Piece description from the artist
This piece features a street scene from the electric Broadway district of San Francisco. Despite the general debauchery going on in spots like The Condor, SF's oldest gentleman's club, I'm drawn to the bright colors and shadowy doorways I see here. It's always a bit of sensory overload and I find it hard to focus. I played with blurring in this painting to emphasize that sense of disorientation as well as the humming of the neon and the colors floating through the sea air.
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.