san-francisco

San Francisco Artists

San Francisco

Clayton Pinkerton, exhibiting recent paintings in acrylic on masonite at the Arleigh Gallery, pursues the same themes of political and social comment which provided the content of his exhibits in the San Francisco Museum’s “Arts of San Francisco” survey of two years ago, with some modifications of style and approach. The slapdash cartoon style of his earlier phase has been supplanted with a variety of more restrained and painterly methods, while blatancy of statement has been superseded by irony—sometimes in the form of the anecdotal picture with delayed-action visual-charade “punch line” not obvious without reflection.

Chicago ’68 depicts a typical exuberant convention throng with placards, streamers and balloons—in a circular field quartered by fine, crossing hairlines. In Man of the Cloth a complacent, heavy-jowled face is framed by a military cap and shirt bearing an Army chaplain’s

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