Lynn Rubenzer

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Neighborhood: Hunters Point Shipyard
Group Affiliation: Hunters Point Shipyard

* by appointment only *
September 16 - October 17, 2021
Hunters Point Shipyard
Email [email protected] or call 415-518-3935 to schedule an appointment.

Lynn Rubenzer is a San Francisco-based artist exploring the social underpinnings of the modern world. Working primarily as an oil painter, Lynn’s compositions often depict densely populated urban landscapes that rise and fall like seas of humanity, where lumbering eyes peer from windows and cracks in the buildings to remind us of the people residing therein. Inspired by the lyricism of architecture and shared sense of community, Lynn seeks to capture the convergence of structure and humanity with her unique balance of elegance and quirk.

Working mostly large-scale, Lynn’s process begins with a monochromatic under-painting where the composition takes shape like a ghost-ship emerging from the fog. It’s even-parts executing an idea vs. allowing the surprises that appear in the loose paint. Utilizing strong black outlines against an earth-tone palette, and shifting between brush and palette knife-applied paint, her intricate compositions pull together like a well-carved jigsaw puzzle. In these urban landscapes, Lynn aims to capture humanity as manifested in architecture—a visual metaphor for the inter-connectivity of urban life.

In addition to painting, Lynn has created fantastical storefront window installations at 826 Valencia, a nationally recognized non-profit writing center in the Mission District [2008-2011], and has completed several commissioned public murals around San Francisco, including at The Midway Arts Complex [2015] and the Salesforce Transit Center [2018].

In addition to her pro-bono work, Lynn regularly donates her artwork to several San Francisco non-profits, including STAR [Shipyard Trust For the Arts], ArtSpan, and the SF Bicycle Coalition, where she’s donated every year since they began hosting an art auction in 2003. In Lynn's 30+ years living in San Francisco, SFBC has literally transformed the streets of San Francisco making it a safer city for all.

Awarded ‘Critic’s Choice/Best Of Bay’ by San Francisco Magazine for her portraits of San Francisco, Lynn has exhibited her work at Stanford University, San Francisco City Hall, art galleries and non-profits. For the past 10 years, Lynn has hosted a Window Art Show in a quaint storefront window on Valencia Street [between 19th & 20th] in San Francisco’s popular Mission District, where passersby can catch her latest work on steady rotation illuminated under spotlight all night.

Lynn paints full-time at her Hunters Point Shipyard studio. Private studio visits welcome by appointment.