Luke Forsyth // New Paintings

April 6th - May 28th

Los Angeles-based artist Luke Forsyth's abstracted color field paintings touch on themes of travel, the western landscape, and the tension between interior and exterior spaces and objects.

Please join us in our L.A. location for the opening reception Thursday April 6th from 5-8pm. Light refreshments will be served.




CREATIVE GROWTH // COMMON TREASURES

April 7th - May 31st in Oakland

Founded in 1974, Creative Growth is an Oakland-based organization providing professional studio space, gallery representation, and social connection to artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. This Spring, the Oakland shop welcomes Creative Growth to the gallery with “Common Treasures,” a project realized over the course of several collaborative workshops led by Esqueleto in the CG studio. The show will feature large-scale assemblage wall hangings that combine ceramic, textile, and painted elements to riff on the theme of “the necklace.” “Common Treasures” will also showcase papier-mâché sculptures by Maureen Clayand watercolor and ink compositions by Aurie Ramirez. All proceeds from the show will benefit Creative Growth. 

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 7th, 2017 between 5:30PM - 8PM at Esqueleto Oakland.




Linda Fahey // Snakes

February 6th - March 30th in LA

Ceramicist Linda Fahey brings her amazing and highly sought after porcelain snakes to our Los Angeles location, with a large wall installation.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 4th, 2016 between 3PM - 6PM at Esqueleto LA. 1298 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 




Afton Love // new work

February 3rd - February 24th in Oakland

Afton Love is an Oakland based artist working with themes involving preservation and memory. Her work is developed through a unique process involving graphite powder and wax, creating drawings and installations that articulate a landscape that is both highly specific and nearly abstract. Subtle gradations of tonality evoke both absence and presence, with the power to suggest experience rather than define it. Her drawings and installations range in scale from intimate to ambitiously expansive, imparting a sense of both power and loss in connection to the natural world. 

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 between 6PM - 8PM at Esqueleto Oakland.




Heather Levine // Ceramic Wall Hangings

December 2nd - February 2nd in Oakland

Heather Levine now lives and works out of Los Angeles, where she creates her stunning, hand-crafted ceramic wall hangings, lamps, and objects. Heather is influenced by Scandinavian design, the California landscape and textile design of the 1960s.

Join us for the opening reception and enjoy light refreshments on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 between 6PM - 8PM at Esqueleto at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA 




Afton Love // new work

December 3rd - January 29th in LA

Afton Love has created one large drawing, inspired by her recent time spent in the expansive landscape of New Mexico, that will cover one entire wall of our gallery. Working primarily in graphite on tracing paper that has been coated with beeswax, Afton's work presents an ethereal lightness but is also a very tactile, sensory experience. 

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 between 5PM - 7PM at Esqueleto LA. 1298 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 




Hector Fong

October 7th - November 28th in Oakland

This year's October show in Oakland zeros in on the work of renowned Oakland tattoo artist Hector Fong. Fong brings his phantasmagoric linework to our walls with a series of large scale black and white drawings, each one representing many hours of painstaking detail.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 7th, 2016 between 5:30PM - 8PM at Esqueleto Oakland at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA 




Dia de los Muertos Group Show

October 6th - November 27th in LA

ESQUELETO's 5th Annual
Dia de los Muertos 
group art show

Opening reception Thursday, October 6th 5-8pm
Works on view through November 27

We are thrilled to bring our 5th annual Day of the Dead themed group show to our Los Angeles location for the first time. Ten different artists have created works on paper which represent their unique takes on the holiday. 




PATRICK DUNAWAY: New Drawings

August 6th - October 2nd in LA

Oakland-based artist Patrick Dunaway creates intricate, painstaking illustrations resonating with mystery and magic. Patrick’s drawings and paintings pull from geometry, allegorical imagery, and the natural world. An enduring fascination with skeletal structures can be noted throughout Patrick’s work- a nod to a childhood spent in Death Valley.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 between 4PM - 7PM at Esqueleto LA. 1298 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 




Linda Fahey // Snakes

August 5th - October 5th in Oakland

Ceramicist Linda Fahey brings her hand-built porcelain snakes to the walls of ESQUELETO with an intricate summertime installation.

