A conversation with Tom Billings: A Chicago OG

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A conversation with Tom Billings: A Chicago OG

by Maya Ormsby

I’m standing behind Galerie F with Tom Billings where he’s examining a teepee covered in snow.  He thinks it’d be a good place to party.  For a moment, I’m convinced he might jump in; for a moment I consider following him.  Instead, he’s wandered off into the alley where he’s spotted a mural painted by local street artists: Mosher and Sentrock.  There’s a nod and a smile.  He’s happy to be back in Chicago.


After spending the mid-80’s to early 90’s in Chicago’s Wicker Park, Billings moved to Williamsburg where he spent his time in the New York art scene. “All of a sudden I was thrown in to more worldwide art—I met people from Hungary, Japan, China.  I went from being pretty well known in Chicago, to going to New York and I was suddenly a minnow in an ocean,” he explained of the experience.  Three years ago, Billings returned to Chicago from which his most recent work emerged.


In his upcoming show, Billings’s tone of play and humor remains.  In a homage to Matthew Hoffman, a mixed-media triptych titled, You are Ugly, features a large skull painted with silkscreened buildings as a set of eyes.  The silkscreened building motif shows up again in a separate piece on smaller, individual wood panels.  In Narcotic Chicken, the Pollo Loco chicken stands defiantly goading the viewer, as if to guard its shack.  And in the The Glorious Leader, a silkscreened Bob’s Big Boy with flamed-colored hair looms large edging a jump into a technicolor world.  In addition, will be parts of Billings’s mask collection, in metal and experimental ceramics.


“What I enjoy about Tom is that he’s a fringe artist.  He’s not one to conform.  Nothing is precious in his work,” says Billy Craven who will be curating Billings’s show at Galerie F.


Despite the theme of irreverence—social responsibility through civil disobedience—present within his work, there is a genuine sense of fidelity stapled in his craft.  Billings was never formally trained, although both his parents attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   He chose instead, to learn through experience, apprenticing several times throughout his career with printmakers, potters and painters; once with the Zhou Brothers.  When I mention this leaning toward discipline, he humbly replies, “You wouldn’t know it from looking at me.”


In person, Billings is kind and good-natured, his opinions seem muted with thought, not much controversy.  In fact, what Billings seems to enjoy most about his work is the camaraderie he’s shared with other artists.  “There are so many great artists in Chicago. Right now, I’m really invigorated and excited about all these artists I’ve been meeting over the years—and the younger artists—the vitality of that.”  Or more simply, “Artists are fun.”


Like many artists, Billings is a natural storyteller.  His most notable being of his father, who was an ad man in the 1950’s with Leo Burnett.  It was here that his father created the Marlboro Man.  The humor in this vignette doesn’t seem lost: Rebel-rebel, artist-son, cigarette in hand, in the cadence of Tom Waits and the weather of Iggy Pop; you know he’s lived and you’re longing to hear his stories; follow him right into the teepee.


Tom Billings’s collection: After the First Stroke, Everything is a Correction will be on view at Galerie F, Feb. 23-26.



Holiday Happiness & New Year Newness

Thanks to our near neighbors and far-away friends for a stellar 2017! Even if the world at large may not have panned out quite how we all imagined — all of us at Galerie F are grateful for the support, talent and friendship that make this space a beloved local destination for out-of-this-world art. We’re looking forward to 2018: a year of exciting new shows & works as well as breathing new life into old favorites. We’re opening the year with Restless II: Skate Art by Vandals and Visionaries on Friday, January 26th from 6–10PM. Stay tuned with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more details.


Christmas Eve [December 24th] — CLOSED
Christmas Day [December 25th] — CLOSED
New Year’s Eve [December 31st] — CLOSED
New Year’s Day [January 1st] — CLOSED


In 2018 Galerie F will be closed every Tuesday and Wednesday.
We’ll be open Thursday – Monday 11A to 6P.
Not sure if we’re open? Just give us a call 872.817.7067.



Welcome to the Next Level


Logan Square welcomed Galerie F to Milwaukee Ave in July of 2012. We’ve spent the last four years with open doors providing accessible artwork thanks to our supportive and art-hungry community. It is really with perfect timing that we relocate to this new space — only a block away— with new goals in mind in time for the new year. If you have any questions, you can always reach us by email (hello@galerief.com) — our phone will be down for a couple of days. We really appreciate your patience during this hectic time! Below you will find our Holiday and moving hours as well as a bit about the gallery’s move.





We will remain at 2381 N Milwaukee Ave until our current Exhibition, Familiar Faces, closes on December 24, 2016.

Until December 23: Tuesday – Sunday | 11A – 6PM
December 24: Saturday | 11A – 3PM

December 25 – January 6
During this time, we will be having an online sale of 30% our entire inventory, excluding frames!

