It was a noisy Friday night. The art studios in the building were at capacity, overflowing with reception goers and competing genres of overly exuberant art. When I walked into Diane Tate DallasKidd’s space, the noise stopped. The room was spare and calm, and her art was a world apart from the others outside. It was both subtle and strong. At what first glance appeared to be all black paintings with slivers of gold, I eventually noticed an almost imperceptible background of the deepest, darkest blue. I felt that I had discovered a secret on that noisy Friday night, one that I want to share. Please join me in viewing the works of emerging artist Diane Tate DallasKidd at Sloan Miyasato Fine Art.

-Michelle Bello

Above Image: Diane Tate DallasKidd, Introspect 3, 2017
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 48 x 73.5 x 1.6 Inches

Diane Tate DallasKidd, Flight of Fancy 1-6, 2014
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 24 x 18 Inches

Folds of Gold is about transferring the inspired moment to the viewer. Pieces were composed by swift and intuitive acts of folding paper. Folding requires the body to envelop the material, layering planes of space over and unto itself. Using this 3D approach to create a ‘flat’ painting allowed for a spontaneous mode of expression,” says Diane Tate DallasKidd.

Diane Tate DallasKidd, Modules 1-4, 2014
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 24 x 18 Inches Each, 36 x 48 All

Diane Tate DallasKidd
Artist Portrait Photo by Dana Spaeth

Diane Tate DallasKidd was born and raised in San Francisco. Upon graduating from SF State University with a BFA in Textile Art, she traveled to Japan to study under 4th generation dyer Tsuyoshi Kuno. Kuno uses centuries old shibori techniques in inventive ways to create cutting-edge textiles for avante-garde fashion designers such as Issey Miyake. Shibori is a dye-resist technique in which pattern is created by keeping areas of the cloth from taking color using methods such as stitching, tying, and folding. Working alongside these visionary textile artisans had a lasting impact on DallasKidd’s own artwork. In addition to continuing to experiment with textiles in her art practice, she brings the same vision and dedication to process in her most recent body of paintings Folds of Gold.

Diane Tate DallasKidd, Introspect 3 and 4, 2017 (Installation View)
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 48 x 73.5 x 1.6 Inches




Eric Powell’s sculpture is driven by a visceral urgency to build. Compelled by intuition, Powell engages in a moment-to-moment exploration of his materials. It’s a vulnerable and highly charged experience. His preferred medium is steel, one of the most common and ubiquitous building materials in the modern world. “Steel is infinitely versatile and adaptable. It’s a durable, long lasting industrial material that can be sculpted into virtually any form that the imagination can conjure,” says the artist.


Images Above: Eric Powell, Schooner, 2016, Steel, 34 x 53 x 11 Inches; Eric Powell artist portrait; Eric Powell, Gosa I, 2017, Steel, 51 x 32 x 12 Inches


Eric Powell, Vestige III, 2016, Steel, 88 x 52 x 15 Inches



Eric Powell, Barque, 2017, 19 x 35 x 8 Inches


An avid collector, Powell regularly searches for steel along the waterfront landfills, in junk yards and anywhere he can discover a large cache of historical metal objects, which he often integrates into his pieces. These metal remains serve as reminders of our country’s rich industrial past. Powell also makes an annual sojourn deep into the California and Nevada deserts where he camps and walks miles every day hunting for scavenged treasures to make art. This ritual is a spiritual journey, a reflection of self and a rejuvenation of his practice. Freed of studio constraints, he makes improvisational sculptures out of these weather-worn metal and wood fragments. Then he leaves them behind in the desert sun.



Video: Eric Powell – Metal Sculpture, Directed by Kesten Migdal, 2:17 Minutes



Eric Powell, Tarim, 2017, 34 x 27 x 4 Inches


“Drawing also informs my work,” says Powell. “It is very much like other practices such as yoga and meditation. It is an exercise in balancing play with discipline, the intuitive with the linear, the unknown with the known.” He sketches almost daily, and his sculptures reflect the spontaneity and fluidity of his hand. Along with his three-dimensional works, he also creates finished drawings and paintings.



Eric Powell, Quadpodular I, 2017, 22 x 16 x 14 Inches


Eric Powell, Sacellum, 2010, Steel, 77 x 20 x 18 Inches


Powell is most well known for his commissioned works of art that strongly relate to site and architecture. His pieces grace numerous public institutions and private estates around the country, including freestanding sculpture or integrated architectural works such as gates, fences, and sculptural screens. He especially enjoys the collaborative aspect of working with design and architectural professionals, developers, arts commissions, and other stakeholders. Public art projects provide him an opportunity to create lasting works that are accessible to all. Adds Powell, “I create artworks that are relevant and responsive to the places where they reside–whether on a narrative, historical, or poetic level.”



Eric Powell, Germination, 2016, Steel, 14 x 16 x 7 Inches


Eric Powell, Chantry, 2010, Steel, 32 x 10 x 8 Inches


Born in San Jose, California, Powell studied sculpture and painting at California College of the Arts and University of Southern California. In 1982, he co-founded Spirit Arts Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he created an extensive body of steel art and furniture. In 1989, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue his sculptural practice and begin working in the public art realm. Over the years, he has produced large-scale commissions for cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Napa, San Jose, Berkeley, Tucson, Madison, Cambridge and Reno. He recently completed work for a major public art project in San Francisco’s Hunters Point Shipyard. His art can be seen in libraries, plazas, parks, and other public places such as the Daly City BART station and Golden Gate Park.



