Monday, April 6, 2015
On a rainy Friday my exhibit in the Greenwich Gallery Frame Shop was installed. Paul, the organizer of the window shows, did a great job. I selected 12 smaller scaled paintings depicting various neighborhoods around town. This is a new venture for the frame shop and this is the inaugural show. My thoughts about doing this is that I believe many more people will see my work as they pass by then would see it in a gallery setting. You never know and as an artist, you learn to try different approaches to getting the work out there.
Updated info as of 4/20/15: The owner of the frame shop decided to take down the exhibit after 16 days (not the agreed upon month), before the scheduled run was completed. He was unhappy that no sales resulted in that short period of time and decided not to continue with the window show program, choosing instead to display other work. Both Paul, the organizer, and I were surprised and angry and only found out about this turn of events when Paul passed by yesterday and noticed the work had been taken down. I wonder when the owner was going to notify us. This utter lack of respect for artists and their art was the most extreme example we'd ever witnessed. I went over last night to collect my paintings, tell the owner in no uncertain terms what I thought of his actions and decided to chalk this incident up to yet another experience in the life of a working artist.
Posted by SJF at 12:29 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Oil on canvas
Today I was very pleasantly surprised to see my work reproduced in an Hyperallergic's article about the power of art in medical facilities. I have been working with the art curator for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for several months. She has selected a number of my paintings to be placed in various facilities, some on loan and some that were purchased outright. In their Brooklyn Infusion Center, a show is on view with the theme of reflections. I have done a few paintings with that theme over the years, and this painting is one of the pieces on view. Several weeks ago one of the oncology nurses working in that facility purchased a painting. That sale had a very special meaning to me. Twenty years ago I too spent time in a chemo infusion suite and know first-hand how wonderful those oncology nurses can be.
Here is a link to the article.
Posted by SJF at 10:12 AM
Monday, March 23, 2015
16 x 16 inches
Something a little different today. In addition to being a painter of the urban landscape, I've recently taken up the art of quilting. I've been learning a lot and it is a wonderful new artistic adventure.
The Empire Quilt Guild of which I am a member, will be holding a large show the week-end of March 28-29, 2015 at FIT and I will have a quilt on display. In addition, I've made a number of pillows which will be for sale in the Member's Boutique. Of course I made a few with a New York City theme and this is just one example. I'm really looking forward to seeing the exhibit and I'm prepared to be inspired by what people are doing with needle, thread, fabric and machine these days.
If you would like more information on the Empire Quilters Urban Inspirations show, here is the link.
Posted by SJF at 10:55 AM
Friday, March 20, 2015
Last night I saw the exhibition, Richard Estes: Painting New York City at MAD, the Museum of Art and Design. Wonderful work by one of the premier photorealist painters. I've been looking at Estes work for many years now and he has been one of the influences in my own work, especially how he handles reflections. And of course, many of his subjects are of New York City, the subject closest to my heart. I was especially intrigued by 2 paintings in particular.
This early painting of the now gone Automat interior was unique in its choice of perspective and color palette. I found myself going back to it several times.
Estes then did a painting of the Automat from the exterior with many reflections, much more reminiscent of the work he is known for.
The exhibition runs through September so if you enjoy hyper photorealist work, and paintings of New York in particular, this show will not disappoint. For more information, here is a link to the exhibition at MAD.
Oil on board
Horn & Hardart Automat
Oil on masonite
Posted by SJF at 8:47 AM
Friday, March 6, 2015
Oil on canvas
12 x 12 inches
A new painting to share today. During the holiday season, the facade of Tiffany's on Fifth Avenue had all kinds of twinkly lights adorning the store and it was very eye-catching. One of my favorite things to do in the city is to window shop the jewelry displays - especially in the diamond district. All that glitter, color and bling, just love looking at the sparkly stuff.
Posted by SJF at 8:27 AM
Friday, February 6, 2015
Oil on canvas
24 x 42 inches
Some of my work will be included in the upcoming exhibition, Brushed with Reality at Porter Contemporary in DUMBO, 111 Front Street, #220. Opening reception is Friday, February 13th from 6-9 pm. Exhibit runs through March 15th, with gallery hours Friday-Sunday, 12-6. Looks like this will be an interesting exhibit with a group of accomplished artists. Hope you can stop by to see the show.
For more information, click here.
Posted by SJF at 8:52 AM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches
Another "gone but not forgotten" painting, this one of the old Brentano's bookstore on Fifth Avenue, located in the Scribner's building. Happily the Scribner's building still stands proudly on the Avenue, sadly, the bookstore is long gone. One of life's great pleasures, for me at any rate, is to wander into a bookstore and browse. I might buy a book or two of an author whose work I enjoy or one based on a friend's recommendation. I'm not a NOOK or Kindle person, preferring instead to hold an actual book in my hands and read it by lamplight - the old-fashioned way. Sorry to say, so many of New York's bookstores have disappeared, fallen victim to rising rents and the digital age.
Posted by SJF at 12:48 PM