Architecture for Bloomingdale’s Patricia Araujo
DA Arts, Sunnyside Hotel, 6th and Minna ST. San Francisco, CA. Sept 7th-30th 2006.


Patricia Araujo has been painting SOMA ever since she moved here nearly nine years ago. It all started innocently enough when walks to work took her through the booming heart of this re-developing neighborhood. She likes to photograph as she walks. For the well- educated daughter of an architect, a student of architecture herself, as well as of photography and painting, it was a perfect fit. Like others who have shown at DA Arts, Patricia has Art Institute connections (BFA Painting-05) and has been accepted into their Post Baccalaureate program ‘07. Her fascination with domes, towers, sacred and municipal structures started with daily observation of the Golden Gate theatre at Sixth and Market.

From there her focus expanded to include the old PG&E tower nearby, an Art Deco affair sporting a crown of Egyptian papyrus motif now hidden behind blocks of crumbling Victorians. She then made large drawings with metallic additions of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 7th and Folsom, featuring its dazzling gold domes. Lately the fantastic and abandoned Beaux Arts marvel that is the former Hibernia Bank and the raising of the large old dome that once graced the Emporium, now to be incorporated in the soon-to-be-opening Bloomingdale’s West Coast flagship store are her subjects.

As a guest of the Marquis of Bath she has painted the Elizabethan Great House and grounds that comprise Longleat, his home. While there and in keeping with her former oeuvre she was particularly attracted to the decorative chimney tops and belcotes along with classically inspired sculpture that adorned Longleat’s magnificent roof. All of these she was able to observe actually from the roof and many of these motifs continue to find their way into recent work.

It was natural that saving and raising (not razing) of the old Emporium dome on Market St. should inspire her to make a series of drawings and paintings, five of which are on exhibit at DA Arts. With titles like; Towering Dome Phase 1, Metamorphosis II, Revival of the Old Emporium, and Elevation, the works on display at DA Arts through September 30th are eventually slated for acquisition by Bloomingdale’s. The store will open in October just blocks from this gallery. Sure brushwork, a Colombian color sense, (Patricia’s parents were born in Bogotá,) strong composition and accurate observation combine to make this one arresting show. For more information visit www.patriciaaraujovalencia.com. Don’t forget to visit the Abstract Metropolis link.