Next up in The Front Office Gallery @ sfclayworks:

DENIZENS: The Art of Maurice and Alex Vercoutere

This is the first time that we will be featuring the work of a father and son duo in The Front Office Gallery. The show will open on Saturday, November 2, 2019 and will run till November 30, 2019. There will be an Opening Party on November 2, 2019 from 4-6 pm. Stop in and meet the artists!

Maurices’s work is made using a variety of materials, from tissue paper, white glue, and sometimes acrylic resin. You may also notice when viewing Maurice’s work, rather than cutting the paper with scissors, he chooses to use the energy brought forth with jagged torn edges.  Maurice’s influences and inspiration come from a variety of sources such as the German Expressionists, The Blue Rider Group, Edward Hopper, Max Beckman, and Mondigliani.

Alex’s works are all made with water color and ink. Alex divides his influences and inspirations in two different categories – childhood, and present day.  His childhood influences and inspirations are the Original Star Wars, Pokemon, and Howl’s Moving Castle-a film by Hayao Miyazaki. Presently he derives inspiration from nature walks and urban rubble.

The stark contrast of style and technique on display in this father and son show will give viewers a rare opportunity to look carefully and decide for themselves if there are any familial influences that are not readily apparent.




What: DENIZENS: The Art of Maurice and Alex Vercoutere 

When: November 2-30, 2019 | Opening party November 2, 2019 at 4pm

Where: The Front Office Gallery@ sfclayworks  |  2240 Palou Ave. | San Francisco | CA | 94124

Besides the Opening party on November 2, 2019 at 4 pm, works can be viewed during regular sfclayworks studio hours as follows:

Mon. Closed

Tues. 5-9 pm

Wed.-Fri. 12-9 pm

Sat.-Sun.  12-5 pm



Below, both artists have provided a brief artist statement and a short biography. Though they have the father and son connection, their work is distinctly different from one another . 

Artist Statement: Maurice Vercoutere

This is how these pieces were made,

Lots of coffee, lots of tea.

Lots of music, jazz for me.

Lots of staring into space,

until the music manifests itself

in color and shape.



I’ve been painting and drawing all my life. Went to college as a fine arts major but was seduced by theatre. Spent the next 30 years working in that art form as a lighting designer. I have come full circle back to painting.


Artist Statement: Alex Vercoutere 

This show is an excerpt from a larger project I have been working on titled World Without End.
These monsters wander an endless labyrinth where environment and inhabitant have become entwined.
Like most of my other works, the creatures here exist at a junction between architectural decay and natural growth.


Bay Area born painter, studied at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.
Lover of nature hikes, Dungeon and Dragons, and very heavy books. 

Been drawing monsters since he could hold a crayon.  
His previous works include his college graduate show Bones in the Soup and a self published bestiary titled, Fall into Ruins.
Check out Alex’s Instagram for more images of his work:
Heres a another sample of Alex’s work.
Ghost Parade by Alex Vercoutere