Soft open on January 6: Tuesday – Sunday | 11A – 6PM | Regular Business Hours
First Exhibition Opening: “7” on Friday, January 13 | 6PM – 10PM
Details about this exhibition are on our Facebook Event Page. Stop by on the 13th and check out our new space with some complementary beverages from Revolution Brewery!



The team at Galerie F is working on refocusing the mission to the dreams the gallery was founded on at its inception. Determined to nurture and develop emerging artists, you’ll be sure to see more intimate and meaningful solo shows as well as a myriad of new Galerie F curated murals not just in Logan Square but all over our fine city of Chicago. We’ve had the pleasure of working with local legends like JC Rivera and Mosher and we’re so thrilled to officially welcome Sentrock to our gallery in 2017 as one of our featured artists.

The success of this space is owed to our supportive community, both for the beloved street artists who bring color to our everyday as well as print-makers, whether they are our neighbors or international icons hailing from the far and wide. Printmaking as an art form has truly built the reputation of Galerie F as a Logan Square go-to for uniquely delightful yet affordable artwork. With the new year, we intend to expand our printmaking network in order to better support the diverse array of makers that fill our gallery. In the past couple of months, we’ve enjoyed the talents and successes of new local printer relationships including working with Delicious Design League and Arghrist Prints.

Keep up with our move and the new face of Galerie F on our Facebook and our Instagram. For the curious, below are some shots of our new space pre-move in. If you check out the space in person right now, you’ll see a glorious Mosher mural! This piece is coming down as soon as we open, so don’t miss it!






September 23, 2016 – Tonight we open the most intimate show of the year here at Galerie F. Our last encounter with Jim Pollock’s iconic art wasn’t too long ago. Back in June we hosted his 30-Year Retrospective that resulted in an extraordinary turn out. No one could have anticipated the excitement felt as collectors and fans lined up down the block the night before the exhibition opening. It was truly astonishing to see so much work from 30 years worth of archival material in our space. We were positively overwhelmed with the turnout and have only just begun recovering from the many orders and inquiries following the show.

Foo Dog by Jim Pollock

Food Dog by Jim Pollock









Pollock has often been referred to as one of the most quirky, influential, and highly collectible rock poster artists of the past thirty years. He is well known for creating artwork for bands such as Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and more. As his 30 Year Retrospective exhibition has proven, Pollock has achieved tremendous success with this body of work.


The work included in HIGH PHI represents the beginning of a new phase of Pollock’s career by focusing on a set of issues very dear to the artist. Pollock has long been deeply committed to the legalization of marijuana as well as hemp as a valuable commodity. HIGH PHI, as an exhibition, highlights this aspect of Pollock’s artistic activism.


Importantly, HIGH PHI is a starting point for a much bigger project. Pollock is asking those who view his work to reconsider their presuppositions regarding marijuana and its connection to visual art. His aim is to aid viewers in rethinking their approach to a commodity that is often considered in purely illegal and unethical terms. Part of this process is to reframe the experience of buying marijuana at a dispensary. Pollock hopes that HIGH PHI can continue to evolve and be shown in more locations around the United States with the goal being that these artworks will make their way to both the homes of those behind the movement as well as the walls of dispensaries for a much larger public.


The work featured in the exhibition is also invested in an exploratory look at the beautiful and intellectual intricacies of the controversial plant. The artist incorporates the ever complex theme of the elusive golden mean into his prints by thinking about the relationship between math and marijuana. Pollock remarks, “I was trying to incorporate the ratio of phi into every rendering. You can see it in the number of leaves, the angles at which the leaves protrude.”


In addition to this, Pollock remarks that this collection of work is aimed at pushing his audience to remember that struggle for the legalization of marijuana continues:“I wanted to create art that pushes into the forefront something that should have been legalized years ago.”



Also included in HIGH PHI are three Phish Hampton posters from Januray 2,3 & 4, 2003. These three diamond-shaped posters are very important to Pollock. They have lived in his studio space for over a decade witnessing his creative process and ever evolving work. The print set represents the turning point that HIGH PHI as a whole represents as Pollock continues to move towards a more emotional and activist centered artistic practice.

For press inquiries about HIGH PHI please contact Sarah Wheat: social@galerief.com








Social Justice “a la” Galerie F

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This might just be the most controversial show that Galerie F has ever put on. The day that we announced the official line-up we were confronted by concerned artist activists from the Chicago area who are unhappy with the large scope of the show, the predominately male line-up, a perceived contribution that the gallery makes to gentrification in Logan Square, and many other issues. We have begun conversations with those raising concerns and are excited for the gallery space to become a space where we can all come together to discuss these topics that affect us all. This show is about understanding, about introducing our audience to artist voices and causes they might not have known about, and allowing meaningful work to resonate in the gallery.


