During a recent trip to San Francisco, I was walking down Geary Street just West of Union Square, and I was stopped dead in my tracks when passing by the windows of the Weinstein Gallery.
The first floor of their annex building was an exhibition of the still-life works of a living, California-based painter named Charles Becker.
And it was some of the most vibrant, fun, brilliantly colorful, and masterfully painted works I had seen in a long time.
The photos don’t do his works justice, which offer a whimsical take on the traditional still-life painting.
Becker has been characterized as a pop-art artist, and some of his works certainly fit that mold. And he has even worked on marketing campaigns for companies such as Absolut Vodka.
However, that in no way implies that he is not a serious artist of note. His work is spectacular, and I was lucky to have had a chance to see so many of them in person – and quite by accident.
I was also not the only person lured in from the street into the Weinstein Gallery by the beautiful, large Becker paintings. As I was leaving, a family of tourists stepped into the store, curious to check out the large paintings bursting with rich color.
I highly recommend you check out Charles Becker’s works if you get the opportunity. The Weinstein Gallery Web site also has high-resolution images of all the Becker paintings it had on display.