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Brett Baumgart Paintings 

When: June 22-July 31 2012

Every hard-core art-goer loves to be able to say, "I was there when ...." On Friday, June 22, you'll have the opportunity to be present at one of those special occasions when self-taught artist Brett Baumgart will unveil his first-ever show of his paintings, at George Kaye's (4044 Broadway, Oakland). Baumgart has already accrued quite a following for his ability to tattoo startlingly real and (often horrific) images. The Livermore native is now moving into the world of fine art, and his uncanny sense of light and form is a welcome quality in a scene that's so often consumed with concept over technical skill. The venue Baumgart chose for his first show is bar, so you'll have to be over 21 to get a peek at the Bay Area's next star of Realism -- and it's in his neighborhood: Baumgart tattoos fulltime at Premium Tattoo (4130 Broadway, Oakland), so don't plan on making it home early. For more on the art of Brett Baumgart, follow him on Instagram @brettbaumgart. Show runs through July 31.

— Obi Kaufmann

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