app 4 distractions 3

“app 4 distractions 3”

© GN  2011

24″ x 18″   acrylic, pencils ink & oil on paper

This is the newest from my app series where I was inspired by a detail from

Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, fresco, 1534-1541 (Vatican City, Rome).

In the detail, Michelangelo  included Saint Bartholomew, who was martyred by being skinned alive.

He holds the knife in one hand (although in my painting, he is holding a tech-gadget, of course),

and in his other he holds his skin. When we look closely at the skin of St. Bartholomew

we see that Michelangelo painted his self-portrait there which appears distorted in the sagging skin.

In this app painting, I decided to create my own apps, for example:

app 4 momma’s boys, app 4 reformers, app 4 injustices, app 4 ego repair, app 4 the have-nots, & app 4 soothsayin’


Oakland Box Theater & Gallery 10 Year Reunion Exhibition

I would like to invite you to the “Oakland Box Theater & Gallery 10 Year Reunion Exhibition” at The Kaiser Center (300 Lakeside Dr.), in Oakland, CA. The exhibition opens December 9, 2011 and runs through December 30, 2011. I have been honored by being invited to participate as a visual artist in this exhibition. The opening evening party (Friday, December 9th, 9 pm – 1:30 am) showcases many legendary musicians, poets, DJs, filmmakers and visual artists, including Rico Pabon, Paris King, Sonia Whittle, Dyanna Loeb, Scorpio Blues, Aaron Lane, Eric Murphy, James Gayles, Malik & Karen Sereferu, Asual Aswad, Los Rakas, Joanne Ludwig, Maria Fatima, Sake One, Agana, and many, many others.

Please visit my Exhibition Page to learn more about my exhibition activity and to view the work which will be included in the “Oakland Box Theater & Gallery 10 Year Reunion Exhibition”.


“app 4 earning instant street cred”
28 x 22 in
acrylic, pencils, ink, & oil on board
© Gabriel Navar 2011

Recent Website Update

View recent website updates featuring new painting in 2008-11 Gallery Page. I have added recent work that is part of my recent and ongoing “app” series. Included is my version of the Morton Salt Girl transformed into Mexican artist Frida Kahlo carrying a “smart” tablet while app concepts and ideas “rain” upon her. Hope you enjoy my recent work !