by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Graffiti-writer-turned-figurative-painter Optimist has a solo show and retrospective opening at Oakland’s LeQuiVive Gallery on February 6 titled “Packrat’s Paradise.” A glimpse into his studio sheds light on the show’s tongue-in-cheek title. Optimist’s multilayered mixed-media works feature abstract elements, tightly painted figures, as well as ephemera like graffiti stickers and bus tickets. “Packrat’s Paradise” pays homage to graffiti culture while chronicling the artist’s creative evolution.