(Left) Nick Aitken “Paper Dolls”, (Right) Joseph Abbati “Linemen Triptychs”

“Queerky” is a Pride 2018 exhibit at the office of Senator Scott Wiener in the California State Building that I curated with twenty-two artists. The expression of the LGBTQ community is often coded with references only experienced in a queer narrative.   The artists include Austin Boe, Jordan Joel Pennock, Oscar Gallegos Zamora, Jeffrey Braverman, Dawn Rudd, Kevin Lewis, Charly Brown, Christopher Tandy , Jeffrey Horvitz, Terry Furry, Brett Kaufman, Karl Fjelstrom, Bruce Beaudette, Ajuan Mance, Joseph Abbati, David Spiher, Chad Berwald, Gooch, Shanon Okay, Nick Aitken, Akeem Pina, and Kenshi Westover.

Medium and large size format artwork (painting, photography, drawing, wall sculpture, mixed media, digital, performance, and video) will be on display. A reception will be held on Pride day, June 24th, 2018 at the 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14800 from 12pm to 3pm.

Linemen Triptych 2

With this series of triptychs I’m interested in form, graphics, and color. The forms come from my “linemen” illustrations that capture the swag and poses of young men. These are combined with op-art style graphics that reverberate with color, setting a feeling on each canvas of time warps and parallel universes which I am interested in.

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Joseph Abbati, “Linemen Triptych 2″, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24″ X 49”

Pride Exhibit Announced


Senator Scott Wiener and Joseph Abbati (curator) will host an exhibit in his office at the San Francisco California State Building (455 Golden Gate Ave) to celebrate Pride. The theme of this exhibit is “Queerky”, for all that is queer and quirky within the LGBTQ community.  The exhibit will be up the month of June. A reception will be held on Pride day (Sunday, June 24, 2018) overlooking the Civic Center plaza festivities.


A new series from Linemen studies of acrylic on canvas, “Re-Brand” .  Reimagining text from brands combined with linemen figures (models).

“Verse”, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 20″ X 20″


“Sup”, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 20″ X 20″
“Chuck”, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 20″ X 20″


Some new paintings I started up at the end of last year.  I call this series “Amorfa”, a place of amorphous shapes and figures in a dreamland of vapor. Click on image to view series.

Amorfa 5, 2017, 12″ X12″, acrylic on canvas