These conversations have been difficult but ultimately productive and we hope that they will continue during the actual exhibition and long after. Due to this experience we decided to change the title of the exhibition to “LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.” We feel that this title better represents who we are as a gallery and our intentions with the show. This title also reflects our willingness to engage and talk with our neighbors. We want to productively support our artistic community and to provide a space where artists’ voices can be heard. The gallery is not attempting to spearhead or make a comment on any one particular movement. We hope to inspire conversation about the overwhelming amount of social issues currently relevant in our society and around the world.

Sometimes it’s the specific cause that inspires a street artist to make art connected to social issues, and sometimes it’s the place. For Nether, Baltimore is the city that drives his art-making: “I love Baltimore, my hometown, and working in Baltimore because of the incredible cultural fabric of the city.  It’s a city that is beloved by its residents yet needs a lot of work.  I have seen it as my lifetime goal to help the city through public art and creating dialogue about disdained urban issues. Although I love discovering other cities through artwork, I see Baltimore as my home base.”

Nether, "Baptized Into the Movement," 2016.

Nether, “Baptized Into the Movement,” 2016.

Nether has become well known in Baltimore for his large scale murals, but originally it was smaller-scale and even more ephemeral pieces that brought him to the scene. It was in 2010 that he became inspired by TEFCON and GAIA’s wheatpastes. “I saw wheatpaste as a rouge beautification form that allowed my work to breathe past the gallery context.”

In terms of social activism, Nether is hesitant to define himself as an artist activist due to the tendency to set certain expectations for artwork defined as activist. “I generally see myself as a social and cultural documentarian.  That being said, street art as a more tactical form of civil disobedience is something that has always entranced me.  What drew me to public art was its ability to create conversations about urban issues as much as the art.”

Nether for TAG Public Arts in The Bronx, NYC

Nether for TAG Public Arts in The Bronx, NY

Amberella, the first female street artist to join the line-up, uses her personal experiences as a woman to inform her work. The artist began her ongoing series entitled “Cat Call” in 2011 when she was inspired to create works that, as she describes, “are made to be just as public and uncomfortable as actual cat calling.” The female figure used for her wheat pastes is a screen print from when she was getting her BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she is also based. At the same time that she rediscovered the screen print, she also found past cat calls that she had written down in her diaries and sketchbooks. “Damn Girl, You Thick” and “Yo Girl You Married? I Don’t Mind” are direct results of this discovery.

When asked about her stance on women participating in the male-dominated world of “street art” and graffiti, Amberella replied that she “feels honored and proud to be placing work into the streets that is a reality for me as a woman…I’m sharing things that are vulnerable on top of being viewed as a vulnerable woman. As a woman we are viewed as more emotionally driven than men which also works towards the mission of any and all of my work.” This can be seen in the artist’s more pop-art driven works that utilize the shape of candy hearts that are typically shared on Valentine’s Day with phrases such as “4Ever” but also “I Believe in You,” “Wake Up,” and “Try Harder.” When asked about her personal experience of breaking into street art she writes, “I think it’s incredibly hard for a woman to break into any male dominated field without having triple the judgments and expectations. You are scrutinized, compared, and judged, and that’s part of it.”

In addition to the sometimes uncomfortable and blatant messaging in most of her street art work, the artist also attests to a tension that happens during her design process as well as when the artwork is finished and belongs to the public. “I feel that the work is really strong when it can speak to opposing viewpoints. That means it can speak to most people, and affecting people that have opposite opinions with the same piece of work feels like a success to me.” This also means that her work sometimes results in opposing or unexpected emotions within a single individual: “If women get a laugh [from these works], great… to sometimes realize how ridiculous the things men say to us is OKAY. I think that obnoxious lady out on the street with a post up of what we hear feels empowering.  She is out there plastering the walls looking over us.”

Biafre, "State of the Union"

Biafra, “State of the Union”

When it comes to critically examining social issues, sometimes the best place to start is with your own cultural experience. Biafra, an artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and from northeast Wisconsin, uses comic book-like characters as a way of critiquing “white culture.” When asked to elaborate on this, the artist told the gallery that, “seeing those characters takes you back to another generation and the goal of my art is to take a critical look at the people that put us where we are now.” The characters began as a series of prints that the artist created to investigate problems that “were falling on the shoulders of my generation, like oil, space, etc. Things that were, in a way, wastefully considered in previous generations that are now big concerns that my generation and future generations will inevitably have to solve. All of it feels a little overwhelming.”

Biafra’s work can be seen in places all over the world, and for him, this is an important aspect of being a street artist. We asked the artist what it is about street art and drives him to travel. “Of course I love watching how people interact with art that is free on the street, but I think what really winds up driving it is the romantic notion that if my friends or family were somewhere new there would already be a little piece of me there even if I couldn’t physically be there. It’s happened with stickers and trains. When you get that picture the feeling is magical.”


