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 7, 2016
Gregg Wilensky, Theoretical Physicist & Photographer, Shares His Perspective on Art in the New Digital World
Jaron Schneider

Below are the perspectives of Gregg Wilensky, a theoretical physicist, a photographer and an Adobe scientist, creator of digital photography and art tools in the Photoshop family- “it’s less about the technology itself than it is the expressiveness and interactivity of new infinitely rich media that the technology will enable.” ... Read More

June 1, 2016
6 art exhibits not to miss in June"Paul Madonna: Close Enough for Angels," at 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


April 6, 2016
Gregg Wilensky Sees Nature Through a Different Lens
Kimberly Chun

“Photoshop” has become a verb for Gregg Wilensky, a senior principal scientist at Adobe, the Bay Area-based computer software company where he’s worked for the last 18 years. So much so that the theoretical physicist began to regularly flip the switch from his day job developing features of the editing software to image-making as an artist using Photoshop. “I grew up in Georgia, surrounded by woods, and I have these very powerful emotional memories of it,” he says from San Francisco. “I took pictures for a long time, very natural images. I like things that are very pure, but at the same time, I’m moved by abstract art.”... Read More

April 1, 2016
The Wonders of Nature from a High-Tech Perspective at The Dryansky Gallery
Rayah Levy

Nature is the oldest and most common subject chosen by artists. In my work advising art collectors, I encounter many beautiful works of art centering on the intricate world of nature. But, the exhibition “Hovering: Photographs on the Boundaries of Nature,” currently on show at The Dryansky Gallery in San Francisco, is unlike other forms of art about this subject... Read More

March 31, 2016
Review: Gregg Wilensky - Hovering
Alan Bamberger

Gregg Wilensky's photographs of plant life out in the wilds and then abstracts them into riotous interplays of color and form. He also happens to be a Theoretical Physicist and Senior Principal Scientist at Adobe which might help explain why he's so good at abstracting. A splendid marriage of art and technology... and well worth seeing... Read More

March 30, 2016
Practical Magic: Gregg Wilensky's Digital Update to Landscape Art
Sarah P. Hanson

One of the brains behind Photoshop describes his quest to bring insight and emotion back into digital photography. “Science has been my passion, but I grew up in a darkroom, basically,” says Gregg Wilensky, a senior principal scientist for software titan Adobe Systems, of his sideline in the world of fine art. His father, a photographer in World War II, tutored him in the greats like André Kertész, Josef Sudek, and Peter Henry Emerson, and Wilensky soon began taking pictures himself, whipping out a camera while rambling in nature or in the streets of Paris when a mood or atmosphere struck him. It was this experience that he would draw from when, decades later, he arrived at Adobe and began working on the Photoshop family of products. “There’s a magic when you see the photo developing,” says Wilensky. “I was wondering, how can you bring some of that magic back into the digital world?”... Read More

March 29, 2016
Adobe Senior Scientist's High-Tech Photographs to Show at The Dryansky Gallery
Business Wire

In a unique initiative blending the worlds of art and cutting-edge technology, Hovering: Photographs at the Boundaries of Nature, an exhibition of large-scale works by theoretical physicist and Adobe senior principal scientist Gregg Wilensky, will show at The Dryansky Gallery in San Francisco from March 31 to May 12, 2016. Wilensky’s tech-enhanced natural landscapes began as photographs taken during his travels in France and California. Using high fidelity optics and tools he helped develop at Adobe, Wilensky enhances and amplifies the subtle spaces and shapes found in nature that are normally not perceived by the human eye.... Read More

March 25, 2016
Sarah Awad
Bridget Watson Payne
Pippa's Cabinet

I had a great time visiting the fine folks at the Dryansky Gallery the other day. It was the last day of their show In the Footsteps of Masters. The show featured three fantastic artists--but the one whose work I loved most of all was Sarah Awad. At first glance you might think her paintings are entirely abstract, but upon closer inspection they reveal themselves to be female nudes. Her brushwork is masterly and the colors are phenomenal... Read More

