• CHRIS COOK ― Chris is a multi-talented artist and musician who works in a variety of mediums, including textile screen-printing, decoupage, mural painting, and electronic based installations. He has been heavily involved in the San Francisco art scene since 2012, and his works can be seen at many art shows and galleries throughout the city, including Art Attack SF, ArtNexus, and Artspan Art in Neighborhood exhibitions. Chris works regularly with several non-profit organizations such as The Central City SRO Collaboration (CCSRO) and CounterPulse. He strives to push the limits of his own abilities by exploring different techniques and conducting numerous “art experiments.” For his Heart, Chris wanted to create something colorful, playful and fun—and was accessible to all ages. His comic book collages began as an experiment with friends when he first moved to San Francisco five years ago and was having to live on the couches of art friends while he got started. He would buy the comics, three for $1 from the local toy store, and create the mannequin pieces to sell at art shows. People quickly fell in love with the creations, as it was a way to give new life to old forgotten comics, displaying beautiful images in an all new way. For more information on Chris: www.sugabus.com This sculpture is approximately 16 inches tall, 17 inches across (at the widest point), on an 8 x 8 inch square steel base and weighs approximately 25 pounds. Shipping & handling cost included in sale price.
  • DMITRY GRUDSKY ― Returning for his sixth year as a Heart artist, Dmitry is a skilled artist who is passionate about creating art for public spaces. He brings more than 30 years of successful practice to his art designs. Dmitry holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Tashkent Art Institute in Russia, where he was exposed to a broad range of artistic styles, building on a strong foundation in classical Western European art traditions with stylistic infusions from Asia Minor. He likes to refer to his art as “mirror that reflects the attributes of each individual site, enhancing its public use and enjoyment,” which is why he hopes people view his art as a multidimensional poem expressing the feelings of people and the feel of place. The intensive training exposed him to a broad range of artistic styles. He uses mixed media and blends ancient Byzantine mosaic techniques with stained glass, mural painting and relief components in pieces that are visually stunning, strongly sculptural, and surprisingly practical. While living in Russia, Dmitry primarily worked on large-scale public art works. Since immigrating to the Bay Area, Dmitry has combined artwork with teaching. He has created art for community projects, commercial offices, schools and a church as well as for private collectors. He instructs adults in a variety of art forms such as mosaic, wire sculpture, ceramics, painting and collage. For more information on Dmitry: www.grudsky.net This sculpture is approximately 16 inches tall, 17 inches across (at the widest point), on an 8 x 8 inch square steel base and weighs approximately 25 pounds. Shipping & handling cost included in sale price.
  • JAMIE KAPLAN ― Jamie is a graphic designer, illustrator, art director and photographer. She has been deemed a Swiss army knife of visual media, having worked on projects for Lucky Strike, Boudin, Curry Up Now, The Wig Exchange and Vendini. Jamie’s hearts were inspired by the hills of San Francisco. As someone who has always been transfixed by the City, Jamie loves San Francisco’s diverse landscape where residents and tourists alike are enveloped by its inescapable connection to nature within a completely urban space. Her heart series, “Such Great Heights,” takes San Francisco’s topography and removes the busyness, simplifying the image through a process of reduction, in order to show the City’s most striking features and gradients. For more information on Jamie: www.jamiekaplancreative.com This sculpture is approximately 7 inches tall, 6 inches across (at the widest point), on a 3 x 3 inch square steel base and weighs approximately 5 pounds. Shipping & handling cost included in sale price.
  • JAMIE KAPLAN ― Jamie is a graphic designer, illustrator, art director and photographer. She has been deemed a Swiss army knife of visual media, having worked on projects for Lucky Strike, Boudin, Curry Up Now, The Wig Exchange and Vendini. Jamie’s hearts were inspired by the hills of San Francisco. As someone who has always been transfixed by the City, Jamie loves San Francisco’s diverse landscape where residents and tourists alike are enveloped by its inescapable connection to nature within a completely urban space. Her heart series, “Such Great Heights,” takes San Francisco’s topography and removes the busyness, simplifying the image through a process of reduction, in order to show the City’s most striking features and gradients. For more information on Jamie: www.jamiekaplancreative.com This sculpture is approximately 7 inches tall, 6 inches across (at the widest point), on a 3 x 3 inch square steel base and weighs approximately 5 pounds. Shipping & handling cost included in sale price.
  • RICK KITAGAWA ― Rick is an award-winning visual artist, storyteller, arts educator, and nationally-ranked skeeball roller, who has worked with the likes of Facebook, GAP, Apple, Adobe, Savoir Faire, Jacquard, and KRINK. Both his visual art and written work centers around horror, feminism, and mythology, and the intersections between these themes and their complex relationship with the world we live in. Colorful and figure-dominated, his visual work serves to highlight the female form, balancing sex appeal with danger; innocence with loss. Rick’s series of Hearts were inspired by the geographic changes San Francisco has undergone, starting from a wave-beaten, pre-colonial sandbar, “Past,” to the building of the Golden Gate bridge and the development of SF as an international hub of development, “Present,” to the skyscrapers and modernized big city that has been rebuilt by emerging technology, “Future.” Says Rick, “San Francisco has been an inspirational place to live throughout history, and the abstracted interpretation of its geography through history is my way of trying to invoke the spirit of each era”. For more information on Rick: http://rickkitagawa.com/ This sculpture is approximately 7 inches tall, 6 inches across (at the widest point), on a 3 x 3 inch square steel base and weighs approximately 5 pounds. Shipping & handling cost included in sale price.
  • RICK KITAGAWA ― Rick is an award-winning visual artist, storyteller, arts educator, and nationally-ranked skeeball roller, who has worked with the likes of Facebook, GAP, Apple, Adobe, Savoir Faire, Jacquard, and KRINK. Both his visual art and written work centers around horror, feminism, and mythology, and the intersections between these themes and their complex relationship with the world we live in. Colorful and figure-dominated, his visual work serves to highlight the female form, balancing sex appeal with danger; innocence with loss. Rick’s series of Hearts were inspired by the geographic changes San Francisco has undergone, starting from a wave-beaten, pre-colonial sandbar, “Past,” to the building of the Golden Gate bridge and the development of SF as an international hub of development, “Present,” to the skyscrapers and modernized big city that has been rebuilt by emerging technology, “Future.” Says Rick, “San Francisco has been an inspirational place to live throughout history, and the abstracted interpretation of its geography through history is my way of trying to invoke the spirit of each era”. For more information on Rick: http://rickkitagawa.com/ This sculpture is approximately 7 inches tall, 6 inches across (at the widest point), on a 3 x 3 inch square steel base and weighs approximately 5 pounds. Shipping & handling cost included in sale price.