This limited run poster was commissioned by the 500 Capp Street Foundation for the opening of the restored David Ireland house in San Francisco. It was photographed by Daniel Dent and features a piece of David Ireland's wall...to scale.
Ireland purchased the 500 Capp Street house in 1975 and soon began a 'maintenance action' plan that included stripping wallpaper, sanding surfaces, and coating the walls, ceiling and floors with high-gloss polyurethane varnish, preserving its layers of history underneith.
From the foundation:
During Ireland’s 30 years of living at 500 Capp Street, he continued to blur the line between art and life, a practice that became the hallmark of his work. The result, now preserved by the 500 Capp Street Foundation, is considered by many to be the centerpiece of David Ireland’s prolific career. As he put it in a 2002 interview, ”I was going to gut my house to be a studio, a living studio one floor down and then up. Then I got into the house and saw it not in an architectural way, but in a sculptural way, which really was about sculpture the way I was completing it and cleaning it up and urethaning the walls and doing things. That satisfied me. But I also had to do what every artist at some time has to do, and that is maintain your own life.”
- DAVID IRELAND
David Kenneth Ireland (August 25, 1930 - May 17, 2009) was born in Bellingham, Washington. Ireland’s path to the life of a working San Francisco artist took a somewhat circuitous route. In 1953, after completing a degree in Printmaking and Industrial Arts at Oakland’s California College of Arts and Crafts, he joined the Army. After his discharge in 1955, Ireland traveled through Europe, Asia and Africa, before returning to Bellingham to work for his father’s insurance firm and starting a family. In 1965, David moved back to the Bay Area and started his company, Hunter Africa, which specialized in organizing safaris through Kenya and Tanzania.
It was not until his 40’s that Ireland decided to dedicate himself to work as a full-time artist. He returned to school in the early 1970’s, studying printmaking and plastics technology at Laney College and receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1974 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Upon graduating, Ireland spent a year working in New York, before returning to settle in San Francisco.
David Ireland’s work has been presented in more than 40 solo exhibitions, at venues including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. He has created major art projects and private commissions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other cities. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, among others.