We asked Art Harvest #2 artist Richard Von Saal questions about himself, his work and passions. His pieces will be featured at the Patz & Hall Sonoma House until December 23rd!
When did you realize that art was your passion?
Since childhood I have been drawn to the patterns and distortional properties of materials. When I was three years old I was sitting on the curb of my street in Vallejo. The heat had melted the tar on the street so much it moved like clay. I pushed globs into mountains and made bubbles into futuristic dome homes, added some chunks of Ice plant and created a city. I’ve been doing the same since.
Why is expression through painting important to you?
Art is the only expression that has unlimited creative license that applies to all circumstances. The shapes and organizational movement I apply to my muse’s keeps me completely satisfied with every day, leaving not a moment mundane.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
Ken Adams. He is such a suave designer with an eye for the impossible to become possible. His set designs on the 007 films still mesmerize me. Ken’s ideas are my greatest inspiration. His approach to space is incredibly sophisticated and ingenious. At 6 years old my life changed when I saw the sets of Goldfinger. The mid-century modern industrial fused glamour with a chauvinistic twinge.... delicious.
Working on a new winery near Calistoga and 22 other projects. All of the pieces are functional artworks for the winery pairing geometric movement with an array of salvaged metals. Another exciting project is a 1915 firehouse in San Francisco that I am designing into a north African resturaunt. One of the installations I will introduce to the space uses the fire pole as a 20 foot harp with 500 harp strings spiral graphing from the pole to the walls, all in tune with a hand carved horsetail wand to sweep the strings for the belly dancers cue.
Favorite wine, food and art pairing?
A drizzle of ginger soy infused wasabi over fresh cracked Dungeness crab stuffed rib-eye, C-Beck petit Syrah in a Bordeaux glass, sitting at a polished molten brass glob table in a room covered head to toe in mandarin script, and one red line on the floor.
We bring you Art Harvest in partnership with Reverie Arts San Francisco and LUXE Interiors + Design.