Kevin Woodson’s flower paintings are recognized throughout the Bay and around the world for their vibrancy and depth. Kevin’s flowers follow in the footsteps of Bay Area greats Gary Bukovnik and Sally Robertson, using art to give flowers a place in our contemporary cultural dialogue. As a painter, Kevin is cutting his own path, foregoing pencil, photography, and cut flowers to focus on the vast passion and peace presented in the ephemeral moment of a blossom.
As an artist, Kevin has lived in the Bay Area since he moved here from the gardens of Illinois in 1991. Although his passion is the botanical world, he’s pushed the frontiers of art here, working with local bands, circus performers, performance art, and black light installations. In addition to community gardens, Kevin has artistically collaborated with San Francisco institutions like Project Open Hand, Cellspace, Folsom Street Fair, and the San Francisco Day of the Dead Ritual Procession.
Mardi Gras sets the tone for this exhibit because of its wild exuberance expressed in an ages-old ritual celebration. For Kevin, it is a chance to kick out the jams and let the flowers celebrate their lives as flowers. “In poetry, science, and culture, flowers are often branded with external symbolism and meaning. I wanted to make this collection of flowers that are allowed to simply be flowers – an outrageous natural celebration of love, fertility, and an endless dance of colors and light.”