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TONIGHT! FIFTY24SF Gallery Presents Anthony Lister’s “Magic Trick” & Greg.Craola.Simkins’ “Seeing Things”

Tonight FIFTY24SF Gallery presents 2 solo shows hosting the works of Anthony Lister and Greg.Craola.Simkins.

Magic Trick is a solo exhibition by Anthony Lister, a painter and installation artist born in Australia, and based in New York City. Anthony Lister’s creations are described as brilliant, broken and abstracted figural works depicting the darker side of both heroes and villains. His fractured renderings place them as imperfect and exaggerated, post-post-modern opposites to how they were conceived – as symbols of modernist humanism. Lister’s work is a reflection and interpretation of the constant bombardment of media, and its relationship with the viewer. His mixed media technique of utilizing various types of paint, from spray paint to watercolor to acrylics, gives his work a depth that has made him one of the most sought-after contemporary artists today.

Seeing Things is a solo exhibition by Greg.Craola.Simkins, a painter and illustrator based in Southern California.

Simkins began drawing at an early age and started doing graffiti under name Craola. Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works. In addition, it taught him perspective, color theory and further developed artistic skills, which later translated into his work with acrylics. His outlandish dreamt of characters are part of a fantasy sideshow, inspired by elements from pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch and most importantly, a warped imagination. It is the careful weaving of these elements that makes Greg Simkins a sought after surrealist painter today.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 7–9 P.M.
Address: 248 & 252 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

See you there!

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