October 2, 2021 - October 31, 2021
20/20 Vision features work created by painters Anthony Holdsworth and Beryl Landau since shelter-in-place was issued in San Francisco in March of 2020. Initially confined to their Bernal Heights neighborhood, there are a number of pieces painted from their vantage point on the north slope of Bernal looking towards downtown. Streets and freeways that were typically filled with cars are captured sparsely populated. Greenery and blue skies and waters take up the space around the urban architecture instead of crowds of people.
Anthony Holdsworth paints a series of paintings from the top of Harrison Street under four different skies – morning, afternoon, night and that smoke-filled day in September when the sun never came out. As the city reopened, he made his way back to the Mission, capturing new and old murals as well as quintessential intersections of the neighborhood. During this time, he also created one painting, Waiting In Line At Sun Fat, completely in his studio from a series of sketches done on-site.
Anthony Holdsworth was born in England and embarked on a painting career while working as Head of Outdoor Restoration for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. He continued his studies at the Bournemouth College of Art in England, and then the San Francisco Art Institute. Originally a landscape artist influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Art movement, Holdsworth began painting plein air cityscapes near his Oakland studio. Eventually he made his way to San Francisco’s Mission District. He has shown with major galleries through California and has been a recipient of the WESTAF-NEA fellowship. Holdsworth lives in San Francisco, and works both there and in Oakland.
Beryl Landau is a San Francisco-based artist who describes her work as “symbolic landscape”. Her acrylic paintings depict geographical locations rendered in a manner that evokes feelings about them. Born in New York City, Landau moved to Santa Monica CA at the age of 15, then arrived in San Francisco in the 1960s to attain BFA and MFA degrees at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her teachers included Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and Joan Brown. She lives and works in Bernal Heights.