The Tiny Painting Collective in The Ramp Gallery, November 3–November 24, 2015

The Tiny Painting Collective was started in 2014 by four San Francisco artists Susan Mullaney, Amy Harcourt, Lalit Nadkarni and Susanne Friedrich, who got together to create small paintings on wood blocks ranging from 1 x 1 in. to 8 x 8 in.

Iconic views of San Francisco, intimate portraits of birds and thoughtful perspectives on everyday objects are among the subjects that inspire them. Although miniature in size, these pieces include all the elements of a larger picture – good composition, color and balance, as well as both fine brushwork and broad brushstrokes. The idea was to make a powerful visual statement in a small space and produce an object of beauty that almost invites you to pick it up and hold it in the palm of your hand.

By limiting themselves to these tiny formats, these painters capture the essence of the subject quickly through the media of acrylics and oils, eliminating all that is superfluous to create vibrant, attractive pieces that work well both individually and displayed together as part of a collection. They participated in this year’s Open Studios, exhibiting their work at the Live Worms Gallery in North Beach.

Audio from the artist providing insight into the work:

About the artists
Susan Mullaney double-majored in Genetics and Art Studio at U.C. Davis, a dual interest at the core of the sensibility of her art. While at U.C. Davis she studied with Wayne Thiebaud for two years, gaining deeper insight into color and light, the exacting and the painterly.

Amy Harcourt grew up in the Midwest and studied art at Grinnell College, at l’Université de Haute Bretagne and in classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley Extension. San Francisco, with its brilliant culture and vistas, inspires her to create from the beauty around her.

Lalit Nadkarni grew up in Asia and Europe and lives in San Francisco. After graduating from Kingston University in London she received her Masters in French Literature from the University of London. In Paris she studied oil painting at the Atelier Lucio Loubet. She has recently taken classes at the San Francisco Art Institute. All the countries she has had the privilege to call “home” provide inspiration for her paintings.

Susanne Friedrich studied Graphic Design and Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and photojournalism at The New England School of Photography. She has exhibited her images in several one-person and group shows in the Bay Area, and in Lance Keimig’s Darkness Darkness Show at Harvard University in 2007.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.