T W G : Design Journal


"Vortex 48"
Oil, graphite powder , mineral spirits
Painting size 2.5” x 2.5” Frame size 6” x 6”

James Hunter, Design Principal, recently attended a reception for artist Monika Steiner at Geras Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco. The gallery primarily features the work of photographer James Scott Geras and painter Daniel Tousignant, but in addition to their revolving show of contemporary works, the gallery features one artist or group approximately every six weeks.

James Hunter, Design Principal at The Wiseman Group, 
with artist Monika Steiner and gallery owner and photographer James Scott Geras (R)

Monika Steiner's featured show of new works will run through August 4, 2013. This new series of small paintings references the energy of a swirling vortex. According to Steiner, "The innate properties of mineral spirits, oil paint and graphite interact to produce unexpected visual effects that take on a life of their own. I was intrigued by the process of binding together the unexpected and unique areas with washes of paint and graphite drawings. The colors and layers are subtle yet powerful like the energies that can be felt within a Vortex."

James couldn't resist four of Moinika's new works,
now hanging in his SF apartment

Born in Switzerland, Monika Steiner currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she received her BFA degree from Sonoma State University in 2005. Since then she has had twenty solo shows and over thirty group exhibitions in the US and abroad. She has lectured at Stanford University’s TEDx conference as well as Sonoma State University and in 2010 she held an artist residency in Greece. Her work is also part of a dozen notable collections such as the Trump and Marriot Hotels and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

"Vortex 34"
Oil, graphite powder , mineral spirits
Painting size 2.5” x 2.5” Frame size 6” x 6”