Biafra in the R.H. Stafford Library

Biafra in the R.H. Stafford Library

For the past two years Biafra has travelled to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota for the annual Red Can Graffiti Jam. There he teaches stenciling as part of Daesk’s “Sprayfinger” graffiti classes. Julie Garreau (Cheyenne River Youth Project) was behind the creation of an art park on the reservation where youth are encouraged to express themselves through graffiti. During the week-long Graffiti Jam Biafra collaborated with street artists and youth in the park and around the city. “we painted in the park and around the community, adding color and Lakota themed murals all over the city of Eagle Butte…The line up of artists was also spectacular (Scribe, Serval, East, Daesk, Wundr, Cyfi, Kazilla, ER and me). Every time I go out there I love it, but this time was particularly special and I will remember it forever.”

“LET’S TALK ABOUT IT” is an important show for Galerie F. Not only does it point to the gallery’s tremendous growth as a community space over the past four years, but the exhibition is also sparking important conversations about how we intend for the gallery to continue to grow in tandem with our neighbors in Logan Square and Chicago more widely. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by this Friday, August 26th 6-10 p.m. for the exhibition opening and artist reception. We look forward to continuing the conversation throughout the show and after it closes on September 18th.


Anthony Lewellen
Carlos Barberena
CHema Skandal!
Colin Matthes
Danny Sobor
Deuce Seven
Don’t Fret
Eric Garcia
Fleurs De Geurre
Ivan Vazquez
Jacob Thomas
Jeff Zimmerman
JH Jones
Kelly Schmader
Pablo Machioli
Pete Railand






New Street Art this Week in Logan Square

Summer is mural season. Many of the street artists that Galerie F works with are currently traveling all over the world painting these beloved large scale pieces. While murals are becoming a hot commodity for real estate agents (many are hiring street artists to paint their buildings to raise property values), it can still be hard for artists to find walls. Galerie F helps connect artists to potential clients asking for commissions and this summer is no different.
This week two artists, Andrew Ghrist and Migue, are painting murals right around the corner from Galerie F.  Ghrist is an exclusive artist at Galerie F, featured in our current show “Street Level,” and Migue is currently visiting the city from Puerto Rico. Below is a brief description of what they are working on, some photos, and information about what it’s like to create and negotiate these kinds of works.


Work in Progress Shot of Mural for The Number Project by Andrew Ghrist, photo courtesy of the artist

Work in Progress Shot of Mural for The Number Project by Andrew Ghrist

The Number Project is a company based in Logan Square that specializes in curating experiences. They have produced events for The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Will Ferrell among others. They are also producing two after-parties for Lollapalooza this year. Ghrist is currently painting a huge, incredibly detailed mural in their offices which already sport two murals by JC Rivera.

Andrew Ghrist working on his mural for The Number Project

Andrew Ghrist working on his mural for The Number Project


JC Rivera and Ghrist recently collaborated to create the extremely popular Flamingo mural in River North, pictured below.


Photo Courtesy of @whiskey.roulette

Photo Courtesy of @whiskey.roulette


Migue, an artist originally from Peru but now working in Puerto Rico, met JC Rivera at a Puerto Rican street festival in March that Rivera was participating in. Rivera invited Migue to Chicago to meet the staff of Galerie F and to paint a section of wall on Milwaukee and Medill Avenue. Migue works primarily as a tattoo artist with Juan Salgado in San Juan, but hopes to create more original paintings and murals.


Migue painting a mural on Milwaukee and Medill Avenue

Migue painting a mural on Milwaukee and Medill Avenue

Migue recently hosted a successful solo show at his studio in Puerto Rico and his large scale murals there are also gaining attention. When asked about the difference in experience between painting murals in the United States versus Puerto Rico, he said that rules about where you can paint are not as serious back home. In Puerto Rico he can paint everywhere and doesn’t necessarily need permission. It is much more acceptable to simply claim a wall and paint. In the United States, it is very important to have permission if you are going to be painting in a well known public space and those spaces can be hard to come by. The section of wall that Migue is painting this week in Chicago was secured in part by Galerie F.

Migue painting a mural on Milwaukee and Medill Avenue

Migue painting a mural on Milwaukee and Medill Avenue


Migue enjoys painting these large scale works because it offers the opportunity to travel the world and be in the streets among people who are simply enjoying the city. This summer Migue is travelling to Spain, Belgium, Bolivia, and Virginia. He has already worked with Jesse Smith a tattoo artist in Richmond, Virginia.


Make sure to check out the finished mural by Migue located around the corner from Galerie F on Milwaukee and Medill. If you are lucky you might pass by while he is working!
If you are a business or property owner who is interested in working with an artist on a street art/mural project, please stop by the gallery and let us know what you are thinking! We will keep you updated with more exciting projects throughout the city as the summer mural season continues.


