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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Still Life In Lower Haight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM

If you frequent the Haight, Divisidero, or Broadway -- and you walk really slowly -- you may already be featured in one of John Paul Marcelo's paintings.

click to enlarge Artist John Paul Marcelo paints what he sees at Haight and Fillmore - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • Artist John Paul Marcelo paints what he sees at Haight and Fillmore
"I paint every day," affirms the artist. Marcelo, a San Franciscan since 2002, does not always seek out glamorous settings. Most obviously, he crafted still-life paintings of wrecked New Orleans homes and streets following Hurricane Katrina. San Francisco can't yet touch that level of blight -- but it's not always the city's more tourist-friendly, scenic locales that attract Marcelo, who is often found on busy, sooty corners beneath mazes of overhead wires.

And yet, for even the weary eyes of a native San Franciscan, to gaze simultaneously at Marcelo's campus and this most familiar corner induces newly found appreciation for both.     


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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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