Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Still Life In Lower Haight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM

If you frequent the Haight, Divisidero, or Broadway -- and you walk really slowly -- you may already be featured in one of John Paul Marcelo's paintings.

click to enlarge Artist John Paul Marcelo paints what he sees at Haight and Fillmore - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • Artist John Paul Marcelo paints what he sees at Haight and Fillmore
"I paint every day," affirms the artist. Marcelo, a San Franciscan since 2002, does not always seek out glamorous settings. Most obviously, he crafted still-life paintings of wrecked New Orleans homes and streets following Hurricane Katrina. San Francisco can't yet touch that level of blight -- but it's not always the city's more tourist-friendly, scenic locales that attract Marcelo, who is often found on busy, sooty corners beneath mazes of overhead wires.

And yet, for even the weary eyes of a native San Franciscan, to gaze simultaneously at Marcelo's campus and this most familiar corner induces newly found appreciation for both.     



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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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