Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Lost Music Row

Remembering Music Row
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues was famously known as Music Row and for good reason. Walking down this street, one would find shop fronts filled with glittering musical instruments of all kinds. And if you looked up, you might see windows filled with more of the same. I did that one day while walking and was intrigued with the small gargoyle-like figures adorning the facade of a building along with the selection of horns displayed in the windows. The sign in the window says "Open" but sadly, Music Row is no more. Many of the shops have either closed for good or relocated due in part to the rising rents and redevelopment of the area. One can still find the musical instrument of their dreams, but not on 48th Street.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Reflections on Sixth Avenue

42nd and Sixth Avenue Reflections
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

A new reflections painting today. Just completed this one and had a really wonderful time painting this piece. The location of this scene is in the area of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, lots of glass facades to be found in the neighborhood making for some interesting painting ideas.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Reflections along Broadway

"Reflections in the West Fifties"
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

Working on a new series of reflection paintings and recently completed this one. I was walking north on Broadway around 56th Street when I caught this view with my camera. Once again, the older building reflected on a shiny glass facade of newer construction. With all of the building going on these days, I think I might be painting reflections for a long time to come.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Allied Artists 104th Exhibition

Photo of "View from Kenmare"

I was delighted to receive word that my painting, "View from Kenmare" has received the Giovanni Martino Family Award for Realistic Landscape in Oil in the 104th Annual Exhibition of the Allied Artists of America, on view at the Salmagundi Club.

Looking forward to the reception and awards presentation on Sunday, September 17 from 1-4pm at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street) in New York. The exhibit is large and the gallery is filled with many very fine pieces.

Always so gratifying when an artist receives recognition for their work.

Monday, August 21, 2017

NY Artists Equity 2017: 1947 exhibition

LIC Jackson Avenue Reflections
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

I am delighted to be one of 7 artists chosen to exhibit in the upcoming 70th anniversary exhibition of New York Artists Equity. We were asked to look through a list of the founding artists and choose the one who was an influence on our work. I chose Charles Sheeler. This new painting depicts some of the ongoing construction reflected in the glass facades sprouting up all over Long Island City and Sheeler's work was an inspiration.

Here is the statement that accompanies the painting.

The paintings of Charles Sheeler, one of the founding members of New York Artist Equity, intrigued me after first seeing them at MoMA and the Whitney when I was a young art student. As a member of the Precisionist movement, Sheeler’s scenes of the urban industrial landscape greatly influenced my own work. An accomplished photographer, Sheeler used his photography as a basis for his drawings and paintings and I too work from my photographs. Sheeler’s “Stacks in Celebration” are reminiscent of my studio view of “Big Allis”, the ConEd plant in Long Island City. “River Rouge Plant”, a painting of industry and manufacturing are not unlike the LIC neighborhood I first came to in 1980. And “Upper Deck”, a beautiful painting in stark muted tones of whites and grays reminded me of Whistler’s works, which I greatly admire. My painting, “LIC Jackson Avenue Reflections” pays homage to Charles Sheeler in that it is very much an urban landscape capturing the ongoing development of a community painted in a clean, crisp style.

The exhibition is on view from September 6 - October 7, 2017 with a reception on Wednesday, September 6, from 6-8pm.

For more information here is the press release.

Friday, August 11, 2017

NYC Relics

Downtown Relics Study
Oil on canvas panel
6x6 inches

I recently read the book "The Gargoyle Hunters" by John Freeman Gill which focuses on 1970's New York, urban renewal and the upheaval as seen through the eyes of a young teen-age boy. The city's upheaval is mirrored in his own families trials and tribulations. An intriguing book.

After reading it I was reminded of a place downtown on Houston Street and 2nd Avenue where a building selling architectural artifacts from demolished buildings were sold. The building itself came crashing down one day. Once the lot was cleared, some of the relics were propped up and stored. I'd had this photo for awhile and the book inspired me to do this small study.

I've painted many gargoyles and architectural details and they are still to be found all over the city, one just has to keep looking. It is a subject I never tire of as they add so much to the character and whimsy of an increasingly bland streetscape.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

French Roast on Sixth Avenue

Corner Bistro Study
Oil on panel
5x4 inches

In 2006 I created a series of small paintings for an exhibit in the former Ansonia Windows on 10th Street and Sixth Avenue. French Roast located up the block made for a nice subject of the neighborhood.

This week, French Roast in the Village closed, yet another neighborhood restaurant to disappear from the New York City urban landscape.

To read some comments on this closing, check out this blog post on Jeremiah's Vanishing New York.