Art Galleries

Metaphysical Graffiti

When: June 1-30 2012

There are only a couple days left to see one of the best shows of the year. At Art Murmur's newest gallery, Famous Four Colors (1525 Webster St., Oakland), Chicago artist Hydeon and Oakland-based artist Billy Sprague combine their visions for Metaphysical Graffiti, a show of drawings featuring magical landscapes populated by dreamlike creatures that aim to rule and hypnotize all they encounter. While pattern-based fantasy art -- if that is indeed a genre -- is already becoming blasé in many graphic-oriented art circles, these two shirk that trend by reaching deep down into a motif-filled grab bag of prisms, owls, swords, scales, and other medieval-like symbols, and pull out an entirely fresh, even revelatory mix of wildly imaginative work. Through June 30. 510-999-5059 or

Obi Kaufmann

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