December 18, 2015
Galaxies Not So Far Away
Photo District News Photo of the Day

The stars look close at hand in Neil Folberg’s cosmic nighttime photos, made in the deserts of Israel and the Sinai Peninsula and on view in “Celestial Nights,” an exhibition at The Dryansky Gallery in San Francisco up until January 17. Set among ruins and natural landscapes, the images suggest the radiant glow of a world lit by starlight. Like the work of the great 19th century landscape photographers such as Gustave Le Gray, the photos, originally made in the late 1990s and early 2000s, are composites of sky and earth. Folberg used the technology available at the time to create “a “digital negative” which enabled [him] to produce the images as silver gelatin prints,” reads a statement from the gallery... Read More

November 5, 2015
Bay Area arts and entertainment events for week of Nov. 8: ‘Celestial Nights’
by Kathleen Dixon
SF Gate

Photographer Neil Folberg shows the mystery of the ancient night skies of Israel and the Sinai Desert and the fragile relationship between the Earth and the cosmos in his collection of nocturnal landscapes. The exhibit marks Folberg’s return to his native Bay Area home after 15 years... Read More

November 1, 2015
by Shira White
Beautiful Now

Photographer Neil Folberg’s new exhibition, entitled “Celestial Nights,” is a collection of extraordinary black and white photos of nocturnal landscapes, taken in the Sinai and Negev deserts, in Israel... Read More


October 22, 2015
Neil Folberg Juxtaposes the Sinai Desert's Alien Landscapes with the Incredible Beauty of the Constellations...
by Rob Wilkes
We Heart

If you’re a resident of a major urban metropolis bathed in the 24/7 haze of electric light, it may have been a while since you’ve been able to look skywards and see the stars. But the stars are out there all right, and photographer Neil Folberg invites us to gaze on them anew with his awe-inspiring Celestial Nights exhibition.The collection is being shown at The Dryansky Gallery in San Francisco, and marks the venue’s one year anniversary. It also sees Folberg’s return to the city after a gap of 15 years; the Bay Area native has been living in Israel since the mid 1970s. The spectacular images he presents in this exhibition were originally taken in the Sinai Desert and other locations in Israel between 1997 and 1999, and were first developed from digital negatives to silver gelatin prints... Read More

September 28, 2015
Stephen Albair’s ‘Private Views’
by Judy Walgren
The San Francisco Chronicle

Stephen Albair’s show “Private Views, Hidden Reflections,” on display in San Francisco’s Dryansky Gallery, is an incredible collection of 20 colorful constructed images that take viewers into scenes that evoke memories — some pleasant and others not. The artist spends months creating his images by placing found objects on a shelf in his Hayes Valley apartment. When he feels the set is ready, Albair photographs the dioramas using an old Nikon camera body from 1970 and window light. The resulting images are thoughtfully layered with multiple textures and meanings that one could spend hours... Read More

August 28, 2015
San Francisco Seen Through an Analog Lens, One Hour at a Time
by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Using only hand-printed black-and-white photographs, Project 24 San Francisco seeks to catch a glimpse of San Francisco’s essence without digital manipulation or interference...The traveling exhibition, now on view at The Dryansky Gallery, employed twenty-four artists to go back to the basics and photograph San Francisco, one hour at a time, during the 2014 winter solstice. Whether analog photography is more honest or not, the participating artists create a poetic dossier of the city... Read More

August 27, 2015
Untouched photos reveal a day in the life of S.F.
By Anita Katz
The San Francisco Examiner

Wanting to keep photography honest in the age of digital manipulation, “Project 24 San Francisco” chronicles 24 hours of life in this city in images created without computer doctoring or other forms of falsification...The group exhibition, which is the second edition of the project, can be seen through Sept. 10 at the Dryansky Gallery, the final stop on its San Francisco tour... Read More

