San Mateo Times
Artnots by Bonnie Zanardi
Wooden Interior doors are the surface on which muralist/surreal painter Boris Koodrin
has created his visions of "Life Thinly Sliced"
on view at Avenue 25 Gallery through April 29.
Koodrin's works are rich with detail, color and
symbolism. The doors, which he orients both vertically
and horizontally, are themselves a metaphor. In his artist's statement, he says, "Horizontal doors offer me the ability
to paint grand vistas, while vertical doors
offer something else entirely.
Noting how a door has different meaning for different people, he says, "To some it offers refuge, to others freedom."
What Koodrin wants to do with his art is to paint doors for people to walk through" into a new understanding.
He grew up near the Cliff House in San Francisco and studied advertising art at City College of San Francisco. His work
has included political cartooning, portrait and
landscape commissions and set design.
Koodrin operates The Image Company in San Bruno, a commercial T-shirt company he co-founded in 1975. Over the years he
has used his ingenuity and technical skills
to print products such as the multicolored logo on telephones used at the 1996 Democratic Convention and a sand carving
on glass for an MVP award given to
He also has worked with Eileen Borgeson of Medici Arts to translate John Lennon, Maxfield Parrish and Erte'
collections to deep crystal carvings.
Among the murals Koodrin has painted are a 40-foot-long commemoration of 150 years of Jesuit education at St. Ignatius
College Preparatory in San Francisco, a work completed in 2005, andthe 2008 historical mural "A Dreamer's Song"
for the City of San Bruno.
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