FFDG will be closing the 2277 Mission St. space as of March 1, 2016. We've had a wonderful run here and we we would like to thank all of the incredible artists, art lovers, collectors and buyers who have supported us over the years. We held some very exciting shows of which we are very proud and enjoyed the opportunity to do so. We feel very fortunate to have had a place in this creative community and appreciate all of those who supported our efforts. Thank you!

John & Jessica Trippe have relocated to Portland, Or and are busy getting settled in their new city.


Todd Francis THANKS A LOT Opening


Photos from our opening with Dave Kinsey for his show THE MODERN CONDITION on August 14, 2015.

On Silent Haunches Opening

Photos from our opening on July 10th for ON SILENT HAUNCHES with works by Emily Proud, Jenny Sharaf, Michelle Fleck, and Nicholas Bohac. 

Why collect art?

By Rachel Ralph

What makes you want to buy a piece of art? Is it an intrinsic draw to the work itself? Is it the artist’s name? Is it due to decorative preference?  Is it an investment?

As I write this I realize that I cannot answer it for myself and certainly not for others. The works in my collection (which is existent, albeit small) were attained due to factors like attraction, price, and frankly timing according to my bank account.  There is no one answer as to what makes me want to buy art, as I see it as a much larger picture than amassing objects to adorn my walls.

That larger picture is the support and fostering of an arts community. We constantly hear a focus on “supporting the arts” ranging from federal grants to small nonprofits, but how an individual supports the arts can vary greatly. You can volunteer, donate, and attend art events to show support, but you can also support the artists in your community directly by buying their work – and you will still get a coveted piece of art to place in your home.

Read a few articles on collecting art and you’ll find that this direct support of artists is often overlooked. Collectors list their financial and cultural desires in the act of collecting works, but they often fail to realize the effects these purchases have on the artists themselves. Maybe it’s an unintended benefit of collecting work, but by buying these works from living artists, these collectors are literally putting food on their tables and clothes on their backs.

I find this kind of support to be especially important in arts communities like our own here in the Bay Area. We live in one of the most expensive locales in the country, to which many of us are attracted to because of the creative energy, and artists have to pay rent too, often on both an apartment and a studio to work in.  Buying work from them will allow these rents to be paid, and maybe even electricity for a few lights as well.

So why write this today? I can’t help but think about how we support our local arts community while sitting in a room filled with local (and affordable) art. Our current show by Ryan De La Hoz is a perfect example of how to make and collect art in our current climate. The largest and most expensive works are only 22” x 28” and top out at $650. This is determined by the fact that De La Hoz works out of his bedroom and can only make things that will fit on his desk and the fact that he wants to make his work accessible to local and emerging collectors.

In this one example, an artist is reflecting upon the current state of their culture, creating aesthetic objects, and keeping them affordable for their audience. And while this may seem like a ploy to boost sales (and it may very well be) my goal is to use this example to spark interest in making, collecting, and displaying local art. After all, if we want to complain about the decline of the San Francisco we love, maybe we should reflect upon our own ability and desire to support  living artists here in the city.

So, if your bank account allows, and you’re interested in providing this kind of support, let me know. I know of a few artists and galleries that I would be happy to connect you to.

Ryan De La Hoz Opening

Photos from our opening May 29th for "Impassable Terrain" by Ryan De La Hoz.

KeFe Opening

A few photos from the opening of "Inside Voices" with Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock. 

Curiot Opening

A few photos from Curiot's opening on March 27th. 

Mike Giant Opening

A few photos from Mike Giant's opening back in February. 

Jay Howell Opening

A few photos from the opening reception of Jay Howell's current show.

Thanks to Art Business

Thanks to Alan Bamberger of Art Business for rolling through the opening of Jeremy Fish's Yesterdays and Tomorrows @FFDG (running through Sept 13th).

Comment by AB: "An impressive 20-year survey of work by Jeremy Fish features a solid wall of ink drawings, chronologically ordered, along with a selection of larger pieces along the opposite wall. Bask in the talent and imagination of this truly gifted artist. Definitely worth a visit."

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Jeremy Fish & Volkswagon

Volkswagon asked JeremyVille, Jeremy Fish, Jeff Soto, Cody Hudson and Andrew Bannecker to each design a VW Golf for their city - Here's Fish's San Francisco themed VW Golf below.

Speaking of jeremy Fish, his show "Yesterdays and Tomorrows" is set to end this Saturday, Sept 13th. If you've yet to see the show, get to FFDG in SF's Mission district to view it. 2277 Mission St.

