Made in San Francisco
DESCRIPTION In the spirit of supporting original art, NEMA commissioned Graham Gillmore to create a single monumental work for the South Tower Lobby inspired by the phrase “Made in San Francisco”. "I knew we wanted to subscribe to the 'Made in San Francisco' theme, and for me, my perception of the city has always been seen through the prism of novels and films. Also, on a formal level, the text needed to be 'read' fairly quickly (but still with some effort) by the viewer because of the scale of the wall piece. The physical length of titles from movies and novels seemed to accommodate the kind of 'reading' I was after. The scale of this wall painting was among the largest I've done. I felt that it was important to allow the drips and imperfections to remain, just as I do in my canvases and panels. I wanted to make sure that despite the graphic flatness of this piece, that there is clear evidence of the handmade." - Graham Gillmore
ARTIST BIO Best known for his vitriolic use of text as an art form within edgy and often controversial work, Graham balances between treacherous antipodes: pathos and wit, defiance and charm, and more basically – the anguish of experience and the rapture of its aesthetic expression. Gillmore’s work is shown in galleries from Milan to Mexico City, from New York to Vancouver. What you may not know is that this Canadian-born artist who divides his time between New York City and Winlaw, BC, was part of the “Young Romantics” exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery – just one year out of art school. To this day, Graham credits his friends from art school for having the most profound impact on his work. Graham Gillmore's art is represented locally in San Francisco by Gallery 16.