Piece description from the artist
One of the lessons I've learned from my collectors is about aesthetic. There's something about colorful geometry that always pulls me in. This particular scene appealed to me for other reasons too. It's one of those tourist-barnacles full of mass-produced "collectibles", plus knock-off perfume, cartons upon cartons of cigarettes, and of course opportunistic umbrella sales because it's San Francisco. It's amazing to me that a place selling this kind of stuff could pay the rent smack in the middle of Union Square, but that speaks volumes to me about what people still value.
Marianne Bland’s art career began in 1998 when she started her own mural painting business at the age of 16. She has since acquired a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the California College of the Arts and has studied abroad in Marseille, France.
Marianne's favorite subject matter is the city. She is intrigued by the urban landscape as a dense concentration of diverse, individual experiences occurring simultaneously in a public space. She often explores the city’s harmony of contradictions in colorful nightscape paintings and her biggest influences are Edward Hopper and Wayne Thiebaud.
In 2011, she was selected as a large heart artist for “Hearts in San Francisco 2012”. Marianne’s paintings have been exhibited throughout Northern California at venues including Stanford University and City Art Gallery. She currently works out of her home studio in Sacramento, California.