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June 8, 2016
4 Must-See Shows That Are About to Close

Beloved San Francisco Chronicle illustrator Paul Madonna recently ended his “All Over Coffee” column after a 12-year run. Now, he’s having his first solo show in five years to kick off the launch of his latest book, Close Enough for the Angels. If you’ve never looked at Madonna’s work up close before, then this show at Dryansky Gallery is a must-see. Bonus: Get your hands on one of 50 limited-edition hand-bound copies (a perfect coffee table addition) and meet the artist in person on July 20... Read More

June 1, 2016
6 art exhibits not to miss in June"Paul Madonna: Close Enough for Angels," The Dryansky Gallery
Timeout Magazine

If the name sounds familiar, it might be because the San Francisco artist's "All Over Coffee" illustration series ran weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle. Local Paul Madonna is now back from a trip to East Asia with a new aesthetic, new book, and new exhibit. "Close Enough for Angels"  features framed originals from his new book... Read More

May 19, 2016
Paul Madonna's New Illustrated Novel Is Absolutely Stunning
Gail Goldberg

Paul Madonna needs no introduction in San Francisco's art and literary circles—he's the pen and voice behind the locally beloved and award-winning SF Chronicle series All Over Coffee (2004-2015; published as a book in 2011), and his murals and drawings can be seen from restaurants to museums. Now the artist-writer has released a stunning new illustrated novel, and is getting his due with a solo exhibition, his first in five years, at Union Street's Dryansky Gallery, opening tonight... Read More

May 19, 2016
The Dryansky Gallery: Paul Madonna - Close Enough for the Angels
Alan Bamberger

Art show by Paul Madonna features original pen, ink and wash illustrations created for his new novel Close Enough for the Angels, all of which were done during the course of his travels in Thailand, Japan and China between 2010 and 2016. Fifty hand-bound limited edition copies of the novel are also available for purchase. Stop on by. Good art especially if you appreciate atmospheric yet accurate architectural drawings... Read More

May 18, 2016
Madonna and Angels
Jonathan Curiel
SF Weekly

Sitting with a latte at a San Francisco cafe that's become a new favorite, artist and writer Paul Madonna is talking about everything eventful in his life, including two major transitions: the one from his longtime Mission District art studio and apartment, which was prompted by an eviction; and the one from the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle, where Madonna's "All Over Coffee" comic strip ended after a 12-year run... Read More

March 31, 2016
What Getting Evicted Taught a Popular Artist About the City He Loves
Christina Nunez
Inspire Confidence

A few months ago, Paul Madonna published a surreal take on San Francisco’s eviction wave in his popular Chronicle graphic series, “All Over Coffee.” The text described a café scene with an angry older woman calling a pair of young guys in hoodies and flip-flops “usurpers.” The image showed a dilapidated house on stilts, flanked by palm trees and a chain-link fence. The panel ran in the newspaper while Madonna was in Asia for another project... Read More

January 4, 2016
What Getting Evicted Taught a Popular Artist About the City He Loves
Alex Mak
Inspire Confidence

This is the final chapter of the Eviction Series and the last installment of All Over Coffee. In Paul’s words:“The simplest explanation is that it’s time. When I first began the series I felt it was a boundless container for me to explore, and now I feel I’m bursting out at the seams. And that’s a good thing. Some day I may return to All Over Coffee, but for now, I’m leaving it for the best reason possible, which is that there’s new work to do.” To hear about Paul’s new work sign up for his mailing list at  We are bummed to see the series go but very excited to see what Paul gets into next!  Now, without further ado, the final chapterRead More

Paul Madonna

Paul Madonna‘s work captures the subtle and intricate tones, spaces and moods of San Francisco neighborhoods. Madonna draws “All Over Coffee,” a lyrical and often enigmatic comic strip published in the San Francisco Chronicle. Spark catches up with the artist as he begins work on a Mission District scene for his strip. Madonna works directly in ink on paper, painstakingly rendering minute architectural details. He forgoes pencil sketches of his subjects, so oftentimes his renderings aren’t perfect, lending them a detached quality that offsets their otherwise photographic detail. Once he has captured his subjects in contour drawings onsite, Madonna goes back to his studio and uses photographs of the site to aid him in shading his drawings with ink washes... Read More

January 17, 2012
Paul Madonna, Everything Is Its Own Reward
Larissa Archer

In 1955, the French theorist, writer, and filmmaker Guy Debord defined the term psychogeography as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”1 The art that charges our imaginative sense of place conveys not only a story but also a rhythm of life—a convergence of personalities, ambitions, and attitudes that could only have taken place there and then—traces of which rise off the changed, sometimes unrecognizable streets decades later. It is why, despite George Gershwin’s intent for Rhapsody in Blue to be heard as a “musical kaleidoscope of America,”2 his composition became associated with and still evokes New York, a city whose glories and debacles have become synonymous with the American Dream... Read More

Paul Madonna

Paul Madonna grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While still in high school he began attending art classes at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he eventually completed a B.F.A. in 1994. During his senior year of college, Madonna became the first art intern ever taken in by Mad magazine. Upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco and began making minicomics, which he left in public places for free. In 2004, Madonna began "All Over Coffee", which appears weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle.[1][2] He has served as "cartoonist-in-residence" artist in residence at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum... Read More