Never Miss A Sunset

Each of my paintings points to an experience, tells a story and expresses its own life.
I hope one of them will inspire you.

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June Li paints as she lives, with an intention to show that life is about realizing possibilities. Trained in Visual Art at South China Normal University and in Studio Art at Sonoma State University, her paintings reflect the unique cross-cultural journey she has taken from China to San Francisco. 

A dedicated adventurer, she has traveled the world, including a three-month solo and art-making journey to South America, Europe and China.

June's work is a dynamic encounter with nature, perception and the many challenges that lead us towards a place of insight and learning. Her more recent work explores meditative states and healing arts.

June's paintings are on display at a range of public and private collections in the Bay Area. Her recent commissions include works for the new San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium art collection and a large sculptural heart installation for “Hearts for Heroes” at San Francisco General Hospital. She is currently available for commissioned projects, art classes and exhibitions. For more information please contact her at juneliart@gmail.com

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • Inner Gardens, Collage Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
  • Fullest, The Zen Center, San Francisco, CA

2015

  • Inspire: Teaching Artist Exhibit at YIA Gallery, San Rafael, CA
  • We Are Our Own Ghost live painting performance, Pier 70, San Francisco, CA
  • Inner Garden, District, San Francisco, CA
  • Reconnect to the Nature, Found on Piedmont Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • The Balance, District, Oakland, CA
  • See the world - Traveled with art project, Sports Basement, San Francisco, CA

2014

  • Polyreflective, 49ers Levi’s Stadium Art collections, CA
  • Space Between, Palace Hotel Art Collections, San Francisco, CA
  • Interconnection, Starbucks cafe, San Francisco, CA

2013

  • Social Network – SF Heroes & Hearts 5x5’ Heart installations, San Francisco, CA
  • Interconnection, District, San Francisco, CA
  • Spirit of Nature, Design Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood group show, Potrero Hill Library, San Francisco, CA
  • Space between, Farley’s Cafe, San Francisco, CA

2012

  • The Unforgotten Road, Wix Lounge Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Time and Space, Otis, San Francisco, CA
  • Deep Sea, Andalu, San Francisco, CA
  • City Lights, Cisco System, San Bruno, CA
  • Sin City, Monarch, San Francisco, CA
  • Benefit Group Show, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011

  • Bring me home, Ligne Roset, San Francisco, CA
  • Show Love, 323 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Organica, Phil's Cafe, San Francisco, CA
  • The Light, Roche Bobois, San Francisco, CA
  • Benefit Group Show, Soma Culture center, San Francisco, CA

2010

  • City Lights, The Vin Club, San Francisco, CA
  • Organica, Arterra Condos, San Francisco, CA
  • Beloved, The Front Porch, San Francisco, CA
  • Group show, Artist Exchange Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Organica, Arterra Condos, San Francisco, CA
  • Group show, Barber Lounge, San Francisco, CA

2007

  • 2007 Group show, Petaluma Library, Petaluma, CA
  • Group show, Petaluma Cafe, Petaluma, CA

2006

  •  BFA Summer Graduation Show, SSU Art Gallery, Cotati, CA
  •  Art by the River Group Show, Petaluma, CA

2009-2015

  • Spring and Autumn Group shows at Art Explosion, San Francisco, CA
  • Annual Group shows at Artspan, San Francisco, CA

ART MENTOR

2009 - Current

  • Private Drawing and Painting Classes, June’s Studio, San Francisco, CA
  • Youth In Art Visual Art Mentor, San Rafael, CA

2015

  • Chinese Brush Painting Class, 6th - 9th grades, Maria Middle School, San Francisco, CA
  • Art for Healing Workshop, Outdoor Gardens, San Francisco, CA

2014

  • Chinese Brush Painting Class, Travel the world with Art Program, 3rd - 6th grades, Ross School, San Rafael, CA

2010 - 2012

  • Creative drawing and Painting Class, K-5th grades, Vibo Music Center, San Francisco, CA

2002

  • Summer School Art Program, Petaluma Community Center, K-5th grades, Petaluma
  • Chinese Calligraphy Class, Petaluma Senior Center, Petaluma

2000 - 2008

  • Creative drawing and Painting Class, K - 9th grades, June’s Studio, Petaluma, CA
  • Chinese Calligraphy Class, K - 9th grades, June’s Studio, Petaluma, CA

 

MY STORY ­- THE UNFORGOTTEN ROAD

4 stages of life: The ongoing stories as a Chinese American artist’s transformation.

I. The early days of young motherhood an e story of family and love.

In 1999 I moved to Sonoma, CA, from Southern China to marry and follow the path my family had chosen for me. I became a traditional housewife at the age of 21, while other girls the same age were pursuing their own dreams. My son was born a year later. Away from my family, in an unhappy marriage and Isolated in a small town, I lived a life limited to church every weekend; I couldn’t find peace through Jesus. I had a luxurious lifestyle, but my spirit was empty and depressed. My paintings were the sketches of loneliness born of a desire for love. I lived in the past and stuck in my inner world.

II. Transformation from the feminine to the organic beauty of nature.

A few years later, I ventured out of my interior world to explore the beauty of nature. Living in Sonoma and Bodega Bay, inspired by the beautiful vineyards, botanical gardens and undersea creatures, I painted a series of organic forms. I collected branches, flowers, leaves and seashells, which I studied extensively before painting them. I humanized dancing and other poetical expressions of my inner world of fantasy and romanticized perfection. Writing, classical music and modern dance played a large role in my life at the time. These works are shaped by their femininity, grace and passion.

III. Search for individual expression, exploring city life and traveling.

In 2007, after eight years of depression, I decided to leave my marriage and move to my beloved city, San Francisco. I relinquished all my property and ran away with a single bag of belongings and one month’s rent. I lost everything, but felt I owned everything. A few months later, a new job and an art studio in Potrero Hill allowed me to continue painting. Amidst these new surroundings, I found my true self. I explored city life, making new friends, exploring neighborhoods like the Tenderloin, visiting homeless shelters, experiencing the darkest and deepest side of humanity. I painted a series of urban cityscapes. My color palette ranged from warm to colder and from broad to more selective hues.

IV. A new way of seeing: Less is more. Abstraction.

At a certain point, explicit narrative could no longer satisfy my creativity. I felt that objects, by themselves allowed a very limited expression. What about emotions like peace, joy, fear, grief? I began the search for a new way to express these emotions. After many experiments I found that “less is more”. I translated complex thoughts into simple ones. Minimalism allowed more powerful expression. I painted the Time and Space and New Element series with this concept in mind. This series is about People making life choices ranging from large (school, job, marriage) to small (changes in daily routine). Different choices lead to a completely different life experience. As much as choice can be unpredictable, it’s exciting. We can’t change the past, we can’t predict the future; we can only control our choices in the moment.

REFERENCES:

Art teacher at Airbnb experience

Press stories from Verlocal

San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium commission paintings, 2014

“Hearts for Heroes” 5’x5’ Heart design, San Francisco General Hospital, 2013

Under SF - Survival of the Artist. Featuring special guest- June Li

Calligraphic performance: 

We Are Our Own Ghosts

Lust and Caution

Travel the world art exchange project

A day at the studio