It’s A Long Way to the Top”  featured artists Michael Walsh and Sean Barton. Both artists have gained their individual style, technique and insight from a variety of materials and trades, artisan and commercial.  The exhibit showcased a unique variety of work in multiple mediums- spanning from 3D printed nylon sculpture to gold leafed sign imagery.  Using their self-taught initiative and an eleven-fingered ambition, “It’s A Long Way to the Top” showcased the artists’ wide range of creativity and talent.

Coming together through hard work and life experiences, these two artists have shared ideas, labor, and studio space. Drawing inspiration from their surroundings and a euphoria that sets in after an excessive amount of work, Michael and Sean have connected again to produce a body of work for San Francisco that focuses around the production process of art and the use of cutting edge materials. Though working independently in their respective cities in different mediums, they connect through the freedom they each gain while making their work a reality.

Both artists have been shown around the U.S. and abroad in places such as Italy, Japan, Canada and the Netherlands. Sean Barton is a self-taught sign painter with eleven years of experience in hand lettering, designing, building and installing.  Michael Walsh is an artist who has worked in a variety of creative trades for over 20 years including painting, interior design, and sculpture.

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