Eric Powell, Portal, 2014, Installation View with Artist
Mixed Media on Composite Board, 86 x 86 Inches



Eric Powell, Flotilla, 2016,
Public Installation, Hillpoint Park, San Francisco
Painted Steel, 90 Inches Long



Miya Ando
Yellow Gold Moon Mandala, 2016
Pigment, Urethane, Resin, Stainless Steel
36 Inches


Penny Olson
Concrete 4012, 2016
2 Panels Archival Pigment Print
54 x 81 Inches
Edition of 3



Rex Yuasa
E.F.S., 1994
Acrylic, Oil, and Alkyd on Canvas
49 x 49 Inches



Rex Yuasa
K.F.S., 1994
Acrylic, Oil, and Alkyd on Canvas
49 x 49 Inches


Jeff Long
Untitled 12, 2016
Oil and Collage on Paper Mounted on Wood Panel
30 x 22 Inches


Miya Ando
Kon (Navy) Meditation Mandala, 2016
Dyed Bodhi (Ficus Religiosa) Skeleton Leaves, Monofilament, and Archival Ragboard
41 x 41 x 2 Inches


01_cropped_David Ruddell--_a_Blackboard,_Gold_Strip,_Boat_with_Red_Interior,_2015_46in_x_60in_x_5in_Painted_Fir,_Canvas,_22_Carat_Gold_Leaf

David Ruddell
Blackboard, Gold Strip, Boat with Red Interior, 2015
Painted Fir, Canvas, 22 Carat Gold Leaf
46 x 60 x 5 Inches


Miya Ando
Blue Gold Moon Mandala, 2016
Pigment, Urethane, Resin, Stainless Steel
36 Inches



Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. -Albert Camus



Christel Dillbohner
Turbulence III, 2011
Oil, Wax on Canvas
66 x 60 Inches



Christel Dillbohner
Lost Coast XIII – Weather Rolling In, 2014
Oil, Cold Wax on Linen
60 x 53 Inches



Deborah Dancy
Vernal Pools, 2014
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 Inches



Kirk Maxson
Oxalis and Mallow, 2016
Varnished Brass
42 x 52 x 10 Inches



Kirk Maxson
Golden Eagle Wing, 2015
Varnished and Waxed Brass, Wire
10 x 23 x 3 Inches

Swan Wing, 2015
Varnished and Waxed Brass, Wire
9 x 23 x 3 Inches

Wild Grass, 2013
Aluminum, Nickel Silver Wire
18 x 30 x 10 Inches



Laurie Reid
Pond, 2016
Oil and Acrylic on Linen
36 x 48 Inches



Lisa Bartleson
Sphere 316-42-04, 2016
Mixed media and Resin on Panel
42 x 42 Inches



Ryan Cobourn
Lake Effect 1, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 40 Inches



Mara De Luca
Dior Dusk, 2015
Mixed Media on Canvas over Panel
38.5 x 48 Inches


The clouds parted and our art program skyrocketed last year. We added new artists to our roster and showcased more exceptional work. And everywhere we looked we saw the art and design community flourishing. Cheers to all the artists, designers, and clients who make us look good. Their creativity and diligent work build a better and brighter world. Below are a few of our favorite projects from this past year. Imagine what 2016 will bring.


Judith Foosaner’s dynamic painting perfectly suits this super sophisticated pied-à-terre designed by David Oldroyd of the powerhouse design firm ODADA (Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates). Installed in the clients’ entry, the painting’s title Breaking and Entering #14 injects irony into this high-rise project atop Russian Hill. With the space’s breathtaking city views, floor to ceiling glass walls, and austere architecture, Oldroyd also wanted his luxurious furnishings to provide some fun. Everything is playful and inviting. Photography by John Merkl. View more of artist Judith Foosaner’s work at Sloan Miyasato Fine Art here.


Noted Bay Area designer Dara Rosenfeld created a stylish home away from home for her New York based client who travels regularly to San Francisco. Set like a small, high quality jewel, this petite residence in Nob Hill is the epitome of understatement. Rosenfeld’s pairing of the spare and smart collages by Kathryn Van Dyke with the spaces was brilliant. Both the artist and designer are experts at economy of scale and favor the found object. Rosenfeld mixes contemporary pieces with antiques and treasure hunt finds. Artist Kathryn Van Dyke paints over pages taken from books and manuscript auction catalogues. Photography by John Merkl. View more of Van Dyke’s work at Sloan Miyasato Fine Art here.




This year the San Francisco Museum of Art reopens after undergoing a dramatic expansion. Our curator Michelle Bello is proud to announce SFMOMA has recently acquired a second painting by artist Marc Katano for their collection. This piece is from the same series on view at Sloan Miyasato Fine Art. To view more of Katano’s work click here.

Other artists in the collection of SFMOMA whose work is available at Sloan Miyasato Fine Art include the following:

Tauba Auerbach
Larry Bell
Ross Bleckner
Pegan Brooke
Squeak Carnwath
Mark Erickson
Kota Ezawa
Robert Hudson
Hung Liu
Sean McFarland
Ed Moses
Mimi Plumb
Laurie Reid
Gregg Renfrow
Kathryn Van Dyke
Catherine Wagner

Tommy Talbot
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