Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NY Yacht Club 175th Anniversary

NY Yacht Club 175th Anniversary
Oil on canvas
20x16 inches

One of the more whimsical building facades in Manhattan can be found on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It is the home of the NY Yacht club which in 2019 celebrates their 175th anniversary. A visitor to my ChaShaMa exhibit this past August mentioned this to me and suggested it might be an interesting subject to paint. I had in fact taken many photos of this building and had painted a small study several years ago. It seemed a good time to reexamine this building subject and here is the result. I captured the light hitting the side of the building as the sun was setting in the west. The interior lights were lit casting a golden glow within, creating a nice contrast with the gray stone ship's exterior and sea creatures adorning the front of the building. As I've noted many times, they just don't build 'em this way anymore and I'm delighted when I come upon these unique and beautiful building facades.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Two Group Exhibitions to start off 2019

Happy New Year!

Starting off the year with participation in two group exhibitions.

Art From the Boros VI is a large group exhibition featuring the work of 50 artists. Two of my reflection paintings are on view in this diverse and eclectic exhibit which runs through February 2nd at the Denise Bibro Fine Arts space located at 529 West 20th Street in Chelsea. Here a link to see selected works on view.

The 122nd Annual Exhibition of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is now on view at the National Arts Club located at 20 Gramercy Park South, on view through January 25th. Here is a link to see selected works in the exhibit.

I've chosen my painting, "Miss Martha" for this exhibit. Several years ago, I won an award for my painting in this annual exhibition and unfortunately I had the flu the night of the awards dinner. My friend Martha stood in for me, and accepted the award with I'm sure a few pithy remarks thrown in for good measure. Martha passed away last March and I think of her often. Having this painting hanging on the wall at the National Arts Club was one way of honoring the memory of my friend.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Grand Central Terminal Reflections...again

GST Reflections III
Oil on canvas
42x24 in.

One last painting to close out 2018 which features the architectural details atop Grand Central Terminal as reflected in a nearby building. I'd started this painting quite some time ago, set it aside and came back to it this summer. Work was interrupted due to an unexpected solo exhibition opportunity in August and then another unexpected event - a move to a new apartment. What with hanging, sitting and de-installing an exhibit, packing, packing and packing for a move and then the unpacking and settling in...in addition to working my part time job...well not much painting was getting done. Happy to say I was finally able to see this painting to completion. Already have a new canvas on the easel, blocked in and ready to go.

Thanks for following my blog postings this past year. Wishing my readers a Happy, Healthy and Art-filled 2019!

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Chrysler Building on the cover of CITY Journal

Mister Mark's Chrysler I
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

I was happy to see that my painting was chosen for the cover of the Autumn edition of CITY Journal. This quarterly magazine is published by the Manhattan Institute.

There are many different ways to exhibit work and having a painting on the cover of a publication is a great way to introduce people who might not venture into a gallery exhibition to an artist's work.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Video of "Reflections on the City"

This past August I was delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit 36 paintings in a large, well-lit, street level Chashama donated space on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

Sitting the show, I met many visitors who expressed real interest in my work - the subject, the style of painting and the history of the city. Several sales ensued which is always a good thing for an artist.

I had a photographer take a number of installation photos and put together a short video for those who could not see the exhibit in person.

Here is the link to a YouTube video of the installation. Enjoy!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Reflections on Henri Bendel's closing

Reflections on Fifth III (Bendel's)
Oil on canvas

While listening to the news this morning I heard that 123-year old Henri Bendel's is closing up shop, no longer able to survive in today's retail climate. Back in the 1990's, when I had begun working on reflection paintings, I was taken with a store display in Bendel's window on Fifth Avenue and subsequently painted this scene. The store brightened up Fifth Avenue with some wonderful window displays over the years. I wonder if there will be yet another empty storefront come January like so many throughout the city. The building is noted for it's Lalique windows and has landmark status. For an interesting article on this building's history check out this link.

Monday, August 27, 2018

A New York Story

I thought this was a real New York story worth sharing. On Sunday morning I got up early to do laundry. Put on my "doing laundry" clothes which consisted of baggy paints and an old tee-shirt. Headed to the laundromat around 8:30am and started loading the machines. Another customer, Diane, was talking to the proprietor and I could tell right away she was not from New York, not with her Austrailian accent :-). She noticed the picture on my tee-shirt which just happened to be a painting of Sydney Harbor by Australian artist Ken Done, quite the coincidence! Well, we started chatting about art and I mentioned that I had an exhibition of my paintings currently on view and gave her an announcement card. Diane was very enthusiastic so I mentioned that if she had time, I'd be happy to take her to the show. As she was leaving to travel back to Australia later that afternoon, she said it would be great and so we planned to go after our laundry was done. She left and I headed home once my clothes were loaded in the dryer. Forty minutes later, as I was locking my door ready to go back to pick up my clothes I heard a door close on the floor above me and someone came walking downstairs. Imagine my surprise when I saw it was none other than Diane, yet another coincidence! We were both gobsmacked. It seems she had been staying in a friend's apartment for several weeks while her friend was away. Our paths had NEVER crossed in all that time and here we were, on her last day in New York, bumping into each other on the stairway in my building. We headed off to see the exhibit and being the ardent New Yorker that I am, I pointed out various points of interest along the way, a regular tour guide. Stopped in to the gallery to see the show which is normally closed on Sundays and as we were there people came wandering in. We then proceeded to walk around midtown where I pointed out many of the buildings that had appeared in my paintings such as Alwyn Court and other points of interest. Diane got one of my giclee prints and we went over to 45th and Fifth Avenue so that she could see the actual place that had inspired the piece. A passerby asked if we wanted our photo taken as she thought we were tourists but after showing her the print, she became the excited photographer, snapping photos of us on busy Fifth Avenue. Diane is heading home to Australia with many memories and even more photos. All in all it was an unexpected and delightful meeting and one that I'm sure neither one of us will soon forget.