Ryoko Tajiri

Straight : Curve

Hall Spassov Gallery is pleased to present Straight : Curve  by San Francisco artist Ryoko Tajiri, on view from January 12th through February 12th, 2018.

Shape, by definition, is a geometric form. Shape can also be used as a verb to describe the effect we have on things. Both would be appropriate to describe the work of Ryoko Tajiri.  Tajiri’s primarily figurative work is both representative and abstract. One can easily recognize the figure or object, yet irregular geometric patterns and shapes dominate. Brightly colored backgrounds, rectangular planes and strong contrasts evoke cubist fragmentation and a sense of depth.

We have a saying around the gallery that there are many good painters, but very few are as good of editors as they are painters. To be a great artist you need both skills. Ryoko Tajiri has clearly mastered each. Shortly after her graduation, Tajiri was nominated for SECA Art Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She won Best in Show at the Roswell Museum and Art Centre. Later, she won 1st place in the 2012 Bakersfield Museum of Art exhibition. Along with the numerous awards, Tajiri’s artworks have been published in magazines and books, such as American Art Collector. Tajiri’s works have been purchased by both private and public collectors, such as UC Berkeley and B. Miller, a former mayor of Sacramento. Tajiri has exhibited nationally and internationally in both museums and galleries since 2007.

Hall Spassov Gallery is hosting a public Opening Reception for this exhibition on Friday, January 12th from 5 to 8 pm.


February 2  –  February 28

For the month of February we will be featuring a selection of Works on Paper by gallery artists working in this medium. See work by Los Angeles based Artist, Jeff Peters, French Artist, SylC, the collaborative duo, Mars and Pony and more.