wine bar has to vacate 77 Natoma Street, but the owners hope to re-establish Varnish Fine Art at a new location.
“How it Begins”
” Settling Dust”
“Broken World 1”