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January 14 - February 24, 2016

Creativity Explored

San Francisco, CA

Shanghai Police with Bicycles and Scooters (detail) by Andrew Li © 2011 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, ink on linen, 16 x 20 inches

A solo exhibition of energetic urban environments by one of Creativity Explored’s most keen artists.

Creativity Explored kicks off its 33rd year with a solo exhibition of artist Andrew Li (b. 1962, Shanghai). Li is renowned for his loose, sketch drawing style he has been practicing for 25 years in the Creativity Explored studio. Andrew Li: My Life Here and There features over 50 new large-scale paintings, mixed media works on wood, a series of cardboard sculptures, as well as the artist’s popular traditional pen and watercolor compositions on linen board.

Li’s most frequent subject matter are active, urban environments and all their elements (cityscapes, transportation, groups of people, pets). Sketching from life and memory, Li incorporates what he observes into artwork with precise perspective and attention to detail. Yet, there is little distinction between the form and content of Li’s work. All aspects, from ink-splattered process to finished piece, are integrated. What emerges encapsulates how the eye reads a chaotic scene; how it latches on to certain details and summarizes others, how it makes sense of all the dizzying activity encountered on a busy street.

Li’s works are also personal, depicting family members, his experiences of city living in Shanghai or San Francisco, or members of the Creativity Explored studio. In recreating his personal fascinations, experiences, and memories on paper, Li invites the viewer into his busy life, while also providing a glimpse into his personality. The speed of urban life mirrors Li’s daily activities. Not only is he an artist at Creativity Explored, but Li also attends classes at City College of San Francisco. He is deeply fascinated with the inner workings of cars, buses, trains, bicycles, human and animal movement. This affinity for movement is captured on the picture plane through a stream of consciousness style of drawing.

In Li’s large-scale artworks, the viewer is instantly transported into the “canvas.” The bustle of city life with cars, bikes, and people becomes palpable in artworks like Trains, 2014, watercolor and marker on paper, 36 x 42 inches. In Trains, San Francisco public buses known as MUNI, converge from all angles in a chaotic sea of the vehicles’ signature red, yellow, and orange colors. The combination of Li’s quick strokes and angles of the buses capture the stressful experience of city public transportation.

Li’s smaller works, whether pen and watercolor on linen board or mixed media on wood, function as snapshots of civic life. For example, People Doing Tai Chi, 2015, mixed media on wood, 11 x 11 inches, provides a peek into San Francisco’s diverse culture where martial arts participants, animals, and bikes share a public park. In Untitled (Pack VII), year, media, size, Li portrays the energy and movement of another of his favorite subjects: dogs. Through brief strokes of pen and watercolor on linen board, Li paints a pack of dogs in motion. With a single stroke, he adds personality of life to each canine.

In Li’s latest body of work, cars, boats, and buses are recreated as three-dimensional sculptures made from tape, ink, and Wite-Out on cardboard. When displayed as a group, the two-toned mixed-media sculptures magically recreate a familiar urban scene into a Zen experience.

Li’s art is collected by patrons in the Bay Area, the U.S., and abroad, and has even been reproduced on skateboards, t-shirts, and on the San Francisco MUNI Disability Guide. The artist’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to a solo exhibit at the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, CA in 2009, Li’s artwork was included in West Coasts, Museum of La Creation Franche, Begles, France in 2014, Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA and Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland in 2013, The Museum of Everything: Exhibition #4, Selfridges, London, UK, Fresh Flowers in Boston University College of Fine Arts - Sherman Gallery, Kirksville, MO in 2011, one of these does not belong, Adobe Books Back Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA in 2008, Radiant Spaces: Private Domaine, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA in 2004, Dialogue Project at Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi, Japan and Hello There Friend, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY in 2003, Created in California, Berenberg Gallery, Boston, MA in 2000, and Bay Area Now 2, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA in 1999.

Curated by Gilles Combet

Opening Reception

Thursday, January 14, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Bird in the Hand

January 16 - April 10, 2016

Palo Alto Art Center

Palo Alto, CA

Palomas, Zebra, y Flores (detail) by Jose Nunez © 2015 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, ink and marker on paper, 22.25 x 30 inches

José Nuñez, Selene Perez, and Gerald Wiggins included in Palo Alto Art Center's Bird in the Hand exhibition.

Since earliest recorded history, birds have inspired both awe and superstition. Their flapping, singing, tapping, and preening feed our imaginations, visiting not only the dreams of artists, but the collective consciousness of the entire human race. For Bird in the Hand, the Palo Alto Art Center created its very own exotic aviary, featuring the work of more than 40 artists from around the world, including Creativity Explored artists José Nuñez, Selene Perez, and Gerald Wiggins

Opening Celebration
Friday, January 22, 2016
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Celebrate the opening with hands-on artmaking, food trucks, a cash bar provided by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and photo opportunities with feathered friends from the Junior Museum & Zoo.

Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

No 8

February 12 - March 19, 2016


Düsseldorf, Germany

Untitled by Douglas Sheran © 2005 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on magazine page, 13 x 10 inches

Douglas Sheran artwork at DIRECT ART GALLERY, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Douglas Sheran is included in No 8, a two-person exhibition on view at DIRECT ART GALLERYDüsseldorf, Germany February 12 through March 19, 2016. Sheran's works on view are magazine pages that he painted over with acrylic paint. 

Opening Reception

Friday, February 12, 2016
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Citadellstraße 15
40213 Düsseldorf
+49 (0)211 / 86 28 07 30



Pringle Pin-ups

January 16 - March 6, 2016

Creativity Explored 2

San Francisco, CA

Pin-ups by Thomas Pringle on view at CE2

Artwork by Thomas Pringle on view at CE2.

On view at our second studio in Potrero Hill are a series of "pin-up" portraits by Thomas Pringle. Pringle is known for his skilled portraiture. Whether painting or drawing, Pringle’s art practice is marked an honest and true line. 

Pringle’s artwork has been exhibited around the Bay Area. In addition to being featured in numerous Creativity Explored exhibitions, he was included in Pro Arts Juried Annual 2012 exhibition, and in Faces at Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA in 2011. 

Curated by Danielle WrightGlenn Peckman, and Veronica Graham.  

La Collection vue par Alain Partel

January 28 - March 5, 2016

Le MADmusée

Liège, Belgium

Detail of Untitled by Charles Cruz © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 13.5 x 11 inches

Charles Cruz artwork on view at Le MADmusée in Liège, Belgium. 

Charles Cruz's artwork in the collection of Alain Partel is on view at Le MADmusée in Liège, Belgium. Alain Partel, the founder of Les Ballets C de la B, is interested in the sensory and emotional work of artists with disabilities. The selected works on view from Partel's collection are portraits in dialogue with the artwork of his friend Berlinde de Bruyckere, an internationally renowned visual artist. The exhibition addresses the human body and its frailties.

Le MADmusée
Creahm région wallonne asbl
Parc d'Avroy -B-4000 Liège
+32 4 222 32 95


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Featured Events

Paper Sculpture Workshop with Andrew Li
February 13, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us for the first integrated art workshop of 2016! Taught by Creativity Explored artist Andrew Li and facilitated by Studio Manager Paul Moshammer. Get a glimpse into Andrew Li’s unique pa...

Tabula Rasa
March 31, 2016
6:00 to 9:00 pm

See the CE gallery transform into an active art-making space. The Creativity Explored Gallery will serve as an expansion of the studio during this six-week-long interactive project. See the Galler...

Quality of Line: Charles Cruz and Jay Herndon
April 21, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm

A two-person exhibition of artwork by Charles Cruz and Jay Herndon. This exhibition of work by Charles Cruz and Jay Herndon features diverse techniques of ...

June 9, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm

CE artists dig into one of the life's most lucious subjects: food. In this group exhibition, CE artists examine the rich history of cuisines from all over the world, exploring a smorgasbord of r...

Art Changes Lives 2016
June 15, 2016
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for Art Changes Lives 2016! Don't miss this annual celebration to benefit Creativity Explored.* This year we are honoring long-standing collaborative relationships with our partners Sam Mogan...

July 28, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm

A two-person exhibition of work by Evelyn Reyes and Yolanda Ramirez. This exhibition of artwork by Evelyn Reyes and Yolanda Ramirez explores the transformation of shapes in a vari...

Natural History
September 15, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm

In this group exhibiton, the gallery will transform into a miniature museum of natural history. Artists will explore astronomy, geology, prehistoric history, and flora and fauna using a range of medi...

Trading Spaces: Creativity Explored Staff Exhibition
November 3, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm

An exhibition of work by over two dozen Creativity Explored staff members.  This two-week group display provides a unique opportunity for the community (and Creativity Explored artists) to go...

2016 Annual Holiday Art Sale - PREVIEW RECEPTION
December 1, 2016
6:00 to 9:00 pm

Shop artful gifts that give back at the Annual Holiday Art Sale! During this not-to-be-missed annual holiday art sale, Creativity Explored’s studio and gallery will be filled with original art ...

2016 Annual Holiday Art Sale
December 2, 2016
6:00 to 9:00 pm

Shop artful gifts that give back at the Annual Holiday Art Sale! During this not-to-be-missed annual holiday art sale, Creativity Explored’s studio and gallery will be filled with original art ...