Foad Satterfield

Foad Satterfield: THINGS KNOWN 

February 28 through June 9, 2019


Things Known, Foad Satterfield’s new body of paintings, is a dynamic revelation, a personal and visual poem, drawn from his life experience in and of nature. In these revelatory narratives, Satterfield directly applies to his works the code he sees emerging from the natural world. He uses these motifs as a pictorial language as well as a strategy for addressing issues of inequality, inequity, the environment, and social discord.  That is, Satterfield navigates these urgent concerns by drawing on the power, magnificence, and dread associated with nature and life.

In regards to craft, Satterfield’s paintings are rich and textured, immediate and determined. He employs purposeful, calligraphic marks and controlled mounds of pigment to weave together passages and patterns to create a tapestry that defines space and time. Satterfield’s visual-linguistic explorations are also expressed through shape and color, reflecting the underpinnings of his working themes.

With Things Known, Satterfield’s intent is to pivot the provocative possibilities of his work to encourage a larger conversation about reconciliation and healing. His hope is that, through an aesthetic experience, the exhibit inspires, creates an opportunity for self-reflection, and provides the foundation from which show visitors will address the fundamental question, “How do we know and understand each other and cultivate our relationship with the natural world that surrounds us?”  Most importantly though, the work is meant to be looked upon and enjoyed.


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Beyond Landscapes -Art, Identity, and Mindfulness

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 4:30 p.m.

Bay Area artist, Foad Satterfield discussed his ongoing exploration of nature, his formative years in the Jim Crow South, and how meditation informs his artistic practice.

The lecture began following a special hour preview at 4 p.m. of the upcoming exhibition Foad Satterfield: THINGS KNOWN.

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Exhibition Opening Reception | Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Thursday, February 28, 2019  6 p.m. members + press  7 -8:30 p.m. public 

Meet the artists at 7:15 pm for opening remarks. Space is limited.



Meditation in the Galleries

Thursday, March 7, 2:00 p.m. 

Join the Museum of Art as we explore mindful ways of engaging with art. Brother Camillus will guide meditation and exploration into Foad Satterfield's abstract landscapes. 

No registration necessary, but space is limited. Chairs will be provided.