Galerie F Celebrates 4 Years with “Street Level” Exhibition

This Friday, July 15, Galerie F is celebrating our fourth anniversary with a show titled “Street Level,” which brings together over 30 artists who we have proudly worked with over the past four years. The show features mostly original works commissioned specifically for the show and a few rarely-seen works by select artists. We are so grateful to be able to work with such well-known Chicago icons and to introduce new artists from outside the city and abroad. “Street Level” is a big THANK YOU to everyone who is involved with Galerie F and has helped to foster a space for the promotion, collaboration, and encouragement of poster and street artists in Chicago.

Work in Progress Shot of Glass Cuisine’s Contribution to the Show @glasscuisine

Work in Progress Shot of Glass Cuisine’s Contribution to the Show @glasscuisine

Four years ago, owners Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Billy Craven set out to open Galerie F as the very first “open door” gallery space in Chicago. The aim was to create a space that was open six days a week, where walk-ins were welcome, and that was available to any art lover’s wallet size. The pair decided to open Galerie F in Logan Square in hopes of cementing accessible art such as printmaking and street art into the local, contemporary art scene while promoting both local and international artists.

JC Rivera working on his contribution to “Street Level” @jcrivera

JC Rivera working on his contribution to “Street Level” @jcrivera

Galerie F has since become a leading, if not the most successful, hub in Chicago for local artists involved in the poster art, screen printing, and street art scene. JC Rivera, an artist who has worked with Galerie F from the very beginning and is well known in Chicago for his depiction of The Bear Champ, explains why he keeps coming back to the gallery: “It’s because they understand me, they have good communication with me, and they are nice people. Galerie F promotes their artists well. It’s not just like they take your painting and put it on the wall and that’s it. They work with artists to develop their style and everything. There’s a community feeling here with Billy and Zissou.”



Work in Progress Shot of Rocketboy’s Contribution to the show @rocketboy


Sick Fisher will be showing work with Galerie F for the second time in “Street Level.” Fisher first started working with Galerie F through our sponsor New Belgium. When asked what he finds appealing about working with Galerie F, he also attested to the large community of artists:  “All the artists that I’ve met have been affiliated with the gallery, the community is what I enjoy the most.” He adds that the gallery’s focus on accessible art allows him to experiment with new ways of making: “I don’t know much about prints, so that’s a big new step for me. Going from one of a kind paintings to being able to mass-produce them. That’s really exciting to me.”


Local street artist Mosher has worked with Galerie F for about three years now and his work will also be featured in “Street Level.” His style is heavily influenced by media and pop culture iconography. When asked what drives his art making he answered, “I like things that are immediately recognizable and hopefully resonate with people on some kind of personal level.” He points out that, over the past four years, Galerie F has brought, “a lot of good art to the walls of Logan [Square]” and “they’re really supportive of the art community we have here in Chicago.”


Work in progress shot of Mosher’s contribution to the show @moshershow

The staff at Galerie F is committed to introducing new and emerging artists to the scene and our anniversary show is no different. We invited Danny Sobor, an artist born and raised in Chicago and currently working in Detroit, to show work in “Street Level,” which will be his third official show at Galerie F. Sobor, who is new to the gallery scene welcomes the opportunity that galleries can provide for street artists: “I really appreciate that they give younger guys like me the opportunity to show and cut my teeth next to heavy hitters like JC and Nate. I grew up looking at their work, it’s crazy to share a room with them.” Living in Chicago has a deep influence on Sobor’s work; he says, “I was born and raised in Chicago, it’s inspired me since day one. My first exposure to art was as a kid riding the blue line; I would watch tags and murals go by and keep tabs on what was new, what got buffed, what was fading. I would alternate the side of the train I sat on so I could take everything in. I thought it was magic that people could make things on roofs and walls; I wanted to do that too.”


Work in Progress Shot from Danny Sobor’s Contribution to the Show @dannysobor

Galerie F spends its days tirelessly promoting local street favorites and genuinely nurturing new artists on the scene. We are bent on outdoing ourselves every year by continuing to evolve with our shared community. Come by this Friday, July 15th from 6-10pm, for a tremendous show, with a truly stellar line-up, where we say thanks to all of our favorite artists and to all of you for helping us make it to this important milestone.




Andrew Ghrist



CHema Skandal!

Danny Sobor



Glass Cuisine

Ivan Vazquez

Louie Capozzoli






Nate Otto

Paul Rentler

Penny Pinch

Raul Ra


Ron Copeland


Sick Fisher



The Bearchamp


Thomas Wrecks

Trinidad Lou


Uncle Harvey



Jim Pollock: 30 Year Retrospective

Jim Pollock 30 Year Retrospective

A thirty year retrospective of the art of Jim Pollock, one of the most quirky, influential and highly collectible rock poster artists of past century, will be showcased at Galerie F for two days only on June 24th and 25th.

