SPAC caught up with local artist Eli Lippert while showcasing new T-shirt and hoodie designs from Since 88 Clothing . Since 88 began with a few artist friends a couple years ago, who are now really pushing it to the next level. Eli has his roots in the Mission district of San Francisco where he is currently directing the Precita Eyes Youth Arts Program. He told SPAC, the Precita youth are working with an advertising agency to have the students paint a mural in exchange for training in digital arts . The youth arts program also just completed a community mural collaboration at a gas station on Cesar Chavez and Bryant streets.
Eli is studying fine art at SF State where he has been painting portraits of students he worked with in Lebanon, while on a mural painting trip through the Middle East, earlier this year. As well as working on paintings in the studio Eli continues to do spontaneous murals in Lilac alley that are sprayed high on the back of houses using bright colors and crisp, graphic designs. 10 weeks ago Eli jumped off the wall and into the airwaves with Cio Casteneda who together have been broadcasting Uforious Raydeeyo on Berkeley Liberation Radio every Thursday from 10-12pm. The show provides exposure for the community and local artists as well as striving to connect the San Francisco and East Bay creative communities.
Check out Eli Lippert’s blog City of New Knowledge where you get info about his Holiday studio art sale on Dec. 5 and 6th. You will also find him doing live painting at SPAC’s Dec. 6th fundraiser.