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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Artist Reception: 5-8pm, 66 Elgin Park


Cyclops Hunting




In Greek and Roman mythology a cyclops was from a primordial class of one eyed giants. In Marvel comics, (Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s X-men,) “Cyclops” was a mutant character who fights for peace and equality.

Poet, musician, painter Brent Willson presents paintings in a solo show at 60SIX called “ Cyclops Hunting.” He describes his painting practice as “a search for happiness, and a study of psychological frameworks within a transitory condition.”

Influenced by surrealist painters, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, and Adolph Gottlieb, Willson’s paintings allow childlike mark-making, pictographs, and symbols to evolve, acting as a language of the subconscious mind. Ties to the mission school appear in his use of low-brow materials (wood panels and sometimes house paint) as well as in his predilection of constant reflection on society and humanity. He says of his process, “My target in this ever changing landscape is an expression of individual diversity within social density.”

In some paintings we see hints of his personal surroundings, which are a home, studio and large garden very near ocean beach, in San Francisco. Visual vocabularies of Milton Avery and Helen Frankenthaler come to mind, feeling both specific, intimate, yet abstract, universal. The work projects internal and external landscapes overlapping and emerging.

Born in 1969 in the Bay Area Willson grew up playing in local punk bands and designing album covers, then studying architecture and drafting. Contemporaries Chris Johanson and Chris Corales were local influences to his visual art. Early on, he became a prolific poet and writing remains an essential part of his creative process. Recently, he self-published two volumes of poetry entitled “San Francisco Morning Fog Horns Make Me Happy.” Vol. one, 2014. Vol. two, 2015.

“Cyclops Hunting” is Brent Willson’s first solo show at 60SIX.

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untitled, oil on canvas, 36 X 48″ 2015



Shows and Events 2014:



Brent A. Willson / Michele Lee Willson
Paintings and Photographs

Opening Reception December 12, 6 – 9pm.

Beachside  4300 Judah St. San Francisco



Coastal Mass postcard





Fine Art Services presents “Coastal Mass” by Brent Willson

San Francisco, CA, May 7, 2014– Fine Art Services is pleased to announce the unveiling of San Francisco artist Brent Willson’s current series of paintings and writings entitled “Coastal Mass”.  An opening reception will be held Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 2-4pm on the Mezzanine Level of the San Francisco Design Center’s following Designer’s Wednesday’s: Design Practice Management & Marketing. The show runs May 7th-July 31st, 2014.

Willson’s paintings reference mythos contextualized by historical and contemporary sociology. As writing has always been an essential part of his creative process, this exhibit parallels his paintings with text stemming from songs written by Willson. His recently self-published book of poetry entitled San Francisco Morning Fog Horns Make Me Happy will also be on display. For Willson, these paintings and writings convey his inward journey through tangible substratum and concepts.

Born in 1969 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Willson’s artistic inspirations draw from his early years as a touring musician, house painter and building designer; his subject matter is abstract and self revealing. Willson currently lives and practices art in San Francisco and has participated in numerous local group shows.

Reception: Wednesday  May 7th: 2-4pm, Free

Fine Art Services

San Francisco Design Center

2 Henry Adams Street, Suite M-1
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 626-6119

Open for viewing Monday-Friday.

 For more information about Brent Willson, please contact Paul Porambo of Fine Art Services, at 415.626.6119 or by email at




Shows and Events 2013:

* SF Open Studios!  October 19 & 20, 2013

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Unfinished Material

Unfinished Material – Mixed media, 22 x 12 in.

Quantum Coherence

Quantum Coherence in Communication with the Dead– Gouache on paper, 24 x 18 in.

Self Centered and Narcissistic

Self Centered And Narcissistic – House paint on plywood, 20 x 16 in.

Not For Everyone

Not For Everyone – House paint on plywood, 24 x 18 in.



November 16 – January 23 2012,13
Brent A. Willson / Michele Lee Willson
Paintings and Photographs

Reception Friday November 16th  6-9PM
@ Jubilee Studio 1555 California Street, SF


August 18 – October 20 2012 – Solo show
Opening Reception Sat. August 18th  6-8PM
@ Barnets Salon 3235 16th. Street, San Francisco

Cyclops Hunting

* SF Open Studios!  San Francisco, CA  2012
October 13th &14th
Outer Sunset S.F.  @ 2034 48th Avenue

Composition #9


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