This is good news for music fans, sports fans and art collectors alike. Jim Pollock’s unique linoleum printmaking style using largely 19th century techniques and whimsical themes have been the cornerstone artwork of the band Phish.  From his illustration of the band’s first album Junta to countless t-shirts, tickets, prints and concert posters, Pollock’s designs are instantly recognizable among Phish fans. Pollock’s posters, featured in The Art of Rock, have also been the choice of jam bands such as Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Primus and music festivals such as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival10,000 Lakes Festival and more.  Many may also recognize Pollock’s iconic street art posters plastered across cities in support of Bernie Sanders…posted, that is, for the few minutes before collectors have snatched them up.

With Phish in Chicago for two sold out concerts at Wrigley Field, collectors can come be a part of history as Galerie F presents the largest retrospective exhibition ever assembled of Pollock’s posters, featuring over 500 original works by the artist and offering a pre-purchase poster release on Wednesday, June 15th featuring a new collectible poster that Chicago Cubs fans will not want to miss.

Details, including Friday’s exclusive Preferred Collector’s Preview and times to meet the artist, may be found at http://www.galerief.com/jim-pollock-30-year-retrospective/

UPDATE: 6/29/2016

Galerie F Pollock 30th
Galerie F would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the hundreds of Jim Pollock collectors who attended this past weekend’s 30 Year Retrospective.

The success of our 48 hour exhibition was absolutely tremendous and sent ripples of emotion through Jim, collectors and everyone here at Galerie F. It was the biggest exhibition we’ve ever hosted which showcased more work than any other show we’ve ever exhibited. We welcomed more attendees to an opening than ever before. We look forward to fulfilling your orders promptly and hope to see you at our exciting upcoming 2016/2017 exhibitions.

Due to the overwhelming response and success of our show we have hundreds of orders to fulfill including both existing Wrigley Field prints in addition to hundreds of additional works purchased at the gallery Friday and Saturday. In turn, our initially announced release of remaining works will be delayed while we carefully fulfill our existing orders and inventory remaining works.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we tackle the tremendous tasks at hand and prepare our existing works to be released in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: 6/22/2016


Thank you for your interest in attending Jim Pollock’s 30 Year Retrospective. We look forward to your visit and strive to make your experience enjoyable in addition to making your checkout process as expedited as possible. With your help we trust we can welcome the anticipated collectors to preview the exhibition and make their purchases in an organized manner.

• A comprehensive catalog will be released on Thursday, June 23rd at 8PM CST – 12 hours before the doors open.
• This catalog will be available on Facebook and GalerieF.com
• We encourage you to review the works available to familiarize yourself with your potential purchases.

• Please form an orderly line outside Galerie F as your schedule permits – doors open at 8AM.
• Numbered wristbands will be distributed in the order in which you enter the line.

• We will be welcoming 75 collectors, along with their companions, into the gallery every 45 minutes.
• You will not have an opportunity to re-enter at any time so if you exit, you agree you have concluded your visit and are intent on leaving the gallery.

• Upon entry, you will have 30 minutes to peruse the collection, meet Jim and determine your purchase(s).
• 30 minutes after entering we will invite collectors to enter a numerical queue to complete their purchases.
• A large digital display will indicate the current number asked to begin the checkout process.
• If you are not prepared to make your purchase at the time your number is called, you will be ask to join the end of the line.
• Three collectors will be checked out at one time; three spaces will be outlined on the floor.
• Please enter one of these spaces when you are prepared to begin your checkout process once your number is displayed.
• A gallery host will kindly help you select your desired purchases.
• Please DO NOT remove any artwork from the walls or bins.
• A host will prepare your selected work(s) for your chosen delivery method: shipment or pick-up

• Cash or Credit Card purchases only. PayPal invoices and checks will NOT be accepted.
• Payment plans with a 30% deposit are welcome on purchases of $500.00 or more.

• If you are one the first 175 collectors to purchase more than $500.00 in pre-tax in-store purchases you will automatically receive an official Limited Edition (x250) Jim Pollock collectors enamel pin set of 3 unique pins produced in association with HoscoPress featuring Pollock’s classic (1) Walking Nose (2) Walking Mouth (3) Walking Ear.
• Pin Sets are limited to the first 175 Collectors who purchase $500.00 or more in pre-tax exhibition artwork throughout this special 2 day exhibition.
• There will be 50 Sets available in a similar manner during an online release of remaining works Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

• If you are not interested in purchasing additional artwork, you may enjoy the exhibition for the entire duration of your viewing and exit the through the rear of the gallery where you will also pick-up your Wrigley Field print(s) upon leaving.
• Once you exit the gallery your wristband will be removed and you will not be able to re-enter the gallery again until 2pm.
• Please exit the exhibition through the back door only – the front door will for entrance only.