August 26, 2015
Photographers capture S.F. around the clock
By Kimberly Chun

“A Day in the Life” gets a reboot, San Francisco style? Photographer Paul Lucia dreamed up this, the second installation of “Project 24,” on exhibit at the Dryansky Gallery through Sept. 10. For this edition, 24 carefully chosen photographers created pictures in the course of one hour on the shortest day of 2014, in one of 24 randomly assigned neighborhoods, using only one roll of black-and-white film. The shooters were free to capture what they wanted, though they couldn’t prearrange, digitally manipulate, crop or compromise any of the images... Read More

August 24, 2015
“Project 24” Shows an Unexpected Side of San Francisco

If you’re looking for a way to cap off your summer and get a head start on the city’s jam-packed fall arts season, we’ve got a show for you. The concept behind Project 24 San Francisco at the Dryansky Gallery (through September 10) is simple: 24 gorgeous black-and-white photos, shot by 24 local photographers over a 24-hour period... Read More

August 18, 2015
Project 24 all in a day’s work for 24 photographers
By Sam Whiting
The San Francisco Chronicle

The spinner stopped and the 24 photographers sat ready for their assignments, as dictated by the Bingo balls in the basket. Each shooter would be given an hour and a neighborhood in San Francisco, and when the balls were pulled nobody drew a tougher assignment than Heather Hryciw who got 4 a.m. in Japantown... Read More


August 12, 2015
San Francisco Looks Better in Black-and-White
By Peter Lawrence Kane
SF Weekly

We didn’t get much rain last winter, but it turns out the shortest, darkest day of the year yielded quite a bit of moodiness. The Dryansky Gallery commissioned 24 Bay Area photographers to shoot black-and-white pictures during a 24-hour period around the winter solstice, and the forlorn, fog-bound city they captured feels at once placeless and instantly recognizable. Randomly assigning each artist to particular neighborhood, Project 24 San Francisco's organizers assured that San Francisco in its entirety would be covered... Read More

August 7, 2015
August pop-ups: MM.LaFleur, Skingraft and ModCloth
By Erica Evans
The San Francisco Chronicle

MM.LaFleur: For the put-together professional As we round the corner into the second half of summer, the San Francisco pop-up scene is just starting to gear up...This online professional womenswear brand is crisp, clean and up to date. Learn to dress for success with MM.LaFleur’s Bento Box, a complete set of versatile basics with matching accessories that will not only look good together but will add value to your wardrobe as you mix and match. These hand-picked ensembles are designed to make shopping easy for the already overbooked career woman by eliminating “decision paralysis.” The best part? You can get it delivered right to your door. The better best part? Just try on what you receive in the mail and send back what you don’t want... Read More

July 10, 2015
San Francisco Art Fair Weekend: Redux
By Terri Cohn
SFAQ International Arts and Culture

San Francisco’s spring art fairs, which took place during the weekend of May 1-3, offered three disparate venues and a smorgasbord of artists to meet and art to view and consider for purchase. For those attracted to a classic art fair, with well-appointed booths staffed by gallerists, featuring artists they represent, Art Market was the destination of choice.  .  .  . There were also some wonderfully uplifting moments, among them my encounter with the lively gallerists that hosted The Dryansky Gallery booth on opening night... Read More

June 11, 2015
The Dryansky Gallery Re-Examines the Third Eye
By Laura Jaye Cramer
SF Weekly

Utter the word "spiritual" and, for many people, images of the Sistine Chapel or of otherworldly beings touting their holiness come to mind. Piyatat Hemmatat is not one of those people. The Thailand-based artist presents his solo showing, The 3rd Eye Trilogy: The New Dawn, Thursday, June 11 at The Dryansky Gallery. This section (the first of three) forgoes all traditionally Western stereotypes of spirituality... Read More

May 22, 2015
Gold Dust and Oil Take Impressive New Forms In Hands On
By Laura Jaye Cramer
SF Weekly

