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‘Orange Ocean’ – New Works by Cathy Ellis

We are pleased to announce the opening of our latest exhibition, ‘Orange Ocean’ featuring new works by Cathy Ellis. The solo show, which features large-scale oil paintings and drawings on wood panel and paper, displays a body of work that is both beautiful and perplexing. There is skill in the technique and depth to the subject matter, both of which lend themselves to a unique viewing experience.

Cathy Ellis:
Often my work begins with a landscape or architectural structure that interests me. This area then becomes a stage where I introduce a loose narrative based on common human experiences, both real and imagined. I build a world that is part romanticism and part social critique. Idealism and disaster coexist with more everyday concerns like eating, sleeping, work and recreation.

The exhibition will run from October 3rd – January 5th. A private artist talk and viewing will be held in December. For more info please email

Liquid SPACES Gallery is open by appointment Monday – Friday from 9am – 6pm. For appointment please call 415-677-7300 or email 1 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.


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1 Union Street, San Francisco, California 94111
Hours: by appointment M – F, 9am – 6pm
Contact: Colin Piper, 415.677.7300

10 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10016
Hours: by appointment M – F, 9am – 6pm
Contact: Kirk Pacheco, 212.683.8872

June 1 – August 31, 2009

Liquid Spaces is pleased to announce our latest show featuring local artists Katja Leibenath and Heidi McDowell. The show, titled “Nothing Out of the Ordinary” highlights the two painters’ most recent works in oil.

Leibenath writes of her City Sky series:

My subject is what I am surrounded by- heavy sky against the silhouettes of the city. San Francisco can be easily lost under a haze of habit and drowned out by floods of spectacular sights. My paintings look for the noteworthy in the everyday, surprise and beauty in the seemingly mundane- an abundance of which is undeniably found here.

“We don’t need to see anything out of the ordinary- we already see so much.” – R. Walser


City Sky #20

Katja Leibenath - City Sky #20


Heidi McDowell:

Quiet and contemplative, my paintings do not seek to make grand statements.  Rather they convey a distinct sense of place, of deserted landscapes, dilapidated structures, and odd figures.  Careful attention to quality of light and texture fully immerse the viewer in a particular location or situation.  This specificity, achieved through a balance between rough painting and detailed rendering, suggests a narrative to be fleshed out by the observer.

The landscapes are large in scale and often physically immense, size serving to draw the viewer more completely into the scene.  Using sketches and photographs made during several visits to a particular site, I distill my memory of that place into a tangible experience as real as location that inspired it.  One could almost step into the painting.

Heidi McDowell - Central Valley

Heidi McDowell - Central Valley


February 21 – May 5, 2009

Jonah Burlingame
A Sophisticated Observer Corrupted By Sentimentality


Living and working in San Francisco, Burlingame uses the elements of both the linear and organic world that pervades his daily life to create his art. Born in San Francisco but raised in a small suburb in Ohio, Burlingame was encouraged toward creativity by his parents since he was a child.

The tranquil energy in his work comes from a need to show man and nature in harmony. His use of texture juxtaposed with strong graphic elements suggests a need to find balance. A struggle for balance of the organic and the architectural brought to life by layers of color.

Burlingame is also inspired by process. By applying his self-discovered process to inspirations he finds in the every day, using many non-traditional materials he is able to create abstractions that seek to transcend any intended meaning.

Burlingame also works in advertising and is father to a budding young artist.

Liquid SPACES Opening March 19th



July 10 – September 30, 2008

Liquid Spaces’ Exhibitions & Sherwood Design Engineers at 10 East 40th Street, is pleased to present “The Real New York”, a deep and interesting look into the City of New York and surrounding boroughs by artist Arthur Robins.

Artist Reception
July 10th, 2008

6:00 pm until 8:00 pm







Born in 1953 as a native of Brooklyn, Arthur Robins’ artistic ability is akin to another time and place. His work encapsulates on the urban nostalgia of an evolving metropolis and a nod to a time honored technique. Hauntingly nostalgic paintings brimming with New York symbolism, “The Real New York” is a collection of paintings that explore the residual relation between memory and space.


After attending Pratt Institute, Robins has exhibited his art in several galleries, museums, as well as the sidewalks of New York City. In 1993 he was a founding member of A.R.T.I.S.T., the political group that successfully litigated the landmark case that extended the First Amendment right of free speech to artists and fine art. He has sold original works of art to collectors from every state in the United States and in over fifty countries around the world.

Liquid SPACES Opening March 19th

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