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 On the Wet Porch 14 x 11 Oil $1650
 Australian Wood Carver 30 x 20 Oil $4500
 Walk in the Sunset 1 16 x 16 Oil $2550
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 Overlooking 18 x 24 Oil $3400
 The Spark of Yellow 16 x 12 Oil $2000
 SOMA Reflections 12 x 16 Oil $2000
 Snow in Mammoth Lakes 8 x 15.5 Oil  $1500
Snow in Mammoth Lakes 8 x 15.5 Oil   $1500
 Off 20 x 16 Oil $2900
 Last Light over the Bay 9 x 12 Oil $1400
 The Patriot 16 x 12 Oil $1500
 Sepia City 14 x 11 Oil $1650
 Tahoe Winter 8 x 12 Oil $1400
 Winter in Prospect Park 8 x 10 Oil $1100
 Study in Lost Light 16 x 12 Oil $1400
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Hsin-Yao Tseng 

This story was featured in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine.

A new show at Waterhouse Gallery this month presents a thoughtful look at modern society and its love affair with technology. The 35 paintings by San Francisco artist Hsin-Yao Tseng often capture urbanites “plugged in” as they amble through city streets, often with headphones cupping their ears. “It is apparent that people check their smartphones and iPads, answer emails, text, log in to Facebook, and post photos on Instagram constantly, day and night,” Tseng says. “A choice to participate in the current mainstream culture creates a sense of control, however, the demand to remain plugged in may control us.”

The show, aptly titled Disconnect, opens with a reception on Saturday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tseng’s moody paintings, which sometimes border on abstraction, focus on the figure in the environment. The abstract sensibility is not an accident. Tseng has spent a great deal of time studying works by abstract painters, exploring in depth both their compositions and their “mark-making.”


DISCONNECT, the title piece, depicts two young women who appear captivated by their electronic devices, communicating as they stand back to back. “Here our notions of interconnectedness are challenged by our detachment from our surroundings,” Tseng says. “The headphone cable in this painting seems to connect the two figures, but the emotion and the spirit [of the figures] are separated or disconnected.”

In the painting LISTEN TO THE CITY, a young woman strolls across a San Francisco street with headphones draped around her neck. She is “unplugged” and appears to be paying attention to the actual sounds of the world around her, suggesting that there is a time to forego electronic devices. In yet another painting, Tseng suggests that people need to unplug in even more extreme ways: A lone figure stands in the middle of what seems a nature preserve or ?forest of some kind. It is winter, and the ground is blanketed in snow. “BLUE DECEMBER is a piece trying to guide people away from the city, all the ?stress and technology, and just appreciate the beauty of nature,” Tseng says. —Bonnie Gangelhoff 

Sold Works


Outside The Hat Store
16 x 16 Oil SOLD


KP with Scarf
18 x 14 Oil SOLD

Night Over Grace Cathedral
11 x 14 Oil SOLD 



Blue Evening at the Bay
2 x 12 Oil SOLD

After Work
12 x 18 Oil SOLD 


Sunrise on the Bay
10 x 10 Oil SOLD

Evening In Little Yosemite
5 x 7 Oil SOLD 


Walk in the Sunset 2
20 x 20 SOLD


Morning Shadow
12 x 12 Oil SOLD

Chinese Carpenter
18 x 24 Oil SOLD


Evening on Market Street
12 x 12 Oil SOLD

Chinese Chef
16 x 20 Oil SOLD 

City Impressions
8 x 8 Oil SOLD

Beginning of Painting
24 x 36 Oil SOLD

City Impressions 3
8 x 8 Oil SOLD


Ladybug Umrella
14 x 11 Oil SOLD


City Rain in New Indigo
12 x 12 Oil SOLD 

Before the Wedding
24 x 18 Oil SOLD 


Richard In Green
16 x 12 Oil SOLD 

Russian Hill in Green
13 x 14 Oil SOLD

24 x 20 Oil SOLD 


Alone in Soho
16 x 16 Oil SOLD


Oil Sketch of Tracy Timmer
10 x 14 Oil SOLD


Downtown Fog
16 x 16 Oil SOLD

18 x 14 Oil SOLD

By Grace Cathedral
9 x 12 Oil SOLD

Jesalyn with Hat
16 x 12 Oil SOLD


Santa Barbara Cityscape
8 x 8 Oil SOLD


The Happiest Moment
16 x 12 Oil SOLD 


Market Street in Red
6 x 6 Oil SOLD

12 x 9 Oil SOLD

Early Morning Fog
16 x 20 Oil SOLD

The Mexican
16 x 12 Oil SOLD


Santa Barbara Cityscape
8 x 8 Oil SOLD


Jar Man
20 x 16 Oil SOLD


Downtown Haze
6 x 6 Oil SOLD


Nob Hill Evening
6 x 6 Oil SOLD 


Study for Chinese Carpinter
9 x 12 Oil SOLD

Purple Market Street Evening
6 x 6 Oil SOLD 


Russian Hill in Blue
12 x 12 Oil SOLD 


Artist, 4 Years Old
12 x 9 Oil SOLD


Bush Street in the Mist
6 x 6 Oil SOLD


O'Farrell Street
12 x 16 Oil SOLD 

Sunset at Filbert Street
10 x 8 Oil SOLD

Alta Vista Park
9 x 12 Oil SOLD 


16 x 12 Oil SOLD

After The Storm
12 x 12 Oil SOLD


Dual Ight
16 x 12 Oil SOLD

Evening at Wharf
11 x 14 Oil SOLD

14 x 11 Oil SOLD

Jackson Street
11 x 14 Oil SOLD

8 x 10 Oil SOLD

Golden Silence
30 x 24 Oil SOLD

Kevin with Hat
14 x 18 Oil SOLD

Remember When
20 x 16 Oil SOLD

12 x 12 Oil SOLD

30 x 40 Oil SOLD

New Beginning
30 x 40 Oil SOLD


24 x 18 Oil SOLD

Open Light Over The Bay
16 x 20 Oil SOLD

Girl from Iran
16 x 20 Oil SOLD

Outside of Studio
24 x 24 Oil SOLD

Longing For
16 x 20 Oil SOLD  


Pink Dress
16 x 12 Oil SOLD

Rainy Day in Downtown
10 x 10 Oil SOLD 

Thinking of You
28 x 22 Oil SOLD

Aeolian Yatch Club
9 x 12 Oil SOLD  





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