Monday, November 26, 2007

Alwyn Court

Terra Cotta dreaming

"Alwyn Court"
Oil on canvas
30 x 36 inches

Today I share a new painting with you. I spent much of this past summer working on Alwyn Court, a wonderful building on the southeast corner of 58th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan and it ranks of one of my all time favorite buildings. Built in the early 1900's, the intricate details on the facade are amazing and were a real challenge to paint. Having done a painting of this building in the 80's, I decided to revist it with another take and it was a joy to work on. I also spotted some interesting reflections on the windows and this painting had it all, as far as I was concerned.

"Alwyn Court" is currently on view at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in the 94th Annual Exhibition of The Allied Artists of America. I was very happy to learn that it has been awarded the Dr. Clifford Wheeler Mills Memorial Award for Oil. The exhibit is open to the public through December 10th, so if you're in the neighborhood, stop in.

Monday, November 19, 2007

141 Broadway

Here's yet another luxury condo conversion in NYC

Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches

Yesterday I passed by this building on Broadway in the 20's that I had painted several years ago. There was the scaffolding that is seemingly surrounding so many of the older buildings these days. I noticed the "luxury condo" signage and had mixed feelings. I love the character of many of the older buildings in New York and I am so happy to see them renovated and saved as opposed to them being torn down and replaced by faceless, drab structures. However, another luxury condominium in our midst? I wonder who is buying these residences, certainly not anyone that I know, and that makes me sad. So little middle class housing is being built and that's a loss for New York. That being said, this is a beautiful building that will once again stand tall and proud on Broadway, once renovations are complete.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

2 Group Shows

Getting the work out there...

"Vesey II"
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

"Vesey II" will be on view in The American Artists Professional League's 79th Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NY, 47 Fifth Avenue from November 6-November 16th. Reception is on Sunday, November 11th from 2-5pm. This is the second painting I've done of this marvelous building on Vesey Street. Wonderful carved stone figures looking down at the ruckus on the streets below them, year after year after year...

I received a call on Monday morning telling me that my painting has won the "John Collins Memorial Award" for oil How nice!

Two other paintings of mine, "Vesey I" and "45th Street Reflections" are currently on view in an ONLINE exhibition, "Richeson 75: Landscapes and Exteriors". You can see the show at Some really fine work can be seen here and a book has been published of the exhibit as well, which makes this experience expecially nice.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Mostly White - a group exhibition

4 Paintings in this group exhibit

Study for "NY Yacht Club"
Oil on canvas over wood panel
7 x 5 inches

Today I'm sharing a recent, small painting that will be on exhibit at the Franklin 54 Gallery, 181 Christopher Street, NYC from November 1, 2007 through January 6, 2008. The opening reception is on Saturday, November 10, 4-7 pm. The subject of this work, the home of the New York Yacht Club, is a fanciful, seafaring building on 44th Street - they don't build 'em like this anymore!