My paintings of mid-century architecture combine both tradition and modernism. My artistic style is rooted in art history and landscape painting, so when I approach the iconic mid century architecture it is with an eye towards interpreting a contemporary subject with old world techniques. The paintings are rendered in oils on canvas using a subdued palette of warm colors, applied in layers to achieve a luminous effect. I like to focus on a detail of the building that incorporates dramatic lighting and composition. As a nod to my landscape background, I contrast the hard-edged intricate geometric shapes of the buildings with the organic forms of rugged hillsides in the background or the flowing movement of palm trees.
The building in this painting was originally a bank, designed by E. Stewart Williams and built in 1961. It has now been restored and repurposed as the Architecture and Design Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang.
Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!
Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.
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