Opening reception Friday, August 5th from 5:30-8pm at Esqueleto Oakland at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA 




GHOST DANCER // new textile work

June 1st - July 31st in LA

Ghost Dancer is a collection of handmade jewelry and woven textiles by artist Rhiannon Griego. Inspired by the reveries of jewelry throughout antiquity and ritual adornments of indigenous culture, Ghost Dancer unveils her vision of uniting the past and present.

Join us for the opening reception and enjoy light refreshments on Thursday, June 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. at Esqueleto LA. 1298 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026




JOEL MENDELSON // WHITEWASH

June 3rd - August 3rd

Architect Joel Mendelson presents a selection of wooden mobiles and sculptural installations from Whitewash - exploring the critical issue of 'when to paint it white.'

Joel is the Principal of Mendelson Architecture Practice - M/AP - and works on modern houses in the East Bay and Sonoma.  He created Whitewash as a side-trip into sculpture and illustration, and learned that the infinite abstraction of driftwood might be worth a second look. 
Join us for the opening reception and enjoy light refreshments on Friday, June 3rd from 5:30pm to 8pm. at Esqueleto Oakland at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA 




RAMON FELIX // polaroid photographs

March 31st - May 29th

Photographer Ramon Felix was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, California. Now residing in Oakland, he has shot for numerous international magazines and commercial campaigns, including Paper Magazine, Nylon Magazine, and our own Lauren Wolf Jewelry. This series of new polaroids was created with an honest eye and an attempt to capture the world at its truest.

Join us for the opening reception and enjoy light refreshments on Thursday March 31st from 5pm to 8pm. at Esqueleto LA. 1298 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026




JEN GARRIDO // fresh paintings

April 1st - June 1st

I construct my paintings and drawings by using a delicate balance of choice and process.

In response to personal narrative and internal dialogue, to the push and pull of the compositions internal gravity, and to the medium of the paint or drawing materials, I project images and forms onto the surface. As I compose, I weave shapes through the picture plane, the gestures I record can read alternatively as flat or as dimensional and sculptural. I favor nature-based forms and rhythms and I am drawn to shapes that tangle, overlap, sit, lean and lay.

As I work through the multiple stages and processes of each piece, by weighing ambiguity with representation, by adding and subtracting, abstracting and transforming, I gradually arrive at the final composition.

Works on view at Esqueleto Oakland at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA 




HEATHER LEVINE // ceramic wall hangings

February 6th - March 30th

A New York native, Heather Levine now lives and works out of Los Angeles, where she creates her stunning, hand-crafted ceramic wall hangings, lamps, and objects. Heather is influenced by Scandinavian design, the California landscape and textile design of the 1960s.

Join us for the opening reception and enjoy light refreshments on Friday, February 5th, 2016 between 5PM - 7PM at Esqueleto LA. 1298 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026




PEGGY CROVETTO // new work

February 5th - March 30th

Peggy Crovetto is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Oakland, California. Originally from Ventura, with a seven year detour in South Lake Tahoe, she spent most of her life in California breathing in salty beaches and warm rays from the sun (tubuler, man). Peggy moved to Oakland in 2006 to attend California College of the Arts and emerged victorious with a degree in Photography in 2010. Reaching into the vault of agony that is human life, Peggy is able to draw upon past experiences and apply them to paper in a manner that is intrinsically meditative, not unlike the tedious yet exhilarating process of weaving. Individual threads of gold paint are painstakingly applied in an impossible pattern that is organic in nature that takes on a life of its own. The end result is a pull between positive and negative space; an imaginary setting that evokes silhouettes of landscapes or monsters.

Works on view at Esqueleto Oakland at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA




MEGHAN SHIMEK

December 4th - February 4th

Meghan Bogden Shimek is a weaver and fiber artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Meghan is inspired by her past, present and future. She integrates the natural beauty of her surroundings, the memory of quiet snowy nights, and the sound of the stream running under her home into every weaving. Meghan uses traditional tapestry and Navajo weaving techniques with raw fibers and objects to create abstract and textural wall hangings.