Miriam Cabessa's paintings are a breath of fresh air to the San Francisco market. Born in Morocco and raised in Israel, her work has obvious Eastern influences that you won't find from artists of the Bay Area. In place of bold colors and figurative images, Cabessa current show, Hands On, at the the Dryansky Gallery favors delicate, abstract details in calm tones — all hung horizontally as if they could be read like text... Read More

April 17, 2015
Artis recommends: Hands On at The Dryansky Gallery, San Francisco
Artis Journal

Hands On
marks Miriam Cabessa’s first exhibition in San Francisco and features works created using the artist’s body, found objects and fabric in combination with liquid graphite on paper or oil and gold dust on linen. The works in this exhibition are a continuation of the ongoing inquiry of material and process that defines the artist’s professional practice... Read More

March 16, 2015
Cow Hollow Again: David Mitchell at The Dryansky Gallery
by John Held, Jr.
SFAQ International Arts and Culture

If I can digress from the artist for just a moment and acknowledge the venue in which he is posited, I’d like to welcome the Dryansky Gallery to the Cow Hollow neighborhood, because, in a way, it’s where contemporary art in San Francisco first bloomed, and there hasn’t been much there there in quite a while... Read More

Feb 1, 2015
David Mitchell: Boundaries
by Sharon Anderson
Marina Times

Through March 12, 2015, The Dryansky Gallery is featuring the work of David Mitchell in the exhibition Boundaries. The gallery opened last fall and is offering San Francisco a fresh approach to emerging and mid-career artists from around the world working in various mediums. Boundaries, Mitchell’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast, features a series of hard-edged abstract photographs... Read More

Jan 26, 2015
David Mitchell Interview
Artist's First West Coast Solo Show Comes to San Francisco

by David-Elijah Nahmod
SF Weekly

British born photographer David Mitchell, who makes his home in Southeast Asia, offers his first solo West Coast exhibition here in our very own City at the Dryansky Gallery on Union Street. The artist, once a world renowned and in-demand high fashion photographer,  changed course after being diagnosed with epilepsy... Read More

Jan 2, 2015
David Mitchell’s Abstract Photography Goes on Display at The Dryansky Gallery
Just Luxe

The latest exhibition at The Dryansky Gallery is David Mitchell’s Boundaries, running from January 29 to March 12. For the British-born, Southeast Asia-based artist, this is the first solo exhibition on the West Coast. A curated selection of his abstract prints, including work from his 2012 and 2014 series, are being shown to the public for the first time, and capture the essence of the urban structure through shape, color and lines. Many of his color images challenge the expectations of conventional photography, drawing the mind in through creativity and imagination... Read More

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Nov 20, 2014
Facets: The Mystery of Self, by Jilian Adi Monribot

Facets: The Mystery of Self marks Monribot’s first solo exhibition and features eighteen self-portraits on paper. Using bold strokes and washes of bright inks and gouache, oil and wax pastels, in varying intensity and color, the series reveals facets of the artist while bringing to life new and intriguing characters that take on their own unique and universally relevant personalities... Read More


Oct 30, 2015
Check Out What Happened in Cow Hollow
The Bold Italic

The Dryansky Gallery had a full house as they hosted their grand opening reception, where they served sparkling wine and Choux Bakery cream puffs. They featured artist and gallery owner Geoffrey Dryan's photography, a series of bold and colorful street portraits and suburb studies taken in and around San Francisco.  Read More

October, 2015
The Dryansky Gallery Grand Opening
Art Practical

The Dryansky Gallery, a visual arts gallery featuring painting, photography, sculpture, and works on paper, will be celebrating its grand opening on Thursday, October 23rd with a reception from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception and enjoy sparkling wine and tasty French cream puffs...  Read More

Oct 23, 2014
The Dryansky Gallery Opening Reception
The Bold Italic

This exhibit features bold and colorful photographs shot in San Francisco, the greater Bay Area and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His subjects of street portraits and cars in suburbia trigger a sense of nostalgia and communicate the artist’s search for “home” in both space and time... Read More