Tip your hat to your 'hood and hang one of these on your wall. Introducing Niana Liu, a local artist who favors San Francisco itself as one of her subjects. The hand-rendered-map-as-work-of-art is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, but Niana Liu has made it new with this series of water-color MUNI maps of San Francisco neighborhoods. The maps are simple -- no cherubs blowing explorer's ships across the Pacific or decorated compasses -- but they're beautiful to behold, combining the rhythm of the city grid with the airy Pacific coast glow of her watercolor palette. Niana is trying to cover the entire city, and when done she'll move on to painting other cities she's lived in.
In addition to painting, Niana does commissions for interiors, works in other media including photography, and organizes local artists online.
Depending on the size of the artwork, a framed original painting will run you from $250 to $600. If you happen to live in (or love) one of the neighborhoods she's already painted, you can opt for a framed archival print. Examples are here). These start at $109 (for a 8"x10" on a stretched canvas) and run up to $200. Postcards are also available. Niana doesn't just paint maps. View examples of other subjects as well as works in other media here. And see Niana making art live at the Asian Art Museum on July 1st and 2nd from 11am to 4pm. Her subject will be the tug of war between globalization and cultural identity.
Carl and Cole
Carl and Cole