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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Seurat Francisco: S.F. Artist Gets the Pointillism With Vast New Mural

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click to enlarge A close-up shot of Daniel Doherty's mural reveals its Seurat-inspired pointillism - GEORGES SEURAT
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  • A close-up shot of Daniel Doherty's mural reveals its Seurat-inspired pointillism
A mural in the mission district is about as ubiquitous as a floor trader smoking and talking too loud in the financial district -- but Daniel Doherty's near-completed work at 19th and Guerrero stands out for two reasons. First off, it's the size of a billboard and the artist's paintbrush resembles a toothbrush. The second reason explains the first: It's a jaw-dropping homage to Georges Seurat's 1884 masterpiece Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, the best-known example of pointillism (thousands and thousands of tiny dots making up a larger image -- not unlike TV, if you think about it).

Doherty's mural is titled Sunday Afternoon In Dolores Park -- and the folks populating it "walk past me each day."

While, to the untrained eye, Doherty's exhausting work appears to be largely done, he demurs. "Oh, I've got a lot to do still," says the artist. "I'm going to be neurotic with a lot of things and re-do all of these buildings." Fair enough. One thing you've got to be if you're going to dot tens if not hundreds of thousands of points on a wall is patient. Click on the jump for more photos -- and a juxtaposition with Seurat's masterpiece.

click to enlarge The original... - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • The original...
click to enlarge And the homage! - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • And the homage!
click to enlarge Daniel Doherty - JOE ESKENAZI
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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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