• Your Wrigley Field print by Jim Pollock will be provided upon conclusion of your visit as you exit the gallery.
• If you have made a purchase of other artwork, a host will have prepared this additional purchase during the check-out process.
• You will be able to collect your Wrigley Field print(s) and any additional purchased work on your way out through the staging area in the rear of the gallery.
• Once you exit the gallery your wristband will be removed and you will not be able to re-enter the gallery again until 2pm.
• Please exit the exhibition through the back door only – the front door will be for entrance only.

• Once you exit the gallery, your wristband will be removed and you will not be able to re-enter the gallery again until 2PM.
• Please exit the exhibition through the back door only – the front door will be for entrance only.
• We can’t thank you enough for sharing your enthusiasm and support with us during this monumental Jim Pollock exhibition. We hope your experience with all of us here at Galerie F was thoughtful, pleasant and memorable.

UPDATE: 6/16/2016

Thank you to all 1,026 fans of Jim Pollock’s Wrigley Field print for purchasing!

We look forward to seeing you at the 30 Year Retrospective exhibition Friday, June 24 – Saturday, June 25, 2016!

More information regarding how to pick-up your purchase at the exhibition, when our show catalog will be revealed, how to purchase exhibition works in our gallery PLUS a few surprises up our sleeve will be available Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

UPDATE: 6/16/2016

Jim Pollock Wrigley Field 2016

Thank you for your patience while Jim finished carving the final block of his Wrigley Field inspired print. We’re proud to release this image showcasing the final poster. It is a 19″x25″ hand-carved, signed and numbered limited edition print on French Paper created on Pollock’s Vandercook Press. Get yours before Friday, June 17th at 1:59pm CST!


UPDATE: 6/15/2016

The 48 hour timed release of Jim Pollock’s Wrigley Field inspired print is finally here. Don’t miss this drop!


UPDATE: 6/13/2016

We are offering a 48 Hour timed release of Jim Pollock’s Wrigley Field inspired print. The print will be $50.00 and will be available to purchase on Wednesday June 15th at 2pm CST and close on Friday June 17th at 1:59pm CST. The purchase link will be published at galerief.com at 2pm when the sale opens.

By purchasing this poster you will gain access to the Preferred Collector’s Preview. You may purchase up to three posters during the 48 hour online sale – however, each purchase only grants you one place in line. You may bring a guest along with you but they must have a $10 Companion Pass which can be purchased with the poster and a Companion Pass is limited to one per customer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local Chicago charity.

If you are interested in the poster but are unable to attend, we will gladly ship the poster! If you are attending the Preferred Collector’s Preview, you must be present and in line with ID to pick up your poster. The Preferred Collector’s Preview is from 8am-2pm on Friday, June 24th. General public admittance is from 2pm-6pm on the same day.  On Saturday, June 25th from 8am-6pm Galerie F will once again be opened to the public.

Remaining works from the show will be available for purchase online from Wednesday June 29th at 2pm CST on our site. There will be further updates on Galerie F’s site HERE or on our facebook event page.


What will be available for purchase?
Over 500 original works dating back to 1984. 30 years of drawings, sketches, rare posters and never before seen pieces.

When can I attend?
Fans interested in having the first opportunity to purchase works at the gallery will need to pre-purchase a poster online to enter the Preferred Collector’s Preview on Friday, June 24th from 8am-2pm. Your “ticket” is your purchase receipt of print available Wednesday, June 15th-Friday, June 17th. In order to enter the gallery on Friday, June 24th from 8am-2pm you will show your ID which we will match to your receipt. Fans may also attend from 2pm-6pm Friday, June 24th and/or Saturday, June 25th 8am-6pm when we’ll be open to the public for free. Friday from 8am-2pm is only for those that have purchased the timed-release print and are interested in receiving the first opportunity to acquire these rare, original works.

Friday, June 24th 8am – 2pm: Preferred Collector’s Preview; must pre-purchase poster online 6/15-6/17 to attend
Friday, June 24th 2pm-6pm: Open to the public; free
Saturday, June 25th 8am-6pm: Open to the public; free

Galerie F is located at 2381 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

When can I be guaranteed to meet the artist?
Jim will be at the gallery on Friday, June 24th from 8am-2pm and may make additional unscheduled appearances throughout the two day event.

Is there a limit to how many pieces I can purchase?

Does the gallery accept payment plans?
Yes. We require 30% retainer to claim your work. Your remaining balance will be due upon delivery and may be made in installments.


“Best Of” Chicago!

Reader 2016

The Reader is hosting its “Best Of” voting right now for our favorite city. We all love showing off Chicago and how well we know it through and through by sharing our local haunts with friends and travelers. Take a couple moments to vote for your favorites with The Chicago Reader! There’s lots of ballots and categories but make sure to stop by the “Arts & Culture Ballot” to give Galerie F a vote in the “Best Established Gallery” slot — let’s make it four straight years running! We appreciate your support and our artists do, too! Below are a couple other areas where you can help us support the artists we admire and follow. Which are your picks?

