above: Stephen Magsig, 68 Mercer St., Oil on linen, 30 x 24"
I've been a longtime fan of Stephen Magsig's work having introduced you to his Urban Alphabet paintings and his Postcards From Detroit back in 2009.
above: Magsig's Urban Alphabet, a series of small scale paintings of letters from city signs (I own the "A", the "O" and the "K")
Stephen's latest show, City Views, opened yesterday at the George Billis Gallery in New York and features several new pieces that capture the flavor and ambiance of New York. The oil paintings on linen depict urban storefronts, cast iron facades, street corners, neon signs, bridges and city views in Magsig's inimitable style.
above: Stephen Magisg, Manhattan Bridge, Oil on linen, 30 x 60"
Void of human figures, his paintings combine the early morning light of Edward Hopper with an adept realism. Long shadows, empty street corners and closed cafes exude an emptiness while simultaneously appearing inviting. His work successfully combines the aspects of a large inhabited city with the quietude of a personal and private moment.
168 Mercer St., 40 x 30":
54 White St., 30 x 24":
Brooklyn Bridge Shadows, 30 x 60":
Duane St. Shadows, 48 x 40":
Bass Ale, 42 x 36":
40 Walker St., 62 x 48":
Bleeker St. Shadows:
Lincoln Tunnel Ventilation Tower, 24 x 30":
Rheon Cafe, 42 x 36"
281 Church St at White St., 62 x 48":
Nolita Corner, 30 x 24":
Broadway Shadows, 20 x 16":
108 Franklin St., 20 x 16":
Sunday Morning Shadows, 24" x 30":
The show runs through May 25th.
City Views, George Billis Gallery
521 W. 26th Street, B1
New York, NY 10001
April 23 - May 25, 2013
Reception, Thurs April 25, 6-8 pm
Stephen Magsig website
If you never saw his Urban Alphabet or Postcards from New York, see those here.
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