Friday, March 20, 2015

Richard Estes exhibit at MAD, March - September, 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.

Richard Estes
Oil on board

Richard Estes
Horn & Hardart Automat
Oil on masonite

1 comment:

Melissa B. Tubbs said...

Thanks for sharing Sharon! I have always loved his work too. I, too, love reflections and New York City. I would love to be able to make it up there in time to see it.