You can also view some of the show here online and purchase original drawings and prints at FFDG.NET

Jeremy Fish: North Beach artist celebrates 20 years in S.F.

Via The San Francisco Chronicle - August 14, 2014

Anyone who has lived through the last two tempestuous decades in the Bay Area knows they bear remembering. So it somehow makes perfect, surreal sense that, in honor of North Beach artist Jeremy Fish's 20th anniversary in San Francisco, he would resuscitate his anthropomorphized familiars - this rapping grizzly and that skateboarding doggie - mashed up with the bay's enduring and ephemeral sights and signs. "I'm not a generally communicative man," Fish confesses by phone. "I have a small circle of friends. I'm not as social as I was. So it's the equivalent of a guy who bitches or cheers about stuff he loves or hates. I've found this is my voice. This is the way I can stand up and say, 'This is what I love or hate.' " We talked to Fish about "Yesterdays and Tomorrows."

Q: What made you want to revisit these images?

A: Everything I make starts out as an 11-by-14 pen-and-ink drawing on Bristol board since I've been living here. At some point, when I had thousands of them, I thought it would be cool to fill a room with these. I moved here in August 1994 to go the Art Institute, and (FFDG's director and curator John Trippe and I) both worked at the same skateboard magazine ("Slap"). Why not do it at my friend's gallery after 20 years in this city?

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Jeremy Fish's Drawings Animated and Projected San Fransico

Yesterdays and Tomorrows by Jeremy Fish, opening Friday, August 15th at FFDG in San Francisco, is a celebration of Fish’s 20 years of living in San Francisco. With that in mind, we wanted to bring this mural to life in, and literally on, some of the places that his drawings depict. We hope our readers will come celebrate on August 15, 2014, when we project this animated mural once again across from Fish’s art opening at FFDG.

Jeremy Fish Opens Aug 15th

Jeremy Fish opens a new solo show August 15th at FFDG.

Jeremy Fish opens a new solo show August 15th at FFDG.

Jeremy Fish celebrates 20 years in San Francisco with his upcoming solo show featuring both new and old works spanning his fine art and illustrative career.

Opening: August 15 (6-9pm) 
Preview inquires: info(at)ffdg.net

"At first glance, Fish's images seem to be rooted in an alternate world -- a world where gnomes travel via saddled dachshund-back and birds of all nations hatch adorned with the heads and hairstyles of every human stereotype imaginable. The bold, precise outlines give his ideas an immediate impact, but it's the aftertaste that really cuts deep. Everything comes with a story. -Aesop Rock. continue reading

Jim Houser & HiFructose

Jim Houser in front of his work at FFDG on July 11th

Jim Houser in front of his work at FFDG on July 11th

Thanks to our friends at HiFructose for the writeup on Jim Houser's opening last week in San Francisco. Be sure to stop in and view Houser's first show with us before the it ends August 2nd.

Hours: Wed thru Sat (1-6pm)

This past weekend, Philadelphia-based artist Jim Houser opened his solo show at FFDG in San Francisco. Titled ?Night Got Quiet, Not Quite Light.? The exhibition consists of Houser?s highly recognizable patchwork assemblages, as well as some minimalist mixed media works and site specific installations. Predominantly confined to his signature square format, this new show is a continuation of Houser?s exploration into the relationship between the visual and the aural. The interplay between text and imagery in Houser?s work makes way for an emotional narrative open to the interpretation of the viewer. Playfully rendered and meticulously composed, Houser acts as a visual storyteller, evoking an unencumbered youthful sentiment. -continue reading

Paper & Pressure at FFDG

Visitor browsing prints at Lotte Arts and Tiny Splendor's pop-up at FFDG in June.

Visitor browsing prints at Lotte Arts and Tiny Splendor's pop-up at FFDG in June.

Last month Lotte Arts, in collaboration with Tiny Splendor, opened a weeklong print show, Paper & Pressure. The show, held at FFDG, featured 16 California printmakers, including Kenneth Srivijittakar and Peter Baczek.

An artist talk given by veteran printmaker, Doug Minkler at FFDG

An artist talk given by veteran printmaker, Doug Minkler at FFDG

On Saturday and Sunday the gallery housed a print sale with work by over 50 artists and local presses. Peter Calderwood and Lena Gustafson of Night Diver Press presented their hand printed and bound artist book series, Heaven and Humans.

Paper and Pressure included evening classes: a comic arts workshop led by Kane Lynch, a lettering workshop led by Sean Vranizan and Kel Troughton, and an artist talk given by veteran printmaker, Doug Minkler.