Join us for the opening reception and enjoy wine & cheese on Friday, December 4th, 2015 between 5PM - 7PM at Esqueleto Oakland: 482A 49th St Suite A, Oakland, CA. 




SHANE BUTLER

December 12th - January 31st

This series of micro-drawings on paper were made while Shane was touring the western U.S. with his psychedelic folk-rock band, Quilt. The series was inspired by the shifting landscapes around him, the textures of the American West, and forest bathing. Shane holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and resides in Boston, Massachusetts when not traveling or recording with Quilt.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 between 10AM - 6PM at Esqueleto LA. 1298 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Light refreshments will be served.




JAMIE SERVAIS

October 15th - November 29th in LA

Oakland native Jamie Servais studied drawing, printmaking and painting at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where he received a BA in Studio Art. Currently he serves as the lead artist in education for Southern Exposure Gallery’s Youth Artist Board program, and he works with special needs youth in East Oakland.

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 between 5PM - 8PM at Esqueleto LA. 1298 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026




DAY OF THE DEAD

October 2nd - December 3rd in Oakland

Our 4th annual Dia de Mueros group art show. Works in different mediums by Hector Fong, Melissa Bolger, Ashleigh Ninos, and others.

See the work at Esqueleto in Temescal Alley. 482A 49th St Suite A, Oakland, CA 94609




PATRICK DUNAWAY: Cottonwood Root

August 21st - October 1st in Oakland

Oakland-based artist Patrick Dunaway creates intricate, painstaking illustrations resonating with mystery and magic. Patrick’s drawings and paintings pull from geometry, allegorical imagery, and the natural world. An enduring fascination with skeletal structures can be noted throughout Patrick’s work- a nod to a childhood spent in Death Valley.

Join us for the opening reception of Cottonwood Root on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at our 4th Anniversary Party between 11AM - 7PM at Esqueleto Oakland. 482 A 49th Street, Oakland, CA.




KREH MELLICK

June 30th - October 1st in LA

Kreh Mellick received a BFA from Maine College of Art in Illustration and Drawing. Her work relates fictions inspired by folklore, nostalgia and a time passed. With a minimal style her figures commune in unknown and otherworldly landscapes.

Currently residing in the artist community of Penland, North Carolina, Kreh Mellick keeps studio and continues to pursue residencies and exhibitions at home and abroad.




AFTON LOVE: new work

Friday, June 5th 2015 -August 5th, 2015

Afton Love is an Oakland based artist working with themes involving preservation and memory. Her work is developed through a unique process involving graphite powder and wax, creating drawings and installations that articulate a landscape that is both highly specific and nearly abstract. Subtle gradations of tonality evoke both absence and presence, with the power to suggest experience rather than define it. Her drawings and installations range in scale from intimate to ambitiously expansive, imparting a sense of both power and loss in connection to the natural world. One enters Love’s dreamy work as one might enter a forest or take the first step on a path.

Join us for the opening reception of space/time on Friday, June 5th, 2015 between 6PM - 8PM at Esqueleto Oakland.




MATTHEW CRAVEN: space/time

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - June 3rd, 2015

Matthew Craven is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses historical images as a backdrop for his collages and drawings. Craven synthesizes historical images from lost cultures, relics, archaeological remains as well as images from the cosmos, both well known and extremely ambiguous, to create the abstract patterns and narratives in his works. By doing so he reconfigures the original historical narrative and he creates his own myths that induce a new connection to our past.
This series deconstructs old images from text books, and then re-assembles them back onto the book page to create a new history.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 between 6PM - 9PM at Esqueleto Oakland.

You can also view select works from this series online here.




JAMIE SERVAIS

February 1st, 2015 - April 3rd, 2015

Oakland native Jamie Servais studied drawing, printmaking and painting at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where he received a BA in Studio Art. Currently he serves as the lead artist in education for Southern Exposure Gallery’s Youth Artist Board program, and he works with special needs youth in East Oakland.