Arts & Culture Ballot
Best Established Gallery : Galerie F
Best Exhibition: Lucid Dreamscapes or You Are Beautiful
Best Street Artist: Jc Rivera or Mosher Show or Sentrock
Best Established Visual Artist: Jc Rivera or Mosher Show or Matthew Hoffman
Best New Visual Artist: Danny Sobor or Steven Luros Holliday



Brin Levinson & David Welker Interviews

We chatted with Brin Levinson & David Welker about their upcoming show at GF, Lucid Dreamscapes.


Hey Brin, tell us about yourself and what you do.

I have a pretty simple life and try to avoid the rat race. The Pacific Northwest is rainy a lot the year so there’s a good excuse to get work done. If it’s a rare nice day, I might head to the coast or mountain. I never go anywhere without my camera and dog. I love looking at things in nature. Most of my time is making art. I’m an oil painter usually eight days a week.

Your work is crazy detailed and comes from an imagination and talent level I can’t even begin to understand, what is your process?

I usually start with looking at pictures and taking pictures. I use them as a jumping off point. Sometimes you go on a tangent with ideas that can become a series of pantings. Other times each piece is like a new experiment because you want to try something different. I usually don’t sketch, I just start painting with loose washes. The whole painting evolves with many layers of paint. It’s like focusing a lens. This technique takes a long time but it’s how I like to work, it’s very free, I don’t worry about “staying in the lines”. I tend to be a perfectionist and do a lot of analyzing. When nothing about the painting bothers me, I can call it finished.


Your work involves a lot of urban decay, is this what attracts you to Chicago?

Yes. When I visited Chicago the last time, I discovered the L  and took a million pictures. I love the steel structures, water towers and tracks overhead.

Explain a little bit about Lucid Dreamscapes and what your vision is for the show?

David (Welker) and I talked about what we wanted to do for the show and what would be a good fit for the gallery. Galerie F is an amazing gig poster and screen print gallery. So, we wanted to have a good mix of small originals, screen prints and I wanted to revisit my idea to do a lenticular print series. There’s going to be a refreshing variety of work from us there. The common thread is the urban landscape aspect and surrealism in our work.


What excites you most about shows? Coming up with the work? Seeing it in the gallery? Working with other artists?

I love doing shows and having a body of work that is finished and unified. This show is especially exciting to me because I’ve been inspired by Davids work since I was a beginning artist. I met him for the first time by chance at a party on new years eve in New York when I was a teenager. I never thought we’d show together some day. It’s really an honor and a personal milestone to show with David.

You’ve worked with us before on an exclusive, what attracts you to the gallery system?

I like being involved in the art world. Having people come see what you’ve made is what makes what you do relevant and worthwhile. If there was no one else to see my paintings, I really don’t know if I’d make them. The interaction between the art and other people is the main point to me.

Do you have anything else coming up this year that you can talk about?

There are some nice group shows this summer and fall and I have another big two person show in October here in Portland. I’m looking forward to making some new work and expanding on some ideas.



Hey David, how are you today?

I’m feeling good. In the zone.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
I live and work in downtown Manhattan. I draw and paint.
Explain a little bit about Lucid Dreamscapes. What is your vision for the show?
Well Brin Levinson and I both have this fixation with landscapes and pictorial staging. We’ve talked about floating compositions but we both gravitate towards what we’ve called “grounding” of events.
And since we both tend towards the surreal we expressed this sort of range of conceptual realism in this show. I also added some graphite studies of Chicago with the help of local photographer Jason Kaczorowski.
Do you know Brin? What are you looking forward to regarding his work? Have you been in contact with each other regarding the show?
I met Brin in 1995 in a liquid room with a bunch of liquid people across the street from Madison Square Garden. He came up to me with pupils the size of frying pans and said that I inspired him to paint. 20 years later I couldn’t be more happy, proud, honored and inspired by his career. He is a gem of a person.
I’m sure lots of people know you from the gig poster world, what made you branch out from that in such a big way?
My influences, perspectives and desires have always been very diverse, so flowing to and from one aspect of the art world to another is second nature.
You have quite a few different styles, where did they come from and do you choose to implement a style based on the project?
They all just emerge naturally from my interests and the ethos. That place of “La Joie De Vivre”
You’ve worked with us before on the baseball series and other prints. What do relationships with galleries mean to you?
Well it’s a symbiosis. It’s a social thing. An event based relationship where people can come together for a real time happening. Thats why we do it nowadays.
Do you have anything else coming up this year that you can talk about?
Most of the stuff coming up is a secret, but I can mention that I’m in a cool group show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin Texas on March 18th with a ton of other awesome artists. I’m also working with Hoerle-Guggenheim and their friends at Halcyon Gallery to try to schedule a show for me in London in 2017. I’m very excited with that possibility.
Lucid Dreamscapes opens Friday 11th March 2016.