Size: 24"W x 20"H x 1"D
Year Created: 1995
Ready to Hang
"Kalisa's Cosmopolitan,Wing Chong Market,Cannery Row" was the third in a trilogy of Cannery Row paintings from 1992 to 1995.Back and forth I went between my mother's and stepfathers home in Santa Clara,and my fathers little cottage at 821 Wave street,in Monterey,from 1976 to 1982..Just a street above Cannery Row...My father had decided to close his foreign auto repair in Santa Clara and move to Monterey to build, from scratch,a 57 foot long cement hull on the corner of Foam and Irving streets. I was there when we poured the cement foundations,him and I,and I was there when a houemoving outfit from Salinas moved the hull to the Monterey Landfill in August 1981. Where we resided,my father,Peter senior,his little wife,Barbara,and me and a dog and a cat,until June of 1982 when two cranes came down from the work they were performing on the northern end of Cannery Row,on an Aquarium there,to the landfill to launch the hull into the water,finally.Kalisa Moore,the unofficially elected "keeper of the Row",was the owner operator of her ice cream parlour across the street from the Aquarium,next to the fabled Wing Chong Market of "Cannery Row"fame. After hours,when the tourists went home,Kalisa Moore opened up the doors upstairs to the locals:Bohemians,musicians,street urchins,belly dancers and boat builders. "Kalisa's Coffee"was not advertised on an ad board as depicted in the painting!
My name is peter villalobos. I am a Vango artist. Thank you for visiting my portfolio.I am an artist from San Jose but currently live in the east bay town of Dublin California. Though I have been drawing all of my life,I actually began oil painting in 1991. The 1980's were my time playing with water colors and charcoal drawing before discovering oil paint and stretched canvas.Oil,I found, is more forgiving.Growing up,it was my father, an ex marine and minor league pitcher, who taught me to be interested in many different things,be it boxing or shooting or cars.;we would go to the drag races often in Fremont California in the early 1970's. You've seen the kids in the pits? Well,that was me. Many experiences and observations have morphed into various themes in my paintings.I began with a trilogy of Cannery Row paintings because that is where I helped my father build his schooner above Cannery Row, from 1976 to 1981,and that time, in many ways,both great and terrible,impacted me, leaving deep impressions.Currently,at this update in August 2017, I am working on number two oil painting from my dream series.... So enjoy the variety of paintings that have transpired in the last twenty five years,be it bits of Monterey's Cannery Row or great fighters from the past.- thank you.