Artist Spotlight: Kevin Hackett

Kevin Hackett, “Salmon of Knowledge”

Artist Spotlight: Kevin Hackett

An Irish architect who moved to San Francisco twelve years ago, Hackett has since become deeply connected to the city he now calls home. Any local cause is a cause of mine, and I am very invested in Art for AIDS.”

As a creative who rarely showcases his personal artwork, Art for AIDS is the ideal outlet to do so. “I am a huge proponent of contributing to philanthropic causes with time and energy rather than through a fiscal donation, and couldn’t be more honored to have an art piece included in this year’s 19th annual fundraiser auction.” This will mark the second year that Hackett’s artwork has been included in an Art for AIDS auction benefiting UCSF’s Alliance Health Project (AHP).

Drawn to the intricacy of etchings at a young age, Hackett developed a passion for architectural renderings from being exposed to the imagination of M.C. Escher and the fanciful structures depicted in Italian Giovanni Piranesi’s finely detailed artwork. After receiving his B.A. and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the University of Plymouth in the U.K., he worked with Atelier Pierre Colboc in Paris and led several national museum projects. In 2003, he became Design Director for British architect Johnny Grey’s U.S. office before co-founding Síol Studios in 2007.

An integral design practice based in San Francisco, Síol takes a mindful, multidisciplinary approach to architecture. The firm’s designs explore the relationship and inherent connection between the mind, body, and place. At Síol, Hackett and his partners have completed residential and commercial projects in the Bay Area and beyond, participating in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, designing Delfina Pizzeria’s beloved California Street parklet seating area, and, more recently, handling the renovation of the Mission Masonic Center while designing an emergent conceptual theater in Las Vegas.

Hackett’s piece for Art for AIDS, titled Salmon of Knowledge, is an ink on vellum drawing that harks back to the artist’s Irish heritage of storytelling through art. Hackett often works with Celtic symbology as a means of reconnecting with the richly woven narrative of his native country. His medium of choice–ink–is significant as the architect encourages all of his staff to draw, and is a firm believer that the fluidity of hand on paper is unmatched by technology.

As a champion of the local arts community and an architecture professor at the Academy of Art University, Hackett couldn’t be more honored to be involved in Art for AIDS. “I’m a huge fan of Rex Ray, so this year’s event is particularly significant to me. Though we have no doubt lost a cultural force in the city, his legacy will remain intact with an incredible body of work.”

The 19th annual Art for AIDS charity auction will be held on October 9, 2015, at 6:00 PM at City View at the Metreon in San Francisco. Tickets and more information on the event are available online. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit AHP’s mental health and wellness services to the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities. We are so grateful to artists like Kevin and the 178 other contributing artists who, year after year, support our services through their creativity and generosity.