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Furniture & CarpetsSize: 40" x 30"
Medium: Oil on canvas
In the painting, "Furniture & Carpets", formerly the "Eastern Outfitting Company" is the building facade located at 7th and Market Street, pays a homage to this iconic city landmark. If you are looking upwards it is recognizable due to its large signage atop. It is a gorgeous tall glass facade with its enormous Corinthian columns, holding itself all on its own. Furniture and Carpets was designed and built by the architect George Applegarth in 1907. After the "Eastern Outfitters Company" went out of business, it became sweatshops and was abandoned for many years. Although the good news, this building has been renovated in 2014 and is housed by Zendesk and looks magnificent. I've painted this site in many of my early paintings and continue to incorporate into new works.
This time it is represented in abstracted forms and bright colors in the hopes to bring an uplift and as a reminder of the blight that has been present. Many of the fantastic landmarks on Market Street between 5th and 9th Streets are still a work in progress and in the near future we will see these storefronts and theatres glowing with neon lights again.
Furniture & Carpets was first exhibited during Araujo's solo show, ON THE EDGE OF DELICATE LINES, July-September 7th, 2013 at Alphaville Gallery, in San Francisco. This painting has been nominated for ARTslant's 8th Annual Showcase Winner in the category of Painting in September, 2013. It was last exhibited at the Old Mint, for Mid-Market Landmarks solo exhibition and during SF History Expo in San Francisco, January-March 2015. This painting will be exhibited at the Old Mint again, for "SF History Days", in March 2017.
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