Emeryville Artist “joSon” debuts exhibit at SF’s Botanical Gardens

Published On January 15, 2015 | By Rob Arias | Arts & Culture, In the Neighborhood

The work of Vietnamese-born, Emeryville-based artist “joSon” will be on display at San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture through April 30th. “Fotanicals” will feature 25 works from his 2013 book “Intimate Portrait of Nature” (for sale on Amazon.com) for viewing and sale during the exhibition. joSon’s process involves sketching, photographing and ultimately digitally re-creating his images so they “they have a three-dimensional look and have movement like they are floating on paper.” More information about the event can be found on our free community calendar.

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JoSon’s modern tools illuminate traditional art in ‘Fotanicals’

With nothing more than youthful imagination and access to the exotic blooms of Vietnam, joSon venerated the Buddhist altars of his childhood and communicated his artistry through flowers before he was old enough to fully understand the impact that they have on our day-to-day lives.

Today, he uses his expressive instincts and well-honed eye to capture the beauty of flowers in digital images that are so finely tuned that they often pass as painted illustrations. His large-format art book, “JoSon: Intimate Portrait of Nature” (Graphis, 2013), is the inspiration for his exhibition at the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture through April 30.

Read more on SFGate.com →


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Feature Image: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle

joSon’s studio is located at the Andante Condominiums on 40th & San Pablo:

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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