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Lynn Rubenzer explores the sublime underpinnings of the urban landscape in her celebrated portraits of San Francisco. Steeped in the lyricism of the city’s spirit of individuality, architecture and soft coastal light, Lynn’s large-scale oil paintings capture the convergence of structure and humanity with San Francisco’s unique balance of elegance and quirk.
"Architecture is a powerful metaphor for modern society. It’s the manifestation of humanity in physical form. Densely clustered buildings toggle up one hill and down another fitting together with the effort of a well-worn puzzle. For me, painting a thick metropolis is like painting a crowd of people. Through cracks and windows watchful eyes peer outward, and pterodactyls fly by like angels of hope wrapped in a cautionary tale. I paint how the city feels. These are portraits of the city, both inside and out." -Lynn Rubenzer
Awarded Critic’s Choice by San Francisco Magazine for her portraits of the city, Lynn has exhibited her work at Stanford University, San Francisco City Hall, many local haunts and organizations, as well as art galleries. In addition to painting, Lynn creates art installations for choice storefronts windows throughout the city, most notably 826 Valencia’s The Pirate Supply Store, a non-profit writing center founded by author Dave Eggers.
In 2015, Lynn completed her first large-scale mural on the front exterior of San Francisco's new arts complex The Midway SF titled, "The Ptero Reader"—a pterodactyl tarot card fortune teller. Most recently, she painted "18th & Dolores"—a large three-panel, site specific portrait of the Dolores Park neighborhood—currently installed at San Francisco's beloved Bi-Rite Creamery on 18th Street [June 2016].
Based in San Francisco, Lynn paints full-time at her Hunters Point Shipyard studio which she opens to the public twice a year [Spring and Fall Open Studios] to share her latest work.
ACCOLADES & INTERVIEWS:
San Francisco Magazine, 2005
BEST OF THE BAY: Editor's Choice Award:
Lynn Rubenzer / "Best Rooms With A View Framed On A Wall"
COVER, Where Magazine, 2012
COVER + FEATURE INTERVIEW by Jonathon Keats
HPS ArtGuide, 2007
Northwestern University Press