ANNIE GALVIN


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49 Mile Scenic Drive

Acrylic on canvas

30″ x 40″

Signature: on the back

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Annie Galvin was born and raised in Ireland. She worked as an illustrator in a Dublin agency before moving to San Francisco in 1989, two weeks before the earthquake. In this series, Annie Galvin explores the graphic nature of the 49 Mile Scenic Drive sign, designed in 1955 by Rex May. This iconic sign is ubiquitous in San Francisco, and for those who see the sign every day, it tends to blend into its surroundings. When Annie moved here from Ireland, the sign seemed to greet her and welcome her to the city several times a day. But now, after living in San Francisco for 27 years she often does not notice it.

Painting the 49 Mile Scenic Drive sign taking on the icons, colors, and sights of the sixteen lovely and diverse San Francisco neighborhoods, Annie hopes locals will take another look at the sign and appreciate it for its simplicity and beauty. Annie aims for narrative in her paintings, often exploring the connection between language and imaged. She is inspires by San Francisco, Vogue magazine, comic books, Josef Frank textile designs, gardens, Mexican wrestlers, the short stories of Haruki Murakami, and her own dreams and daydreams. She doodles constantly.

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