April 9 – August 6.
Opening is Saturday, April 14th at 7:30pm
Rick Kitagawa is an award-winning visual artist, storyteller, and arts educator. Both his visual art and written work centers around horror, feminism, and mythology, and the intersections between these themes and their complex relationship with the world we live in. Colorful and figure-dominated, his visual work serves to highlight the female form, balancing sex appeal with danger; innocence with loss. “Angels & Demons” serves to question the double standard women face in our patriarchal society and asks the viewer to question societal prejudices as they view the show. With the growing strength of modern feminism (#metoo, #timesup, etc.), Rick wanted to not only create further discussion but also give back to the movement, and 30% of all proceeds will go directly to the Asian Women’s Shelter.
Rick has studied at UC Berkeley and the Academy of Art University, where he now teaches business and marketing for artists. Additionally, he writes, teaches, coaches, and develops curricula for Lift Off Art, an online resource for artists. Rick is also a demonstration artist for Savoir Faire and Jacquard and runs the Evil Pin Club, a horror-themed enamel pin club that donates proceeds to charity. Rick has worked with the likes of Facebook, GAP, Apple, and Adobe, and is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate, educate, and create.
Rick is also one of the top 16 skeeball rollers in the nation and currently lives and creates in San Francisco.