Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Upper West Sider

Miss Martha
Oil on canvas
16x12 inches

My friend Martha passed away at the end of March after a long and difficult hospital stay. We met 23 years ago in an ovarian cancer support group and became fast friends. You wouldn't know when visiting her Upper West Side apartment that you were in Manhattan and not somewhere out in the Wild West. You see, Martha loved everything western themed - cowboys, cowgirls, etc. and decorated her apartment, top to bottom, with all sorts of ephemera relating to that very topic. I so enjoyed visiting her there, always noting the plastic pink flamingo she had perched outside on her windowsill.

Martha was one of a kind. One of the wittiest people I have ever known. Quick on the draw - verbally - and always her zingers made me laugh out loud. I so miss being able to talk with her and share the absurdities of life, especially now, during these dark and trying times.

I had taken a photo of her sitting at her desk - she was an editor by profession - and decided to do this painting. Although my paintings usually revolve around architecture, buildings, reflections and the urban landscape, I do at times attempt a portrait or figure study. While I was working on this painting I was comforted by many memories and found it a cathartic process in which to remember my friend.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Reflections around Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle Reflections
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

A new painting to share today. This one was tricky. I actually started working on it several months ago then set it aside as it was proving to be a struggle. I chose to work on other paintings, something I rarely do. But, as I do like to finish projects that I've started, I went back to the easel determined to finish this painting and I'm happy that I've accomplished that.

There is a gleaming mini hemisphere near Columbus Circle with of course, new construction surrounding it. I was drawn to the colors of the buildings contrasted with the dark metal reflection of the rounded globe.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A House Upstate

A House Upstate
Oil on canvas
16x20 inches

Recently completed this commissioned painting of a home in upstate New York. Definitely not the bustling city urban landscape I often tackle. Although this subject is somewhat different from what I usually paint, I have to say I really enjoyed working on this painting. The collector was thrilled with the result, gave me a big hug when he saw it, and I know this piece will be installed and treasured in its new home. Commissions are ALWAYS welcome for a working artist as they definitely help to pay the bills.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Seduced by Steel, Glass Concrete - Sharon Florin and Allan Gorman

9th Avenue Reflections Worldwide
Oil on canvas
24x42 inches

I am pleased to announce this new exhibition, a two person show with paintings featuring the urban landscape as portrayed by artist Allan Gorman and myself, curated by Jessica Porter of Porter Advisory. This exhibit can be seen at The Yard, 116 Nassau Street, 5th and 6th floors, a corporate workplace near City Hall, Monday - Friday, 10-6.

There will be an artists reception on Thursday, May 17th from 6-8 pm. If you are in town, hope you can stop by.

For contact and additional information, here is a link to the press release.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Springsteen on Broadway!

Springsteen on Broadway
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

Put the finishing touches on this new painting depicting the Walter Kerr theater featuring the wonderful production of "Springsteen on Broadway." I had the great pleasure of seeing this show and it was nothing short of magical. Being an artist and a long-time Springsteen fan, of course I had to do a painting to add to my ongoing New York urban landscape oeuvre. So, here it is.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ah, the wonderful Chrysler Building

Mister Mark's Chrysler II
Oil on canvas
16x12 inches

I just finished this painting, another view from on high featuring the always magnificent Chrysler building. Loved the light and the soft golden glow that was cast on the buildings when this photograph was taken. A big thank-you to my friend Mark for sharing his photograph, the inspiration for this painting.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Small Works/Baruch/2018

Brooklyn Bridge Looking East
12x12 inches
Oil on canvas

This painting has been included in the Small Works annual exhibition at Baruch College's Sidney Mishkin Gallery, located at 135 East 22nd Street in Manhattan. The exhibition is open to the public Monday-Friday from 2-7pm and the opening reception is on Thursday, February 15th from 6-8pm. On view from February 16-March 16, 2018. This large exhibit features a variety of small scale works in all manner of mediums and styles.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Giclée prints available through TurningArt.com

Flatiron Bird's Eye View
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

I am often asked if I sell prints of my paintings and I have just started doing just that.
https://www.turningart.com/ is a site that creates giclée prints in varying sizes. Collectors can sign up, browse the collections and search for specific types of work, rent and/or purchase prints and can purchase the original artwork if they so wish.

The definition of giclée printing is a technology for fine art or photograph reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer to make individual copies. Many galleries, corporate art consultants, museum gift shops and others often sell these hi-end reproductions of original art.

This is a good opportunity to have my work accessible to many more collectors with varying budgets and I hope you will take a few moments to view my paintings. https://www.turningart.com/artist/sharon-florin