SFWA presents “The Art of Bill Ham” – known as the originator of the 60’s psychedelic light show. Join us Thursday, June 8 for the Opening RECEPTION. 647 Irving St. Bill is currently featured at the de Young Museum. BILL HAM In Mr. Ham’s own words, his acrylic paintings on canvas follow in the lineage of ‘Abstract Expressionism,’ with a nod to Jackson Pollock. And, while referencing this post World War II art movement, Bill has gone farther in development of techniques, defining his paintings as ‘Gestural Abstraction.’ Importantly, the artist applies painterly gestures while the canvas is positioned on a low flat surface or flooring. Mr. Ham works from all sides as he develops the imagery from his overhead viewpoint and position. As a result, the client can choose and change the viewpoint of their purchased artwork. Top, bottom, left, or right are no longer applicable to the position and installation of his art. The options for placement of his paintings are myriad; as an example, please refer to his “Four Square Paintings” information sheet. Bill passionately expresses camaraderie with the San Francisco art scene, artists, and local creatives, with whom he identifies. The San Francisco Women Artists Gallery is honored to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love with the special Artist Salon exhibition, ‘The Art of Bill Ham.”
The options for placement of his paintings are myriad
The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll will be an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. A 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967, the exhibition will present more than 300 significant cultural artifacts of the time, including almost 150 objects from the Fine Arts Museums’ extensive permanent holdings, supplemented by key, iconic loans.
Bill Ham Light Show Gallery
photos by emi