A Touch of the Southwest in San Francisco


Charlotte Reflections, (oil, 20 x 24) by John Axton





San Francisco
welcomes a new gallery this month—one that brings paintings by several prominent
southwestern artists to the City by the Bay. Nieto Fine Art opened a few days ago on Sutter Street in a sophisticated new
space located a block from bustling Union
Square. Anaya and John Nieto, sons of the legendary
artist John Nieto, have joined
forces, and say they are armed with plans to present works by their father as
well as an array of others, such as John
Axton
, a gifted abstract and landscape painter based in New Mexico, and Luke Harnden, an up-and-coming, surrealistic painter
from Texas.

Anaya says the brothers rushed to open the
gallery in time for the San Francisco Art Fair, which took place May 22-23. The
grand opening for Nieto Fine Art, however, unfolds on June 3 with the senior Nieto
present for the celebration. Based in Texas,
Nieto is well known in the southwestern art world for his colorful,
contemporary Native American figurative paintings. “In San Francisco, we will be showing more of his
portraits,” says Anaya as he points out an array of paintings that depict
famous faces, including that of Albert Einstein. For more information on John Axton, see the May issue of Southwest
Art
. –Bonnie Gangelhoff

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