Tuesday, July 22, 2003
A man's eyes bore into you, demanding your attention, even as your own eyes are drawn to the outrageous hue of his robe. At a show of expressionist David Tomb's mixed-media pieces, you can't look away. Tomb's varied charcoal lines and surprising bursts of color have been compared to the works of Lucian Freud and Alice Neel. All three have produced portraits of friends and acquaintances rather than accept commissions -- a tough choice, and a respectable one. "Ogle," Tomb's current exhibition, showcases carefully rendered faces set off by the loose, unworked quality of the images' margins as well as those amazing, saturated swaths of pure color. The show continues through Aug. 2 at the Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 250 Sutter (at Kearny), S.F. Admission is free; call 362-7152 or visit www.hackettfreedmangallery.com.